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Julia Steers

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In Search Of The Underdog's Story

(15) Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 10:00 AM

This post is part of our month-long series featuring Greatest Women of the Day, in recognition of Women's History Month.

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As early as 12 years old, Mariana Van Zeller wanted to be a journalist.

"I would watch all these women...

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Proving The Value Of Women In Rural Afghanistan

(27) Comments | Posted March 14, 2011 | 11:59 AM

This post is part of our month-long series featuring Greatest Women of the Day, in recognition of Women's History Month.

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An unlikely combination of events first propelled Shannon Galpin to a life dedicated to women's issues:...

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Step By Step: Building A Movement In Congo

(14) Comments | Posted March 1, 2011 | 12:08 PM

This is the first post in our month-long series featuring Greatest Women of the Day, in recognition of Women's History Month.

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A few years ago, Run for Congo Women founder Lisa Shannon didn't know where Democratic Republic...

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Gaddafi Family Lashes Out At UN, Dismisses Security Council Resolution

(265) Comments | Posted February 27, 2011 | 6:17 PM

In an interview with Serbian television on Sunday, beleaguered Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi dismissed the unprecedented resolution against Libya passed by the U.N. Security Council on Saturday.

"The U.N. is not allowed to meddle in the internal affairs of other countries, unless a country is attacking another state,"...

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Gaddafi Must Go: Western Leaders Condemn Libyan Regime

(6) Comments | Posted February 27, 2011 | 5:17 PM

International leaders called on Muammar Gaddafi to step down on Sunday, sharpening rhetoric against the Libyan regime.

Some leaders also addressed criticism that the international community has been too slow to take action against the violence in Libya.

On Saturday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved sanctions against Libya,...

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UN Rights Council Condemns Libyan Regime As Violence Escalates

(598) Comments | Posted February 25, 2011 | 2:47 PM

International diplomats unanimously condemned the Libyan government on Friday during an emergency U.N. Human Rights council meeting in Geneva.

The Associated Press reports the leaders also ordered an investigation into Muammar Gaddafi's crackdown on protestors in his country and recommended that Libya be suspended from the 47-nation...

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Making A Real Difference In Public Education

(13) Comments | Posted February 25, 2011 | 1:16 PM

Marc Rosenbaum enjoyed a successful career as a dentist, but remained unfulfilled.

As he thought back to his childhood, he realized he was taught many things in school -- math, reading, history -- but was never taught, whether at home or in the classroom, how to be a compassionate...

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With Libya's Military Fractured, Gaddafi Unleashes Foreign Fighters Against Protesters

(3) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 11:46 AM

The security chief in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi announced his resignation on Thursday, voicing his support for the opposition to head of state Muammar Gaddafi in a video aired by Al Arabiya TV.

"I am Brigadier Ali Huwaidi, the director of Benghazi's security popular committee. I tendered my...

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International Community Weighs Options As Violence Mounts In Libya

(144) Comments | Posted February 23, 2011 | 11:06 AM

NEW YORK -- International outrage grew on Wednesday as reports of growing violence in Libya continued to proliferate, marking a growing crackdown by head of state Moammar Ghadafi.

The international community, including the United Nations Security Council, has begun publicly weighing potential intervention strategies. French President Nicolas Sarkozy called on...

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Getting Americans Out Of Libya

(192) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 9:48 PM

The U.S. State department issued an evacuation notice late Tuesday, instructing U.S. citizens looking to leave Libya to arrive at As-shahab port in Tripoli beginning at 9 a.m. local time on Wednesday.

Violent unrest continues to escalate in the North African country, after its leader Moammar Gadhafi...

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Giving A Voice To Africa's Child Soldiers

(55) Comments | Posted February 21, 2011 | 5:29 PM

The standard hope for most college kids embarking on foreign backpacking adventures is to "find oneself." On one such trip, Laren Poole, alongside friends Jason Russell and Bobby Bailey, found something more: an unseen rebel conflict in which children were being adducted en masse as child soldiers.

In the spring...

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Jordan: Why It's Not A Domino In The Middle East

(371) Comments | Posted February 21, 2011 | 7:48 AM

At any other time, in any other part of the world, a handful of tribesmen airing their grievances in a passionate letter to the local royals would scarcely get noticed.

But as protesters hit the streets in country after country in the Middle East, and with Tunisia and...

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Stylist To The Stars Takes On Sex Trafficking

(38) Comments | Posted February 18, 2011 | 4:43 PM

Acclaimed hairstylist to the stars, Michael Angelo is internationally noted for his work amongst fashionistas and celebrities alike. These days however, Angelo is equally likely to turn up at a vocational training salon for rehabilitated child sex slaves in Cambodia as he is to be found behind-the-scenes of a red...

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'Unified Theater' Group Disregards Divisive Special Ed Classification

(10) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 5:45 PM

Micaela Connery wants people to relax when it comes to addressing the disabled.

"There's a lot of sadness and oversensitivity when it comes to disabilities. We talk about them as a story of pity. It's well-intentioned, but it's depressing and also a slightly paternalistic view."

Not one to diminish the...

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NYC's Billionaire Milkman

(81) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 3:08 PM

NYC's homeless population is not new, but businessman and nonprofit founder Leonard Stern says he lived in Manhattan for over five decades before encountering a homeless family living on the streets.

"I can honestly say at the time that I had never seen a homeless family on the streets of...

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On The Ground In Iraq: Serving The Needs Of Disabled Iraqi Children

(68) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 5:39 PM

Brad Blauser landed in post-9/11 Iraq for selfish reasons: he was nearly bankrupt and accepted a job working as a civilian in an Army supply warehouse. Soon after his arrival however, Brad's plans changed.

"I thought I was going to Iraq to get my life straightened out financially, but fate...

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Redefining Hip Hop, Combatting Youth Violence

(10) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 11:48 AM

Graffiti may not seem like the best vehicle of reform for gang members and drug addicts, but to Usiel Barrios, or Progreso as he is known in his community, the basic tenets of hip hop culture -- graffiti, break dancing, MC-ing, and DJ-ing -- play a vital role in his...

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The New Women's Movement, From Congo To Davos

(33) Comments | Posted January 31, 2011 | 9:28 AM

This is the last post in our series profiling the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum.

"I follow with my eyes men who are passing by. In case it is one of them, I want them to see that I am still alive, that...

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Veterans Refute Obama's SOTU Claim

(485) Comments | Posted January 30, 2011 | 10:06 PM

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For many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, the exhaustive analysis of last week's State of the Union address failed to hold President Obama accountable for what they claim to be a glaring factual error contained in the speech.

Last Tuesday, Obama said, "Veterans can now download...

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An Olympian's Soccer Ball Diplomacy

(9) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 5:51 PM

This week, we're profiling the Young Global Leaders attending the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

Food, water, medicine, shelter. For most international children's advocates, these items are high on the list of urgent post-conflict aid. For Johann Koss, Founder of Right...

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