War Games: The Story Of Aid And War In Modern Times (2020)

War Games: The Story Of Aid And War In Modern Times Linda Polman War Games The Story Of Aid And War In Modern Times From Rwanda to Afghanistan from Sudan to Iraq this brilliantly written and at times blackly funny work of reportage shows how the humanitarian aid industry the media and warmongers the world over a
  • Title: War Games: The Story Of Aid And War In Modern Times
  • Author: Linda Polman
  • ISBN: 9780670918966
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback
War Games: The Story Of Aid And War In Modern Times Linda Polman From Rwanda to Afghanistan, from Sudan to Iraq, this brilliantly written and at times blackly funny work of reportage shows how the humanitarian aid industry, the media and warmongers the world over are locked in a cycle of mutual support.
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  1. Natan

    Living in Israel, you learn that every word written in newspapers regarding the troubles in the Middle East must be taken with a heavy dose of salt, for example when various groups seeking nothing but mischief and or violence are called aid organizations , and missions whose conscious objectives are supplying terrorists are described as humanitarian , even when large amounts of weapons are among the aid You also learn to be extremely cynical, to say the least, about anything regarding the United [...]

  2. Babak Fakhamzadeh

    Polman is clearly rather embittered about the less than efficient aid industry, judging from the near endless list of anecdotes she parades past Interesting though they are, they also quickly feel old Sure, aid can be much efficient and, sure, all the little NGOs should often band together and present a united front to avoid being used and abused by those in control of the areas they are trying to provide for, hut Polman annoyingly is very scant on providing solutions, meaning that the whole b [...]

  3. Saba Malik

    really takes you out your naive bubble of feel good beliefs, and makes you realise what the aid industry has truly become despite many good intentions, it is a business and an instrument of war, Where human angle is used to fit part of the story to serve ends far from equitable and benign.

  4. Andrea

    Not an eye opener I was already aware of many facts here but equally impressive Read it before opening your wallet for the next humanitarian emergency.

  5. Kevin Alistair

    When I told my friend what I was reading his response was a roll of the eyes and the comment, Heaven forbid people try to help somebody without being criticized for it It made me want to read the book aloud to him or beat him over the head with it.Poleman s expos should be required reading for people who use phrases like something is better than nothing people who earnestly believe that well intentioned humanitarianism can only improve the recipients quality of life That s not always the case, b [...]

  6. Jake

    My best friend s sister lent me this book, most likely in hopes that I d understand about the humanitarian world, and I have to say it was much beneficial to read than I had originally anticipated I honestly had expected a list of factoids assembled in an effort only to bash Bush and any other Republicans in power at the time of its publishing I was very wrong This piece is very fair and informative While not alleviating any one person of fault, it is obvious that Linda Polman s interest lies [...]

  7. Ryan

    This slender volume is a brilliant expos of the various dysfunctions of the humanitarian aid and development industry, and it has earned a place on my shelf alongside Rupert Smith s Utility of Force Anyone who thinks simply investing in humanitarian aid will lead to world peace would do well to read this book War Games is investigative journalism, not an academic treatise, so while it s certainly well researched, Polman is not pretending to be impartial, comprehensive, or to provide any solutio [...]

  8. SpaceBear

    I was very excited to read this book, and have to say that I felt very let down by it If one were to believe the view of humanitarianism painted in this book, one would only see rich white people in business suits the author actually makes the absurd claim that humanitarians are likely to be working in suits than in the field , and that NGOs hire aid angels i.e hot women to appear in camera in complex emergencies in order to get funds The author also fails to distinguish between amateur non pr [...]

  9. Victoria

    In this brilliant eye witness account of the humanitarian aid industry, journalist Linda Polman gives us a glimpse into the problems faced by humanitarians all over the world whilst trying to prevent and alleviate human suffering Polman guides us, at times not so gently, into understanding that the aid industry is not at all how it is portrayed by the media.Insisting that aid organisations are businesses dressed up like Mother Theresa , Polman discusses the possibility that aid can be used as a [...]

  10. Madeline

    The book shows a ton of criticism to the current humanitarian industry, and gives plenty of reasons to back up said criticism, but lacks any concrete suggestions toward a solution If you are looking for a source to back negativity towards the aid industry, she gives great substance Be prepared for a long disaster filled history lessonwhich is really just telling you how the world works, she s on point with that one That being saide clearly makes her case and has valid reason to do so It s a good [...]

  11. Yana Shevkirova

    A very provocative account on everything that has happened during the years of humanitarian aid supply and distribution Seems to me that it can easily become rather disturbing for most of the people, who still hold an altruistic vision and believe in the principles of organisations such as the Red Cross Good examples of how aid can become politicized and how it can be used as a tool of war.Very, very disturbing, shocking at times and unforgettable, I d say.

  12. Alex Maxwell

    Great expose of the development environment and how it is practiced It has made me sceptical and will make me question even how my actions impact development on the ground The research is extensive and the book is really well written considering the subject matter I flew through it It s an essential read for anyone pursuing a career in humanitarian aid and who wants to know about how aid is implemented and practiced.

  13. Manuel

    One of the most interesting book I ve read recently.If you ve ever thought about donating or helping for an international cause, especially when it comes to material aid, have a look at this book.It s quite short, and explains how inevitable it is that most of the money ends up in the wrong people s pockets, and sometimes worsens the local situation It encourages the reader to think about media reporting on humanitarian crises, and to ask the right questions.

  14. Tom

    Essential reading Highlights deep corruption in much humanitarian work This brings it to life much than someone saying, it is a problem The inevitable conflict and use of aid agencies that arises when they are a major potential source of income Very sad, many anecdotes At times gets repetitive, which in itself illustrates how many saddening examples of what humanity becomes in war.

  15. Matt Reynolds

    It s not as easy as just giving humanitarian aid Giving aid sometimes means lengthening civil wars, supporting oppressive regimes and helping people that committed genocides before helping their victims.

  16. David Smith

    This is a preaching to the converted sort of book There wasn t much that I hadn t heard or experienced Anger was mixed with laughter I laugh because of the absurdity and I am angry because of the constant Catch 22 What to do Bottom line it had to be said.

  17. Liisa

    Eye opening look at some of the problems with the aid industry , I kept reading paragraphs of this aloud and irritating people, highly recommended

  18. VL

    I loved this book Linda Polman is excellent No nonsense, frank reporting Not an academic read, but she gives the reader a good sense of on the ground reality and frustration.

  19. Jane Walker

    Short but very much to the point, this is an examination of the aid industry It should make all of us think about the moral dilemma in giving aid which prolongs and funds conflicts.

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