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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.


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India blocks foreign funding for health group backed by Gates Foundation

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.

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South Sudan: Conflict brings famine as communities are left behind

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.

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News in the Humanosphere: U.N. uncovers 17 mass graves in DR Congo

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)

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Nikki Haley’s first Security Council meeting on human rights met with criticism

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.

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