I Invoke the Humanitarian Imperative. Stop the Killing. Stop the Destruction

"The human cost is simply too high. Too many women and children are wounded, dying or damaged in their minds and bodies. This is not about who is to blame for not respecting this or that specific rule of war, or even about whether the expected military advantage outweighs the collateral damage. Academics, lawyers, NGOs, journalists and keyboard warriors will attend to those questions.

For us, at the ICRC, this is about stopping the inhumanity of this war. It’s about doing the right thing.

As an ICRC delegate, I simply raise my hand and say: “I am not just invoking the law now, I invoke the humanitarian imperative – stop the killing, stop the destruction.”

ICRC’s statement by Jacques de Maio, ICRC’s head of delegation in Israel and the occupied territories who is back from Gaza. (29 July 2014) 

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The Wandering Songstress (天涯歌女) by The Shanghai Restoration Project

While I’ve come to be very fond of America and really enjoy Europe with its breathtaking natural and architectural beauty, I really miss Asia and the part of me that is deeply Chinese right now. In the very texture of the language, Mandarin is deeply expressive in ways that English is painfully deficient. Music tunes this up. In considering the different parts of my identity and the life that I want to have, it feels very much like I’m straddling two (more?) worlds that cannot be easily reconciled.

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