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UN’s Sigrid Kaag: Is starvation an Israeli weapon in Gaza? | Israel War on Gaza

UN’s Sigrid Kaag: Is starvation an Israeli weapon in Gaza? | Israel War on Gaza

[ad_1] Senior humanitarian and reconstruction coordinator for Gaza discusses developments on the ground and diplomatic hurdles. More than 200 days into Israel’s war on Gaza, the death toll has surpassed 34,000 while more than 77,000 Palestinians have been wounded. Amid the destruction and ongoing violence, the United Nations appointed Sigrid Kaag as its senior humanitarian and reconstruction coordinator for Gaza. With her experience navigating the European Union’s varied positions on the conflict, Kaag leads crucial relief efforts. As the world waits for a ceasefire and an end to the violence, the question arises: “What will ‘the day after’ look like for Gaza, once the war is over?” Sigrid Kaag, UN senior humanitarian and reconstruction coordinator for Gaza, talks to Al Jazeera. [ad_2] Source link

‘An Archaic Country,’ Dark and Bright | Sigrid Nunez

‘An Archaic Country,’ Dark and Bright | Sigrid Nunez

[ad_1] Women can do everything, and men can do the rest. I first heard the proverb thirty years ago when I was teaching English as a second language to Soviet Jewish immigrants at a place called NYANA (the New York Association for New Americans). My female students relished quoting it, and, probably because they always prefaced it with “In Russia we say,” I have remembered it as “Russian women can do everything.” I remember also that, when I was a child and before I had ever met any Russian person, the thought of a Russian woman brought either of two starkly contrasting images to mind: an ethereally lithe and beautiful young dancer costumed as a swan, or a burly woman of indeterminate age with a weathered face, wearing a babushka and gripping the huge wheel of a tractor. Whenever I heard the proverb—and despite my knowing that it takes far greater muscle to dance Odette/Odile than to drive a tractor—it was the tractor driver I saw. All this came back to me as I read …