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Voting for GreenSoul Shoes for Forbes.com Award

The GreenSoul Shoes team working in Navotas City, Philippines. Photo by Alastair Onglingswan. For each one that GreenSoul Shoes sell, they give one away to an underprivileged child in need in that same community. Their goal is to shoe 1 million children in five years. In my interview with Stephen, he noted that winning the […]

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Roshan: Cell Phone Company Helping to Change Afghanistan

Behind Karim’s twinkling eyes, I could almost see his brain synapses flashing.Photo courtesy of Film Officer William Inganga, Republic of Kenya. Since its inception in the market in 2003, Roshan has invested over $445 million in implementing and maintaining a high quality cell phone network across a nation battered by violence and turmoil. When one […]

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Hyper-Local Papers in NYC See the Light

Roosevelt Island, between Manhattan and Queens, has its own newspaper. New York City has many examples just in specific languages. Any subway rider is likely to see fellow straphangers reading Polish, Korean, Spanish, and Chinese, plus several other languages that are hard to identify over someone’s shoulder.New York also has hyper-local service for English-reading audiences […]

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Secularism: Surprisingly More Popular in Turkey than in U.S.

New York, N.Y. Recently the Turkish Cultural Center in New York held a panel discussion on whether coexistence is possible between religious and secular forces in the Muslim world. What surprised this writer was data collected from a new Gallup Poll suggests that secularism is more popular in Islamic-majority Turkey than Christian-majority America. I was also startled […]

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Sri Lanka Triumphant At Last

Sri Lanka. The 26-year war against the Tamil Tigers — the so-called Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelamis (LTTE) — is over and Sri Lanka is at last and thankfully at peace. In spite of the slaughter, using their own people as human shields, creating the largest, bloodiest hostage drama of modern times, the Tigers have […]

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Tibet: Polar Perspectives. Can Both Sides Be Heard?

New York, N.Y.  The 50th anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s exile has generated much press and media attention. News accounts have been full of the Dalai Lama’s visa revocation which blocked him from speaking at an coming 2010 World Cup-related peace conference in South Africa, where two other Nobel Laureates where scheduled to speak. In […]

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Slumdog: Greater Insult “Slum,” Not “Dog”

Mumbai, India. As founder of Orphans International Worldwide(OIWW), I have walked through the hovels and shanties of Jakarta, Bogota, and Port-au-Prince. Cite Soleil in Haiti is actually far worse than Mumbai’s Dharavi, at least as portrayed in the $100 million (and counting) smash Slumdog Millionaire. Question is this: Is this brilliant film “poverty porn”? Or might it […]

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The Dominican Republic and the Office of the First Lady

Santo Domingo, D.R. It is not often that an Ambassador from the United Nations invites you to his country to meet the spouse of the president. When this unlikely event does occur, it is best to drop everything and go. So I went, arriving in the Dominican Republic in early December 2005. The First Lady of the Dominican […]

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Himalayan Sessions compiles contemplative compositions by world music icons to donate instruments to underprivileged kids

Sabbe Sañkhara Aniccã: All Conditioned Things Are Impermanent

Dharamshala for Americans: His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Hometown

Simple: Whatever Faith Tradition, It’s All About Kindness

In Himalayas: Once Greater Tibet, Now Tragically Divided

Himalayas: From India/Pakistan to Bhutan & Nepal + Chinese Tibet