Opportunity and Anxiety

Opportunity and Anxiety

As I write this, Hosni Mubarak’s resignation video plays on YouTube. It’s a surreal idea, imagining somehow that I can recline on my sofa with a laptop and witness an historic moment of regime change from a major US ally. And since I am watching it...
A New Caste System

A New Caste System

One week in Nepal and I can’t help but think of words like inequity, justice, and literacy. As Murari mentioned to me at lunch today, there is a new caste system coming to Nepal. I wonder if the country can survive it. We spent the better part of today at Little...
The Acts of Man

The Acts of Man

Is there a reason why the situation in Myanmar angers me so?  It is late May, and on May 2 Cyclone Nargis ripped through the country, likely killing over 120,000 people, and 2.5 million require immediate aid.  Only now has the government accepted the idea of genuine...