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In Sri Lanka: The Basics for Americans

Galle, Sri Lanka. As I travel through Sri Lanka, covering the nation as it seeks reconciliation among its diverse population after decades of conflict, I am receiving e-mails from my friends at home asking me to review the basics for them. Here we go: Sri Lanka is an island nation off the southern tip of India […]

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My Mother: “God Damn It James, I Raised You Better Than That!”

New York, N.Y.  My mother’s words still ring out in my head, year after year. It was Thanksgiving 1998, Boston. I was continuing to complain about how traumatized I felt having experienced the Dicksonian conditions of the orphanage where I found my infant son Mathew in Indonesia. The warehouse institution was crib-to-worn-out-crib of children dressed […]

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Peter Yarrow: Last Friday I Returned from Israel (VIDEO)

New York, N.Y. Last Friday I returned from Israel. The fear and the distrust has spiked enormously due to the tragic knifings of civilians and quick response killings. I fear that the situation there will, alas, intensify. However, I also experienced something quite wonderful and beautiful when I was in Israel. “Blowing In the Wind” […]

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Tragedies Can Pull Families Together, Tear Families Apart

Charleston, S.C. The three pictures below tell a story. That beautiful lady on the right is my wife Beth Brannan; the mother of our three children: Lauren Brannan, Michael Brannan, and Daniel Brannan. I think tragedies and hardships can pull families together, but just as easily they can tear families apart.   This beautiful lady […]

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Opening of Academic Building at Tibetan Orphanage in India

Tawang, India.  The incredible opening of the Academic Building of Manjushree Tibetan Orphanage in Tawang took place on 10am of September 21, 2015. All 254 children, teachers, villagers, monks, officials, and international guests gathered to celebrate.          Architectural rendering of the new academic building at Manjushree. The Opening Ceremonies vibrated with Tibetan culture that very much […]

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My Son and I… Both Diagnosed with Cancer

Charleston, S.C. Next week Team D & D will launch our “Overcoming Cancer Together” Road Trip. Of course there is no way this team would be complete without Daniel’s mom…and my most beautiful and incredible wife… Beth. I feel that we’re both lucky. Beth has been a great Mom and awesome wife… a real pillar […]

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Worldreader: From 5 Million to 1 Billion Mobile Readers

By David Risher. New York, N.Y.  Last year at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting we made an ambitious commitment. We pledged to bring digital books to 5 million people in three years. Instead, it took us only one. That’s an enormous achievement. It means that in just one year, millions of more people around […]

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Overcoming Cancer Together: Promises to My Son

Charleston, S.C. As much as I hate the thought of Daniel’s chemo treatments, and all of its negative side effects, and as much as I hate the thought of him losing all of his hair… that thick beautiful hair, and as much as I dread watching him struggle with the treatments that promise a cure…last […]

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Purchases Abroad Take Up Growing Portion of Chinese Luxury Spending 

Mayflower Roots – and a Metrocard – Get One on the Subway

From 2012: Charlie Sheen Gives USO $1 Million – Biggest in its History

China Plans for Mainland Police in H.K. Rail Station Spark Controversy

European Border Restrictions on Refugees Violate Human Rights

‘Orange the World’ Campaign Effort to End Violence Against Girls, Women