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[29 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

It’s my last day in Phnom Penh and I’m already dreading saying goodbye to the kids. I know the day is going to pass much too quickly and we’ve got a full schedule to attend too. From 10am to 3pm there is a citywide karate tournament for all the kids in the various NGO’s. It is taking place in a large arena at the nearby Friend’s School and Charam and Bunlong are beside themselves with excitement and pride. They are both competing for CCF and have already dressed themselves carefully …

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[28 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

I take an absurd amount of pleasure in the fact that the Fresco Café staff always remembers me in between my visits. “Good morning, Long Black Decaf!” the hostess chirps as I stumble my way over to my favorite seat. I am not a particularly alert morning person no matter what country I am in however I can’t help but be in a cheery mood. This morning Karen and I are heading over to CCF to pick up our gang of kids for a shopping trip to the mall. Whenever …

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[27 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

I was up at 5am waiting for the bus to pick me up for the six hour trek to Phnom Penh when a tuk tuk driver pulled up and asked if I needed a ride. I mentioned my mode of upcoming transportation and rather than seem disappointed at losing a fare, he was thrilled to have a captive audience on which to practice his English. I admit to being a little preoccupied and less than gracious conversationalist. My thoughts were divided on the desperate anticipation of seeing my “kids” in …

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[27 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

My last day in Siem Reap started off rather well. I suspect it had something to do with the fact that I actually slept through the night. Feeling full of spit and vinegar I bounded down the steps to Shinta Mani’s café for a much-needed cappuccino. The absolutely adorable staff – trainees from their trade school hover around me anxious to test their new skills and a young man who had just started the day before is absolutely excited to show off his barista skills. He wants to be the …

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[24 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
Spitting in the Wind

Although the flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap is only an hour – the distance traveled emotionally is a distance that is hard to quantify. Already the plush luxury of the Shangri La Hotel is fading and ready to take up permanent residence during my stay in Cambodia in that cozy little nook in my brain called Western Privilege Guilt. John and I take a taxi to our hotel, The Shinta Mani. It is by far the nicest hotel I have ever stayed at in Cambodia. The hotel manager welcomes …

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[23 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Warning: Don’t watch The End of Poverty? (or read about it) if you want to preserve your contentment with your lifestyle and the web of structures—historic and current—that make it possible. | ]
Warning: Don’t watch The End of Poverty? (or read about it) if you want to preserve your contentment with your lifestyle and the web of structures—historic and current—that make it possible.

SOJOURNERS MAGAZINE – April issue

Reviews
Poverty is No Accident
The End of Poverty? written and directed by Philippe Diaz. Cinema Libre Studio.
review by Kaitlin Barker

Warning: Don’t watch The End of Poverty? (or read about it) if you want to preserve your contentment with your lifestyle and the web of structures—historic and current—that make it possible. If the notion of the United States as empire—and poverty as the direct result of empire—is unpalatable, turn the page quickly. Even if…

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[22 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

Thai airlines must have missed the memo encouraging obscure luggage fares, shoddy service and projecting an air of generosity while handing out bags of peanuts. While spending the better part of 17 hours on a plane may not be my first choice when it comes to weekend entertainment, Thai certainly made the experience ~ dare I say ~ reasonably enjoyable. Seats that were not designed to force you into an obscure yoga position, a thick comforter and pillow for everyone (though it did eliminate that fun free for all past time where passengers wrestle each other for the flimsy coverings normally dropped on every third seat or so).

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[12 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Accepted to the Bahrain Human Rights Film Festival – May 1 – 4 | ]
Accepted to the Bahrain Human Rights Film Festival – May 1 – 4

The film was just accepted to the Bahrain Human Rights International Film Festival (BHRIFF) in Bahrain, which takes place May 1 – 4.

Bahrain Human Rights International Film Festival (BHRIFF) is a not-for-profit cultural event dedicated to introduce and promote films related to human rights in the region. It is a unique opportunity to celebrate the cinema related to human rights and offer a link between the international filmmakers, directors and producers with the available talents and…

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[12 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on The Doublespeak of a Discredited IMF | ]
The Doublespeak of a Discredited IMF

By Eric Toussaint & Damien Millet (CADTM)

The international crisis that broke in summer 2008 demolished all the neo-liberal dogmas and exposed the deception behind them. Unable to deny their failure, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund claim they no longer uphold the set of neo-liberal policies known as the Washington Consensus. Yet, discredited though they may be, these two institutions are using the international crisis to return…

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[2 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Director Philippe Diaz Interview in Documentary Magazine | ]
Director Philippe Diaz Interview in Documentary Magazine

Check the new Spring 2009 issue of Documentary Magazine for a full interview with Director Philippe Diaz on poverty. The interview includes behind the scenes info on his new documentary “The End Of Poverty?” and his opinion on how we can make a change.