Good Eats, Movie Review, & My Sad Hoodie Story

This week I’m trying something different: a non-injury-induced video blog. (If you get this by email or RSS, you may have to click through to the site to see it). Feedback appreciated! *One clarification: While Boat People SOS is founded by Nguyen Dinh Thang, who is working on the Aramark case in Jordan, I think … Continue reading

Good News Friday: Statelessness

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. Statelessness means a lack of citizenship. It happens for a variety of reasons, including racial discrimination, unsuccessful asylum attempts, and being in the wrong place at the wrong time during a war. Some families have been stateless for generations. Statelessness can … Continue reading

Musicals About the Marginalized

There are more musicals on forced migration than can be mentioned in a week. Here is a list of some popular ones we didn’t get to: Oliver! Features child slavery Miss Saigon Lead character an orphaned refugee from the Vietnam War Parade An example of wrongful imprisonment Aida Discusses the slavery of Nubians in Egypt … Continue reading

Consumerism and the Marginalized

Yesterday a fellow blogger made it to WordPress’ “Freshly Pressed” page with a post on Fairtrade and how it does very little good for the world except alleviate guilt. I first want to offer some publicity to the piece because it is a thought-provoking write-up about a controversial topic that we’ve recently discussed on this … Continue reading

Black April and the Anniversary of Boat People

Exactly 35 years ago today, Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese Army, and the Vietnam War came to a chilling halt. In Vietnam, today is a national holiday called Reunification Day. But refugees refer to this week as Black April. After the takeover of South Vietnam, the Vietnamese government sent dissidents to “re-education camps,” where … Continue reading

Does Water Kill People or Do People Kill People?

Water means war. Every day, in Sudan and Iraq and Somalia and Bosnia, people searching for water have learned its intricate ties to war. Every soldier since the birth of boats has known the importance of ships and seaports for war strategy. But in modern times, the water supply itself has become the most crucial … Continue reading

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