Nicholas Kristof

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1 Film Review: Half the Sky is half humanitarian heroics, half celebrity ego trip

Cross-posted from Seattle Globalist: A review of Half the Sky, a PBS film celebrated for championing women’s empowerment worldwide. This reviewer says the celebrities hurt this celebration. By Cyan James —————————————————————————————————————————– Newsflash: being a woman is surreal. Last night I was supposed to be at the gym. So I could…

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2 Happy Thanksgiving: Two thought-leaders on things getting better

Thanksgiving tends to produce a standard stock (schlock?) of stories that fit the holiday theme and also appear to be produced based on the assumption nobody actually reads them. Stories about turkeys, shopping, hunger, obesity, the wackiness of American family life or maybe the pilgrims. You can usually guess what…

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0 “Amateur aid” and a close look at One DIY’s Wages

You may recall the flap caused by Nicholas Kristof’s article in the New York Times about “Do-it-Yourself” foreign aid — about individuals and small groups trying to make the world a better place, on their own. Some of those DIYers, or “amateur aid” organizations, will be among the participants at…

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0 More reactions to NYT’s Kristof DIY foreign aid idea

Journalists are always looking to stir up discussions and Nick Kristof certainly has caused a stir with his celebration of individual efforts in development, or as he called it DIY foreign aid. I posted last week to refer readers to Dave Algoso’s article in Foreign Policy in which Algoso took…

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9 Foreign Policy: Nick Kristof is wrong

Nick Kristof of the New York Times recently wrote a popular article about individuals launching humanitarian efforts that he celebrated as the “D.I.Y. Foreign Aid Revolution.” The humanitarians he profiled (most were women … Kristof’s thesis is that women are more focused on helping the most vulnerable, which are often…