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Will refugees be protected from climate change?

This post follows up on episode 5 of the MissionCreep podcast.

You may remember hearing about a family of four from Tuvalu who fled their country, moved to New Zealand and applied for protected status or residency last year. They claimed that if they were returned to Tuvalu, their life would be endangered and they’d be subject to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. The family stated that they had no land or relatives in Tuvalu, that the father could not find a job there and that they had a lack of access to drinking water. The difference between this and many other asylum cases is that the main perpetrator wasn’t other people or groups; it was climate change and the resulting sea level rise.

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Last Week Today: 26 September 2014

Committed to giving you last week’s globaldev news today

Peruvian writer Isabella Tanikumi is suing Disney for $250 million, claiming they  stole her life story – the story from the movie Frozen.

Yes, she says a movie that features a talking snowman and a kingdom that’s trapped in winter was based on her life. Because she wrote a book about growing up in the mountains, and, you know, Frozen has mountains. And also, it has the same “feelings” as the book. We wonder if Tanikumi has a pet reindeer, too?

The week in news

Tragically, Soldiers of the Caliphate, an Algeria-based group loyal to ISIS, beheaded French hiker Herve Gourdel and released an all-too-familiar video online.

The U.S. has begun launching airstrikes against ISIS, a move that’s facing an unusual lack of resistance from peace activists. Meanwhile, the French government has a new name for ISIS, and they’re not too happy about it.

Despite intense scrutiny from human rights groups, Australia is set to sign a resettlement deal, which will send refugees seeking asylum to Cambodia.

This time last week, we were waiting to see if the world would have a new country – but Scotland voted to remain part of the U.K. (although Scots will be “incandescent” if London backs out on promises of increased sovereignty).

Emma Watson gave a speech on feminism, which introduced the UN’s “He for She” initiative, and it went viral. The speech earned her a huge amount of fanfare, a lot of criticism and a threat to release nude photos, which turned out to be “just a hoax” (but, really not).

Photo from MoodyChick.
Photo from MoodyChick.

The week on the blog

From voluntourism to ice buckets: Narcissism in social media

With the hype of the #IceBucketChallenge mostly over, Alison Rabe explains what it revealed about our narcissism and social media addiction – and how it’s not so different from voluntourism. Really, we’ll do anything for a good profile pic.

Disability is not our priority area

After submitting proposals for disability-focused projects, WhyDev Co-Founder Weh Yeoh has gotten too many rejections saying, “Disability is not our priority area.” In an open letter, he explains why it should be.

Death on the mission

Being an aid worker often means living in countries with low life expectancies and high mortality rates. And that almost inevitably means losing friends and colleagues at some point. The Guerilla Researcher wants to start a conversation about coping with death in the field.

The week in globaldev

“Asia” is a Western construct. | The Diplomat

Traits of politically-smart, locally-led development | From Poverty to Power

Wartime sexual violence is more than a “weapon of war.” | Monkey Cage

A take-down of Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s empire | Truthout

Why is West Africa so spectacularly ill-prepared to handle Ebola? | Africa Is a Country

Drones as a tool for activism? | ICTworks

The crippling costs of measuring progress on the SDGs | The Guardian

Just in case anyone still thought One Laptop Per Child was effective | Development That Works

What about the safety of national NGO staff? | Aid Leap

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