October 24, 2014

Reflections from Yemen

The commentary below comes from an AID member currently living in Yemen: I woke up this morning to the sound of sirens. Living just 5-minutes from the airport I assumed that something had happened there. I didn’t have time to satisfy my curiosity because I was already running late for work. So I hurried to the main street where I normally pick up one of the local mini-buses.  When I hit the street I was shocked. The southern city of Aden, where I currently live, is the most liberal in all of Yemen. The country was divided into North and South … [Read more...]

Increasing Foreign Aid, Improving Foreign Aid

After returning from yesterday’s AID conference in New Haven, foreign aid was on my mind. Fighting for What’s Right (see link), one of AID’s exciting upcoming initiatives, is tackling the tricky topic of global development. In the organizing session we held for Fighting for What’s Right, the enthusiasm among the 400+ conference attendees was palpable. So I figured it was high time to re-familiarize myself with the issues at hand. In my readings, two main points have emerged. 1. We are at a historic moment. Never in my lifetime has so much attention … [Read more...]

Global development discussed at conference

by Angela Carter New Haven Register 7/24/05 NEW HAVEN — The world is plagued by a widening gulf between the rich and poor, speakers at a seminar Saturday said. "If you try to look at the world as one country, it would be a country that’s very, very poor," Tufts University professor Adil Najam said during the conference at Yale University’s Sheffield Hall. There is a deep economic divide between rich nations and the world’s four billion poor, he said. "Our world is a Third World country," said Najam, associate professor of international … [Read more...]

Students Prepare To Take On The World’s Problems

by Jim Farrell Hartford Courant 7/24/05 NEW HAVEN -- MacKenzie Rawcliffe borrowed her parents' car and drove from Bangor, Maine. Taryn Porzio traveled from Waterbury. Daniel Zizzamia came from South Windsor and Delilah Denley from Washington, D.C. They were among more than 400 people, mostly students but a few young professionals, who gathered Saturday at Yale University's Sheffield Hall for a conference to raise awareness about global development. "There are so many misperceptions out there," said Seth Green, executive director of Americans … [Read more...]

Muslim moderates must speak up

by Eugene Kogan Norwich Bulletin July 21, 2005 'You'll never forget 9/11, we'll never forget this" said a British doctor to an American journalist in the wake of the July 7 London terror attacks, which claimed the lives of 56 and injured 700 people. If atrocities such as these are to be prevented, people in Western countries must learn tough lessons from these tragedies. Since 9/11, Americans have come to believe terrorism was practiced by extremists from "over there" (Middle East) against innocents "over here." This misguided belief has been … [Read more...]

Widow leads factions past Mideast conflict: Israeli’s message is that love can overcome history

by Gretel Kovach The Dallas Morning News July 14, 2005 ARLINGTON – The Israeli war widow traveled to North Texas to tell Muslims and Jews they can live together in peace. Israeli peace activist Hagit Ra'anan (right) and student Robert Gonzales lay out flags to illustrate Ms. Ra'anan's point: a line may separate one place from another, but people are people on both sides of the line. The power to heal the deepest pain and loss is inside us all, if only we love one another with a childlike heart unclouded by the bitter leavings of politics and … [Read more...]

After the London Bombings: Revising Strategies to Fight Terrorism

As an American student living in England until just two weeks ago, I was deeply affected by the July 7th bombings in London. The incident was confirmation that scaled-up intelligence and security is necessary but far from sufficient to prevent terrorist attacks. Resource constraints and the tradeoff between security and personal freedom make it impossible (and indeed undesirable) to secure all public spaces. While I applaud discussion on the “deeper determinants” of terrorism such as poverty and social exclusion, there is also a need for … [Read more...]

Students Circle the Globe

by Heidi Koester Northwestern Alumni Magazine Summer of 2005 At 13,000 feet above sea level on Bolivia's desolate Altiplano, Robin Kazmier took the first steps of a 96-mile religious pilgrimage from La Paz to Copacabana, a small town on Lake Titicaca's southeastern shore. Kazmier, then a Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences junior, hiked 70 miles in 28 hours. Weinberg senior Sarah Bush studied modern history and politics at St. Anne's College at the University of Oxford in England and founded a chapter of an international student organization … [Read more...]

The Labors of Chinese Students

The following was written by Bryan Townsend, an American student at the University of Cambridge who is now studying at Peking (Beijing) University in China: While recent news from China has been dominated by discussions of currency revaluation and China’s military budget, my conversations here have centered around the rigor and dedication of Chinese students. At a time when Western industrialized countries find themselves having to adjust to the economic realities and, sometimes, pains of globalization, the dedication among Chinese students to hard work … [Read more...]

Impacting Policy with Student Ideas

I just wanted to pass on the New York Times article below about an interesting new student initiative to impact policy with student ideas. I’ll acknowledge that I’m biased to the cause since I know the group’s leaders and they’re wonderful… but I think the article speaks for itself in saying why this is such an important effort. Best wishes, Seth The New York Times - 5/25/2005 - Hoping to Make Policy Waves, and Graduate, Too Click here to read the article on the New York Times' Website By MICHAEL FALCONEPublished: May 25, 2005 STANFORD, Calif. - Most … [Read more...]