April 25, 2014

Abroad experiences motivate juniors to start AID chapter

by David M. Kaufmann The Collegian (University of Richmond) February 17, 2005 Three former study-abroad students are determined to bring the world home. They are in the process of founding a Richmond chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy (AID), a non-partisan organization focusing on America's role internationally. The students, Alicia Surdyk, Ashley Weathersbee, and Elleni Ghebremicael all attended AID's Berlin Summit last semester. "Many Americans don't understand how important our role is globally," Ghebremicael said. "That's what AID … [Read more...]

Bringing the World Home: Life after Study Abroad

by Stacey Umans De Madrid al cielo… (Middlebury’s Magazine for Students abroad in Madrid) February 2005 On December 10-12, 2004, two hundred and ten American students spent the weekend in Berlin, Germany, to work together and share ideas in the common effort to bring home what they learn while studying abroad. The “Bringing Home the World” Conference was organized by Americans for Informed Democracy, a nonpartisan organization that works to raise global awareness at more than 175 U.S. university campuses and in more than 10 countries. The conference … [Read more...]

Political Apathy Overwhelms C.U.

by Julie Geng Cornell Daily Sun 2/9/05 Apathy is the most prevalent political problem on campus today, student leaders of major political organizations claimed. Liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, members of active political groups on campus agree that most students just don't seem to care. "I think student apathy is one of the biggest challenges facing universities across the country. Obviously it's vitally important for students to know what's going on in the world and to register to vote and to actually vote," said Michael … [Read more...]

Public forum at UPS will focus on Africa

by David Wickert The News Tribune 2/8/05 The University of Puget Sound will host a forum on “The Future of U.S. Relations with Africa” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Trimble Forum on campus. Speakers will include Lewis Macfarlane, a former foreign service officer with the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs; Peter Gishuru, president of the African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest; and Ann Lewis, former U.S. Agency for International Development officer, Rwanda. The event is sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy. It is free … [Read more...]

Tsunami Relief – in Someone Else's Words

I encourage everyone to read this editorial in the Sacramento Bee. … [Read more...]

Keeping track of the aid

by Rachel O'Bern Oxford Student 2/05/05 The Asian tsunami appeal raised one of the largest sums in charity history. Rachel O'Brien attended a videoconference in Oxford with Sri Lankan victims and government officials to see how effectively the money is being spent It wasn't quite what we'd expected. Perhaps we were being naïve. The tsunami videoconference had been billed as an opportunity to speak "face to face" with victims of the enormous natural disaster, one month on. It was the chance to discuss openly what is being done with Western aid, … [Read more...]

Hot Air

I got quite a shock today. First of all, the sun is shining in Berlin, a true rarity. As I sat by my window, enjoying the sunshine and reading the transcript of Bush's State of the Union Address (the time difference prohibited me hearing it live), I wondered what I might say about it in my post today. But nothing seemed that remarkable - nothing really surprised me, though I was happy to learn of a fresh effort to acheive peace in the Middle East: "To promote this democracy, I will ask Congress for $350 million to support Palestinian political, … [Read more...]

Groundhog Day

Well, here it is, the 2nd of February. Here in Berlin, there's no chance any groundhog would see his shadow; the grayness just hangs in this city. But rather than contemplate prognosticating rodents, I've been remembering the film "Groundhog Day," in which Phil, played by the illustrious Bill Murray, relives the same day over and over. Sometimes I feel like this happens to me. With only small variations, I relive the same news stories every day. When I sit at my kitchen table in the morning and try to wake up, the BBC makes noises in my general … [Read more...]

Schools Call Sri Lanka

Political Apathy Overwhelms C.U. by Julie Geng Cornell Daily Sun 2/9/05 Apathy is the most prevalent political problem on campus today, student leaders of major political organizations claimed. Liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, members of active political groups on campus agree that most students just don't seem to care. "I think student apathy is one of the biggest challenges facing universities across the country. Obviously it's vitally important for students to know what's going on in the world and to register to vote and to … [Read more...]

Bad Policy vs. Tough Choices

Here are some selected excerpts from a recent opinion column by Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations: "...it is neither desirable nor practical to make democracy promotion the dominant feature of American foreign policy....There is no realistic way that democracy will arrive in either North Korea or Iran before nuclear weapons do....The United States has a vital interest in China helping to eliminate the North Korean nuclear program, in Russia helping to eliminate the Iranian one, in Pakistan going after al Qaeda, in Israelis … [Read more...]