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-Title: ONGistán
-Author: Jordi Raich
-Publisher: Endebate 2014
-Language: Spanish
-Pages: 59
-ISBN: 978-84-9992-427-4

ONGistán is the land of humanitarians, a philanthropic species native of a territory without borders, plagued by wars, jealousy, power struggles and competition over funding and public image. The numerous multinationals operating in ONGistán sell to us timeless sought-after products: charity, solidarity and peace of mind in exchange for a donation.
ONGistán candidly analyzes, from the direct experiences of its author in over 30 countries, the reality on the ground, the lights and shadows of the humanitarian circus, the arrogant and public self-praise always devoid of self-criticism, the abhorrence and frustrations amongst humanitarians, their disappointment to discover that planet solidarity can be inhuman and hostile. Digital edition by Endebate available in Kindle, ePub and pdf formats. Download now the book from any online store and you will travel to ONGistán in a minute.
-Title: Bogotá: Grafiticity
-Author: Jordi Raich
-Publisher: Kindle Edition 2013
-Language: English / Spanish
-Pages: 160
-ASIN: B00B3H66AC

Bogotá is the heart of Latin American street art. This book compiles 158 works of its creativity of urgency, fear and fury of a developed country in development, of a nation at war, of violence and coffee, vallenato and coca, individualism and hospitality, museums and criminal bands,
theatres and corruption, shrimps and frying, choking pollution and downpours, multimillionaires and multimiserables, of a land of magic and tragic realism. Love and hate in spray strokes. You can read this book on the Amazon Kindle and on any PC, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, BlackBerry or Android by downloading the free Kindle software for your device. Click here, download the program and you will be enjoying the best Colombian Street Art in a few minutes.
-Title: El caos sostenible
-Author: Jordi Raich
-Publisher: Península 2012
-Language: Spanish
-Pages: 208
-ISBN: 978-84-9942-130-8

El caos sostenible is the Spanish edition of Guerres de plàstic, updated with a new foreword on the Arab Revolution that started in Tunisia and spilled over Libya, Egypt, Yemen, the Persian Gulf and the Middle East. Chaos is sustainable, a key lesson I learnt during decades of work in
wars all over the world. Palestinians and Israelis are the paradigm of sustainable chaos. At war for 60 years in a land of miracles, zeal and violence. A place you love in the morning and hate in the evening. To realize that Palestinians and Israelis will carry on fighting for another 60 years while the world seeks a non-existent solution, frees the spirit. Then we discover the people, the land and the sentiments that the media’s overreporting bluntly ignores.
-Title: Guerres de Plàstic
-Author: Jordi Raich
-Publisher: Cossetània 2008
-Language: Catalan
-Pages: 168
-ISBN: 978-84-9791-327-0

The chaos is sustainable, a lesson I learnt during decades of work in wars all over the world. And when chaos becomes part of the daily life, the future ceases to exist, happiness and sadness are measured in seconds, and life adapts itself to destiny.
Palestinians and Israelis are the paradigm of sustainable chaos. At war for 60 years in a land of miracles, zeal and violence. A place you love in the morning and hate in the evening. To realize that Palestinians and Israelis will carry on fighting for another 60 years while the world seeks a non-existent solution, frees the spirit. Then we discover the people, the land and the sentiments that the mass media’s overreporting ignores.
-Title: El espejismo humanitario
-Author: Jordi Raich
-Publisher: Debate 2013
-Language: Spanish
-Pages: 392
-ISBN: 978-84-9992-386-4
-ASIN: B00GM28E1W

Digital edition in all main formats: ePub, pdf or mobi. Download it now and you will be reading the book in a few minutes. Narrated in first person, El espejismo humanitario gathers the author's concerns and experiences during 25 years of work for humanitarian organizations in a score
of wars, famines, floods and epidemics throughout the planet. Humour, sadness, sociological essay and anecdote combine to explore the limits of political and moral boundaries, and the difficult relationships between the humanitarian worker and those around him: selfish victims, crooked politicians, touchy journalists, fanatic soldiers... Writing in a provocative and revealing style, the author divests humanitarian aid of its underserved aura of sanctity in order to humanize it and make it more understandable.
-Title: El espejismo humanitario
-Author: Jordi Raich
-Publisher: Debate 2004
-Language: Spanish
-Pages: 388
-ISBN: 84-8306-590-8

Narrated in first person, this book collects the author's experiences and concerns during 25 years of work for humanitarian organizations in a score of wars, famines and epidemics throughout the planet. Humour, sadness, sociological
essay and anecdote combine to explore the limits of political and moral boundaries, and the difficult relationships between the humanitarian worker and those around him: selfish victims, crooked politicians, touchy journalists, fanatic soldiers... Writing in a provocative and revealing style, the author divests humanitarian aid of its underserved aura of sanctity in order to humanize it and make it more understandable.
-Title: AfganiSatán. A través de un país maldito.
-Author: Jordi Raich
-Publisher: Kindle Edition 2010
-Language: Spanish
-Pages: 286
-ASIN: B0044DEZOG

