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 Haley Bridger Times Record 09/15/2005 BRUNSWICK — Information equals power during a time of war. But how can people trying to view the conflict objectively distill the truth from reports presented by media agencies that have their own political agendas? That question hung heavy in the air Monday at Bowdoin College during a discussion of media bias concerning the Middle East. The day after the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Bowdoin College's chapter of Americans for … [Read more...]
by Brady Smith The Heights (Boston College) 9/15/05 With the nation's attempts at peace in Iraq, relations between the Middle East and the West remain uncertain, a topic explored by Salameh Nematt, Washington Bureau Chief of Al-Hayat, International Arab Daily, a newspaper based in London, and the Lebanon-Based Arab Satellite Channel (LBC). Nematt, who has worked as a correspondent for the BBC and Arabic Service and as an adviser to Jordan's Royal Court, focused on the numerous conflicts complicating those relations. "There are many wars going … [Read more...]
by Stephen Majors Bradenton Herald Thursday, Sep. 15, 2005 SARASOTA - To commemorate the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, New College of Florida students and faculty held a discussion Wednesday to explore the state of U.S.-Muslim relations. New College anthropology professor Uzi Baram was joined by political science professor Frank Alcock and Ahmed Bedier, the central Florida communications director for the Council on American Islamic Relations. The meeting was held in cooperation with a non-partisan organization … [Read more...]
by Staff Writer Juniata College Campus News September 12, 2005 HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- A variety of Juniata College student clubs have organized a series of events, titled "Salaam: Peace" designed to honor the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 and offer cross-cultural events to Juniata and its surrounding community. All the events are free and open to the public. The first event is a concert at 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9 in the ballroom in Ellis Hall, featuring Fatima El Haj Hassane, an oud musician. The oud is a Middle Eastern string instrument, … [Read more...]
by Nevada Carney and Rachel Nusbaum Washington Square News September 12, 2005 Days before political leaders from 191 countries will meet at the opening of the United Nations World Summit, youth leaders gathered Saturday at the Kimmel Center to discuss the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. The goals - a set of eight U.N. objectives set forth in 2000 that were approved by each nation and are supposed to be met by 2015 - include reducing extreme poverty by half, promoting gender equality and halting the spread of AIDS. The U.N. plans to … [Read more...]
by Eugene Kogan The Japan Times Sept. 11, 2005 NEW HAVEN, Connecticut -- Although buried by headlines from Iraq and Hurricane Katrina-devastated U.S. Gulf Coast region, the fourth round of six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program, about to resume in Beijing, presents the best chance yet to resolve diplomatically the simmering crisis on the Korean Peninsula. That's the good news. Unfortunately, the United States remains inflexible in its negotiation strategy. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has ruled out changing the sequence of the … [Read more...]
by staff writer Beloit Daily News September 10, 2005 Beloit College will host a Hope Not Hate town hall meeting 6-10 p.m. Monday in the Moore Lounge in Pearsons Hall. Several speakers will make presentations about long-term strategies for improving relations between Western countries and the Islamic world. Then the audience will be able to ask questions and discuss issues. The presentation is co-sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy and the Beloit College Arabic Club. Similar town hall events are taking place at colleges throughout the … [Read more...]
by Staff Writer Richmond.com September 09, 2005 On the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the University of Richmond will hold a remembrance ceremony on campus. Also on Sunday, Virginia Commonwealth University will hold a vigil for victims of Sept. 11 and Hurricane Katrina. UR, which lost four alumni and numerous parents and friends in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington - will hold the remembrance ceremony Sept. 11 at 2:30 p.m. The observance will begin at Gumenick Quadrangle, where four stone … [Read more...]
by Jenna Alifante The Review (University of Delaware) Tuesday, September 6, 2005 Most of the university's students were either in diapers or not yet born when the first event to unite the world in the fight to aid Africa took place. However, this past July, they, along with an estimated 3 billion others across the globe, witnessed a monumental event in which artists, actors, politicians, religious leaders, social advocates and everyday citizens banded together to make their voices heard. The worldwide event was Live 8 and the impact has yet to be … [Read more...]
by Mike Batell AIDemocracy Online September 2005 This week, officials from over 170 nations will converge in New York City for the largest gathering of world leaders in history. The UN World Summit will focus in part on advancing programs to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, a set of eight measurable targets for the reduction of extreme poverty and disease in developing countries to which 191 nations have committed themselves, including the United States. Perhaps the best public policy document exemplifying the sacred American value of … [Read more...]