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PHOTOS: Seven Secret Destinations That Will Make You Smile

William D. Chalmers | Posted 09.18.2012 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

While I won't divulge my truly favorite places -- lest they succumb to and suffer from either the so-called Woody Allen Effect or a dreaded Year in Provence-like backlash (aka Loving it to Death Syndrome) -- here are my seven somewhat off-the-radar secret destinations that I love visiting over and over again:

The Empire Returns: U.S. in Southeast Asia

Andrew Lam | Posted 09.17.2012 | World
Andrew Lam

The United States has moved from a strategy of appeasement toward one of detente. For long-time Indochina observers, the developing story is one full of irony, and a signal for a major shift in the long, if arduous, U.S.-Indochina relations.

Controversial Multi-Billion Dollar Dam Construction Suspended

Reuters | Posted 09.12.2012 | World

PHNOM PENH, July 13 (Reuters) - Laos confirmed on Friday that work has been suspended on a controversial $3.5 billion hydropower dam on the Mekong R...

Donors Should Not be "Partners in Crime" with Rights Abusers

Rebecca Schleifer | Posted 08.25.2012 | World
Rebecca Schleifer

Scant attention has been paid to the UN and international donors' human rights obligations and ethical responsibilities with respect to drug control efforts they support, or indeed to safeguards to prevent them from effectively facilitating human rights abuses with their support.

MIA Vietnam Soldier Laid To Rest 36 Years After Disappearance

Jessica Pearce Rotondi | Posted 11.13.2013 | Fifty
Jessica Pearce Rotondi

Every Memorial Day, I take out a scrapbook my grandmother made over 40 years ago. Each page is filled with photographs of young men I've never met. Under every face is the exhortation: WHERE IS HE? My uncle's face is on page three.

Buddhist Monk Accused In Alabama Temple Killing

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 05.14.2012 | Religion

A Buddhist monk has been charged with beating to death the head monk of his temple. According to NBC-affiliate WTVA, Vern Phdsamay, 32, was arrest...

Thousands of Vietnam POWs Fight for Health Insurance

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Scout, Ph.D.

For the last two years, Mr. Khao has contacted every legislator he can, asking for official recognition and veteran's benefits for these thousands of U.S. citizens who were soldiers for the CIA's secret war in Laos. So far nothing has come to pass.

KTC: Ethical Fashion in China (VIDEO) | Posted 04.09.2015 | Arts

There's not one person that hasn't heard a horror story involving workers in China being paid a pittance for hours of intense labor. We're all familiar with these tales, but what about the flip side?

WATCH: 'Little' Laos In Tilt-Shift

Posted 04.03.2012 | Travel

Joerg Daiber's latest video takes us to Laos, the Southeast Asian nation of roughly 6.5 million people. Daiber traveled across Laos, stopping for ...

WATCH: Will The Mekong River Be Dammed?

Posted 12.16.2011 | Green

A proposed dam project in Southeast Asia is drawing greater concerns as it pits opportunities for economic and infrastructural developments against en...

Mighty Mekong Gets a Reprieve: Destructive Xayaburi Dam Delayed

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.07.2012 | Green
Peter Bosshard

In a crucial decision for the people and ecosystems of the Mekong River Basin, the governments of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam have just agreed to delay the Xayaburi Dam, the first of eleven dams proposed for the Mekong River.

A Dictators' Dead Pool for 2012: Predicting Crisis or Forecasting Opportunity?

Philip N. Howard | Posted 01.31.2012 | World
Philip N. Howard

It may seem crass to make a dictators' dead pool. But given the murderous history of some of strongmen who might be on the list, it is not unreasonable to think through the means and implications of their departure.

'Occupy' Your Next Vacation

Pam Grout | Posted 01.09.2012 | Travel
Pam Grout

Would you rather line the pockets of the big corporations who run the major hotel chains, or would you instead like to use your buying power to support little guys who are trying to change the world?

Laos: Drug Users, 'Undesirables' Detained, Abused

Human Rights Watch | Posted 12.11.2011 | World
Human Rights Watch

US, UN, Other Donors Finance 'Treatment' Center (Bangkok) – Police and local militia in Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR, are forcibly detaining p...

Mighty Mekong to Be Dammed?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.01.2011 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The mighty Mekong River is about to face its greatest test, when the governments of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam will decide whether to give approve the construction of a dam.

Vietnam War-Era Bombs Cause Current Day Casualties, Demonstrating Need for Updated Weapons Technology

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

In Southeast Asia, UXOs left over from the Vietnam War injure and kill hundreds of people each year.

5 Tips for the (Motorcycle) Trip of a Lifetime

Hans von Meister | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Hans von Meister

If you're not having fun, you're doing something wrong. The entire point of undertaking a long-distance motorcycle trip is to test yourself; you're obviously out of your element.

The Great Ride Forward: Motorcycling Southeast Asia

Peter Winter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Peter Winter


As Leader Dies, Hmong Culture Continues to Flourish

Julia Plevin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Julia Plevin

General Vang Pao, the CIA-supported Hmong leader, died on January 6, 2011, at the age of 81 in California's central valley. His influence spans as far and wide as the Hmong's global diaspora.

Obama's Choice: Military Quagmires or Economic Opportunities

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

It will take a major effort to reduce American commitments in the Middle East to ensure that the U.S. will succeed in exerting its influence in Asia, where huge economic opportunities await.

Morgan Parker: Taking on Wheels and Philanthropy, Leaving Behind Millions

Fang Wu | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fang Wu

Morgan Parker, a 36 year old real estate investment banking guru, decided to take a time-out from his promising, multi-million-dollar-paycheck career ...

Laos: the World's Most Bombed Country

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

We walked around a field where the ground was literally littered with small holes and flags, marking the dangerous bomblets buried inches beneath the surface. There must have been 50 munitions scattered across a field the size of a basketball court.

What to do About Begging (and Your Conscience)

Michael Hodson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Michael Hodson

Any sort of third world travel means you'll have to pick a stance on begging. I personally decided to "just say no." Is that a heartless, Western-centric way of looking at things? Perhaps. But there is a big exception too.

When "Terrorism" Becomes Farce: How the DOJ Blew a Case, Ripped Off Taxpayers, and Violated National Security Policy

Roger Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Warner

The more information that has emerged in USA vs. Harrison U. Jack et. al., a preemptive arrest terrorism case in Sacramento, California, the more it looks as though the prosecution should be on trial instead of the defendants.

Peace at Last? No thanks to the State Department ...

Roger Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Roger Warner

A tentative deal between the Laotian government, anti-government guerrillas, and expatriated Lao refugees could finally bring an end to a little-known conflict that grew out of the Vietnam War.