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This site gets much traffic from all around the world, from people searching for news from Iraq, making it an ideal place to host stories from deployed forces in harm’s way.  In my travels I’ve met many budding writers who are now wearing boots and carrying rifles, and I found their stories so compelling that I want the world to see.



10 February 2014

In the Virunga region of eastern DR Congo, lies lands so rich entire mountains are made of gold, where rainfalls wash gold down the mountainside till the sand shines with it and villagers get on their hands and knees to pick gold off the roads, and women are said to pan several pounds of it a day by the river. I never would have believed such stories until I saw it first hand– the first muzungu (foreigner) on this mountain in 50 years. A trip that took our small team of 3 weeks to organize turned out to be a last minute, almost frantic dash for the border, and freedom.  As they say, “Plans mean nothing, but planning is everything”


Letter from Thais to Dutch Government


Published: 10 February 2014

This letter rendered in three languages: English, Thai, Dutch.

Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie

Laan Copes van Cattenburch 54

Utrecht, 30 January 2014

Dear Partyleader, Members of VVD and Friends of Thailand,

We write this letter to explain why millions of people take to streets to demand reforms before the next election, as reported daily on the news. However, many western media sources have been misguided and show a lack of understanding of the Thai political crisis.

The peaceful and non-violent protests began in October 2013, whose main goals are the eradication of the Thaksin authoritarian government and the legal and political reform, such as of the election and political party laws, before the free and fair election takes place.

On 9th December, 2013 the government was dissolved and an election was scheduled on 2nd February, 2014. The reason for the people to demand reform before election is because if the election were to take place the corrupt Pheu Thai Party, led by Yingluck Shinawatra who is backed by her brother, former PM Thanksin Shinawatra, would win the election again, largely as a result of vote buying and their populist policies.

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