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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Released!
Nov 2010

On Nov 12 I set my alarm for 3:30am - that being 6:00pm Nov 13 Rangoon time, the hour of Daw Suu Kyi's long-awaited release. What a thrill to see the news coming in fast and furious! Below are links to my favorite photos and videos from the three days that followed.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi - 14 Nov 2010
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi displays a placard that reads, "I also love the people," to her supporters at the headquarters of her National League for Democracy Party in Rangoon, 14 November 2010 - Photo: AP

13 November 2010
John Simpson at Suu Kyi's release

13 November 2010
The moment Suu Kyi was freed from house arrest

13 November 2010
Aung San Suu Kyi: Burma leader's first night of freedom

13 November 2010
In pictures: Joy as Aung San Suu Kyi freed

14 November 2010
Suu Kyi speech at NLD Head Office

14 November 2010
Suu Kyi addresses supporters

14 November 2010
Aung San Suu Kyi's talks exclusively to the BBC
In her first interview since being released, the Burmese opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has told the BBC's Alastair Leithead that she plans to listen to what the people of Burma want before taking her next steps.

14 November 2010
Rangoon Diary: Democracy First on Suu Kyi's Agenda for Burma [Audio]

15 November 2010
Aung San Suu Kyi calls for peaceful revolution in Burma [First TV Interview - on cell phones!]
(Longer version [Thanks HMS!] - link updated Nov 16)
BBC on YouTube
Campaign Against Human Trafficking in Malaysia
Jun 2010

In partnership with journalist Karen Zusman, and under the auspicies of Ethical Traveler, I've developed and launched a letter writing campaign to increase awareness of human trafficking in Malaysia and to put pressure on the Malaysian authorities to effect positive change.

Take action on this campaign

Also check out Karen's superb documentary on this topic:
Please Don't Say My Name
Web Site   |   Podcast
8-8-08 - 20th Anniversary of 8-8-88
Aug 2008

August 8, 2008 (8-8-08) is not only the day of the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics; it is also the twentieth anniversary of historic protests that ignited a global movement for change in Burma.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, the cities of San Francisco and Berkeley have proclaimed August 8th, "Burma Day."

To commemorate this there will be three events:

- Flag raising in Berkeley, 7:45 - 8:30 am
- Rally in San Francisco's Union Square, 4:00-7:00 pm
- Gallery event in San Francisco, 6:00-9:00 pm

For info on these events visit:

For info about other events around the world, check out:
Burma Relief for Cyclone Nargis
May 2008

JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE - Emergency committee formed in San Francisco, CA, May 5, 2008 in response to Cyclone Nargis that devastated Burma on May 3.

Aung San Suu Kyi - 60th Birthday
May 2005

On June 19th, 2005, Aung San Suu Kyi will turn 60 years old. In commemoration of this milestone, and as a way of increasing awareness, a number of activities and actions are being planned for the weekend of June 17th-19th. I'm asking you to do two things...

Read the details

Faces of Kyaing Tong
Feb 2005

I shot these photos during a visit to the region around Kyaing Tong in the far east of Shan State (Burma). Village life there has remained unchanged for many years with little outside influence. View the Faces of Kyaing Tong

Sari-Sari Ailene
Jan 2005

I'd periodically thought I'd like to help Ailene and her family but never knew quite how... More >>

Jan 2005

What's a manananggal? That'd be a Philippine witch. Read more.

Photos from Mali & Mauritania
Dec 2003 - Feb 2004

I spent a couple months recently travelling in Mali and Mauritania - attending Tamashek festivals at Essouk (Kidal) and Essakane (Tombouctou) and spending some time in the Sahara. I've posted two new photo galleries.

Kidal, Mali

Mali Photo Gallery
Mauritania Photo Gallery

Sometimes Things Go Right (Benguet, Philippines)
Mar 2003

I had a truly memorable travel day recently in the Cordillera Mountains of the Philippines. The story involves a ritual pig sacrifice and 500 year old mummies. Read about it here.

Burma Photo Gallery
Jan/Feb 2003

I've got some photos posted from my recent visit to Burma.
Click here to check it out.

Numancia Municipal Library
Jun 2002

The library has been serving the community of Numancia, Philippines for over four years now. I'm currently in the Philippines to visit the library and work on the project. Read all about the project at the foundation's recently updated and redesigned web site: Cecille Gonzales Gomez Library, Inc.

Misery in Manila
Jun 2002

As with any big city, life in Manila can be many things. Maybe because I'm fortunate enough to come from a place of prosperity, I am most moved when I experience the opposite end of the spectrum. Life in Manila can be difficult. Here's a story.

Jolo, Philippines - 1993
Feb 2002

The recent attention given to the southern Philippines in the US press has given me cause to ponder my experiences there in 1993. In October of that year, I travelled by ship from Zamboanga - on the tip of Mindanao - to the southernmost Philippine island of Sitangkai and back with stops on other islands that make up the Sulu Archipelago. I generally found the people to be friendly and most hospitable. One episode, however, proved to be a bit hair raising; I offer an account here.

madnomad Greeting Cards
Hot off the presses - madnomad greeting cards are produced with loving care by two avid travelers for whom photography is a passion.
video clips
video clips

If you have a broadband Internet connection, have a gander at some short video pieces produced from footage we shot during our travels:
music - kidal, mali
Kidal CD Cover
Tamashek Script: Tamashek Etran Kidal Adrar
While attending a Tamashek (Touareg) festival in Kidal, Mali in 2003/2004 we had the chance to record one of the original members of Tinariwen as well as the up and coming Tamashek group, Etran. Photos and mp3s here:
local level
The six CD set of music entitled "local level" includes material culled from cassette tapes collected during our travels. Accompanying notes are available at:
music library
Over ten hours of music, digitized from cassette tapes and recorded by us on the road.

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