November 26, 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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Congress Expects Less Thunder in Iraq Debate

by David Lightman, Washington Bureau Chief Hartford Courant December 29, 2005 Will unemployment drop below 25 percent in post-election Iraq ? Will Iraqis see themselves as Iraqis? Exactly how many Iraqi troops have been adequately trained by U.S. forces? These are the kinds of detailed questions Washington lawmakers will be asking about Iraq in 2006, questions that go beyond this fall's fiery debate over troop-withdrawal timetables. In the days after the Dec. 15 Iraq elections, tempers have cooled in Washington. And while Congress … [Read more...]

AIDS Awareness Events

by Joseph Wen SBU Pulse December 12, 2005 Recently, Stony Brook students participated in a number of events to commemorate 2005’s World AIDS Awareness Week. Students had the opportunity to discuss AIDS awareness, via teleconferencing, with counterparts at seven other universities, including two located in Africa. The event was focused on the current efforts and future roles of established, developed nations in combating the disease. Run by campus organization Visions, the event was sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy, an organization … [Read more...]

Film looks at peace ops in Congo

by Sophia Minnaert Marquette Tribune December 8, 2005 The aftermath of a five-year civil war in the democratic Republic of the Congo was presented to about 20 Marquette students Tuesday in documentary form. The documentary, "The Peacekeepers," focused on the United Nations' Peacekeeping mission in the Congo from summer 2002 to spring 2004. Five million Congolese lost their lives during the war, while 55 million remain alive in areas fraught with war, disease and malnutrition. Despite the end of fighting, chaos still presides in the Congo, … [Read more...]

EMU to Screen United Nations Film

by Jim Bishop EMU News December 6, 2005 The Americans for Informed Democracy chapter at Eastern Mennonite University is hosting a public screening of "The Peacekeepers," a new documentary about the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in the Suter Science Center Auditorium. The film, not yet released to the public, documents the struggle to save a "failed state," taking the viewer back and forth between the United Nations headquarters in New York and events on the ground in the … [Read more...]

U.N. spokesman reaches out to college students

by Sophia Minnaert The Heights (Boston College) December 2005 Spokesman for the United States Mission to the United Nations, Joseph Merante, visited Boston College Wednesday to discuss ways that students can contribute to ongoing efforts by the UN to build stronger cultural ties and international understanding. Merante highlighted a summer program in development at Colby College that will pair Middle Eastern students with American students to foster mutual understanding and friendship. He also discussed careers and opportunities available in the … [Read more...]

Bush pledges continued fight against AIDS

by Sophia Minnaert The Associated Press December 2, 2005 President George W. Bush marked World AIDS Day on Thursday by reaffirming the U.S. commitment to fight the deadly disease around the world. "Across Africa, this pandemic threatens the stability and the future of whole societies," Bush said about the disease that afflicts more than 40 million people in the world. "In Asia, HIV/AIDS is a challenge that grows daily and must be confronted directly," he said. "Here in the United States, over a million of our citizens face this chronic … [Read more...]

Teleconference broadcast around the world comes to UC Davis: Accountability highlighted for World AIDS Day event

by Vanessa Stumpf California Aggie December 2, 2005 UC Davis students joined experts from around the world and students from across the nation Thursday morning for a video teleconference in time for World AIDS Day. With other large universities tuned in to the teleconference including the University of Illinois, Washington University and the University of South Carolina, experts from South Africa, Ivory Coast and Washington, D.C., weighed in on the state of HIV/AIDS in their countries and what steps could be taken to improve their fight against … [Read more...]

Students join AIDS fight: In Davis, South Africa, Ivory Coast, they share tips through a video link

Students join AIDS fight: In Davis, South Africa, Ivory Coast, they share tips through a video link by Lesli A. Maxwell Sacramento Bee December 2, 2005 On World AIDS Day, as governments around the globe unveiled initiatives to combat the escalating epidemic and thousands marched in anti-AIDS rallies, some UC Davis students crammed into a room on campus to learn how they might help fight the disease. They connected to students in South Africa and Ivory Coast in Western Africa through a videoconference and heard how, despite increased foreign … [Read more...]

U.S. students talk to Africans about AIDS

by Betsy Taylor Associated Press December 2, 2005 ST. LOUIS - Rather than simply listen to an academic lecture, students at Washington University and elsewhere in the nation spent time Thursday talking directly to Africans about the global AIDS pandemic. They took part in a videoconference sponsored on Global AIDS Day by Americans for Informed Democracy, a New Haven, Conn.-based nonprofit that seeks to educate future leaders about global issues. "I think a lot of Americans have the perception that nothing is going on. It's helpful to see so … [Read more...]

Groups at UI want to keep issue in forefront

by Amy Reiter News-Gazette Online December 1, 2005 URBANA – The AIDS crisis didn't end in the 1980s. For millions of people, it's every day, all over the world. That's the message of students and speakers who took part in several University of Illinois events commemorating World AIDS Day on Thursday. "AIDS is a really big issue," said junior Ramita Chawla, president of the Sikh Student Association. "A lot of people don't realize how big of a problem it is." The group coordinated an information booth in the Illini Union, giving out information … [Read more...]