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Vietnam and the Cell Phone Revolution
Jan 14, 2013
 Vietnam, a police state where freedom of expression can come with a multi-year prison term, is awash in cell phones. Whether for talking, texting or taking photos, Vietnamese are buying up mobile devices at a rate exceeding the country’s...
Ravi Shankar Was Our Columbus
Dec 12, 2012
Ravi Shankar was our Columbus. While one explorer came looking for India, the other took India to the world. Perhaps that’s why it’s only fitting that the first time I saw him perform was not in India, but at the...
Forgotten Captive: The Most Famous Political Prisoner In Iran
Nov 29, 2012
I visited him in 2005 at his home in northern Tehran, facing the Alborz Mountains. He is the longest held prisoner of Iran, sometimes referred to as the Iranian Mandela.He was on a leave of absence, which is part of...
Jindal’s Refusal of Health Insurance Exchange Draws Criticism
Nov 28, 2012
 The re-election victory of President Barack Obama settled the argument as the potential repeal of the Health Care Reform—the Affordable Care Act—known to Republicans by the moniker Obamacare.Regardless, Governor Bobby Jindal has refused to create health insurance exchanges here in...
Koreans Drink Most Top Range Whisky in the World
Nov 15, 2012
Korea consumed more top-range whisky aged 17 years or over than any other country in the world last year, according to a survey.Korea topped the list with 698,000 cases (9 liters per case) of super-premium whisky, according to the survey...
Women's Longevity Declining In Parts Of U.S.
Nov 14, 2012
HARTFORD, Conn.--One of the most disturbing trends in American public health is that women's life expectancy is shrinking in many parts of the U.S. Women's longevity took an unprecedented nosedive during the past decade, researchers recently discovered, with their life...
Vietnam’s Plan for New Museum Derided as Costly, Careless
Oct 01, 2012
 The government’s plan to spend $541 million on a national history museum in Hanoi has been criticized by experts and the public alike, as the abundant museums currently open draw few local visitors. Analysts said what Vietnam’s museums need is...
Ecologists Protest Slaughter of Birds That Can Fly Through Hurricanes
Aug 26, 2012
  Photo: Whimbrels, like the one  shown above, are large shorebirds that can brave their way through hurricanes, only to fall prey to hunters. WASHINGTON, D.C.--As hurricane season gets under way and Tropical Storm Isaac bears down on the Caribbean and...
It’s Just Drugs, Not Sex: Why Armstrong Still Lives Strong
Aug 25, 2012
Editor’s Note: Repercussions against athletes caught spiking their performance with drugs are now as common as spokes on a bicycle wheel. In the last two weeks, San Francisco Giants starters Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon have been suspended for testosterone...
The Darkest Knight - Could Bane Have Saved James Holmes?
Jul 26, 2012
When I learned of the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, I immediately thought of the chilling and explosive climax to Quentin Tarantino’s film Inglorious Basterds. In it, a team of Jewish American soldiers in occupied France manages to infiltrate the...
The Mexican Compromise: Shaking Hands With Evil
Jul 03, 2012
EDITOR’S NOTE: Mexican voters went to the polls for their national election on Sunday, July 1, and by Sunday night, Mexico’s IFE (Federal Electoral institute) had declared a winner: Enrique Peña Nieto of the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party), the party...
Frustration with Public Education in Vietnam Grows
Jun 27, 2012
HANOI — Dao Quoc Huy and his wife joined other anxious parents camped outside Thuc Nghiem primary school at 3 a.m. When the sun came up, the crowd crushed against the metal entrance gate until it fell — hurdling bushes...
Frustration with Public Education in Vietnam Reaches Boiling Point
Jun 27, 2012
 HANOI — Dao Quoc Huy and his wife joined other anxious parents camped outside Thuc Nghiem primary school at 3 a.m. When the sun came up, the crowd crushed against the metal entrance gate until it fell — hurdling bushes...
New Jamie Chung Film Brings Attention to Sex Trafficking
Jun 24, 2012
Editor's note: Eden, a new film that garnered a heap of awards at this past spring’s South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas, deals with the issue of sex trafficking—in the United States. That statement is enough to raise...
Pena Nieto or Lopez Obrador?
Jun 14, 2012
With less than three weeks remaining before Mexicans elect new leaders on July 1, the presidential race appears to have narrowed between Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of a three-party coalition...

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