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Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Change, Culture, Photos, Travel | 0 comments

Northern Ireland in Photos

Northern Ireland in Photos

Northern Ireland is composed of 6 counties in the north of Ireland and is naturally a beautiful place with mountains, rivers, and rugged sea coast. Politically, Northern Ireland has been a contested site for centuries. The two dominant populations, Ulster Protestants and Irish Catholics have traditionally fought to either remain a part of the United Kingdom or be united with the Republic of Ireland. The region went through a period of violent turmoil known as “The Troubles” but came to a formal peace agreement in 1998. The society is rapidly undergoing a great deal of political, social, and economic...

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Posted by on Nov 3, 2012 in Blog, Road Trip USA, Travel | 0 comments

Whistleblowers for Peace: Falling Whistles

Whistleblowers for Peace: Falling Whistles

It has been three years since I stepped foot into the Falling Whistles headquarters in Los Angeles. Natural light illuminates the exposed brick, installations, and five staff members clicking away silently at their computers. Gone are the days (and nights) of intern-filled garage spaces in Venice Beach. In its place is a more focused and experienced organization working to bring peace in Congo. The approach is an interesting one — selling whistles and using the proceeds to support work in Congo, delivering educational media content, and mobilizing their base to push for policy changes. To date, the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed over 6 million lives– as many people who died in the Holocaust. This fact feels very far away to me until I remember that my cell phone and computer have minerals such as coltan from Congo that were likely extracted by slave labor and that the money from the illegal sale of such minerals fund the war. Organizations like Falling Whistles are working...

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