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American Democracy Looks Pretty Good... From Cambodia

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 9:20 AM

As host of the ASEAN summit and the historic first visit of a US President, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen cleaned up his act--literally. On the eve of the summit, the road from the airport boasted gleaming pavements, well-lit streets, and exquisitely landscaped medians. Most likely, arriving heads of state...

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Western Amnesia Encourages Atrocity in Sudan

(4) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 2:58 PM

After the Holocaust, Western nations raised the rallying cry of 'never again.' Originally intended as a covenant -- eternal, unbreakable -- the phrase has actually become a mantra, endlessly repeated. 'Never again' we pronounce after each successive genocide, with greater fervor and rising desperation. Implicit in the pledge is the...

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No Refuge for Somali Refugees

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 5:52 PM

Famine victims leaving Somalia are beyond desperate. Half dead, they are spending all their meager resources to stumble into neighboring Kenya in hopes of finding refuge. After all, they are refugees. International law mandates their protection. The moral imperative to help our neighbor demands the provision of basic human needs....

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Why Western Aid Won't Save Somalia

(15) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 5:51 PM

If only we could blame drought and poverty for the famine in the Horn of Africa that would be so simple. Wealthy donor states could quickly send food, medicine, and tents to the starving, diseased, and displaced. Millions of people would be saved. Altruism would triumph.

Instead, ruthless leaders engage...

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