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Lauren Betesh
Lauren Betesh is a New York-based journalist. She graduated with honors from Columbia Journalism School with a focus in digital media, and currently works at HuffPost Live as a Production Assistant. Lauren completed her undergraduate degree at NYU with a double major in Journalism and Sociology, and a minor in Producing at the Tisch School of the Arts. You can follow her on Twitter at @Lauren_Betesh

Entries by Lauren Betesh

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks: Debate Over Israel's 'Jewish State' Recognition

(85) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 4:46 PM

A resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a long sought after ideal, but with current peace talks set to conclude April 29, both sides remain skeptical that progress will be made.

In a recent Washington D.C. speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for Israel...

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Turkey Protests: 'The Worst Is Yet To Come'

(19) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 2:13 PM

The death of Berkin Elvan -- a Turkish teenager who died after being hit by a tear-gas canister on his way to buy a loaf of bread during last summer's Gezi protests-- has once again fed anti-government sentiment in the country.

Thousands of demonstrators

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'Honor Diaries' Film Shows Islamic Honor Code Forces 'Systemic, Institutionalized Misogeny' On Women

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 11:01 AM

Islamic women around the world are demanding equal rights and want to break away from the harmful honor system that governs their lives, according to "Honor Diaries," a newly released documentary.

The film, born out of the Arab Spring uprising, features the stories of women...

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Iran's Gay Underground Railroad: 'Either You Want To Leave, Or You Want To Die'

(41) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 12:48 PM

If a man kisses another man in Iran, the punishment is flogging.

Sodomy is punishable by death.

These laws make it nearly impossible to be an openly gay Iranian, leaving members of the community with two options: live in secrecy or flee. Many choose the latter,...

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Fukushima Anniversary: Three Years After The Disaster, Japanese Still Do Not Want Nuclear Power

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 10:16 PM

Three years after a crippling earthquake and devastating tsunami caused a nuclear meltdown at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, a concerned public as well as various political figures in the country urge their leaders to end nuclear energy production.

The earthquake and subsequent tsunami...

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More Than 2,000 Schools Adopt Grassroots Campaign To End The Use Of The 'R-Word'

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 6:58 PM

You've heard it said, you may have spoken the word yourself, but Soeren Palumbo and Timbo Shriver are intent on eradicating it from the English language.

In 2009, the duo launched a campaign called "Spread the Word to End the Word," with the intent of educating others...

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Alleged Victim Of Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack: 'It Felt Like My Chest Was Torn Apart By A Knife Made Of Fire'

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 3:38 PM

On August 21, 2013 at around 4:45am, Qusai Zakarya heard terrifying alarms coming from the Syrian capital Damascus.

"It was the kind of noise you hear in a movie about World War II," Zakarya told HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani.

Zakarya was a victim...

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One Small Question On A Campus Housing Application Form Can Have A Big Impact

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 3:28 PM

One small question on the housing application form at Pitzer College in California can have a meaningful impact. The reason is not necessarily due to what it asks, but what it doesn't ask.

The possible answers "Under What is your personal gender identity?" include one marked "Other...

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Daughter Describes The Long Process Of Grieving Her Mother's Dementia

(62) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 1:14 PM

Kathy Ritchie's mother is living, yet she is mourned for her loss of self. She suffers from dementia.

Ritchie, founder of the blog My Demented Mom, visited HuffPost Live to discuss the disease affecting five million Americans and her personal struggles with...

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Indie Rock Band Cheatahs Performs On HuffPost Live

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 10:06 AM

Indie rock group Cheatahs graced HuffPost Live's stage, performing "The Swan" and "Kenworth" off their debut album. After the performance, host Theo Bark interviewed the four-man band about their road to success and struggles along the way.

One major challenge was affording life in the...

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Why Internships Really Are Worth The Headache

(4) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 10:02 AM

Internships are complex for young, ambitious hopefuls. On one hand, they're thrilled to gain access to that most coveted company or work environment. On the other, they face the threat of not impressing their supervisors enough to land a job offer, leaving after three months with little more than a...

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Saba Gul Gave Up Her Six-Figure Salary To Help Pakistan

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 1:37 PM

Saba Gul sat in a lecture hall listening to a story of a young woman living in Pakistan during the 1990s who needed to disguise herself as a boy to attain an education. Gul felt guilty. She, too, was Pakistani; however, her life’s path was drastically different. She was granted...

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Puppy Bowl X Sneak Peek Shows The Puppies Are As Adorable As Ever (VIDEO)

(25) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 7:31 AM

They’re cute, they’re fluffy and they come in all shapes and sizes. The competitors in Puppy Bowl X wagged their way over to HuffPost Live, baring their teeth and tails, to promote their upcoming match off, this Sunday, February 2nd at 3pm EST on Animal Planet....

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Some Colleges Tell Students If And When They Can Have Sex (VIDEO)

(13) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 3:07 PM

Should colleges have a say in students' sexual activity? Policies at some of our nation's top universities say yes.

The student government at Baylor University proposed removing a ban on "homosexual acts" from the school's honor code last year. But in its place, any sex outside of...

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This Is How You Make Millions Off Your Grandma's Brownie Recipe

(8) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 11:24 AM

Lizanne Falsetto thinks big and she thinks thin. The former model-turned-CEO of nutrition bar company thinkThin has built a multi-million dollar business from the ground up. She joined HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps Tuesday to discuss her 17-year-long road to success.

Falsetto says she based her...

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Amelia Earhart's Letter To Her Fiancé Proves She Was Truly Ahead Of The Curve

(25) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 11:24 AM

Amelia Earhart was prepared to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, but not to wed. The first time her fiancé, George Putnam, proposed to her, she said no. She declined Putnam’s offer the second, third, fourth and fifth try, as well.

But the sixth time Putnam popped the...

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'Autistic and Aging Out' Film

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 10:54 AM

"I got the great news," Andrew Roger said in a high squeaky voice, jumping up and down, tightening his fists then releasing them. He pulled his chair close to his computer and grabbed the mouse, clicking and scanning and reading the words of the Google search page for "Seeds of...

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