For the Birds

Photo Credit: Jen Zoon, Smithsonian’s National Zoo In this photo: Zoo veterinarian Nancy Boedeker (L) and veterinary technician Peter Flowers (R) examine the snowy owl Jan. 30, 2014. “The snowy owl that has been spotted recently in the Washington D.C. area was brought to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for care early this morning after reportedly … Continue reading

Microcredit and the Alternative to “Job Creation”

When money is lent to the right people under the right conditions, it can transform lives and even entire communities.  This principle has been driving a revolution in international development: the microcredit revolution. Normally, the only financing available to impoverished communities comes from loan sharks, who require such exploitative rates that borrowers can never escape … Continue reading

Bangladesh and What Brings the Guilt Clouds

Last Friday I heard a brief exchange on The Diane Rehm Show’s Friday news roundup about the recent factory collapse/fire in Bangladesh in which at least 381 people have been confirmed killed. Susan Page of US Today stood in for Diane Rehm and interviewed, among others, James Kitfield of National Journal. Page asked Kitfield, “Do … Continue reading

Potential Step Forward on Forced Labor in China

In November 2011 I visited the Laogai Museum here in DC and spoke with its founder Harry Wu. You may remember from that interview that the Laogai system is a form of “re-education through labor” used in China against dissidents for the last 50 years. In that interview Wu said, “No one should be able … Continue reading

The Agony and Ecstasy of Wise Criticism

I feel like I have to comment on Mike Daisey, but that doesn’t mean I want to. As a dramatic writer with a journalistic bent who often focuses on human rights, this couldn’t be a more on-the-nose issue for me. But I hate the idea of writing about it, because every part of this story … Continue reading

Human Rights in China: An Interview with the Laogai Museum’s Harry Wu

I recently visited the Laogai Museum and wrote a bit about it for We Love DC. In the process I also spoke with the museum’s director Harry Wu. Wu is a survivor of the Laogai prisons – a forced labor system in China to which he was sentenced for political crimes. After moving to the … Continue reading

Fitness Shoes and Factory Workers

“Thus saith the Lord: For three transgressions…I will not turn away the punishment thereof, because they sold the righteous for silver and the poor for a pair of shoes.” Amos 2:6 One of my favorite hobbies is long distance walking. When I think about buying a new pair of sports shoes, I think about the size … Continue reading

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