Author Archives: Mats Utas

Is it Acceptable to Lie for a Good Cause? By Henrik Urdal

Humanitarian organizations may easily succumb to the temptation to misuse numbers and statistics in order to promote their own causes. Does the end justify the means? Disasters are most dangerous for moms reported Save the Children’s Carolyn S Miles in … Continue reading

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The Modernity Bluff: book review by Joschka Philipps

  Sasha Newell. 2012. The Modernity Bluff: Crime, Consumption, and Citizenship in Côte d’Ivoire. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press. 305 pp. [original source: African Studies Quarterly | Volume 14, Issue 3 | March 2014; pp. 143-145]   … Continue reading

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Beyond the health crisis: Ebola hits Liberia’s economy hard, by Patrick Hettinger

With over 400 deaths in Liberia and more than 1,000 across West Africa, the Ebola epidemic has been the deadliest in history and has spread fear and panic across the region. But beyond the terrifying health crisis, the Ebola outbreak … Continue reading

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“It don’t take a semiotician…” Or, what we talk about when we talk about bush meat, by Adia Benton

This weekend, Newsweek published a relatively controversial article about the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Here’s the cover: Let’s just say it’s not exactly an original piece of journalism either. I found myself frustrated not only by the cover and … Continue reading

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The Complexity of Ebola & Its Misrepresentation in the West, by Theresa Ammann

After two months, I left Liberia and my Liberian host-family shortly before what has now officially been termed Ebola Outbreak #2, full of worries what was yet to come. When ebola first entered Liberia in March, I was bewildered at … Continue reading

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Ebola, mistrust and humanitarian mobility? by Adia Benton

In a recent response to questions about the role of the war and the attacks on foreign health workers, I wrote: …. if war has changed anything, the incredible influx of humanitarian interventions and aid workers during the war and … Continue reading

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Liberia’s Ebola Response: The Lull, the Storm and the Aftermath, by Charles Lawrence

Monrovia, 11 August 2014 In this article, the writer urges the need to humanize the response to the Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia. Persons affected by the Ebola virus do not make them to be less human – they are … Continue reading

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