What Does Australia Think of Our Asia Pivot?

While in Australia back in February I came across the Medical Association for Prevention of War. Curious, I walked into their office and wound up in an interesting dialogue with Nancy Atkin, the Executive Officer. I’ve been wanting to write about our conversation for some time since. It was a real treat to sit with … Continue reading

Does the President Have the Authority?

On Wednesday Rand Paul led a 13-hour filibuster to delay John Brennan’s nomination to be CIA director. It stemmed from a correspondence he’d received earlier from Attorney General Eric Holder. Paul had asked Holder if “the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a US citizen on US … Continue reading

Guantanamo: Ten Years Later

Tomorrow Guantanamo turns 10, and all over the country protestors plan to mark the day with calls to close the prison center. In particular, activists will travel from around the United States to Washington, DC, for a rally and human chain meant to stretch from the White House to the Capitol. In the last 10 … Continue reading

Underground Prisons

Libya just released four New York Times journalists. This is wonderful news, especially after Libya’s secretive, underground prison system made headlines last week. Libya is rather infamous for wrongful imprisonment and mistreatment of convicts, including the alleged massacre at Abu Salim, but it is certainly not alone in prisoner abuse. Indeed the wrongful imprisonment of … Continue reading

Displaced Women in Iraq

Iraqi woman carrying water Out of the almost 2 million internally displaced people (IDP) in Iraq, 13% are families headed by women. Most of these women are widows, although some have fled their communities because of gender-based threats. In a country that gives women less opportunities than men, IDP women and their families can have … Continue reading

Calling Iraq Home

Today we’re starting a three-part series on internal displacement in Iraq. With some recent reports about alleged brutalities in Afghanistan, international news has refocused for a bit on some of the casualties of the wars taking place in the Middle East. War and forced migration go together as a common casualty of war. Inevitably, ongoing … Continue reading

I Now Pronounce You Home

Burma on the map Mya* and Kywe* were born and raised in Burma. They met in Sunday School and grew up together. About ten years ago, Mya and Kywe got married. Only a few months later, they began planning a way out. They won’t say what finally convinced them to leave their homeland. Was it … Continue reading

Mail Ordered Marriage

Mail order brides have long been associated with human trafficking and slavery. It’s kind of a no-brainer. Not knowing your future spouse can obviously cause some serious problems. There have been numerous cases of depression, suicide and domestic violence related to mail order marriage. The profit margin for many matchmaking services is extremely high, leaving … Continue reading

Going Bananas Over Land Ownership

In order to grow a lot of bananas, companies need a lot of land. Their methods of attaining said land vary, but inevitably it is impossible to have a large banana plantation and a local community of land owners. Sometimes the companies build entire villages for the purpose of growing bananas. As it is on … Continue reading

Thoroughly Modern Millie and the Marginalized

In the hit musical comedy Thoroughly Modern Millie, the villain Mrs. Meers plays an ex-actress who works for a white slavery ring based in Hong Kong. She kidnaps pretty American girls and ships them to the Orient, using the help of her easily manipulated Chinese sidekicks, Ching Ho and Bun Foo. The Mrs. Meers subplot … Continue reading

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