Dark Times

    To Those Born Later I Truly, I live in dark times! The guileless word is folly. A smooth forehead Suggests insensitivity. The man who laughs Has simply not yet had The terrible news. What kind of times are they, when A talk about trees is almost a crime Because it implies silence about so … More Dark Times

Hipocrisy or Charity? Human Rights Panel of the U.N. General Assembly on International Child Abduction Castigates North Korea; Silent on Japan

Japan continues to treat human rights like hand-me-downs, passing what it wishes to discard to the beleaguered, hungry and abused abroad, making the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea into the Goodwill Industries and Salvation Army of East Asian Human Rights. The banner of a recent article in Mainichi Japan: U.N. calls for immediate repatriation of … More Hipocrisy or Charity? Human Rights Panel of the U.N. General Assembly on International Child Abduction Castigates North Korea; Silent on Japan

Thanksgiving

A summer evening in 2009. Rui and I stopped at St. Mark’s Bookshop at Astor Place to read after a day in the Tompkins Square Park playground  and an early supper nearby. Rui and I frequently sat on little seats in front of the children’s books there, where I read him nearly everything on the … More Thanksgiving

China Syndrome: What’s Political Economy Got To Do With Japanese International Child Abduction?

As President Obama returned Sunday from a trip to Asia that was filled with signs that the United States plans to be a counterweight to Beijing’s growing influence in that region, Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates have stepped up their denunciation of China’s trade practices, casting the country as predatory and a culprit for … More China Syndrome: What’s Political Economy Got To Do With Japanese International Child Abduction?