September 06, 2009

Is there an ethical way to visit Burma?

burma, travel, tricycleThere has been plenty of discussion about the ethics of traveling to Burma, although its repressive government has been impervious to just about any kind of pressure the outside world applies. While there are Buddhist practitioners who visit monasteries to practice on extended retreats, most other travel has been frowned upon by many activists. But today's Washington Post lists a few tour agencies that "are mindful of the ongoing ethical debate about visiting Burma and have taken measures to ensure that at least some of their tourist dollars go to support small, locally owned businesses and not the repressive military dictatorship."

If you are planning to travel to Burma, you might consider one of the agencies the Post lists. And if you're not, you might consider donating some of the money you'll save staying home to The Foundation for the People of Burma, a non-political not-for-profit that gives direct aid to the Burmese people. They're on the ground and they know where the money goes. I give myself.

[Image: (2003 Photo By Vijay Johsi—Associated Press)]

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olga lednichenko's picture

ps: we have the biggest Bahai center in Israel

and we even have an Indian hospice

you are welcome to isarel

and i like your blog

olga lednichenko
form nesher - the center of the world

olga lednichenko's picture

sorry i am late. BUt, i dont get this!! starving never sounded like a good policy to me..

dont do X - because through X - they win..

but what if X = what you want - from your soaking pores

in this case: X = do not travel to Burma

and because = Junta regime - uses tourism money to buy arms - and suppress..

but they will suppress anyway.. and especially when the economy = depressed

olga lednichenko
from nesher - israel

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On the eve of Afghanistan’s presidential elections amidst increasing unrest and violence, CNN contributor John Blake details the history of a country strikingly different than the Afghanistan we know today. While recent media coverage has centered on America’s troops in Afghanistan and the wave of violence leading up to tomorrow’s elections, Blake instead focuses on the country’s untold story, exploring the social climate of Afghanistan during the “golden era” of the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Back then Kabul was known as “the Paris of Central Asia,” the moderately religious government recognized women’s rights, and the country was politically stable. Blake delves into the roots of this peace and tolerance, interviewing Afghanis who believe that it can be traced back to a time when Afghanistan stood at the crossroadsProm Gowns of ancient civilizations and the Silk Road allowed people of many cultures and religions to mix easily. And though the Taliban has destroyed most reminders of a Buddhist past (including the 175 ft carving of the Buddha pictured above) Afghan-American Tanya Amri recalls that Buddhism too, once had its place in Afghanistan:

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