The China Syndrome: Consumers Begin Fighting Back

At last count,The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled about 234 products this year -- 154 of them carry the "Made In China" label. The Washington Times reports: The number of Chinese-made product recalls in the United States has doubled in the past five years, according to the nonprofit Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports magazine. Chinese products accounted for 60 percent of the total recalls in the U.S. last year, which numbered 467 — a record. ...more


I blog about my traveling in one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse nations in the world today, with all of the world's major religions, as well as major Asian ethnic groups, represented. ...more

I blog about my traveling is one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse nations in the ...more

Women, Fundamentalism, and Kissing in India

In March, I went to northern India for a week, and I have not stopped thinking about it since. I was captivated by what I observed and struggled to understand, especially when it comes to women. Since I returned, I find myself seeking more information about India in the news and on blogs, although I suspect the Richard Gere incident would have caught my eye anyway. ...more

Women and Class in India: A Tourist's Observations

Last week, I went to India for a week with a group of teachers from the suburbs of Chicago, their friends (including me), and family. I have traveled a little bit over the last few years, mostly to Europe but also the Caribbean, but no place I have ever been to came close to the intensity and confusion I experienced in India. As Americans, raised on the principles of equality and class-free society – even as imperfectly executed as it is, of which I have been a harsh critic for years – we struggled to comprehend the world that we experienced. ...more

Great account, Suzanne. Thanks for your honesty and openness about your experience. I blog about ...more

Cambodian Women's Crisis Center: Helping Women Help Themselves

Violence against women and children (rape and sexual abuse, domestic violence, and sex trafficking) is a very serious problem in Cambodia. The Cambodian Women's Crisis Center (CWCC) is one of a number of NGOs in country addressing this problem (Stop Exploitation Now is another).  The organization recently launched a new web site intended to promote their programs and help educate people about the serious violence issues, particularly sex trafficking, that are rampant in Cambodia.  CWCC also works to advocate with the Cambodian Government for legal and structural reforms. ...more

Hooray for Bollywood

American visitors to Salzburg will spot many of the sites from the iconic film, Sound of Music. There are self-guided tours and group tours - you can stand in the chapel where Maria and the Admiral got married, play hide and seek in the cloisters... silly and fun, but what if you crave something a little more exotic? Well, now there's Bollywood Tourism! ...more

Hi Pam --

Sorry but my comments aren't about Bollywood tourism. Instead, wanted to say that ...more

Sharing Foundation Wins Network for Good Charity Badge/Yahoo Competition!!!

This New Year's Eve I didn't watch the ball drop on Times Square because I was glued to my laptop helping my favorite cause, the Sharing Foundation, raise almost $100,000 via my blog! Three weeks ago, using what I learned from my first personal fundraising campaign, I launched a second campaign to raise money for the Sharing Foundation education programs using the Network For Good Charity Badge and entering the Yahoo! For Good competition which would double the amount raised by the winner. We won! In just over three weeks, we raised $49,537 from 745 donors and adding the Yahoo Matching dollars brings the total to $99,074! That's a big deal for a small grassroots organization like the Sharing Foundation. Personal fundraising works! (And, of course, the competition and leveraging power of a matching grant helped.) Here's a screenshot of the charity badge taken on December 31st at midnight PST. ...more

Hey, Beth.Great campaign, I hope you do it again this year, lots of children in need especially ...more