Author Archives: Alexandra Tursi

For World’s Poor, A Doctor In Your Pocket

This is the kind of corporate social responsibility that’s great to see — technology answering a pressing social need. Vodafone has teamed up with the United Nations and the Rockerfeller Foundation’s mHealth Alliance to connect the use of mobile phones to healthcare in the developing world.mHealth Alliance uses the technology to provide virtual doctors to […]

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Twenty-Five Percent

“Of the 14,400 candidates, 4,000 of them were women. Originally the Iraqi Constitution, responding to the demand of women, called for a 25 percent quota for women. Without explanation, the Electoral Commission interpreted the law to mean that this percentage is not guaranteed. Nevertheless, women stepped forward. Their courage is awe-inspiring.”-Madeleine Kunin-Kunin, the former governor […]

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Inside Tehran

On the anniversary of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the Wall Street Journal profiles five Iranians and their disparate views on the upcoming presidential election in their country.All under 36 (more than 70 percent of Iran’s 70 million people are), each faces a crossroads. To quote the article, “President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s hard-line regime has put pressure […]

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Twestivals, Tweets for Zimbabwe and Truth Commissions

If you haven’t already succumbed to the addictive micro-blogging site, Twitter, like I have, nor dismissed it as a time and energy wasting medium, you’ll be pleased, as I was, to see its founders endorsing it as a platform with democratic aims.Founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams recently cited the “tweets” that first reported the […]

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle + War and Peace

When not enjoying LSAT review books, I’m reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, and I’m in year 2 of my quest to read War and Peace (made it to page 857 thus far).–Alexandra Tursi, visual arts editor

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The Residue of Interchange: An Interview with Painter Joan Curran

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Philadelphia-based painter Joan Curran creates urban still lives inspired by the interaction between humans and nature–a constantly fluctuating relationship that reveals both beauty and excess.

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Words of a King

Something I do every MLK Day is read Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” Below is an excerpt. To read the entire letter, please click here.Also note that today at 12PM, CNN will air the “I Have a Dream” speech in its 17-minute entirety. Not to be missed.“Human progress never rolls in on wheels […]

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Venture Capitalist Argues for "Slow Money"

Woody Tasch, venture capitalist and author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered talked to Plenty Magazine about his vision for a new economy, one in which capital is steered in support of local food systems. What exactly does that mean and what are the implications?“It […]

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Bipartisan Concern About McPalin’s Hate-Mongering

“John McCain: If your campaign does not stop equating Sen. Barack Obama with terrorism, questioning his patriotism and portraying Mr. Obama as ‘not one of us,’ I accuse you of deliberately feeding the most unhinged elements of our society the red meat of hate, and therefore of potentially instigating violence.”–Republican Frank Schaeffer–Read thoughts from those […]

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Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Former Finnish Prez

The prize goes to Martti Ahtisaari.“Through his untiring efforts and good results, he has shown what role mediation of various kinds can play in the resolution of international conflicts. The committee cited Ahtisaari’s ‘significant’ part in establishing Namibia’s independence and his ‘central’ role in solving the question of the Indonesian province of Aceh in 2005.”Read […]

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Illegal Voter Roll Purges in Six Swing States

The New York Times is reporting that tens of thousands of voters have been removed from registration talleys in Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada and North Carolina.In an effort to comply with the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (to remove the names of voters who should no longer be listed) it appears as though […]

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Eco-Equality and the Green Economy

Listen to Val Jones of Green for All discuss the challenges and opportunities of the green economy.

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Guest Post: Chicago-Based Organization Women Employed Celebrates 35 Years

Here at Identity Theory, we’re continually impressed by the work in which community organizers, groups and non-profit organizations engage. They’re the change agents, taking small steps in their own communities and taking their causes nationwide.This is the first, I hope, in a series of guest posts from people at the center of these causes.The first […]

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You Can Stop Violence Against Women

Vermonters were witness to a brutal murder in 2005 – Laura Kate Winterbottom was abducted and killed in Burlington. The next year Michelle Gardner-Quinn, a University of Vermont student, was abducted and killed. This year, eleven-year-old Brooke Bennett was kidnapped and murdered. Violence against women is on the rise in the state.As a Vermonter myself, […]

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