Potential famine among Syrian refugees has far-reaching implications for the Middle East

Erik van Ommering   Last week around 1.7 million refugees from Syria received the following text message on their cellphones: “We deeply regret that WFP has not yet received funds to reload your blue card for food for December 2014. We will inform you by SMS as soon as funding is received and we can resume food assistance” The message was sent by the World Food Program (WFP), one of the UN agencies that has played a vital role in supporting refugees from Syria in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt. Hosting refugees “in the region” has been a key policy pursued by …

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Unilever Researchprijs voor thesis over Marokkaanse vrouwen en chronische pijn

Emmaly Berghuis    Op 27 november heb ik samen met twaalf andere studenten van Nederlandse universiteiten de Unilever Research prijs in ontvangst mogen nemen voor mijn masteronderzoek naar chronische pijn onder Marokkaanse vrouwen. Op de feestelijk verzorgde middag in het hoofdgebouw van Unilever in Vlaardingen hielden we posterpresentaties en kwam minister Jet Bussemaker van Onderwijs langs om ons toe te spreken.     Over het veldwerk heb ik al verslag gedaan op Standplaatswereld. Mijn onderzoek ging over Marokkaanse vrouwen met pijn waarvan de oorzaak onduidelijk is. Vaak is dit pijn in de nek, schouders, rug, knieën en/of voeten. Deze vrouwen zijn ondervertegenwoordigd …

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Kinship and Taboo: Three Stories about Two Brothers and One Territory

Krisztina Rácz     On October 14, the Serbia-Albania football game made it to the news worldwide. The reason was not the excellent game but rather the fact that during the match a drone, or more precisely a banner with a map attached to a drone, was flown around in the stadium. It is a matter of dispute whether the map represents merely territories where Albanians live, or the politically charged Greater Albania; one would assume though that it is the latter because for instance Italy, a country with a large Albanian emigrant population, is missing from it, but it does include …

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