Yeah, its a bit all over the place...but if you know me, it actually makes sense!

By amaurycooper |  As the title states, this is a collection of the articles I have read on the various subjects that interest me. It is a bit random with no particular order (except perhaps according to the date which I read or posted it), rhyme, or reason to them, only the meanderings of my mind ... and proof of my likely procrastination (and the pitfalls of Wikipedia).

OPSEC for NGOs

The recent (and ongoing) abduction incident in Niger is an interesting case study. In summary, two trucks loaded with armed men arrived at a CARE …

10 Things to Know About Guns

Because of high-risk conditions, at times humanitarian organizations may elect to use armed guards to protect staff, offices, and facilities. This …

Blowout Kits for NGOs

We are all products of our own experience. As a former Emergency Medical Technician and member of a federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team, I often …

U.S. Army Noncombatant Evacuation Operations Manual

The always interesting Public Intelligence disclosure site recently got its hands on a copy of the U.S. Army Special Operations Forces Noncombatant …

Conflict Zone First Aid Training

In response to a prior post on blow-out kits, several readers have asked about conflict zone first aid training. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s …

The New Abolitionists

Operation Underground Railroad, a small Mormon-led group, is going undercover 
to rescue kids from sex trafficking. But is its brand of salvation …

Dominican Republic

The Jihadi Who Came in From the Cold

At 22 years old, Abu Ibrahim looks like a typical university student in Europe or the United States. He is a tall and handsome, wearing jeans and a …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Forget Sykes-Picot. It's the Treaty of Sèvres That Explains the Modern Middle East.

Ninety-five years ago today, European diplomats gathered at a porcelain factory in the Paris suburb of Sèvres and signed a treaty to remake the …

Geopolitics

Mali hotel siege: Several killed in Sevare, four UN workers saved

<b>At least 13 people are thought to have been killed, including five UN workers, in a hostage siege at a hotel in the central Malian town of Sevare.</b><p>A further four UN workers survived by hiding in cupboards for almost 24 hours as the attack unfolded.<p>The suspected Islamist gunmen had retreated to the …

Africa

How Netflix’s New Parental Leave Policy Will Impact The Economy And The Gender Wage Gap

Netflix’s promised year of parental paid time off is a bold bet on its staff, but it could also have an impact on the economy.<p>Netflix just made a major announcement and it has nothing to do with a new original series or distribution deals. It’s about parents.<p>Particularly those who are about to …

These Ex-White House Staffers Are Developing Solar Systems For The Rest Of Us

The Solstice Initiative wants renters and people without roofs to be able to buy into solar projects.<p>Until now, most of the action in the residential solar market has involved relatively affluent homeowners putting panels on their own roofs. But, going forward, we’re likely to see an expansion of …

Energy

IBM’s Watson Will Soon Be Able To See

Big Blue has acquired Merge Healthcare, and the marriage of the two company’s technology should give Watson a new vision skill set.<p>IBM’s famous cognitive computer can already beat the world’s best Jeopardy players. It can create gourmet meals (sort of), help banks with complex financial operations, …

What Highly Successful People Know About Perseverance

Success often has much more to do with perseverance than it does with a person’s innate qualities.<p>When Muhammad Ali was asked if he liked training, he replied: “I hated every minute of training, but I said to myself, ‘Don’t quit, suffer now, and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” Ali …

Has This Man Unlocked The Secret To Internet Anonymity?

Jonathan Hirshon kept his photo off the Internet for 20 years. Now he’s rallying the troops to hack Facebook and Google facial recognition.<p>I’ve met Jonathan Hirshon. I know what Jonathan Hirshon looks like. You probably don’t, and neither does Google or Facebook. That’s just how the PR professional …

What Netflix’s Amazing New Unlimited Parental Leave Policy Really Means

Netflix just announced their new policy of allowing unlimited parental leave for their employees. This is considerable for many reasons. Find out how the United States historically compares with other countries in terms of providing parental benefits. Is it good business practice to offer unlimited …