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Entries by Mike Arkus from 04/2014

Mute Witnesses to Horror in Rwanda and Cambodia: The Stations of the Skulls on the Looney Front

| Posted 04.06.2014 | Travel

They are 5,250 miles apart, one in Asia, the other in Africa. But in each, huge piles of human skulls bear mute witness to the genocidal horrors of the last quarter of the 20th century when the world should already have learned better from the enormity of the Nazi Holocaust. Once the Chao Ponhea Yat High School, Pol Pot turned it into Security Prison 21 (S-21), where of the nearly 20,000 who passed through its satanic doors only a dozen survived. It was just one of scores of such hellholes where prisoners were beaten, tortured with electric shocks, burned with searing hot metal and water-boarded among other torments.

5 Flights of Fancy I'd Rather Not: On a Wing and a Prayer On the Looney Front

| Posted 04.14.2014 | Travel

There are flights, many hours long, that pass in a daze as you slip into and out of somnolence, or get engrossed in a film or book. Then there are tho...

5 Ways to Enliven a Flight Lay-Over in Oslo: Screaming on the Looney Front

| Posted 04.20.2014 | Travel

Oslo may be one of the less notable European capitals, but there's plenty to do that is accessible if you have a few-hours lay-over before your flight...

The Far North, Part 1 -- The Glaciers of Svalbard: Going Arctic on the Looney Front

| Posted 04.27.2014 | Travel

It prides itself on being the world's most northerly city, albeit with only about 2,000 residents; it's way beyond the Arctic Circle, just 813 miles f...