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Creating an NGO Culture in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

When I started working on U.S.-Soviet relations in the 1980s, I encountered my first GONGO. This was a "government-organized non-governmental organization." It was like something out of Alice in Wonderland.

Helping From Outside: Interview With Aryeh Neier

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

In the wake of the changes of 1989, many outside organizations rushed to East-Central Europe to see how they could be involved. But there was one organization that didn't have to rush to East-Central Europe because it was already there.

The Other Gay Rights Case: Why Today's Obscure Supreme Court Decision Is More Important Than We Think

Jay Michaelson | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Jay Michaelson

Most commentators on the Supreme Court will regard June 20 as the day that the big thing didn't happen: No decision on marriage equality. But in fact, a lesser-known decision will have a wide-reaching, positive impact on LGBT equality, and civil rights generally, worldwide.

White House Holds Call With Major Foundations About Gun Control

Posted 01.11.2013 | Impact

President Obama may be tapping the philanthropic sector for support in gun violence prevention measures. As part of President Barack Obama’s gun...

The 250

John Feffer | Posted 09.02.2012 | World
John Feffer

In March 1990, I entered East Germany for the start of nearly seven months of travel throughout Eastern Europe. In my backpack, I carried an early version of a laptop and a cutting-edge portable printer.

Buy A Bride: Roma Girls Glam Up For Bridal Market

AFP | Diana Simeonova | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOGILA, Bulgaria -- The first Saturday in Lent feels like any other market day in this tiny village in central Bulgaria, but fruit and vegetable stall...

Soros on Egypt and America's Complicity in Egyptian Nightmares

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

America does not have a magic wand to turn totalitarian regimes into well-functioning democracies, but there are times when the balance in America's strategic relationships must shift toward the vital importance of popular will.

"Progressive Hunter" Jailhouse Confession: How the Right-Wing Media and Glenn Beck's Chalkboard Drove Byron Williams to Plot Assassination

John Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John Hamilton

Fifteen years after militia-movement-inspired bombers killed 168 people in the Oklahoma City federal building, right-wing domestic terror plots are a fact of life in America.

U.S. Urges Allies To Investigate WikiLeaks

The Huffington Post | Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Today's AfPak round-up: WikiLeaks clashes with rights groups. Five leading human rights groups, including Amnesty International and George Soros's ...

A New Kind of Investing: The Philanthropy Secretariat in Liberia

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rahim Kanani

After 14 years of civil war, Liberia's democracy is just beginning to turn a new page, and a group of strategic international philanthropists are hoping to play a role in catalyzing that process.

Fix Night Raids in Afghanistan

Jonathan Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jonathan Horowitz

While international forces in Afghanistan have killed fewer civilians in 2009 than in previous years many Afghans still feel abused and angry. One of the main reasons is night raids.

My Pride and Hope for Haiti

Michèle Pierre-Louis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michèle Pierre-Louis

As I sift through the ruins of my home, I have hope. I am more convinced now than ever that we will put Haiti back together -- not as it was but as it should be.

ACLU Loses $20 Million Donor, Said To Be David Gelbaum

New | STEPHANIE STROM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A longtime anonymous donor to the American Civil Liberties Union has withdrawn his annual gift of more than $20 million, punching a 25 percent hole in...

UK Muslims Are Europe's Most Patriotic

Times Online | Chris Gourlay | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Muslims in Britain are the most patriotic in Europe -- but more than a quarter in some parts of the country still do not feel British, according to a ...

If Skip Gates Lived in China and Other Stories of Racial Profiling Around the World

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phillip Martin

In many parts of China, without the protection of an American passport, Ivy League credentials, diplomatic status or fame, dark skinned people find themselves branded as a drug dealers or worse.

Somalia Focus: Q&A On Pirates, Politics, and Poverty

Susan Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Susan Ryan

A gang takes people hostage and hopes it will make them millionaires because the government of those hostages will step in and pay the ransom. Governments have created a market.

Delivering Social Good via Technology as Economy Collapses

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

As the economy continues to spiral downward, the need for that long-cherished legal concept of pro bono assistance to those with growing legal problems has skyrocketed.

From Guantanamo to Accountability and Beyond

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

President-elect Obama made known his intention to close the Guantanamo detention facility. The projected closure raises a plethora of issues.