April 20, 2014

Kasturi Puntambekar – Marketing and Fundraising Fellow

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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Official promotes oil conservation: SUVs, demise of public transport to blame for increase in climate change

by Michael O'Brien The Heights (Boston College) October 27, 2005 Deron Lovaas, a representative of the Clean Air and Energy department of the National Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) Washington, D.C. office, warned of the critical situations concerning global climate change and depletion of oil in his lecture Tuesday evening. The NRDC is an environmentalist organization comprised of about 1 million lobbyists. It aims to ensure a healthy environment for all living things, said Lovaas. Lovaas focuses on transportation and its effects on the … [Read more...]

Expert discusses U.S. policy in Age of Terror

by Brad Brinkman Kalamazoo Index October 21, 2005 International security expert Julianne Smith paid a visit to the Kalamazoo College campus on Tuesday, Oct. 25 to discuss the current international climate and the future of the relationship between the U.S. and the world in the age of terrorism. In front of an engaged crowd in the Olmsted Room, Smith outlined the premises of the book she recently co-authored entitled America and the World in the Age of Terror. In this study, she and her colleagues at the Center for Strategic and International Studies … [Read more...]

Students partake in AIDS, poverty awareness

by Reuben Pereira The Beacon (Florida International University) October 21, 2005 Many have seen the black and white commercials on television featuring a parade of celebrities, such as Brad Pitt and Paul "Bono" Hewson, urging regulars to help in the fight against global AIDS and extreme poverty. On Oct. 12, students of different ethnic backgrounds, races and nationalities united at the Graham Center Ballrooms in support of "Fighting for What's Right", a program sponsored by the ONE Campaign, a high profile, celebrity-driven push to rally … [Read more...]

Speakers highlight plight of poor in debt-ridden countries

by Diana Oleszczuk The Daily Northwestern October 19, 2005 While living in Kenya, Wahu Kaara has seen mothers die because they could not reach the hospital in time to deliver their babies. She said she has seen young people who “cannot dream their dreams.” She has seen the gap between the rich and the poor become “frightening,” and she has seen people die from lack of food. “When we are talking about debt burdens, we are talking about death,” Kaara said to about 40 people in Annenberg G15 Tuesday night. “I have no doubts in my mind that we … [Read more...]

Reaching for Middle East peace

by Saba Riazati DAILY BRUIN (UCLA) 10/19/05 As though walking into a secret underground meeting of activists trying to make a difference in politics and ideology on the other side of the world, students slowly filled a small lecture hall above capacity Wednesday night during a town hall meeting held to discuss one organization's steps toward conflict resolution in the Middle East. The forum was hosted by OneVoice – an organization that seeks compromise between Palestinians and Israelis through educational campaigns aiming to depolarize … [Read more...]

Israelis, Palestinians push for activism: Student leaders held a town hall as part of a worldwide tour of U.S. college campuses.

by Meilee Wong The Daily Trojan (USC) 10/18/05 A Palestinian film director and an Israeli youth leader spoke to USC students Monday night as a part of the One Voice town hall forums, a worldwide tour of college campuses hoping to inspire youth activism. The event was part of "Hope not Hate," a speaker series by the student-led organization Americans for Informed Democracy. About 40 students attended the event in Grace Ford Salvatori Hall. Palestinian director Hanna Elias' work with the One Voice Peaceworks Foundation started when he was a film … [Read more...]

Speaker promotes middle eastern democracy

by Mason Moseley The Daily Tarheel October 13, 2005 Democracy in the Middle East is possible, and young people can lead the way, said a leading expert on Islam and democracy Monday. Radwan Masmoudi, president of the Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy in Washington, D.C., addressed UNC students during a town hall meeting in Carroll Hall, the first of several presentations to be held at various universities in North Carolina. He talked about the social and political problems facing Islamic nations, particularly Arab states, and the … [Read more...]

Students break global barriers in video talk

by Sharon Stello Davis Enterprise October 12, 2005 While most Davis residents were just waking up, taking their first sips of coffee or commuting to work at 7 a.m. Tuesday, some UC Davis students were discussing relations between Western and Muslim countries with peers around the world. A group of 14 UCD students talked face to face with students in Lebanon, France, Belgium, Ecuador and several American states in a live video conference organized by Americans for Informed Democracy, a nonpartisan, student-led agency working to raise global … [Read more...]

Clergy press UN on agenda

by Jane Lampman The Christian Science Monitor 09/12/2005 Whether it's in Sudan, Haiti, Indonesia, or New Orleans, religious communities are regularly on the front lines responding to dire human need. In one among a multitude of instances last week, Lutheran World Relief redirected health kits usually meant for refugees overseas to people caught in hurricane Katrina's path, to help them maintain personal hygiene until they could be relocated. Yet churches' commitments across the globe also put them in the forefront of those seeking long-term … [Read more...]

‘Rights Issue Could Detract 6-Way Talks’

by Park Song-wu The Korea Times October 4, 2005 Seoul must urge its allies to focus on nuclear disarmament, the main issue of the six-party talks, as Washington is paying much attention to human rights in North Korea, Eugene B. Kogan, a North Korea expert, wrote in a recent contribution article. ``The Bush administration has recently been drawing unusual attention to the issue of human rights in North Korea, which, while important, is an unnecessary and dangerous distraction from the problem du jour, North Korea's nuclear program,’’ he said in … [Read more...]