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andrew-q-lam's picture
Jul.30.2012
For a country steeped in Buddhism, Myanmar is accruing terrible karmic debts.  Alarming news and images of attacks and killings by the Buddhist majority in Rakhine Province against a Muslim minority there have been slowly trickling out onto the Internet and the wider world. Pictures of charred...
bruce-douglas-reeves's picture
Jul.27.2012
        As we left the cliff-side town of Artvin in Eastern Turkey, we passed a pair of life-sized statues of ferocious looking, massive-shouldered bulls squaring off opposite each other.  Unfortunately, we’d missed the bull wrestling matches that are popular...
andrew-q-lam's picture
May.01.2012
  A General Remembers - Setting the Record Straight on South Vietnam    Editor's Note: Born in the Mekong Delta in 1932 to a wealthy land-owning family, Thi Quang Lam spent 25 years in the army and rose to the rank of lieutenant general by the time the Vietnam war ended. In Vietnam...
andrew-q-lam's picture
Jan.05.2012
  Unfinished Business in IraqUnfinished Business in Iraq   Each time Uncle Sam ventures abroad he leaves an unfinished story, and nowhere is it most unfinished than the story of Iraq, where despite flowery speeches regarding freedom and sovereignty by the Obama administration, despite...
eric-p-nichols's picture
Jul.19.2011
After receiving a mild rebuke from Farzana Versey about my bloglaxity with regard to my adventures in Thailand, I have resolved to remedy this situation.  The appalling situation on the Thailand/Burma border is a complex one, and not amenable to the sort of drive-by journalism that blogging tends...
elmaz-abinader's picture
Jul.12.2011
Tomorrow the writers in my class start teaching in the refugee camps. The participants are teenaged girls between 14-16. The hope is that a creative writing workshop will contribute to their sense of self and give them power and some inspiration. The writer/teachers are prepared with writing...
cindy-sullivan's picture
Feb.16.2011
As much as I have needed to vent about the burgeoning ‘boat people’ issue on Australian shores, for some time now I have resisted, out of concern that I might open the floodgates of my frustration, despair and rage. Today I realised that I was being ruled by fear of the unknown. This very same...
talia-carner's picture
Jan.08.2011
        It is hard to imagine the challenge facing a school that serves over 800 children from forty-eight countries, children who’ve known wars and strife, who saw their parents killed in front of their eyes, or children who had walked the desert, or who come to school hungry and whose parents...
andrew-q-lam's picture
Jan.19.2010
President Obama recently granted temporary protected status (TPS) to undocumented Haitians living in the United States, and this is surely a step in the right direction for human rights. After all, repatriating them back to a living hell would be immoral at best, and at worst, a crime against...
helen-mallon's picture
Dec.25.2009
A QUAKER CHILD SENDS MITTENS TO ALGERIAN REFUGEES  In our large meetinghouse, which was all in tones of brown, there was a mitten tree. I was young enough that this apparition of evergreen and bright color, placed between the raised facing benches where the elders sat, was a marvel.  What a thing...