Category Archives: peace

War Criminal # 1

SIDESHOW by William Shawcross When I first visited Cambodia in 1995, I arrived at Phnom Penh’s airport on a brutally sunny day. My sunglasses offered little protection against the glare and I stumbled toward the terminal seeking relief from the heat, then stopped upon seeing a small bus deboarding its young passengers. Every child was […]

3 = Conspiracy

3 = Conspiracy I have family in Thailand. Western Union was the easiest way to send money, but not the cheapest. $15 for $100. $22 for $200. $27 for $300. I rarely sent a larger amount, since life in Thailand is not cheap anymore. Pepsi has replaced coconut milk. KFC has conquered the chicken market […]

Panic Button in Flight

9/11 changed how the world travels by air. Security checks, x-ray scrutiny, examination of shoes, plastic dinner utensils, and no water bottles. These measures have prevented any repetition of 19 men seizing four airliners on the same day at the same time and piloting them into buildings. America is safe, however our citizens still experienced […]

Where’s The Peace?

My step-father’s farm lies about 200 kilometers north of Bangkok. Den annually harvests one rice crop. The rest of the year he tends to his roaming cattle. His house is small. A solar panel provides energy for a small TV, radio, light bulb, and fan. The sun falls fast on the rice fields and at […]

Bad Week In Bad America

America was shocked by the brutal double-killing of Alton Sterling by a Baton Rouge police officer. 911 had received a gun call from someone at the convenience store where Sterling sold CDs. the illegal gun in Sterling’s possession had been purchased for protection. The two police rolled into the parking lot and attempted an arrest, […]