Monthly Archives: December 2010

Fashion Forward Into 2011

I saw skinny jeans for the first time while I was visiting Stockholm a few summers ago. They were unveiled at Swedish H&M in Europe before they hit the US market. I was afraid of them. More accurately, my thighs were afraid of … Continue reading

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Investigative Journalist Dies After Beating

Journalist Sun Hongjie died Tuesday of injuries related to his beating 10 days prior. According to international news reports, Hongjie was walking home after meeting a source on the evening of December 18th when the acquaintance turned on him and five … Continue reading

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A Season For Hope

It is the time of year when many of us gather with family, friends, neighbors and colleagues. We celebrate with one another. We cook, bake, drink, eat, and spend time together. We might even dance. For centuries, people have celebrated … Continue reading

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“Please Use Your Liberty To Promote Ours”

Burmese journalists are being prohibited from publishing interviews with Pro-Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The Burmese Press Scrutiny and Registration Department (PSRD) is censoring local media and preventing features from being run in print and broadcast media about her. Many publications have … Continue reading

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Open Ambassador?

I used to live down the street from Facebook’s headquarters on Hamilton Avenue in sunny Palo Alto. In fact, their humble little office was next door to my yoga studio and right around the corner from my grocery store. I walked … Continue reading

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International Migrants Day

December 18th marks the 20th anniversary of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. The United Nations Office at Geneva released this statement today and said: ”We are especially concerned … Continue reading

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The Insane Prison

Mizzima is reporting that 16  political prisoners were released today from Burmese jails after serving their full sentences.  All except three prisoners were arrested in 2008 for protesting against the military junta and demanding the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San … Continue reading

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”One Of The Worst”: A Look At Vietnam’s Crackdown On Internet Freedom

If Nguyen Hoang Hai, one of Vietnam’s most popular bloggers, went online in his country he wouldn’t discover that his homeland was named one of the 10 worst countries to be a blogger by The Committee to Protect Journalists or … Continue reading

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And We’re Still Blocked…

In addition to the empty chair in Norway, internet users in China found empty content online. People in China who are looking to find accurate and timely access to news and information have it pretty tough these days. Radio Free … Continue reading

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UN Experts Voice Concern Over China’s Crackdown On Rights Defenders

In a press release today issued by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, three UN independent experts expressed concerns over the crackdown on human rights defenders since Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize two … Continue reading

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