Wednesday, March 14, 2007

UN Internship - Wesbite Intern for Millenniun Development Goals - deadline: 3/30

United Nations Millennium Campaign

Web Site Intern

1. Background

In the year 2000, all 189 governments of the world agreed to meet 8 goals that will end extreme poverty by 2015 – The Millennium Development Goals. The Goals are a unique international agreement being time-bound, measurable and having the public promise of every Head of State in the world. All eight Goals are achievable by 2015, but only if governments live up to their promises. The Millennium Campaign is a UN agency formed to mobilise citizens around the world to pressure their governments to meet the Millennium Development Goals. Working in more than 30 rich and poor nations, the Campaign partners with nonprofits from the international to local level to inspire grassroots movements toward the achievement of the Goals.

The Millennium Campaign web site ( is going through a process of complete redesign. The Online Intern will work closely with the communications team with the following tasks:

2. Key Responsibilities

Millennium Campaign Web Site

· Assist with the development of online marketing strategies

· Conduct testing of the new site and report bugs

· Ensure web site posts meet online guidelines

· Scan and sort daily news on the MDGs

· Write and post news articles as necessary

· Assist with the development of a filing library, develop appropriate filing structure and classify current campaign resources

· Check and reply to web site email as necessary

Social Networking Web Sites

· Draft and post blog entries across Millennium Campaign page on social networking sites

· Adapt sites to become more visually appealing with recent tools and appropriate html coding

3. Required Criteria

· Have an interest in development issues or past experience working on related issues

· Able to receive course credit for internship

· Able to commit 2 days per week for a minimum of 3 months

· Previous work experience in an online environment

· Excellent communications skills – verbal and written – in English

· Proficient in Microsoft Office

· Basic understanding of HTML

· Working knowledge of second language preferred (strong preference for Spanish/French)

4. Applications

Please e-mail their resumes to with “Web Site Intern” in the subject line.

Instead of a cover letter, please submit a blog entry (your feelings/reactions) to any of the latest news entries on the Millennium Campaign homepage by 30 March 2007. Please limit entry to 500 words.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted. This internship is based in New York, NY

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Event: Salman Ahmed Performance March 16th at Asia Society

Salman Ahmad

Friday, March 16, 8:00 pm
At the Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street

$16 members/seniors/students with ID;
$20 nonmembers. Assigned seating.
Call the Asia Society Box office at (212) 517-ASIA
or visit our website at

Hailing from South Asia’s best known rock band, Junoon, Ahmad electrifies with solo material from his 2005 album, Infiniti. A rocker with a lot of heart, the Pakistani artist, formerly of Vital Signs, uses the power of music to spread awareness about HIV in South Asia and promote peace between Pakistan and India.

This project is supported in part by The New York State Music Fund, established by
the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Major
support for performances at the Asia Society is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable
Foundation and the Helen and Will Little Endowment for Performing Arts. Additional
support provided by New York State Council for the Arts.

Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street
New York City

Monday, March 12, 2007

Event: talk with Giuliana Sgrena, the Italian Journalist abducted in Iraq - 3/14

center for constitutional rights

Dear Zeeshan,

CCR would like to invite you to an event this Wednesday featuring Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! ; Giuliana Sgrena, the Italian Journalist abducted in Iraq and shot at by U.S. forces when returning to the Baghdad airport after her release, and Vincent Warren, the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

An Independent Journalist's Story of Being Abducted in Iraq, Rescued, and Shot by U.S. Forces

Wednesday, March 14
7 pm
Judson Church
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY

Subway: A, C, E, F, B, V to West 4th Street station; R to 8th Street-NYU; or 1 to Christopher Street-Sheridan Square.

Sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Rights and Haymarket Books

About the book:

While reporting the effects on civilians of the U.S. bombing campaign in Falluja, Giuliana Sgrena was taken hostage in Iraq on February 4, 2005, and held for one month. On the day of her release, as she was being escorted to Baghdad Airport by Italian security, U.S. forces fired on her vehicle, killing Major General Nicola Calipari as he shielded Sgrena.

Mario Lozano, the soldier who shot at her vehicle, will be placed on trial April 17th for voluntary manslaughter. Giuliana Sgrena demands that the Pentagon be held responsible for the shooting - a product of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, and not the actions of an individual soldier.

About the author:

An expert on the Arab world, Sgrena has reported frequently from Afghanistan and Iraq, for which the president of Italy awarded her the prestigious Cavaliere del Lavoro Prize. In her book, Friendly Fire: The Remarkable Story of a Journalist Kidnapped in Iraq, Rescued by an Italian Secret Service Agent, and Shot by U.S. Forces (Haymarket), Sgrena describes her experience as a hostage, exposes U.S. war crimes in Iraq and provides unique insights into the situation of Iraq under occupation.

If you have questions or requests please contact:
C. Lynne Kates 212-614-6443 --

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Event: Hizbullah: History, Popularity, Society - 3/19

Hizbullah: History, Popularity, Society

talk by

Lara Deeb

Monday, March 19, 2007, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Room 9204/5; 9th Floor
The Graduate Center, CUNY
(365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th-35th St.)

Books will be available for purchase
Reception to Follow

View event flyer for more details:

Books will be available for purchase
Reception to Follow

Prof. Deeb will explain the history of Hizbullah from its origins
as a militia resisting the Israeli invasion and occupation of
Lebanon to its development into a legitimate political party that
participates in the Lebanese state. She will also discuss the social
base of Hizbullah's constituencies and some of the reasons for its
growing popularity in Lebanon and the region. This summer's war as
well as ongoing political developments in Lebanon will be

Lara Deeb is a cultural anthropologist and Assistant Professor
in Women’s Studies at the University of California at Irvine. She
is also an Academy Scholar at Harvard University’s Academy for
International and Area Studies (2003-04, 2006-07). She earned her
Ph.D. from Emory University, receiving the Malcolm H. Kerr
Oustanding Dissertation Award for her work on religiosity among
Shi’i women in the southern suburbs of Beirut. Enchanted
Modern:Gender and Public Piety in Shi‘i Lebanon was published by
Princeton University Press in 2006. She is also the author of a
number of articles on the transformation of Shi‘i religious ritual,
Islamic women’s participation in the public sphere, and Hizbullah
in Lebanon. Her current projects include an analysis of the
intersection of public religiosities and understandings of
temporality, a new project on “interfaith intimacies” in
relation to transnational discourses about sexuality and religion,
and an ongoing collaborative field research project on the Islamic
cultural sphere in Lebanon.


Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC)
The Graduate Center
City University of New York (CUNY)
365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street)
New York, NY 10016
Tel: (212) 817-7570
Web Site: