Central does it again this Christmas


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Every year the folks at Central World do their very best to terrify children by assembling the most tasteless, bizarre, horrifying collection of Christmas characters known to man. I blogged about this five years ago, and today I'm doing it again. So turn the lights off, grab some popcorn and get ready for this year's […]

Surprised dragon is surprised


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From Kanchanburi, Thailand.

Slavery/human trafficking tourism


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A couple of weeks ago, I came across an "international human rights organisation" by the name of Global Exchange. They organise something called "reality tours". In their own words, reality tours "offer participants an opportunity to journey to other countries to examine a situation first-hand, to see beyond what is communicated by the mass media". […]

What did we learn from the Nick Kristoff show?


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I decided to wait a little while before blogging about this one. I wanted to see how things panned out after NY Times columnist Nick Kristoff live Tweeted a raid on a Cambodian brothel (see his article on the raid here). It came out of the blue, for me at least. One moment I was […]

Daily roundup from Busan #HLF4


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Video Blog by Dochas Director Hans Zomer Here are some key stories from the 4th High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness that I've compiled (including a few for background): Busan High Level Forum on Aid promises better services for world’s bottom billion Helen Clark: Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness Blair: Overseas aid really works Where's […]