Bearing Our Own Energy Burden

The Keystone XL pipeline – once relatively unknown to everyone but energy execs and protestors – has become a major US election issue and the source of much controversy lately. The proposed pipeline would carry oil 2,000 miles from Canada’s tar sands through the US and down to Texas. Environmental activists have been fighting the … Continue reading

World Refugee Day Events

A family of singers from Burundi, who arrived in the US via a refugee camp in Tanzania, performing at a World Refugee Day event. World Refugee Day is coming up on June 20th, and while you may pass it off as yet another random, made-up commemoration, you’ll be missing out if you do. It is … Continue reading

Good News Friday

As of last night, the Mavericks are one game away from winning the NBA title and defeating that pesky James/Wade duo in Miami. If THAT isn’t enough good news, here’s some more: Hollywood Unites for Iranian Filmmakers Iranian artists have it tough. They are certainly at extremely high risk for wrongful imprisonment or becoming prisoners … Continue reading

Tea and the Marginalized

There may be no greater connection between one world and another than tea. In tea we pick the grasses and leaves of our native lands and ship them to another people who look and think differently than we do. Those people prepare the grasses and leaves in water and consume their essence. We drink the … Continue reading

Forced Migration and Organ Trafficking

Organ trafficking is the theft, via violence or coercion, of human organs in order to sell them or use them for transplant on the black market. The selling of organs in any way is illegal in every country but Iran, where the process is closely monitored. Urban myths abound about some man in Texas or … Continue reading

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