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Monday , October 15, 2012

Use your liberty to promote ours: Aung San Suu Kyi


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"Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's Nobel Peace Prize recipient and leader of the country's movement for democracy, will be addressing members of the Burmese community (at my university) next week," read an email from the special events office recently. Of course, I instantly applied for a lottery ticket to attend the prestigious and high profile event and then actually won the ticket. But even before I could rejoice at the stroke of luck, I realised after a more thorough read that 'the Lady' is going to be talking in Burmese, sans translation! Only consolation, the address to the Burmese community would be preceded by brief remarks in English to thank the university for an honorary degree she was awarded back in 1997. I was not dissuaded from attending the event, and decided to see the living legend even if most of what she said was....


Tuesday , September 18, 2012

Something amiss with Obama's youth vote


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"I am not registered to vote and frankly I don't care," says 19-year-old Sahira Singh, in her 2nd year at George Washington University in Washington DC. It is the first time she can exercise her vote but like many of her peers, she is "not exactly politically moved" to vote for the President. So I turn to ask 17-year-old Karan Takhar, who is going to start volunteering for the Obama campaign in Maryland from next week. "Frankly, I am not sure whose side I am on yet," he says. "I just watched the Republican convention and I feel more for them as of now. Hopefully that will change once I begin work." Charles Patton, the vice-president at the Black Youth Community at American University in DC thinks the campaign is "not as energised". Four years ago, American youth thronged in their tens of thousands to support....


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Daaman Thandi is an international relations student at Jindal Institute/American University, and will keep an eye on America for ibnlive.
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