It was June 1978 when Hilary received her final letter from her brother John. “He used to write to me on his travels,” she tells me, 40 years later. “They were getting the boat ready and he was going on his final trip before coming home.” John Dawson Dewhirst was 26 years old, and had spent the year after graduating from his degree (a bachelor of education with English from Loughborough University, which he’d attended on a scholarship) travelling round southeast Asia. He’d always been adventurous, says Hilary, “and outdoorsy. He loved writing – poetry, fictional stuff – he had a very unusual, quirky style.” He was known by friends to be sensitive, gentle and thoughtful. Much later, family members would find out that he was described by the person who ordered his murder as “a polite young man”. John set out to Japan and worked briefly as a teacher, and then a contract employee – “a headline … [Read more...] about From Newcastle and New Zealand to the Killing Fields of Cambodia
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For those observing the crisis in Venezuela, it can feel like tragedy in slow motion. The country is in the grips of the most extreme monetary crisis of our time–with inflation recently reaching 1,000,000%--and since 2013 has seen an economic contraction worse than the Great Depression. Once one of the richest countries in South America, the economy is in ruins, livelihoods are shattered, and starvation and violence are rampant. The past weeks have seen the state-backed military attacks against its own citizens queued up for humanitarian aid and blackouts across the country. A range of issues have contributed to the crisis, over-dependence on crude oil and crippling sanctions from Western powers among them. Another major driver has been monetary mismanagement of the bolivar, Venezuela’s national currency. For over a decade, Venezuelan regimes have instituted strict capital, foreign exchange and price controls on its currency, making it virtually impossible for those … [Read more...] about Digital money is here: Will it make us more free–or less?
Sambo “Bo” Dul is the elections director under Secretary of State Katie Hobbs Sambo “Bo” Dul wasn’t born in a democracy. Her father gave his life to smuggle her and her family out of Cambodia following the Khmer Rouge genocide. Thirty-five years later, she’s a crucial cog in Arizona’s elections. On January 7, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs tapped Dul, a former election law attorney at Perkins Coie, to be her elections director. “It was very hard to think of leaving [Perkins Coie], but I also couldn’t not think about it,” Dul said. “It was like once that genie came out of the bottle, I couldn’t put it back in.” PATRIOTS Dul was born in Cambodia at one of the most tumultuous times in the country’s history. Her family fled the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge genocide when she was just a year old. The trek to a refugee camp on the Thai-Cambodian border was perilous. Her father didn’t survive. Pure luck … [Read more...] about Cambodia to Arizona: Bo Dul’s extraordinary journey to democracy
Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers their opinions on whether they feel it is more convenient for the prices of goods and services in Viet Nam to be posted in foreign currencies, such as the US dollar or Euro, or the local currency dong. Here are some responses: Next week: Statistics from the Ministry of Public Security's Fire Prevention and Fighting Police and Search and Rescue Department show that nearly 550 cases of fire and explosions occurred nationwide, leaving 23 dead and injuring 44 others during the first four months of this year. The department also noted that many fires occurred in residential areas, including markets and high-rise apartment buildings. According to Ha Noi's Fire Prevention and Fighting Police Department, most of the city's 370 high-rise buildings (with more than seven floors) fail to comply with fire prevention regulations. They lack appropriate exits or entrances, equipment to prevent and fight fire, and safe electricity systems. In … [Read more...] about Use of local currency must be reinforced
This tall, thin man in glasses and a beret is playing cheerful Christmas songs near a traffic light at the Phu Nhuan intersection, one of the most crowded traffic hubs in Ho Chi Minh City, during rush hour on a Thursday evening. As soon as he starts blowing his golden saxophone, he catches the attention of the passers-by. In the middle of the street, a couple of passengers put their heads through a bus window, trying to figure out what the strange man is doing. Some vendors pass him by, turn their back, and check him out carefully, as if he is trying to compete with their fierce business on the street. Bikers throw confused looks at the foreign saxophonist while trying to jostle through the traffic jam during rush hour. With a small girl sitting in the front, a father of a family approaches the musician so that his daughter can listen to a few joyous tunes before they depart again when the traffic light changes its color. Not limiting himself to only playing music on sidewalk, … [Read more...] about American saxophonist cheers up Saigon streets