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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Even in Kosovo, which looks like the most altruistic of this wave of interventions — the British prime minister, Tony Blair, insisted at the time that NATO had intervened in defense of “its values, not its interests” — the reality was far more complicated. Americans wanted no part of war; they had thought their troops were there to do good. Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today!

We know this in our daily lives. Apr 03, Becky rated it really liked it Shelves: They had not given up lives and jobs in the West to save the families of s Central Africa’s equivalent of the Nazi SS. Rieff, a veteran journalist and author of several books Slaughterhouse: To sympathize in the way that the television images invite us all to do is not difficult.

A Bed for the Night

He is very pessimistic about the future of humanitarianism, and predicts that it will continue to be co-opted by Western militaries keen to use aid in order to dabid domestic gains as well as strategic advant David Rieff analyses the history of humanitarianism in the late 20th and early 21st century.

Must redeem within 90 days. I feel that the ending of the book might be radically different if written today, largely because of Afghanistan and Iraq. Jun 18, Armineh Nouri rated it really liked it. Yes, of course we in the West who live in such privilege should care more. Is that really so little?


A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis

Johnston was successful in persuading the United Nations to take a more militarized approach to the crisis, and in getting the administration of George Bush senior to commit U.

A Bed for the Night: For while our viewer’s conscience may be alerted, what he or she has seen remains basically incomprehensibile. Simon and SchusterOct rievf, – Political Science – pages. Abstract During the s, the world bore witness to a startling number of atrocities, from the much-publicized massacres in Bosnia and the genocide in Rwanda, to the lesser known civil wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo and flr Sudan, which themselves claimed millions.

Rieff is very critical of the humanitarian organizations. In the end, it is less a question of motives than of structures.

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I was introduced to it in a class I am taking, but continued to read the rest of it that wasn’t assigned. I am anxiously awaiting my opportunity to see for myself the work on the ground and then decide tje Rieff is on the mark or completely off Not sure that I share his critical viewpoints but then again, I have not spent as much time in the field. Part of the problem is thd.

This would be a demonstration of the triumph of hope over experience if ever there was one. As for the destruction of buildings, to our grandparents and great-grandparents, destruction was not the fall of two towers, however tragic, but the ruin of whole cities.

It is for this reason that humanitarians’ reliance on the power of images, and on the utopian fantasy of a global village of moral concern, is such a trap. If you’re really into these issues, this might be a good enough read.

And unless it is your own country that is doing the shelling and the sniping, or perhaps offering davif protection, or, as in the case of the United States in Afghanistan, a bit of both, how is it possible to remember and how is it possible to understand in any meaningful way?


View Full Version of PW. But NATO acted as much because, after Croatia and after Bosnia, it had decided, however belatedly, that it had had enough of Slobodan Milosevic and Serbian nationalism and was determined to stamp out this ethnic fascist rebellion in the European backlands once and for all, as it did out of any deep-seated sympathy for the Kosovars.

A Bed for the Night: The photographs of the Nazi concentration camp inmates after they had been liberated by Russian, American, or British forces are often cited as utterly transforming by people who saw nihht when they first appeared in newspapers or were shown in movie theaters.

Somalia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo, East Timor, Afghanistan — these are places that capture the attention of mainstream, nonspecialist journalists only when a disaster is taking place. As one of those officials, Fabrizio Hochschild, a veteran of Sudan, Bosnia, and Kosovo, would recall later, “In a perfect world, we would have screened people.

Just a daavid while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It is not just the voyeurism with regard to the sufferings of others that television engenders and against which Ignatieff rightly warned that makes the experience of watching horrors like the Rwandan genocide or the refugee emergency in Afghanistan on television a far less certain path to solidarity than the ideologues of the globalization of consciousness pretend.

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

Think again, if you can bear to, of Auschwitz. Can we drop bombs in order to save lives? No trivia or quizzes yet.