AfganiSatán. A través de un país maldito, is the digital and revised edition of Afganistán también existe (see next book below). You can read this book on the Amazon Kindle and on any PC, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, BlackBerry or Android
by downloading the free Kindle software for your device. Click here, download the program and you will be reading the book in a few minutes. The author lived and worked three years in Afghanistan, and was a privileged witness of the birth of the Taliban. AfganiSatán depicts an array of disparate characters and weird situations, and shows how Afghan men and women survive armed conflict, poverty and despotism with a mixture of astuteness, humour and hospitality.
-Title: Afganistán también existe
-Author: Jordi Raich
-Publisher: RBA 2002
-Language: Spanish
-Pages: 286
-ISBN: 84-7901-892-5

Between the years 1994 and 2002, the author lived and worked three years in Afghanistan. During that period of time he was a privileged witness of the birth, rise and fall of the Taliban movement, and met with many of its shadowy leaders and eccentric commanders. But, first and
foremost, in Afganistán también existe Jordi Raich takes the reader through the passions, worries, contradictions and fears of ordinary Afghans. Its pages depict an array of disparate characters and weird situations, and shows how Afghan men and women survive armed conflict, abuse, poverty and despotism with a mixture of astuteness, humour and hospitality. A book full of life, love, irony, wisdom and laughter amid a population and a country in turmoil.
-Title: Ethical Evolution of the Humani- tarian Idea
-Author: Jordi Raich
-Publisher: Kindle Edition 2012
-Language: English
-Pages: 62
-ASIN: B008MD13MG

Revised Kindle Edition of the essay Ethical Evolution of the Humanitarian Idea. You can read this book on Amazon Kindle and on any PC, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, BlackBerry or Android by downloading the free Kindle software for your device. Click here to download the
program and read the essay in a minute. The author analyzes the ethical evolution that propelled humanitarianism to the top of the international scene and its star remedy: the humanitarian intervention. He reviews its versions and outcomes: Why taking the side of the victims is a way of taking no sides? Are the provision of relief and the defense of human rights compatible? Is humanitarian intervention the last refuge of humanism? What is more humanitarian to eliminate the evil or to do good?
-Title: Ethical Evolution of the Humani- tarian Idea
-Author: Jordi Raich
-Publisher: Cuaderno para el debate 2002
-Language: English
-Pages: 68
-DL: B-2763/03

By reducing Human Rights to the right to be alive, humanitarianism has replaced the ideological discourse to become a substitute for politics and justice. The author analyzes the ethical evolution that catapulted humanitarianism to the top of
the international scene and its star remedy: the humanitarian intervention. He reviews its different versions and embarrassing side effects: Why taking the side of the victims has become a way of taking no side at all? Are the provision of relief (humanitarianism) and the defense of human rights (justice) compatible? Why humanitarian intervention is the last refuge of humanism? What is more humanitarian to eliminate the evil or to do good?
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Co-author

-Title: Was Gabo an Irishman?
-Co-author: Jordi Raich
-Publisher: Papen Press 2015
-Language: English
-Pages: 250
-ISBN: 95-84-662-023

-Other Co-authors: K. Attman, P. Dale, T. Buendia, G. Burnyeat, N. Dalton, T. Daze, S. Duncan, K. Howlett, C. Mansell, C. Mc Gowan, E. Newbery, C.I. Reyes, J.M. Rodríguez, C. Post, C. Strickland, B. Wills, A. Santillan, F. Weerstra y J. Wong
-Edited by: C. Doherty de Novoa, V. Kellaway y R. Mc Coll
In Bogotá, a Spanish humanitarian worker attends a funeral without a body, as a storm of yellow butterflies swirls outside. In the jungle, an English anthropologist finds a community fighting to survive. In the Andes, an Australian farmer faces a guava-throwing witch. This book gathers 26 essays by writers who have lived in Colombia. With magical rain, young lovers and grumpy old men, these stories are very Colombian and universal. Available in print and Kindle for any device with the free apps you can get here.
-Title: Humanitarismo militar, militaris- mo humanitario
-Co-author: Jordi Raich
-Publisher: Centre Delàs 2007
-Language: Spanish / Catalan
-Pages: 144
-ISBN: 84-611-9498-8

-Other Co-authors: Carlos Taibo, Itziar Ruiz-Giménez, Francisco Rey, Pablo Muelas, Xabier Aguirre, Alejandro Pozo and Antonio Martínez y de los Reyes
-Edited by: Alejando Pozo and Sabina Puig
Is it true that military operations provide a safer environment to humanitarian action and better access to populations in need? Humanitarianism is characterized by its independence, impartiality and neutrality. However, military operations always respond to political interests. Two opposed and yet interconnected realities. A situation that creates tensions and worries many humanitarian agencies and aid workers. A challenge that deserves further analysis and debate.
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-Title: No a la guerra
-Co-author: Jordi Raich
-Publisher: RBA 2003
-Language: Spanish
-Pages: 156
-ISBN: 84-7901-992-1

