Tag Archives: Thought Leaders

Ethiopian-American Lawyer on Conflicts Along the Nile

A scorpion once tried to cross the river Nile. He approached several animals, asking if he could ride on their backs. None of them dared trust him, and they all refused. Finally, an old sheep agreed because the scorpion said that if he strung the sheep during the crossing, they would both die. In the […]

Read More 0 Comments

Fonkoze: Haitian Diaspora Unites Across U.S.

With Barbara Magnoni. Photos by Tequila Minsky. Brooklyn, N.Y.  As the world economy collapses, the lifeline to already-impoverished Haiti has run thin.  One third of Haiti’s economy flows through remittances — through companies such as Western Union and Moneygram — from overseas family members sending cash home. Banks and micro-finance institutions such as Fonkoze also play […]

Read More 0 Comments

2,870 Mayors for Peace: Does Yours Belong?

New York, N.Y. 2,870 cities in 134 countries. That’s how many cities have committed themselves to not being a nuclear target by joining the U.N.-associated Mayors for Peace. “Being in favor of nuclear disarmament is a no-brainer for cities. Atomic weapons were developed to destroy cities,” Aaron Tovish explained to me over coffee at the […]

Read More 0 Comments

Orphan Doctor Dedicated to Future Thought Leaders

New York, N.Y.  In 1995 I visited an orphanage in Indonesia and was so moved by the need to provide better care for orphans in the developing world that I went on to found Orphans International Worldwide(OIWW). I also brought home a ten-month old son, Mathew James. I did not know then that a parallel effort […]

Read More 0 Comments

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 […]

Read More 0 Comments

U.S. Border Policy: How To Fix What’s Broken

How are we doing on sealing our long, long border with Mexico, all 1,952 miles of it? The Secure Fence Act of 2006 calls for 670 miles of new fencing, running along one-third of the border. As of last fall, 370 miles had been installed — at a cost of some $5 million per mile. […]

Read More 0 Comments

When Is a Lawyer Not a Lawyer? When She Acts

New York, N.Y.  “I want to act! Act! To be liberated! To feel free!” Anouk Dutruit told me last week over lunch in Chelsea, near to both her day job and her theater school.  “Acting allows me to breathe, feel alive!”  Making a career in acting is a challenging prospect. What makes Anouk’s ambitions even more invigorating […]

Read More 0 Comments

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

History from Time: How and Why the Dalai Lama Left Tibet