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Carmel Barrau
Mar 24, 2013

A Thailand Fire Claims 36 Lives and a Refugee Camp

Mar 24, 2013 by Carmel Barrau

Earlier this week, a fire that started in Mae Hong Son province swept through a refugee camp in Northwestern Thailand. Many of those affected are refugees from Myanmar who escaped violence there some as early as 1992. While the 36 person death count is tragic, these events also leave over 2,000 homeless. Many of these people are Karen in descent who have been seeking greater autonomy in Myanmar since independence from Great Britain that lead to one of the longest running civil wars in ...


Carmel Barrau
Mar 24, 2013

Friar Neles Wins South Korea’s Prestigious Tji Hak-soon Justice and Peace Award

Mar 24, 2013 by Carmel Barrau

Earlier this week, Friar Neles Tebay Kebadabi won the Tji Hak-soon Justice and Peace Award from South Korea. A relatively humble man, he helped lead a stronger form of communication between the Jakarta government and the Papuan Peace Network that he lead. Using the PPN, he helped end conflict in the Papua region, the easternmost in Indonesia and was recognized by South Korea for his efforts in accepting people of all races and backgrounds in an effort to promote peace and understanding...


Carmel Barrau
Mar 24, 2013

Myanmar Religious Riots Cause a State of Emergency To Take Effect

Mar 24, 2013 by Carmel Barrau

Earlier this week, Myanmar President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency in the town of Meiktila that has been torn apart through religious violence. This lock down has closed the area off the journalists until the matters can be resolved. This violence between Buddhists and Muslim groups in this area had escalated in the recent days to an area ravaged by rioting and violence that have left a reported 20 dead. These acts of religious intolerance continue to burden the administrati...


Carmel Barrau
Mar 17, 2013

Inevitable Change in Vietnam

Mar 17, 2013 by Carmel Barrau

Fear has long been a prime catalyst for the lack of change or reform to the current Communist power in Vietnam. It is this same revolutionary Communist party that has lead to the ascension of Vietnam as a global power. However, the continual lack of transparency and perceived corruption has lead many to further question and challenge the current rule. With a 60% majority of current Vietnamese under 30, an inevitable lean towards democracy could be in order. The only problem being the c...


Carmel Barrau
Mar 17, 2013

One Of Cambodia's Most Historic Killers Dead

Mar 17, 2013 by Carmel Barrau

Earlier this week, leng Sary, one of the most prolific leaders behind what lead to the Khmer Rouge died most likely due to high blood pressure and heart complications. This death is particularly significant because Sary was one of the few members of the CPK communist party that has stood trial for crimes against Cambodia and its' people. The Khmer Rouge was one of the largest genocides in history resulting in the deaths of millions of Cambodians that Pol Pot and the CPK treated as expe...