Well, I am pleased to say I got immediate feedback on the last blog including requests for more background on the refugee situation in East Africa. I usually try to keep it short, not wanting to bore the poor reader but as this is an important subject and one in which I have considerable first-hand…

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Understanding Migration: an overview I recently did a talk and PowerPoint presentation entitled “United Nations and the Refugee Situation”, an introduction to the worldwide refugee status and the involvement of the UNHCR (“the migration people”).  My presentation did not concentrate on the situation in the Americas (mostly asylum seekers), which is rather unique from the…

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I am pleased to announce that my latest book titled “Keeping The Peace” has been published.  It is available on Amazon both in paperback and in e-book format.  Simply go to Amazon Books and enter my name and through the magic of the internet the book cover and details appear. The back cover reads as…

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This photo was taken at an ancient temple near Yogyakarta.  A city of more than 400,000 inhabitants on the island of Java in Indonesia, Yogya, as the local say, served as the capital of the nation from 1945-49 during the Indonesian National Revolution.  Today it is a clean and orderly city with some fine examples…

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I spent several weeks this past winter visiting friends and travelling in Indonesia, an amazing place with so much to see I need to go back.  I was in Bali a few years ago after finishing an assignment with the United Nations in East Timor.  So many more tourists now than the first time I…

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