American philanthropy has been undergoing a major resurgence in the last few decades, leading some to dub this a ‘golden age’ for giving. At the same time, wealth concentration and inequality, the gap between rich and poor, has been on the increase. Author of a new book called The Givers, David Callahan, explains why these two trends are fueling each other and what needs to change to avoid oligarchy.
In its latest bid to crack down on foreign funding of civil society, the Indian government has revoked the license of one of the country’s largest public health organizations to accept foreign contributions. Largely funded by the government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Delhi-based Public Health Foundation of India is a public-private partnership launched by the government in 2006.
Women’s rights advocates are celebrating the reactivation of a 2015 senate bill that makes gender-based killings, or “femicide,” a special circumstance in Uruguay.
Two new reports on the civil war in Yemen paint a picture of a fight where all sides are ignoring international laws – putting civilians already caught in the middle in greater danger.
The United Nations and the African Union took a step toward increasing cooperation and coordination between their organizations, signing a Framework for Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security. The agreement is intended to boost cooperation in preventing and responding to conflict in Africa. (VOA)
The U.N.’s human rights chief condemned a Burundian pro-government youth militia after a video surfaced showing rape chants by members.
Unrest has once again boiled over to violence in the Indian-ruled state of Jammu and Kashmir. In just four days of restored mobile internet over the weekend, a number of videos depicting violence against civilians went viral on social media.
The famine in South Sudan, unlike those created by drought in other parts of East Africa, is man-made. Anywhere from 100,000 to nearly 300,000 people in the region are believed to be facing starvation due to an ongoing civil war. The conflict has forced them to flee their communities, leaving behind crops or livestock, to hide in areas lacking food, and sometimes even water.
Human Rights Watch officials say there is an unprecedented number of sick and hungry Venezuelans immigrating to a northern state of Brazil, where authorities say the health-care system is ill-equipped to help them.
U.N. investigators discovered 17 mass grave sites in central Democratic Republic of the Congo, bringing the total to 40 documented in an area where the army has clashed with a local militia, the United Nations said. The sites were reportedly dug by Congolese soldiers after fighting with the Kamuina Nsapu militia in Kasai Central province in late March, a U.N. statement said. (Reuters)
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley wants to talk about human rights. Yesterday she did just that at the first-ever Security Council meeting dedicated solely to the topic. Although the U.S. mission celebrated the event as “history-making,” opposition from several member states prevented it from becoming a recurring agenda, and many human rights organizations are skeptical – even critical.
While the number of polio cases is at a historic low, new obstacles are delaying global eradication. The three remaining endemic countries – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan – are hampered by insecurity that makes it difficult to vaccinate all children against the disease.
World Health Organization officials said Tuesday that “unprecedented progress” had been made in reducing the spread of neglected tropical diseases in some of the world’s poorest communities.