August 15, 2016
Answer: Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Sri Lanka is also a neighboring country, though separated by the sea.
February 25, 2016 |
Some of the grown-ups in a classroom at Catholic Charities in Camden may have been tired, and a few might have been poor. And that gaggle of wide-eyed children clustered on the floor Tuesday afternoon might qualify as "huddled masses. " But for the next half-hour, these 120 refugees from Iraq, Myanmar, and other places would forget the struggles that had forced them from their native countries. They were in America, the land of opportunity, and of soap bubbles and erupting plaster volcanoes.
December 27, 2015 |
When they came home from the war, they felt like the forgotten ones. The flights over the Himalayas, helping to defend China from Japanese forces, seemed to be overshadowed by the war that played out across Europe and in the Pacific. But in 1943, Clifford Long, based in China, was dive-bombing Japanese targets in a P-40 plane. In 1945, Jack Goodrich was flying 16,000 feet above the same ridges of the Himalayas, navigating monsoons to deliver gasoline and ammunition. And China never forgot their contributions.
February 13, 2014 |
The sell-off in the United States and emerging stock markets has highlighted some shining "frontier" markets, which have performed well in the meantime. What is a "frontier" market? It's even less liquid, with fewer laws and less-developed capital markets, than an emerging market. For frontier, think Vietnam, Iraq, Myanmar, or Ivory Coast. Let's compare performance. The iShares MSCI Frontier 100 fund (symbol: FM) holds companies such as Qatari banks and a Nigerian brewery. That frontier market index has performed very well over the last three months, up roughly 6 percent, compared with iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM)
December 5, 2013 |
As fund-raisers go, it's hardly extravagant - a donation of $10 a plate for dinner at Rangoon Restaurant in Chinatown. But a couple thousand dollars can buy plenty in Myanmar, the poor Southeast Asian land emerging from decades of military rule. And for Whispering Seed, an orphanage run there by Penn Valley's Jim Connor, the money means everything. "Even the smallest donations go a long way over here," Connor said in an e-mail from Asia. About 50 people have signed on for a Wednesday night banquet that organizers hope will be the first of many.
September 23, 2013 |
How do you get from Philadelphia to Myanmar? It's easy, Jim Connor says: Turn left at Thailand. The hard part comes once you're there, trying to work with and around a slowly, slowly opening government that's not used to outsiders and is particularly suspicious of social workers. Connor, 40, spent the last decade on the contentious Thailand-Myanmar border, his Whispering Seed project providing housing, education, and job skills to orphans and to children from displaced families.
July 12, 2013
Irish give OK to abortion bill DUBLIN, Ireland - Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Friday to back Ireland's first bill on abortion, legalizing the practice in exceptional cases where doctors deem the woman's life at risk from her pregnancy. Exhausted legislators applauded the 127-31 vote. It capped a marathon debate that locked lawmakers in argument until 5 a.m. Thursday and, after a pause for sleep, through midnight Friday. While the outcome was expected given Prime Minister Enda Kenny's lopsided parliamentary majority, the debate revealed deep-seated fears that Ireland's first legislative step on abortion could put the predominantly Catholic country on a slippery slope to granting wider abortion rights in years to come.
July 9, 2013 |
PATNA, India - A series of blasts hit three Buddhist sites in eastern India early Sunday, injuring at least two people and drawing condemnation from the prime minister. Senior police officer S.K. Bhardwaj said a gate at one of the two temples that was hit was badly damaged in Bodhgaya, a town 80 miles south of Patna, the capital of Bihar state. No other damage was reported to the Buddhist sites. Junior Home Minister R.P.N. Singh said that no one claimed responsibility for the explosions and that an investigation would determine who was involved.