December 21, 2014

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...]

Challenging Americans’ Insular View of the World

by William Pfaff Tribune Media Services May 11, 2005 A year ago, this writer received an email from a young American who was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford. He had liked my newspaper columns and wrote to me because he thought I might have some advice for American students overseas, like himself, who were concerned about the serious disagreements in the United States over the Iraq war, and were upset that the views they had formed of US foreign policy — after living and studying abroad — conflicted with the ideas of their families and friends at … [Read more...]

Americans Must Understand the Bush Doctrine

by Eugene B. Kogan The Waterford Times March 11, 2005 Oscars are worth watching after all. Millions of Americans who tuned in for the Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, saw Chris Rock take shots at President George W. Bush's foreign policy. However inept Rock's comparison of the U.S. invasion of Iraq to The Gap's war against Banana Republic, Hollywood -- unlike the vast majority of Americans -- was holding the Bush Administration accountable by talking openly about this important national issue. The unfortunate truth is that foreign policy is not … [Read more...]

N Korean Threat to Stability At 2300 GMT on Saturday, N Korea launched a long-range missile into the sea, about 100 km from its launch point. This should come to no surprise, because the BBC article notes the US warned Tokyo that N. Korea was close to testing its first nuclear warhead. It was after all, the US intelligence that reported this missile test to Japan, "Tokyo had been informed by the US military of the North Korean test, believed to have been carried out at 0800 (2300 GMT on Saturday)." As I noted in my … [Read more...]

American Congress-Bundestag Youth Participate in Bringing the World Home

by Isidro Barragán CDSsense (The Magazine of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals) Spring 2005 Caption: American Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals participants Elaine Goeders, Eva Moore and Isidro Barragán at the Americans for Informed Democracy-sponsored conference in Berlin, Germany. The weekend I spent in Berlin attending the Bringing the World Home conference, sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy (AID), was much more than simply leaving Munich for a weekend, revisiting my favorite … [Read more...]