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The Burma Travel Boycott and the Founding of Ethical Traveler

It’s one of those common fantasy questions. If you could spend half an hour with any person on the planet, who would that person be? At any time during the past two decades, I would have answered without hesitation – Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese democracy leader and 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient. […]

What You Can Do to Help Burma – Burma Special

Dear Ethical Travelers: This month, we feel we must turn the news over to developments in Burma. Ethical Traveler first began a campaign to bring attention to the plight of the Burmese people with our Candles for Burma action, more than two years ago– Last year, we reported on the continued detention of Aung […]

The 88 Generation Statement to China Regarding Burma

This was originally posted on Saturday, September 29, 2007 Ultimatum to China (due Oct 2, 9:00am) Ultimatum to the Government of People’s Republic of China We are the 8888 student activists overseas who have been relentlessly seeking for the freedom of Burma from the military rule in Burma, side by side with the 8888 […]

What You Can Do to Help Burma

A lot of us are reading the news coming out of Burma and wondering what we can do to help. Here are some ideas: 1. Attend a Protest Rally Here in San Francisco, we’ve been targeting the Chinese Consulate. Read why here: The next protest action is planned for Friday Oct 5. Your best […]

Roads that Kill

Visitors to National Parks expect pristine wilderness, but such habitats may be the last thing we see while vacationing there. My recent trip to Yellowstone led to concern about our park system as a refuge for wildlife. Roads in National Parks are a harsh obstacle for wildlife, with hundreds of animals struck or killed each […]

New Passport Requirements Cause Problems for Iraqi Travelers

The U.S. started 2007 with several passport-related changes, including one that requires all passengers entering the country by air show passports upon arrival. On January 8, the government tightened entry requirements for holders of Iraqi passports, effective immediately. To enter the United States, Iraqi citizens must now provide a “G” or “H” series passport, an […]

Medical Tourism in India Criticized for Draining Resources

Stakeholders in the Indian healthcare system contend that the government has been drawing foreign tourists to India for medical procedures at the expense of adequately funding the public health system. In an article published in the British Medical Journal in November, a doctor and an activist wrote that India is among the top 20 countries […]

Junta Relocates Burmese Central Government to Jungle Compound

The ruling military junta of Burma is moving the country’s governing headquarters to a remote compound in the northern jungle. Media reports in mid-November confirmed that civil servants in the capital city, Yangon (Rangoon), are rapidly being transferred to a site called Pyinmanaa that permits limited unsupervised communication with or from the outside world. The […]

Bushmen’s Survival Threatened

Botswana’s government recently initiated a new round of forced evictions and human rights violations against the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert, according to Survival International (SI), a London-based NGO that advocates for indigenous rights. The Bushmen have lived in the Kalahari for thousands of years. During the 1980s, the Botswana government designated part of their […]