Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time

Rescue Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time We are in the midst of a global refugee crisis Sixty five million people are fleeing for their lives The choices are urgent not just for them but for all of us What can we possibly do to help With co

  • Title: Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time
  • Author: David Miliband
  • ISBN: 9781501154393
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Hardcover
  • We are in the midst of a global refugee crisis Sixty five million people are fleeing for their lives The choices are urgent, not just for them but for all of us What can we possibly do to help With compassion and clarity, David Miliband shows why we should care and how we can make a difference He takes us from war zones in the Middle East to peaceful suburbs in AmericaWe are in the midst of a global refugee crisis Sixty five million people are fleeing for their lives The choices are urgent, not just for them but for all of us What can we possibly do to help With compassion and clarity, David Miliband shows why we should care and how we can make a difference He takes us from war zones in the Middle East to peaceful suburbs in America to explain the crisis and show what can be done, not just by governments with the power to change policy but by citizens with the urge to change lives His innovative and practical call to action shows that the crisis need not overwhelm us.Miliband says this is a fight to uphold the best of human nature in the face of rhetoric and policy that humor the worst He defends the international order built by western leaders out of the ashes of World War II, but says now is the time for reform Describing his family story and drawing revealing lessons from his life in politics, David Miliband shows that if we fail refugees, then we betray our own history, values, and interests The message is simple rescue refugees and we rescue ourselves.

    One thought on “Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time”

    1. A short and important book that puts the refugee crisis in perspective.David Milliband the CEO and president of the International Rescue Committee in New York underscores individual and institutional responsibility towards the refugees and argues against policies that vilify them. He states that blurring the distinctions between immigrant and refugees in populist narrative is a symptom of global societies' failing moral standards and a betrayal to the Declaration of Human Rights. The book needs [...]

    2. Short and sweet, Rescue is effective in highlighting the magnitude of the refugee crisis. The book isn't incredibly content heavy; it reads more like an extended speech that Miliband is giving as opposed to a policy discussion. Would have liked to hear more about what the IRC does or more concrete solutions to help refugees.

    3. As Foreign Secretary in Gordon Brown's government, David Miliband was an atypical chief diplomat, especially by introducing social media into the daily life of foreign service, a domain that is usually very reluctant when it comes to transparency and public exposure. After finishing his mandate and losing the political battle in his own Labour party against his brother, Ed, he is currently the CEO of the US-based International Rescue Committee (IRC). In this quality, he become acquainted with th [...]

    4. Rescue is a passionate plea for the world to aid refugees, whose number has increased to the point where the word 'crisis' might not be too extreme. The author, David Miliband, is now head of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). He had been Foreign Secretary in Tony Blair's government. But he is also the child of refugees and intersperses his plea with parts of the story of his parents and his own experience in politics.His argument, expanded from a TED talk he gave, will not convince those [...]

    5. neoliberal rubbish. New Labour wasn't Torry lite! Now, let's us all use capitalism, NGOs and avoid democracy as much as possible to patch the damage our terrorism and evil does and make a profit while we're at it! How about we stop invading, undermining or terrorising foreign nations? How about we do something about climate change instead of things like Paris which are, in essence, lies. Iraq was a mistake? No it was deliberate, a war of aggression no better than Hitler and Poland, and both you [...]

    6. I found this book somewhat on accident and am so glad that I decided to read it. This book helped me understand the ongoing "Refugee Crisis" by defining what a refugee is and what refugees need to integrate into everyday life. The first part of the book David Miliband, the author, talks about his background. That was less interesting to me, but read until the end and you won't regret it. It's a book I wish everyone would read!

    7. If you don't have a background in migration studies or international aid this book is probably quite interesting, but I found a lot of this book was facts and figures I have heard a thousand times before or explaining in quite basic terms why aid is necessary. There are parts about his previous life in politics and early life which were interesting but just felt it overall lacked any insightful commentary on the state of international aid and its response to 'the refugee crisis'.

    8. Thought provoking examination of the global refugee crisis and a roadmap for how to consider their productive integration into society. Miliband weaves his own story into the mix as a parallel to the flight of refugees from Syria and other areas of recent strife. I think he does gloss over some large issues like employment pressure on lower wage working native citizens but a good quick read for a fun debate in the pub, a classroom or the halls of Congress.

    9. Excellent book. An easy read although a hard-hitting topic. Really clearly explained and even with some help on what an individual can do to help.

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