The Foreign Service Journal - January/February 2014 - page 15

ooking for a New Year’s resolution that is easy and painless to keep, yet
does real, tangible good? Bookmark
We actually featured its precursor,
The Hunger
, as our Site of
the Month in the March 2012 edition
of Cybernotes (as this department
was then known). Last year the site,
which will celebrate its 15th anni-
versary in June, was expanded and
rebranded as
But its purpose and setup remain
the same: to focus the power of the
Internet on advancing good causes.
Greater Good
focuses on a spe-
cific project each month and also serves as a portal to
The Hunger Site
seven sister sites, each with its own specialized mission. These range from
fighting breast cancer and diabetes, treating children with autism and raising
awareness of the issue, and promoting child health and literacy, to feeding
and assisting homeless and hungry veterans, protecting rainforests and
supporting animal rescue initiatives. (Icons for all nine sites are prominently
displayed at the top of the
Since the site’s launch in June 1999, 300 million people from around the
world have donated more than $30 million simply by clicking on the button
labeled “Click Here to Give—It’s Free.” That’s it!
The donations are paid for by site sponsors and distributed to those in
need by various charities and corporations. For
The Hunger Site
, these include
As each site notes,
100 percent of sponsor advertising fees goes to the site’s charitable partners.
Visitors can help even more by shopping for items displayed on each of the
nine sites. Each online store offers a wide array of fair-traded, handcrafted
items from around the world.
—Steven Alan Honley, Editor
Shortly after the activist traveled on
to Spain, however, he was arrested in
response to a Russian request issued
through Interpol. Silaev spent eight days
in prison, then had to surrender his pass-
port and stay for six months while fighting
extradition. Though a Spanish court even-
tually dismissed the Putin government’s
request, ruling that his arrest was politi-
cally motivated, Interpol has yet to remove
Silaev’s name from its database.
Americans are also at risk, as a recent
Heritage Foundation paper (“Necessary
Reforms Can Keep Interpol Working in the
U.S. Interest”) warns.
In retaliation for his campaign to pub-
licize Russian human rights abuses, Mos-
cow police asked Interpol to arrest William
Browder. The investment banker was
instrumental in U.S. passage of the 2012
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