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Never Again? Rather, Never Until Next Time…

jamoroki:

I had planned to write a post on this subject but then found this excellent piece featured on ‘Freshly Pressed’. I don’t think I can improve on it so why re-invent the wheel. I hope you find it as stirring as I do.

Originally posted on neophytepeacebuilder:

Twenty years ago today the world stood by while 1 million Tutsis we slaughtered in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Then, the world pledged those famous words— never again , the same words spoken after the Jewish Holocaust. Here we are twenty years later and the words never again seem to carry little weight. Our international system continues to value state sovereignty over humanitarian intervention and while its does, we continue to have spurs of genocide like that in the Darfur region of Sudan or more recently in the Central African Republic (CAR).

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In the past ten years, with increased pressure from the human rights community, there has been a push towards the adoption of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). This doctrine rests on three pillars: (1) a states responsibility to protect its citizens from genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity; (2) the international community’s responsibility to assist states in…

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7 things to do in Jianshui, Yunnan

jamoroki:

I particularly love the architecture in this post and as usual Gaetan digs up gems from far away places.

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Originally posted on Travel Cathay:

Roofs of Jianshui from the Chaoyang tower.
Roofs of Jianshui from the Chaoyang tower.

South of Kunming

Jianshui (建水) is a ancient town located in Honghe prefecture (红河州), just a few hours south of Kunming (昆明) the capital of Yunnan. The historical core zone of Jianshui consists of cobble-stone streets lined with well-preserved houses that date back from the Ming and Qing dynasty, temples and shrines, gardens in the middle of courtyard mansions that belong to local officials and even China’s largest Confucius temple.

The ancient town of Jianshui is still an over-looked travel destination on the way to the border town of Hekou (for those crossing to Vietnam) and the Yuanyang rice terraces. Popular among Chinese tourists, it is still off-the-radar to most foreign travelers.

The Zhu Family Gardens (朱家花园)

Located in the heart of the old Jianshui on Hanlin Street (翰林街), the Zhu Family Garden (朱家花园), is a 5000 m2 estate with a maze of…

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Would Eddie have been bigger than Elvis?

Legendary Masters Series
Legendary Masters Series (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eddie Cochran was just 21 when he died in a car accident on April 17th 1960. He was travelling with Pat Thompkins (Tour manager), Gene Vincent and Eddie’s girlfriend Sharon Sheeley in a hired Ford Consul car from Bristol to London (Heathrow Airport) on the A4 when the driver lost control near Chippenham. Both Eddie and Sharon were badly injured and taken to St. Martin’s Hospital in Bath. The next day, Easter Sunday, Eddie lost his life but Sharon and Gene Vincent, who was also injured, made complete recoveries. Amazingly, Pat Thompkins, who was in the front passenger seat and the taxi driver George Martin were uninjured and later Martin, despite excessive speeding, only received a £50 fine and a driving ban. Continue reading

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Who are masters of the air?

The Red Arrows in Apollo formation (2010)
The Red Arrows in Apollo formation (2010) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every evening around 6 o’clock I witness an aerial display that would put the ‘Red Arrows’ to shame. Man has tried for years to dominate the skies but thankfully will never match the speed, agility and stealth of the swallow. I sit in awe every evening and marvel at how these tiny birds hurtle through my garden airspace at supersonic speed devouring even the tiniest of flying insects on their incredible trip. They don’t even stop to re-fuel. Continue reading

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Borneo, A Country? You Are So Wrong! Welcome To Malaysia

Fun fact about Malaysia:  Did you know that there are about 200 languages spoken in this country?

The Southeast Asian region must be very fascinating for many people.  It seems like every winter and spring in the northern or southern hemisphere I can see Caucasians (I could be biased and throwing a stereotype) roaming around all over the place – my home country included.  In general, when I mention Malaysia (my home country) to other fellow travelers, these are the most common responses:

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