For Democracy has been established by like-minded Americans, Indians,
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Founder and President
Bob Zeidman is the
Founder and President of Speaking For Democracy. He is the also
President of Zeidman Consulting (www.ZeidmanConsulting.com),
a contract research and development firm, a company he started
in 1987. A long-time entrepreneur, Bob was the Founder and President
of two previous companies The Chalkboard Network, an e-learning
company for high tech professionals, and eVault, a provider of
remote backup services. Bob is also a writer, producing numerous
articles on engineering and business as well as three textbooks,
two novels, and three screenplays. He has given seminars and taught
courses at engineering conferences throughout the world. Bob is
active in a number of nonprofit organizations and writes a regular
article on Israel for the Beth David Star.
Bob holds a Masters
Degree from Stanford University and two Bachelors Degrees from
These are the people who
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has over five decades in Journalism - print, radio, TV and on
the Web. A prolific writer on current affairs, he helped to set
up a University Department of Journalism for Post Graduate students
in India and taught there for a year.
Yatindra has reported,
written, and lectured on a wide variety of subjects from religion
and politics to poetry. He has worked with several social, political,
religious, and cultural organizations to arrange seminars, celebrations,
and conferences. He has worked for newspapers and magazines in
various positions in India and the U.S. including the Philadelphia
Inquirer and Fort Worth Star Telegram. His experience includes
positions as the Chief of News Bureau, Hindustan for the Hindustan
Times Group and Chief Editor of Dainik Bhaskar group of Hindi
newspapers. In the US, Yatindra was Contributing Editor of International
Business Group and India Times, and Chief Editor of The Indian
Voice, India Post, and Editor-in-Chief of the website www.InternationalOpinion.com.
appeared on TV and radio talk shows, performing interviews with
political, cultural and social personalities, and giving commentaries
on a variety of topics. He has had special invitations for visits
by the governments of the many nations and was selected for special
United Nations Fellowship to attend and report on a U.N. Conference
in Mexico City.
Yatindra has published
over 20 books, in English and Hindi, including Bangladesh,
Birth of a Nation, Mujib, The Architect of Bangladesh,
Australiana, A Visit to Remember, Korean Experience,
President Tito, and Autumn Leaves, a collection
of poems. He has contributed articles to the magazines Discovery
in Europe, Into The Sun, Great American Poetry Anthology
and The Golden Treasury of Great Poems.
Thomas H. Henriksen,
Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
Expertise: U. S. foreign
policy, international political and defense affairs, and responses
to failed and rogue states as well as terrorism.
current research focuses on American foreign policy in the post-Cold
War world, with an emphasis on US diplomatic and military courses
of action toward terrorist havens like Afghanistan and so-called
rogue states, including North Korea, Iraq, and Iran. He also concentrates
on armed and covert interventions abroad. He edited the book Foreign
Policy for America in the Twenty-first Century, which provides
competing views on US options around the world. Other recent publications
include the monograph Using Power and Diplomacy to Deal with
Rogue States (1999) and an edited volume North Korea after
Kim Il Sung (1997). He has written scores of articles for
academic journals on counterinsurgency, covert operations, and
guerrilla movements. His writings have also appeared in Wall
Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times,
Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Vital Speeches,
San Jose Mercury News, and the Weekly Standard.
He was a key advisor in establishing the Center for the Prevention
of Terrorism at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. His undergraduate
degree is from the Virginia Military Institute and his Ph.D. is
in history from Michigan State University.
David Meir-Levi is
an American-born Israeli currently living in Palo Alto. He holds
a BA from Johns Hopkins University, and an MA in Near Eastern
Studies from Brandeis University. He taught Archaeology and Near
Eastern History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the
University of Tel Aviv during the 60's and 70's. Upon returning
to the USA, Mr. Meir-Levi has worked as a professional Jewish
educator, most recently in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Since the outbreak
of the second Intifada (9/28/00), he has lectured throughout northern
California at synagogues, churches, universities, and service
organizations on topics related to the history of the Arab-Israel
conflict and the roots of terrorism in the Arab world. He has
most recently taught a series of courses at San Jose State University,
UC Davis, Cal-Poly Institute, and at the Monterey Institute for
International Studies, on the history of the Israel-Arab conflict.
He has a weekly radio
show, Mid-East Media Watch at KZSU Stanford (90.1
fm, Tuesdays, 11:00-11:30 am); and a monthly column on Zionist
history in the Jewish Community News (newspaper of the
San Jose Jewish community). In his day job, Mr. Meir-Levi
is an insurance agent and investment professional, with offices
in Menlo Park and San Francisco.
Mr. Meir-Levi is the
director of the Israel Peace Initiative (IPI), a grassroots not-for-profit
organization in the San Francisco Bay area working to educate
the American public and its leaders in to the history of the Arab-Israel
conflict and realistic options for resolution. He lectures and
teaches in English, Hebrew, and Spanish.
Santis is director of Middle East Affairs for the Jewish Community
Relations Council, which represents 80 Bay Area Jewish congregations
and organizations on matters of public affairs.
Mr. Santis has been
with JCRC for 15 years. Prior to that he worked with the Anti-Defamation
League as a regional director in Omaha, monitoring and fighting
anti-Semitism and hate crimes in the Mid West at the height of
the farm crisis of the 1980s.
Mr. Santis was in Jerusalem
on November 4, 1995 when Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated.
He has lived and studied in Jerusalem, Israel. He graduated the
University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in Jewish
Studies, and continued his studies at Emerson College in Boston
majoring in communications. He speaks Hebrew, is married with
four daughters, and is a composer in his spare time.