Tag Archives: Sri Lanka

Ban Congratulates Sri Lanka on 1st Anniversary Political Transition

New York, N.Y. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the President of Sri Lanka, the Government and its citizens on the first year of the country’s political transition. A statement issued by Mr. Ban’s Spokesperson said he is “encouraged by the Government’s commitment to a broad reform agenda that aims to realise durable peace, […]

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2007: Orphans Around World Look up to Silicon Valley Prodigy as Hero

In 2007, Jim Luce added added Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of the social-networking site facebook.com, to the Orphans International Worldwide list of Global Heroes and Role Models. This list includes such notables as Albert Schweitzer, Martin Luther King, the Rt. Rev. Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa, Yitzhak Rabin, Nelson Mandela, Albert Einstein, Elie Wiesel, and many more. This is Jim’s original piece from 2007.

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In Sri Lanka: The Basics for Americans

Galle, Sri Lanka. As I travel through Sri Lanka, covering the nation as it seeks reconciliation among its diverse population after decades of conflict, I am receiving e-mails from my friends at home asking me to review the basics for them. Here we go: Sri Lanka is an island nation off the southern tip of India […]

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My Mother: “God Damn It James, I Raised You Better Than That!”

New York, N.Y.  My mother’s words still ring out in my head, year after year. It was Thanksgiving 1998, Boston. I was continuing to complain about how traumatized I felt having experienced the Dicksonian conditions of the orphanage where I found my infant son Mathew in Indonesia. The warehouse institution was crib-to-worn-out-crib of children dressed […]

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Untold South Asian Stories at IAAC Literary Festival in New York

New York, N.Y. Aroon Shivdasani, Executive and Artistic Director of the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), did not sleep much last month – though she seldom does. Aroon Shivdasani, Executive and Artistic Director of the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), welcomes attendees. Photo: Shashwat Gupta. Perhaps because throughout the year she coordinates the New York Indian Film Festival […]

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J. Luce Foundation Announces New Fellows from Marietta College

New York, N.Y. The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation has announced this week that six Marietta College students have been chosen as 2015-16 J. Luce Fellows. These are: Mandee Young (Soph., Advertising & Public Relations), Amanda Davis (Soph., International Business, Economics), Matthew Johnson (Fresh., International Leadership Studies, Spanish), Rylie Wahl (Fresh., Undecided), McKenzie Fleeman (Fresh., […]

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President of Sri Lanka Details County’s ‘New Vision’

New York, N.Y.  After years of conflict, “a new era of democracy” dawned in Sri Lanka this year, ushering in justice, freedom and equality, the country’s President told the United Nations General Assembly today, reporting that his Government supports a “fresh universal approach” that deals honestly with the past while pursuing sustainable development. Pres. Maithripala […]

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Peter Yarrow, Operation Respect Take Center Stage in Ohio

Marietta, Ohio.  I moved from Oxford, Ohio to Marietta, Ohio in 1972 — with a box of Peter, Paul & Mary albums. I was raised by liberal parents in the ‘60’s — Dad fighting the Vietnam War, Mom entrenched in the Civil Rights movement. I was raised with Martin, Bobby, Gene — and Peter, Paul & […]

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Jeffrey Sachs: Hillary is the Candidate of the War Machine

U.N.: WikiLeaks Founder Arbitrarily Detained by Sweden, U.K.

Luce Leader Nominee – Essay on Global Citizenship

New Stamps Promoting LGBT Equality Worldwide Unveiled at U.N.

Obama Reaffirms Religious Liberty in First Visit to U.S. Mosque

Architect Gina Pollara Named President of Municipal Art Society