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"It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues."

Abraham Lincoln

Transatlantic disagreements on Iran

According to The Guardian "If a confrontation with Iran played out to the end, an isolated America would have no European allies for either serious sanctions or military action" against Iran, because "the world can live with Iranian nuclear weapons" which would be a smaller threat than a US attack on Iran to prevent the development of such weapons.

"Alumni play a key role in getting students to apply for Fulbright"

The Institute of International Education wrote in an email:

This year, one of our objectives is to increase visibility and diversity of the U.S. Student Program, and we would like your assistance in recruiting students to the program. Alumni play a key role in getting students to apply for Fulbright. In a survey from last year's applicants, applicants heard about the Fulbright program via Alumni(39.6%); this ranked third with top honors going to a friend (#1) and Professors (#2).

Insufficient diversity among US Fulbright students due to fear of racism?

"The Fulbright U.S. Student Program aims to accurately reflect ethnic distribution in American higher education by striving to diversify its applicant pool":

"One of the greatest myths that must be shattered is that education abroad is not for students of color. Students of color sometimes assume that racism abroad is far more overwhelming than racism at home or that there is no value-added in an international experience. There is an inclination, then, to remain at “home” where our understanding of the political and economic climate makes us feel more comfortable and secure. But, we must remember that definitions of “home” are transient in the first place, as our ancestry exists beyond US borders, and that, despite our own opinions, when studying abroad we are often treated as American first, and Black, Latino, Asian or Native American second."

Young US humanitarian activist killed in Iraq

Marla Ruzicka successfully lobbied the US Congress to provide aid to innocent Iraqis who were harmed in the military operations. Harvard’s Sarah Sewell writes in the Boston Globe:

Virtually alone, she directed attention and resources to the invisible victims of war. She moved the military without using force, galvanized official Washington without powerful connections, and motivated the press without sensationalism -- just intimate connection to civilians whose deaths she documented and grieved. Her work was a triumph of the heart. She was recently killed by a car bomb while traveling to help Iraqis affected by the war. No one can take her place, but the United States can fulfill her mission to account more fully for civilian harm in war.

Still genocide in Darfur

Europeans, Arabs and Americans do very little to stop the killing and suffering in Darfur. The NYT’s Nicholas Kristof writes about the US government:

This Thursday marks Holocaust Remembrance Day. The best memorial would be for more Americans to protest about this administration's showing the same lack of interest in Darfur that F.D.R. showed toward the genocide of Jews. Ultimately, public pressure may force Mr. Bush to respond to Darfur, but it looks as if he will have to be dragged kicking and screaming by Republicans and Democrats alike. Granted, Darfur defies easy solutions. But Mr. Bush was outspoken and active this spring in another complex case, that of Terry Schiavo. If only Mr. Bush would exert himself as much to try to save the lives of the two million people driven from their homes in Darfur.