Accountability is needed to prevent further US military atrocities.

Last Wednesday the aid organization Doctors Without Borders called on The International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission to conduct an independent inquiry into the U.S. military’s airstrike on its charitable hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Doctors Without Borders views…


Bombing and arms supply are not humanitarian relief.

As Russian airstrikes ripple through Syria,  American politicians on both the right and left will take advantage of this opportunity to say that Obama’s inaction shows weakness and that what Syrian refugees need is more US involvement. Republican presidential…


10 Chinese movies that are worth watching.

Watching and re-watching Chinese films has been a great way to practice listening and raise vocabulary on my quest to learn the language. But you don’t have to be a language learning enthusiast to enjoy foreign…






Ode to Baijiu: Drinking Culture in the Middle Kingdom.

While living in He Nan province [ 河南省 ] I noticed a trend in men aged 14 to ‘maybe-grew-up-in-feudal-China.’ Many of them drink. Heavily. People in China can be quite boisterous when they drink, which makes for lively dinners of red-faced…