Editions. War Games . Linda Polman ‘Polman shines a light on the multibillion dollar juggernaut that is today’s humanitarian aid network. But as Linda Polman’s War Games reveals, the delivery of aid can often have unintended consequences. Relying on decades of experience as. Conor Foley: Of course there are problems with the aid industry, but books like Linda Polman’s War Games only simplify the debate.
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Yet, as anyone who has ever been on such a plane would surely know, they do the exact opposite, flying terrifyingly low until they have built up sufficient speed to reduce their vulnerability. Good examples of how aid can become politicized and how it can be used as a tool of war. Jan 13, Debby Kean rated it it was amazing.
Everyone ought to read it The research is also often just bad. Her pacy, readable and concise book is full of vivid and disturbing anecdotes: Jul 21, Naumaan Omair rated it it was amazing.
Each chapter has a string of anecdotes illustrating their venality, incompetence, naivety or cynicism. Aid workers are human beings, with weaknesses and vulnerabilities, not saintly paragons of moral virtue.
Interesting though they are, they also quickly feel old. Not an academic read, but she gives the reader a good sense of on-the-ground reality and frustration.
She ultimately asks whether or not the best option, when faced with human suffering, is for the aid industry to do nothing at all.
War Games: the Story of Aid and War in Modern Times by Linda Polman: review – Telegraph
Trivia About War Games: Once read, you are bound to doubt western humanitarian complex. Yet, with the exception of Liberia and Sierra Leone, where she used to live and work, she rarely seems to have ventured into the field herself, nor does she seem particularly tuned into the debates that have taken place within and about the profession in recent years. Jul 17, Manuel rated it really liked it Shelves: Not an eye-opener I was already aware of many facts here but equally impressive.
From Rwanda to Afghanistan, from Sudan to Iraq, this brilliantly written and at times blackly funny work of reportage shows how the humanitarian aid industry, the media and warmongers the world over are locked in a cycle of mutual support. That’s not always the case, but this is merely a small part of the book.
War Games: the Story of Aid and War in Modern Times by Linda Polman: review
The essential gift book for any pet polkan – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends. In her chapter on Afghanistanfor example, she refers to civilian aircraft “climbing steeply to get beyond the range of Taliban rockets”.
For example, the situation in Rwanda that is well known to many first world citizens. Want to Read saving…. There was a massive ethnic cleansing lindx out by the Hutus against the Tutsis. Oct 27, Matt Reynolds rated it really liked it.
Attacking humanitarian aid with cliche | Conor Foley | Opinion | The Guardian
But this is a recurring weakness of the book. Show 25 25 50 All.
The road to hell, it seems, is paved with stereotypical cliches, as well as good intentions. There are many ethical dilemmas one will encounter deep in the practice of aid work, even what is referred to as ‘ethical disasters’, lind they are just that.
Attacking humanitarian aid with cliche
Short but very much to the point, this is an examination lunda the aid industry. There is a real need for serious discussion of the politics and ethics of humanitarian aid, but unfortunately you won’t find it in Linda Polman’s new book, War Games.
Ben rated it really liked it Jul 18, Her previous book, We Did Nothing, is a well-written critique of various UN interventions that took place in the 90s and gaems a mix of good personal anecdotes and being-in-the-right-place-at-the-right-time luck. Jul 16, Liisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: It would be wrong to let such arguments go by default.
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