Indonesia/Covid crisis

During the one and a half years covid 19 has been ravaging the planet, the hardest hit areas have moved from place to place. In the spring of 2020, it was especially lethal in Los Angeles. A year later India was being hard hit. Since it’s a novel virus, [...]

Afghanistan

For the first time in 20 years, American troops will not be in Afghanistan; the last day of August was the final withdrawal … or “retreat” as some would put it. The United States is not alone in withdrawing from Afghanistan. At the height of their power in the [...]

Water is scarce in Iraq

The human body is 60 percent water; there are good reasons why we need it. It is a well-known fact that the human body can only survive for about three days without water. For this reason, water is critical for life in dry climates. Iraqis live in a hot, [...]

Is this China’s final solution for the Uyghurs?

The first contact between the Han Chinese and the nomadic ancestors of the Uyghurs in 130CE was positive. Buddhism and trade thrived along what was later called the Silk Road bringing prosperity to many. China’s Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911, began to refer to the Uyghur region as Xinjiang, meaning [...]

In Afghanistan, everything has value, except human life

Afghanistan has a 70 percent poverty rate. There has been ongoing war and strife with no end in sight. This is a land that lacks adequate farmland, and what they do have often is used to grow and sell opium, a lucrative cash crop. The only people with [...]

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