At St. Mary's University, I joined a panel of experts to discuss global population and its effect on foreign affairs. Touching on her recent travel to Bangladesh and Yemen, we discussed how lowering population rates in developing countries can have a positive effect for women and young girls as well as the rest of the country. Journalist Dennis Dimick from National Geographic and St. Mary's University professor David Opp also participated.
Two long-time St. Paul residents -- Lois Quam, Executive Director of the U.S. State Department's Global Health Initiative and I -- hosted a global health discussion at the University of Minnesota. Minnesota has a strong legacy and commitment of working to resolve global health issues. Attendees learned about Minnesota's role in the efforts to address global health crises as well as how the issue impacts our state.
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Washington, DC – Yesterday, World Bank President Bob Zoellick announced that he would step down at the end of his first term in June 2012. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) – co-chair of the Caucus for Congressional-World Bank Dialogue – praised his guidance, particularly during challenging times.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to condemn the unspeakable violence that the Government of Syria has committed—and continues to commit—against its own citizens. For the past eleven months, the Syrian people have engaged in peaceful demonstrations to demand their basic, universal human rights. These demonstrations have been met with unrelenting bloodshed and torture. Thousands of Syrian men, women, and children have been slaughtered. There can be no question: President Bashar al-Assad must step down, or be removed from power.