Monthly Archives: February 2011

”Democracy is not about rule by law but about the rule of law.”

Surya Subedi, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights, has been in Cambodia on a ten day fact-finding mission.  He released this statement today in Phnom Penh,  first congratulating Cambodia on progress made since the Paris Peace Accords of 1991 … Continue reading

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Are Revolutions Contagious?

Are Revolutions Contagious? That’s what the Chinese government is fearing right now. It’s been only a month since President Obama hosted the Chinese President in Washington. You remember — it was just days ago they were holding Best Friends Forever … Continue reading

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It’s A Small World

Like many snow birds from the Upper Midwest, my grandparents escaped to Florida in the winter. And, like many Americans, my parents made the pilgrimage South to take my sisters and me to Disney World when we went to visit … Continue reading

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No Place To Call Home

Today, the United Nations refugee camp which housed Vietnamese refugees in Phnom Penh closed, on order from the Cambodian government. The camp was home for many in the Montagnard minority who fled their homeland Vietnam for fear of religious persecution.   Since … Continue reading

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The Oxygen Of Democracy

Mr. Walter Isaacson, Chair of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (the entity which overseas Radio Free Asia and other broadcasting entities) and former CEO of CNN just wrote a very interesting editorial for Foreign Policy. He argues that digital media ”is doing … Continue reading

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From Tiananmen To Tahrir

Many of us around the world have been monitoring the developments in Egypt closely and in particular, how journalists and pro-democracy protesters are being treated. I am very sorry to report that I’ve just learned that two of my colleagues … Continue reading

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How About A Side Of Human Rights To Go With Your Dim Sum?

  When I lived in San Francisco, the closest post office to my apartment was on Stockton Street in Chinatown. Although I lived only a couple of blocks away from Chinatown, in many ways it was very different from my … Continue reading

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