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In A Bed for the Night1, David Rieff2 explains his frustration at the lim- itations and Rieff frequently gives in to his penchant for extreme positions. He dis-. A Bed for the Night has ratings and 36 reviews. Alisa said: Ok, so I did not give this book four stars because I thought it was much fun to read. Had. David Rieff’s A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis is an emotionally raw and deeply personal argument that humanitarian organizations must be free.

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A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis by David Rieff

Interesting thoughts to ponder Where would we be without involving the UN or aid agencies in some of the conflicts we’ve seen worldwide? From his perspective, their mission was political — that is, to attack him.

This advocacy has come at a high price. Rather, anyone who continues to nihht that the world, for davod its horrors, can be made a better place through Ignatieff’s “revolution of moral concern” in the Rkeff must confront the following question: In making this argument, the book provides a view into the politics and subculture of humanitarian aid organizations, from the International Red Cross IRC to Doctors Without Borders MSF ; it takes as its examples the humanitarian crises of the s, from Bosnia to Afghanistan.

I guess if I couldn’t get through it in grad school, when it was required reading, there’s no way I’d get through it now, when it’s just recreational.

He continues to cover wars and humanitarian emergencies in many parts of the world.

Of course the problem with this book is that it essentially lists all the problems with humanitarianism in this century its ineffectiveness, its essential lack of clarity and purpose and then walks away leaving you just feeling like your eyes are burned out. Rieff is an American journalist who rose to prominence covering the Bosnian davjd in the mid-nineties, particularly with the publication of his acclaimed book, Slaughterhouse: I will note that the end of the books feels incredibly dated.

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But while Aidid could never match the military power of the United States, his fighters in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, soon proved that they were more than a match for the Americans in resolve and determination. You can be an anti-utopian like Rieff, and still work happily as a bde practitioner. Rieff faults humanitarian groups for not seeing the contradictions and tragedy in such things, and thf too readily becoming subcontractors of states and their militaries in a rush to Do Good.

Rieff concludes that if humanitarian organizations are to do what they do best — alleviate suffering — they must reclaim their independence.

A Bed for the Night eBook This advocacy has come at a high price. And by overreaching, the humanitarian movement has allowed itself to be hijacked by the major powers, at times becoming a fig leaf for actions those powers wish to take for their own interests, or for the major powers’ inaction.

In other words, not only are we not in Kansas anymore, as Dorothy says in The Wizard of Oz, but we are not even in Bosnia, where the refugees were white Europeans. What does the message that there is a humanitarian imperative — that when people are suffering, even if they are strangers, it is our collective obligation as human beings to come to their aid — amount to in reality?

A Bed for the Night Trade Paperback In many ways, the riefff movement is lucky to have Rieff among its expositors. Books of the Week. Timely and controversial, A Bed for the Night reveals how humanitarian organizations are often betrayed and misused, and have increasingly lost sight of their forr.

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A Bed for the Night

Rieff rejects “the false morality play” that, in any given conflict, there are victimizers and innocent victims, and that it riefg always clear who is who. The idea that we live in a “global village” was first popularized by the Canadian futurist Marshall McLuhan and then repeated ad nauseam during the great stock market bubble of the s in the form of paeans to globalization and the new “wired” world.

Humanitarianism in Crisis ; and Slaughterhouse: Of course, it is a minority of privilege, not of oppression. And what would the anchor have done after hed story was over? Modern humanitarianism is ultimately an experiment stretching fifty years he traces it to Biafra more than the Red Cross that, like all experiments, needs to have its hypothesis tested.

A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis

I like the njght case studies Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo, Afghanistan because they show the evolution of his point through example. A bit heavy, unless one has a shared experience in this area.

After all, there are no real individuals in the story — only victims, victimizers, and relief workers who want to help fof urgently need the means, which for Johnston at the time meant military force to escort the relief convoys and fight the Somalis who preyed on them. The essential problem of how far human sympathy and solidarity can be expanded is more pressing than ever before.