What’s Up With Free Trade in Colombia?

  On radio interviews I am frequently asked about the “free trade agreement” the Bush administration is trying to hammer out with Colombia and about John McCain’s recent trip to Colombia. Here’s my answer in a nutshell: Nine countries in Latin America have recently voted in presidents who are saying “no” to staying the course with international policies

Purchasing Power

I often urge you to vote every time you shop, to purchase only from companies dedicated to creating a sustainable, just, and peaceful world. I want now to remind you of the importance of your vote in the upcoming presidential elections. We in the U.S. have a recent history of apathy. Only about half of eligible voters exercise this precious right – even during presidential election years. The

My Trip To China – A Lesson in Transformation

Several times during my EHM tenure in the 1970s I stood on a hill in the New Territories outside Hong Kong and peered into China, a mysterious country I was not allowed to enter. China was locked behind a wall of secrecy. About all most of us knew was that the country was in shambles due to Mao’s Cultural Revolution. I finally had the opportunity to visit China in June 2009. No one back in the

Piracy

We’ve been hearing a lot about terrorists and pirates for many years now; but reports about why they do what they do are just starting to filter through. A pirate who goes by the name Abshir Abdullahi Abdi explained his reasons on NPR’s Morning Edition, on May 6, 2006. “We understand what we’re doing is wrong. But hunger is more important than any other thing,” he

Amazing Times

These are amazing times. We have arrived at a pivotal moment in history; we are challenged to move out of an adolescent stage of human economic development (characterized by colonialist and exploitative policies) into a mature recognition that we are a fragile species living on a small, highly interdependent planet. In order for my grandson to hope to inherit a sustainable, just, and peaceful