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.
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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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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 … [Read more...]
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...]
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 … [Read more...]
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...]
by Josh Dormont Gaines Junction: Undergraduate Journal of History Spring 2005 JOSH DORMONT is a graduating senior at Cornell University in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a History major with concentrations in European Studies and International Relations. He is the President of the Cornell Chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy, and a researcher with the Nathan Hale Foreign Policy Society. The paper was written under the supervision of Professor Walter LaFeber “This is our fourth rendezvous with destiny: to lead the world at a time … [Read more...]
by Laurie Cataldo Penn State Collegian March 31, 2005 About 15 Penn State students gathered in Old Main last night to participate in a videoconference with college students around the world about the current political situation with North Korea. The students joined others in Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Kalamazoo, Mich., Vermillion, S. D., Canberra, Australia, and Seoul, South Korea, to talk about nuclear weapons, humanitarian aid and democracy in North Korea. The videoconference is part of Americans for Informed Democracy's (AID) "Red, White … [Read more...]