August 30, 2014

ASU Hosts Public Forum On U.S. Role In Sudan

by Staff Writer The Mountain Times April 7, 2005 The brutal violence and killing currently taking place in Sudan has resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths. Secretary of State Colin Powell has called it genocide and the United Nations has described it as one of the worst humanitarian crisis of today. In response, an initiative is being taken by the Americans for an Informed Democracy (AID). Nationwide, the group is hosting more than one hundred town halls on the U.S. role in Sudan, as well as other issues in the future of U.S.-Africa relations … [Read more...]

Students discuss nuclear containment

by Erin Oliver Volante (University of South Dakota) April 6, 2005 Nine USD students gathered in the Continuing Education building March 30 to participate in a video conference regarding the nuclear containment of North Korea. Members of USD's branch of Americans for Informed Democracy, along with members of the Political Science League and others, spoke with students from Australia, South Korea and the United States during the discussion. The video conference, moderated by an AID official from World Bank in Washington D.C., lasted about two … [Read more...]

Emory students hold global chat

by Shelia M. Poole, Mark Bixler Atlanta Journal and Constitution April 6, 2005 Several Emory University students linked by video last week for two sessions with people from other U.S. colleges as well as the Netherlands, Cote d'Ivoire and Ukraine. They shared ideas about effective development strategies in the Third World and the U.S. role in democracy movements in Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and other countries in Central Asia. The video conference was arranged by Americans for Informed Democracy, a group that promotes global understanding among Americans … [Read more...]

Students, Sri Lankan Officials Exhange Idea Via Video Link

by Kellie Schmitt San Jose Mercury News April 6, 2005 Dozens of college students made plans to gather at campuses across the United States and Australia on Monday night to strengthen public awareness of South Asian tsunami victims as reports on the disaster were leaving the public eye. But on the same day they participated in the video conference, another earthquake rocked Indonesia and brought attention back to the region. ``It was really weird timing,'' said Quincy Tanner, a Stanford University freshman who attended the conference at Stanford. … [Read more...]

Official discusses role of U.N.

by David A. Nosko Indiana Daily Student April 6, 2005 The United States launched a pre-emptive strike against Iraq in 2002 without the unanimous support or approval of the U.N. Security Council, an international governing body the United States helped to create in 1945. Since then, members of the U.S. government, media outlets and the American public have debated the exact role the United Nations should play in U.S. international affairs. Such concerns have sparked a national debate about the inclusion or exclusion of the United Nations in … [Read more...]

Rice joins in videoconference with Sri Lankan Distance Learning Center

by Ruth Samuelson The Thresher (Rice University) April 5, 2005 Sri Lankan tsunami relief workers spoke to students at Rice and five other universities about the tsunami’s damage, recent restoration efforts and the country’s civil conflict in a videoconference Monday. The conference, “Rebuilding After Devastation,” was second in the Partners for Progress series, which aims to connect Americans with people from the regions hit by the Dec. 26 tsunami. The videoconference occurred only a few hours after an earthquake hit Indonesia, raising … [Read more...]

Darfur, again

Few would argue that these last weeks have been the UN’s finest. Though the organization has rarely been accused of efficiency, I would venture to say that its moral credibility has not often been at issue. Until now. Despite that (which is fodder for a different article), I’m somewhat proud of the UN’s performance in the last two weeks. Here’s why: March 24, 2005: The UN decides to send a 10,000 person peacekeeping force to Sudan. Though this is mainly to police the settlement in the South of the country (the government signed a peace treaty with … [Read more...]

Lessons From Anthrax Scare

by Peter Urban Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, CT) 4/14/05 WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon came under fire last week from two Connecticut lawmakers who worry that the military's top brass has learned nothing from anthrax attacks that killed five people in 2001, including Ottilie Lundgren of Oxford, Conn. At issue is the Pentagon's response to a mid-March anthrax scare in the Department of Defense mail facilities, which proved to be a false alarm. Sensors mistakenly detected anthrax contamination in a military mailroom at the Pentagon and a separate … [Read more...]

Congressman Joe Barton’s Weekly Constituent Email Update

by Joe Barton Barton Bytes April, 01, 2005 Greetings! Congress was in recess this week, but I have several news items to report from the district. Don’t forget to “spring forward” for daylight savings time this weekend. As always, I hope you’ll find this week’s Barton Bytes interesting and informative. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if there’s anything I may do to be of assistance. Best wishes, Joe Barton Member of Congress Intern participates in video conferences An intern in my Washington office was recently able to attend very … [Read more...]

UNO students organize global conference about international development

by Angi Sada UNO Gateway April 01, 2005 UNO students joined students from around the globe for a morning videoconference about international development and the role that the United States must play. The meeting, organized by Americans for Informed Democracy, took place Wednesday in Allwine Hall and was attended by seven students. In its first semester on campus, AID participated in a dialogue with students from Chicago, Atlanta, Cote d'Ivoire and the Netherlands surrounding the responsibilities of nations giving and receiving aid in … [Read more...]