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Recent happenings from the TNGO Initiative

Stephen Kinzer, ''Are human rights activists today’s warmongers?''

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ALMOST EVERYONE likes the idea of human rights. The phrase itself is freighted with goodness. Supporting human rights is like supporting world peace.

The modern human rights movement began as a band of outsiders, fighting governments on behalf of the faceless and voiceless. President Jimmy Carter brought it into the American foreign policy establishment by naming an outspoken assistant secretary of state for human rights. This meant that concern for the poor, the brutalized, and the imprisoned would be heard in the highest councils of government.

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Fascinating visualization of long term changes in global poverty

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This set of data visualizations represents in a very accessible way how much global poverty has changed in the past couple of decades. How have TNGOs contributed to these changes?

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University is looking for a hero

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At a gala dinner on November 20, 2014, special guest Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, will present the Maxwell Spirit of Public Service Award to an individual or organization whose contributions to the public good epitomize the highest ideals of the School.

We are currently seeking nominations for this prestigious award.  Nominees may be drawn from the Maxwell community or from the world at large.

Do you know someone who fits the bill?  Or can you pass this along to friends and colleagues who might have ideas?   For the full criteria or to nominate someone, please go to   The deadline for submissions is June 6, 2014.

Rafia Zakaria, ''The White Tourist's Burden''

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"Growing Western demand for altruistic vacations is feeding the white-savior industrial complex..."

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