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Plain of Jars, Laos. "It is terrible when the bomb kills the cow," says my guide and translator, Mr. Van Lorn, as we are leaving Phonsavan in Plain of Jars, driving east, towards Vietnam. "Cows like to chew on stones. Very often they dig out some old bomb
Vltchek: Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Apr 30, 2006
Pramoedya Ananta Toer, the most important Southeast Asian novelist and prominent Indonesian dissident, died in Jakarta in the morning of April 30.
Vltchek: Southeast Asia: Those Beloved Malls
Apr 26, 2006
Paragon in the center of Bangkok is not just some ordinary mall - it is a gigantic marble, steel and glass shopping, dining and entertainment center, surrounded by fountains, connected with the rest of the city by a state of the art "Sky Train". It is shi
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Ubud used to be one of the most serene places in Asia: a small town of eight thousand inhabitants built on lush-green tropical hills in the middle of "The Island of Gods" - Bali. Its rivers flowed through deep and mysterious valleys
"Do you know how Chileans first learned about Indonesia?" asks Jorge Insulza, foreign secretary of the Chilean Communist Party. "Long before the coup of Pinochet, right wingers were intimidating members of progressive movements and parties: 'Watch ou
Vera-zavala: Change Or Intervention In Bolivia
Dec 19, 2005
If you look down from the visitorsÕ balcony in the national parliament in La Paz, you see a divided parliament. On the right hand side you have all the members of parliament from the right wing parties; all white, well dressed in suits and ties, coming fr
Vera-zavala: Participatory Democracy In Venezuela
Dec 08, 2005
The learning process is a basic argument for, and an important outcome of, participatory democracy. Parallel to the decision-making, a process of learning takes place where people learn how different things work and function and how they can influence the
Jakarta. They came to commemorate the 40th anniversary of one the most intensive massacres in human history. Not many, but at least some 50 or 60 people came. Of all places in Jakarta they gathered in the modest complex of German cultural centre - Goethe
Vltchek: Hurricane Katrina Ð View From Asia
Sep 01, 2005
Jakarta. More than 8 months ago, one of the worst natural disasters in a human history destroyed substantial part of a province under Indonesian control Ð Aceh. Although the exact number of dead will never be known, close to 250 thousand people lost th
Vltchek: Hurricane Katrina â€“ View From Asia
Sep 01, 2005
Jakarta. More than 8 months ago, one of the worst natural disasters in a human history destroyed substantial part of a province under Indonesian control â€“ Aceh. Although the exact number of dead will never be known, close to 250 thousand people lost their lives during the under-ocean earthquake and consequent tsunami; tens of thousands died in Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand combined. It is now clear that tens of thousands more people died due to inadequate response of the Indonesian government and military, stranded in remote areas with no food, drinking water, shelter and medical care.
Vera-zavala: Even You, My Sweden
Aug 28, 2005
There is a lot of talk about Venezuela these days. Few can have missed that the Reverend Pat Robertson called for the assassination of President Hugo Chavez in his own TV-channel Christian Broadcast. In short he said: 'We have the ability to take him out,
Four-lane highway Number Five is smooth and fast, offering outstanding views of The Andes, haciendas surrounded by vineyards and green meadows. It is connecting the capital with Puerto Montt â€“ more than one thousand kilometers south â€“ and it represents one of the symbols of â€œthe leap forwardâ€ Chile made in the recent years.
The anti-globalisation movement has repetitively been criticised for not being clear on the alternative to capitalism. The movement wants to replace capitalism, change the world but does not talk about socialism, which according to some lefties is a clear
Vera-zavala: Venezuela - The Country Of Parallels Ii
May 27, 2005
To introduce participatory democracy in Venezuela as a parallel to representative democracy is one of the hardest, but also one of the most interesting, challenges the country is facing. If they succeed it would mean having a society in power, that is mor
Vera-zavala: Venezuela - The Country Of Parallels
May 12, 2005
Venezuela - The Country Of Parallels
Vera-zavala: Why Did They Loose?
Mar 13, 2005
The Workers Party, Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) lost one of its most symbolic cities in the last municipal elections. Porto Alegre was won in the first elections after dictatorship in 1988 and has since then stayed "petista". It is interesting to try to
Vera-zavala: A Democratic Intifada
Jan 15, 2005
Democracy is probably going to be the most misused word in the news during the month of January. If there had been a way of measuring we even might have come to the conclusion that the month of January was going to be the month when democracy was the most
Vera-zavala: The Quarrelling Left
Nov 17, 2004
When I was younger my mother used to tell me that the fights within the left made people tired. She told me that all argues and the fights between the left groups in Chile weakened the Allende regime as much as the US aggression. People were tired of the
Oct 03, 2004
Recently, at the fifth Asian European People«s Forum in Ha Noi I got to know that there will be a meeting between "the movement for global justice" and the Muslim movement in Beirut soon. I think that is good. It is good to have exchange between movements
It appears on Indonesian television almost every night: huge red banner advertisements for Gudang Garam, a popular local brand of clove cigarettes, backed by the roar of football fans. â€˜Euro-2004â€™ live from Portugal has begun!