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Human Rights Day: Bill Hass

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On December 10, 1948,  at the United Nations General Assembly, Eleanor Roosevelt was the first to proclaim to the world the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  On Human Rights Day sixty-six years later, Bill Hass, United Nations veteran and president of United Nations Association of Southwestern Connecticut, talks about the status of human rights among the UN’s 193 member states today.  (Broadcast on WPKN, December 10, 2014)

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Jenny Nordberg: The Underground Girls of Kabul

Underground Girls of Kabul

Jenny Nordberg talks about her just published and most fascinating book The Underground Girls of Kabul: in search of a hidden resistance in Afghanistan. The book tells her discovery of bacha posh, a secret, hidden practice in which parents disguise … View full post

Raza Rumi on hospitality

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A Tidings conversation about hospitality, friendship and loyalty with Raza Rumi, a Pakistani journalist, blogger, author of Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani traveller and follower of Sufi thought.  The subject of hospitality holds a certain irony for Raza … View full post

Dougald Hine: Dark Mountain

Dougald Hine

“The end of the world as we know it is not the end of the world full stop,” says Dougald Hine, speaking from Sweden via Skype.  Dougald, named by The Guardian as one of Britain’s fifty new radicals,  is best known for … View full post

Tom Rawinski, botanist and conservationist

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Tom Rawinski is a botanist with the USDA Forest Service in Durham, New Hampshire. Specializing in the impact of the overabundant white-tailed deer population on native vegetation in America’s northeast region, he is committed to protecting our ecosystem through wildlife … View full post

Rasta artists in Jamaica

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This month Tidings  brings you conversations with two Rasta artists from Oracabessa on the north coast of Jamaica.  (WPKN broadcast on May 14, 2014)  Rani Carson talks about her journey from growing up Jewish to becoming a Rasta artist.  See Rani Carson’s … View full post

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When Jews Found Refuge in Pakistan

Growing Up Jewish in Lahore — And in an Internment Camp COURTESY OF HAZEL KAHAN Not Your Typical German Anti-Nazis: From left, Hazel Kahan, her mother Kate, and her brother Michael, in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1948.   By Gabe Friedman Published October … View full post

The Story of Leafages

Yet why not say what happened? Here’s everything I have to say about leafages since I made the first one in the year 2000.  It was published by the wonderful Storyacious magazine.

Afghan teenagers speak out about US troops

Global Days of Listening is the project of Afghan Peace Volunteers (APV) who invite people around the world to talk directly on the 21st of each month via livestream and Skype sessions with youth in Afghanistan and other war-torn countries, to listen … View full post

My own private letter writer

Now a dying species, letter writers were a staple of Lahore culture when I was growing; they were literate and multilingual in a society where the majority was illiterate.  Despite the competition from technology and literacy, letter writers still survive, … View full post

Begging and Beggars

Begging: a profession? a misfortune? a job? a scourge? a spiritual practice? an industry? a stain on society? freedom of choice? Like tipping, the subject of my previous post, begging creates an unequal relationship between giver and receiver, an unbalanced … View full post

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