February 27, 2015

Connected by a common concern: MU students talk to others worldwide about helping poor nations reach goals

by Kevin Mundt Marquette Tribune September 22, 2005 Students from around the world connected via videoconference Tuesday night to discuss ways that countries such as the United States can assist underdeveloped nations reach their U.N. Millennium Development Goals. Representatives from the Philippines, Timor-Leste, San Francisco State, the University of Utah and Marquette participated in the "Realizing the Millennium Development Goals" forum at the John P. Raynor, S.J. Library's Distance Learning Center. During the conference, participants also … [Read more...]

U. students discuss global poverty

by Deborah Bulkeley Deseret Morning News Wednesday, September 21, 2005 Technical difficulties didn't stop a handful of University of Utah students from joining a global video conference on ending poverty Tuesday evening. The recent tragedy of Hurricane Katrina reminded the world of the devastation the impoverished face in natural disasters, U. junior David Thatcher said, using a cell phone to call in because of a faulty Internet connection. "We live in a time when we have more resources than we ever have before," Thatcher said. "What is … [Read more...]

Video Conference Held to Discuss Poverty, Disease and Environmentalism: Conference is part of nationwide series

by Katrina Van Loan San Francisco State XPress September 21, 2005 What do students in East Timor, the Philippines, Utah and Wisconsin have in common with students at SF State? Plenty, it seems. Nonprofit organization Americans for Informed Democracy held a videoconference on Tuesday, Sept. 20 that allowed students to discuss issues ranging from poverty and disease to environmentalism. The videoconference was held as part of a nationwide series, “Fighting for What’s Right,” which seeks to generate national and international dialogue about … [Read more...]

Coming to the AID of democracy: U.N. representatives open up to university students for discussion on global poverty during World Summit

by A-J ARONSTEIN Cavalier Daily September 20, 2005 "This summit has been an incredible failure," said Peru's U.N. representative Tina Vargas. She was speaking viavideo conference to students around the nation, including approximately 40 University students in Zehmer Hall Friday. The conference, organized by Americans for Informed Democracy (AID), gave students the opportunity to speak directly with leaders at the U.N. World Summit in New York. "I was excited about the turnout," said fourth-year College student Alaina Moonves, who represented … [Read more...]

Making Poverty History through…Bribes?!

There’s an interesting piece in this week’s Economist (see link) on a poverty-alleviation policy in Latin America called conditional cash transfers (known as “CCT’s”). Last weekend many of us AID-ers gathered in New York City for the Young Global Leaders Summit on Realizing the Millennium Development Goals. We learned how increasing levels of foreign aid, ensuring smarter foreign aid and canceling debt are some of the key policies that we in developed nations can undertake to ensure development in the third world. Some attendees, including this one, … [Read more...]

Reflections from Dubai

The following post comes from Sam Abrams, an American who has just moved to Dubai. “Don’t they all hate Jews there?” asked my 17 year old brother. “Yes,” answered my grandmother. The dialogue had not skipped a beat, but the rhythm of the conversation did not convey the colossal difference in the thought of the two speakers. My brother had asked the question in an attempt to sincerely yet nonchalantly inquire about how my Jewish identity would affect my four month stay in Dubai. My grandmother’s response though was far more literal. To her and many … [Read more...]

Bates students link with U.N. delegates

by Daniel Hartill Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME) September 17,2005 WORLD VIEW: Bates College student Emily Hoffer, left, was part of group of students participating in a videoconference with a United Nations panel on Friday. Bates College was one of several colleges throughout the country participating in the conference. LEWISTON - Before they could aid efforts to fight worldwide poverty, a classroom of Bates College students gathered Friday to join a nationwide link. Huddled around a conference table and big-screen TV, the 17 local students … [Read more...]

Salameh Nematt discusses Islamic-Western relations

by Jenna Fernandes Brandeis Hoot September 16, 2005 Salameh Nematt, Washington Bureau Chief of Al-Hayat International Arab Daily in London, gave a talk and fielded questions Monday afternoon regarding Islamic-Western relations. The event, entitled “Hope, not Hate,” focused on the “long-term strategy for improving relations between the West and the Islamic world” and was a commemoration of the four year anniversary of September 11th, according to the Brandeis Calendar description for the event. He began his talk with a diagnosis of what he … [Read more...]

Development-U.S.: Katrina Survivors Demand Right of Return

by William Fisher Inter Press Service News Agency September 16 NEW YORK, Sep 16 (IPS) - On the morning after U.S. Pres. George W. Bush promised to carry out "one of the largest reconstruction efforts the world has ever seen", a coalition of African American leaders laid out their vision of what needs to be done to restore the physical and human damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina. The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) urged Pres. Bush and Congress to "set an inclusive and … [Read more...]

Journalist assails U.S. foreign policy, bemoans timid media

by Judith Wexler Tufts Daily September 16, 2005 A Jordanian journalist spoke to students on Tuesday, Sept. 13 about the role and perception of the United States in the Middle East. Salameh Nematt, the Washington, D.C. bureau chief of the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper, was invited by Tufts' chapter of Americans for an Informed Democracy (AID). This is the first year that the University has had such a chapter. "The reason why there is vicious anti-Americanism in the Middle East is that the U.S. is perceived as this big evil," Nematt … [Read more...]