Monthly Archives: July 2010

Deadly Silence

Chiang Mai, THAILAND And in the naked light I saw Ten thousand people, maybe more People talking without speaking People hearing without listening People writing songs that voices never share And no one dared Disturb the sound of silence “Fools”, … Continue reading

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“Fence-Breaking” in Vietnam: An Example for Latent Civil Society to Follow?

Chiang Mai, THAILAND Last week, BBC correspondent Bill Hayton shared an excellent article in Forbes about Vietnam’s recent string of trials convicting pro-democracy lawyers, bloggers, and human rights activists.¹ He simultaneously observes the nation’s economic liberalization, astonishing legal dynamism, and … Continue reading

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Pawn Shop Hotel, or How I Neatly Avoided Working in a Burmese Kitchen

Chiang Mai, THAILAND 16 July, 2010 Two weeks ago today, I was arriving in Yangon International Airport, after a brief, 50-minute flight from Bangkok. I hadn’t checked any bags, as I was only visiting for ten days on a tourist … Continue reading

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A Shift in Foreign Policy: The Battle of “Democratization”

Yangon, MYANMAR 11 JULY, 2010 I’m sure you might be interested to hear about my recent trip to Yangon, Myanmar, but I wrote this post from my hotel room in said city. So I figured I’d let the experience settle … Continue reading

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Masters of Propaganda

Yangon, MYANMAR 2 JULY, 2010 Would it be naïve to say we don’t have propaganda in the US? Well, yes, I suppose we could admit our media, art, marketing campaigns, and advertisements, all heavily influence the way we think. However, … Continue reading

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