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Programmed for war

From microscopic weapons to fully automated robotic fighting machines, the technology of warfare is changing rapidly. As the first Geneva Convention of 1864 turns 150 years old this year, we look to the future and ask whether humanitarians and the rules of war will be able to keep up with the next generation of weapons.

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Resources about weapons and warfare, now and in the future


‘Hello, my name is Bot and
I’m here to help you.’

Some say ‘bots without borders’ will revolutionize the way humanitarian assistance is delivered in the next 10 to 20 years. If so, is there a danger of taking the ‘human’ out of ‘humanitarian’ assistance?

 

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Robo-phone to the rescue


Digital witnesses
Cell phones have helped make digital mapping a key part of emergency response. Might today’s digital tools also help track and prevent war crimes?

 

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Conflict mapping 3.0


Does virtual war need rules too?
Highly realistic first-person shooter video games put players in the boots of soldiers. These virtual combat games are played by millions of people, including military units during training and recruitment. Should they therefore better reflect the realities and rules of war?

 

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Virtual disaster
SimCity computer games now include a Red Cross response



Focus
Humanitarian action 2064

In this special feature, illustrator Pat Masioni takes us on an imaginative ride into the year 2064 — 200 years after the first Geneva Convention was signed. This colourful, fast-paced feature looks at how humanitarian law might apply in an era of soldier robots, high-speed drones, non-lethal weapons and robotic humanitarian workers.


Statutory meetings  
From Sydney, with love

The forward-looking agenda of last November’s statutory meetings in Sydney, Australia took on many current and future challenges, from climate change to the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals agenda.

 


Genocide
Looking back, moving forward

Twenty years after genocide tore apart this small central African nation, many in Rwanda face a monumental personal challenge: never to forget what happened in 1994 lest it be repeated, while at the same time putting the past behind them so they can move on with their lives.

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20 years later, new stories to tell


Emergency response
Timeline of a tragedy

21 September 2013 started as just another typical Saturday morning at Nairobi’s popular Westgate shopping mall. When members of a Somali militant group began shooting, the mall became a scene of chaos, blood and fear. This minute-by-minute account tells of the memories and lessons that Kenya Red Cross volunteers and staff took from that tragic day.


150 years of humanitarian action
Our stories, our history
To mark this year’s World Red Cross Red Crescent day, people around the world tell of their personal connection to the Movement. Here, volunteers of Africa’s oldest National Society share their stories and give their views on humanitarian action.


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More stories, more history


In Brief
A summary of Red Cross and Red Crescent activities around the world including: Egypt, Colombia, Indonesia, Syria, Ecuador, Guinea and our latest Humanitarian index, providing statistics on the world of the Irish Red Cross in prisons.





Guest editorial
The will to defeat genocide
Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and former Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Republic of the Gambia.

 


Resources
The World Disasters Report 2013; a new Health care in danger video; Nutrition guidelines; Water and habitat Public health engineering during armed conflict; and more Movement publications


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