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August 8, 2020

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

New Caledonia and the curious tale of sovereignty

“Members of the United Nations which have or assume responsibilities for the administration of territories whose peoples have not yet attained a full measure of self-government recognize the principle that the interests...

Friday, November 9, 2018

 According to Patrick Smith’s 2013 Cockpit Confidential, and numerous Google search results from last week, prior to Sept. 28, 2018 Air Nuigini had never encountered a fatality. In one accident alone, 111 people lost their lives on a United flight.

Therefore, Air Niugin...

Friday, October 5, 2018

"The time for colonization has gone forever, but some intermediate transition system is essential if chaos is not to follow. "

                                                                                         —  Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1961, regard...

Thursday, September 6, 2018

   I have uttered the term “Third World” before, mostly out of frustration when the electricity went out, or the internet signal reduced to the point where I could not check my email, or while watching a Panama-flagged Matson vessel slip into the horizon while the...

Thursday, August 2, 2018

I recently returned from China. It was not my first time there. and I anticipate it will not be my last. There was nothing impressive about my being there; I was nothing more than a spectator of village life in Guangdong Province, dim sum breakfasts, banana tress growi...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

   “I served for twenty years in the US Army. Was in Iraq and Afghanistan. Got my discharge and thought I’d see what I could do back home. But I don’t know, man. This place is rough.”

    He saw me struggling with luggage, my car sitting with a dead battery across...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Dateline Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia. November 20, 2016. 11:57 AM. In the shadow of coconut palms, overlooking banana trees and piles of trash.

“East Asia,” I once sardonically remarked to a new acquaintance, “is a powder keg in search of a spark.”

He reacted w...

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