Kasturi is a senior at American University in Washington, D. C. and is majoring in History with a minor in Psychology. Originally from a rural town in Massachusetts, she has worked in the development sector of non-profit organizations around the Capital and has enjoyed learning new and innovative ways of communicating with donors and foundations. She is looking forward to exploring new methods of promoting the cause of Americans for Informed Democracy and reaching out to the greater D. C. community in the process. As a student of a highly politically engaged university in the nation’s capital, she believes that students must be heard and can contribute greatly to the country’s endeavors on the international scale. In her free time, she enjoys Indian classical dance and cooking.
Kasturi Puntambekar – Marketing and Fundraising Fellow
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Originally Posted: 10 Reasons Why Traveling Will Make You A Better Person By: Scott Percelay If you have the opportunity to pack your bags and go, do it. Go alone if you have to. Don’t do it for vacation. Don’t do it for luxury. Don’t do it to take pictures for your Instagram account. Do it because it will make you a better person. And here’s why: 1. Learning to be alone. Have lunch with yourself. Sit with your thoughts and be okay with them, whatever they are. Love yourself whole-heartedly, especially in times of … [Read more...]
By Shahid Ahmad The 2008 Pixar film Wall-E would make it seem as if the future contained nought but obese, lazy, and technologically-dependent sluggards. Amazon’s recent announcement of a straight-to-the-home delivery drone would seem to confirm this view. In fact, Amazon’s recent announcement reflects the rapid change that the retail industry has undergone over the past few decades. Retail super-chains like Walmart have seen increasing pressure from online competitors, who can offer greater product variety, and often, more reasonable … [Read more...]
By Sridutt Nimmagadda The rise of the human species has fundamentally changed the Earth, enough so that this era has been named the Anthropocene by contemporary paleontologists and anthropologists. A recent article by Elizabeth Kolbert for National Geographic (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/03/age-of-man/kolbert-text) studies this trend through the scientific lens in order to find out how our ascent as a species literally shaped our planet. This is the work delegated to stratigraphers, people who dedicate their lives to the study of the … [Read more...]
By Natasha Baker “Discontent is the first necessity of progress” – Thomas Edison I am often indignant, and I sometimes wonder if the negativity inherent in such an attitude is healthy or productive. Sometimes I question if my frustration with the status quo is worth it or if I am simply making noise to no end. Sometimes there is so much bad news out there that it’s hard to figure out how to help even if you want to — even if you think it is worthwhile. Sometimes I wonder if I alienate myself through my criticism of the world around … [Read more...]
By Breanna Bellatti Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai says the Sharia Law practice of stoning as a punishment for adultery will not be a part of the country's new law code. This announcement comes after political leaders and human rights groups denounced proposed draft legislation that would have included stoning as a legitimate punishment for specific crimes. Punishment for adultery is not an outdated concept, nor is it unique to Islamic law. Twenty-two states in the US have laws against adultery containing punishments ranging from small fines to … [Read more...]
By Jonas Bruun, Lauren Gifford, Robbie Watt Originally posted on the Institute for Policy Studies website. As negotiations at the annual UN climate summit enter their final days, three participants weigh in on what's hot - and what's not - at COP19. Warsaw, Poland during COP19 (photo: Lauren Gifford)This is the second week of the annual UN climate summit, hosted this year in Warsaw, Poland. Governments and activists gathered here on pushing for to make sure key provisions on lowering greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to a warming world, … [Read more...]
By Gao Qinglian When I was in primary school in China, my teacher told me: “Know your enemy well, and then you will become omnipotent.” Based on this principle, my teacher encouraged the study of America’s history, culture and language. Nowadays, America has definitely become more of a friend than an enemy for China, but students in China still study our ally across the Pacific Ocean. I’m not sure if many young Americans take note of what’s happening politically in China, but if they were to pay attention right now, they would certainly … [Read more...]
Originally Posted On: Young People For by Gabriela De Golia Campaign finance reform and the impact of money in our elections are often thought of as important political issues, but rarely as youth issues. Little is said about the effects of massive corporate political spending on the lives of our nation’s young adults. But while allowing wealthy special interests to pour unlimited money into our political system harms everyone, it is especially detrimental to young people. In a system where politicians can win elections by outraising their … [Read more...]
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Cleaning Up Their Act: World Toilet Day Highlights Governments’ Basic Duty to Provide Functional Sanitation Systems
By Natasha Baker A good sanitation system is one you never have to think about. It is the definition of efficient government: the unglamorous work that makes daily life safer, more pleasant and more convenient. Since I moved to Fortaleza (the capital city of Brazil’s Northeastern state Ceará), I have thought about sanitation a lot. Deficiencies in the public sanitation system impact my daily routine and I’d like to share those with you here: · Bathroom breaks: You can’t throw toilet paper in the toilet in Brazil. The sewer systems … [Read more...]