-Other Co-authors: Alfonso Armada, Bru Rovira, Magda Bandera, Vicente Partal, Antonio Lafuente, Manuel Leguineche, Rafael Ramos, Ferran Sales and Suso de Toro
-Preface: Maruja Torres
-Edited by: Dolors González
The advent of the so-called Global War on Terror, and the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, caused widespread concern and protests all over the world. In the confused political and social context of the early XXI century, this book is an attempt to denounce double standards and to reveal the reality and the inconsistencies behind the lies. War correspondents, writers, essayists and political analysts put forward their arguments to say No to war.
-Title: No a la guerra. Les raons contra l'atac a l'Iraq
-Co-author: Jordi Raich
-Publisher: Ara Llibres 2003
-Language: Catalan
-Pages: 168
-ISBN: 84-932886-6-7

-Other Co-authors: Alfonso Armada, Bru Rovira, Magda Bandera, Vicente Partal, Antonio Lafuente, Manuel Leguineche, Rafael Ramos and Ferran Sales
-Preface: Maruja Torres and Suso de Toro
-Edited by: Dolors González
From the preface by Maruja Torres:
"A book written with urgency, but with no haste. With a sense of opportunity, but without opportunism. A book full of reasons, written by experienced reporters. Vital words to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to the Truth, the first victim of conflict. Each chapter shows one face of this troubling prism. And, once finished reading it, we realize that we have received an honest and passionate lesson against war."
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-Title: Before Emergency. Conflict Prevention and the Media
-Co-author: Jordi Raich
-Publisher: University of Deusto 2003
-Language: English
-Pages: 200
-ISBN: 84-7485-906-9

-Other Co-authors: J. Marthoz, G. Aybet,, P. Caldeira, M. Siemens, H. Heintze, J.M. Pureza, J. Cravinho, C. Bruhn, V. Firmo, R. Hudson, M. Salamanca and T. Cunha
-Edited by: Mariano Aguirre, Francisco FFerrándiz and Jose Manuel Pureza
Conflict prevention is a challenging concept for the media because journalists work most of the time on current affairs, reporting what is going on now, not trying to change the course of events in the medium or long term. Yet, the media can also play a determinant role in conflict prevention by providing swift and reliable information about emerging or potential conflicts to local and external actors. This knowledge is vital to understand the feasibility of conflict prevention.
-Title: Fogo sobre os media: Informaçao e crítica em conflitos armados
-Co-author: Jordi Raich
-Publisher: Quarteto 2003
-Language: Portuguese
-Pages: 181
-ISBN: 989-558-019-3

-Other Co-authors: M. Aguirre, S. Ryan, M. Sollenberg, M. Öberg, E. Markiewicz, L. Bizimana, J. Steele, P. Caldeira, R. Hudson and M. Salamanca
-Edited by: Jose Manuel Pureza and Francisco Ferrándiz
This book explores the extremely complex relationship between the media and armed conflicts. It turns around three fundamental debates: knowledge and information; right to information and news manipulation; and war and peace journalism. Fogo sobre os media puts around the table academics, activists, decision-makers and journalists and invites them to engage in an in-depth discussion, share their experiences and face their ambiguities and contradictions.
-Title: Guerra y olvido. Los conflictos armados y los Estados frágiles en África subsahariana
-Contributor: Jordi Raich
-Publisher: Intermón 2002
-Language: Spanish
-Pages: 149
-ISBN: 84-8452-116-8

-Other Contributors: M. Aguirre, J. Vera, C. Bruhn, R. Meneses, M. González, C. Gourlay, F. Almansa, P. Escudero, J. Ocharán, I. Tamarit and D. Sogge
-Edited by: M. Aguirre and C. Bruhn
Armed conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa have a catastrophic human, political and economic impact. Their consequences affect the lives of millions of persons, the natural resources and infrastructures. African wars are rooted in the distortions created by the colonial system, social inequalities, injustice, lack of democratic institutions and foreign interventions. The African continent is being forced into the global world in an unfair and dependent way.
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Editor

-Title: El laberinto humanitario
-Edited by: Jordi Raich
-Publisher: Acento-MSF 1999
-Language: Spanish
-Pages: 217
-ISBN: 84-483-0421-7

-Authors: Aurelio Arteta, Serge Malé, Mbyi Kabunda, A. Navarro, M. Bayón, Trudy Harpham, A. Torres, Juan M. Muñoz, Stephan Oberreit, Vicenç Fisas, Virgilio Sañudo, Mariano Aguirre, David Bassiouni and Rony Brauman
-Edited by: Jordi Raich and Rafael Vila-San Juan
This book aims at enriching the quality and diversity of the humanitarian debate while exploring the challenges, dilemmas and contradictions of humanitarianism and its actors. Amongst other topics, El laberinto humanitario explores the moral values that guide us, the finances of aid, the healths crisis and the prevention of conflicts. A very comprehensive and provocative volume written by relief workers, politicians, donors, journalists, philosophers, CEOs, anthropologists and military officers.
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