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M A R C H 2 0 1 2 / F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L
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Iran Project
(
www.iranproject.org
),
an unofficial initiative that has been
suggesting diplomatic strategies and
encouraging direct U.S.-Iran discus-
sions for nearly a decade. For the past
three years, the Iran Project has pro-
posed specific ways to contain Iran’s
nuclear program and wall it off from
developing weapons, and to engage
Iran in a dialogue on other regional is-
sues.
— Susan Brady Maitra,
Senior Editor
An Ounce of Prevention
The Center for Preventive Action,
part of the Council on Foreign Rela-
tions, recently released the results of
its fourth annual preventive priorities
survey. It lists 30 potential interna-
tional conflicts that could erupt during
2012
(
www.cfr.org/conflict-preven
tion
), gr
ouped into three tiers of di-
minishing severity in terms of their ef-
fect on U.S. interests.
At the top are potential conflicts
that would directly affect the U.S, such
as intensification of the European sov-
ereign debt crisis, a cyberattack on
U.S. infrastructure and an Iranian nu-
clear crisis. Other contingencies in this
first tier include a large-scale attack on
U.S. soil or a treaty ally, a North Ko-
rean crisis, political instability in Saudi
Arabia, and increased turmoil in Mex-
ico due to drug trafficking.
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SITE OF THE MONTH:
www.thehungersite.com
We featured TheHungerSite.com
,
which focuses the power of the Internet on the
eradication of world hunger, as our Site of the Month in the January 2011 edition
of Cybernotes. But given this issue’s focus topic, it seems only appropriate to spot-
light it again.
Since its launch in June 1999, the site has established itself as a leader in on-
line activism. More than 300 million people from around the world have donated
more than 808 million cups of staple food by clicking on the yellow “Click Here to
Give — It’s Free” button. (Though you can only donate once a day from any sin-
gle computer, you can access the site from home and work to double your contri-
bution if you wish.)
The donations are paid for by site sponsors and distributed to those in need by
Mercy Corps
(www.mercycorps.org); Fe
eding America
(www.feedingharvest.org),
formerly America’s Second Harvest; and Millennium Promise
(www.millennium
promise.org). A
s the site notes, 100 percent of sponsor advertising fees goes to
the site’s charitable partners to aid hungry people all over the world, including the
United States.
As a bonus, The Hunger Site acts as a portal to seven sister sites, which gen-
erates donations to fight breast cancer, promote child health and literacy, feed and
assist homeless and hungry veterans, treat children with autism and raise aware-
ness of the issue, protect rainforests and support animal rescue initiatives, re-
spectively. (Icons for each site are prominently displayed at the top of The Hunger
Site homepage.)
Visitors can help even more by shopping for items displayed on each of the
eight sites. Each online store offers a wide array of fair-traded, handcrafted items
from around the world.
— Steven Alan Honley, Editor