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Primarily, "The Kettle" publicizes and manages the "Three Cups of Tea Book Project." However, as described in our very first post (click here), we also hope to use "The Kettle" as a medium for individuals interested in social issues to become more aware of the lives of those less fortunate. Ideally, whatever we write or publish here will take that nascent concern and transform it into action. To inspire any action, small or large, in the genuine interest of doing better for the world is our ultimate goal.

Though heavily slanted towards Pakistan and Afghanistan presently, we do try to include news, opinions, and reference materials regarding diverse topics, including poverty, reconstruction, human rights, Africa, "Green" developments, Micro Finance, and other solutions and considerations for what are essentially man made problems in the world. In the universe of charitable options, we endorse and support multigenerational solutions and initiatives for multigenerational problems.

The education made possible by the Central Asia Institute is one such solution, but there are certainly others. We encourage the commitment of resources and people that goes beyond merely "patriarchal" handouts to the multitude of people in need. We agree that it is good to charitable, but charity that only treats the symptoms and not the root causes has proven to be insufficient. A consistent commitment to work with the local communities of people in need to provide and/or improve education, nutrition, access to capital, human rights, security, sustainable development/redevelopment, and environmental stewardship are what will lead to an enduring improvement in people's lives.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

NY Times: How the Family of a Dissident Fled China

Published: May 10, 2009
The wife of Gao Zhisheng, a prominent human rights lawyer, escaped China with their two children to deny the authorities leverage against her husband.
Very interesting article. One hears so much about China's economic progress, that one forgets it still has a long way to go...I've never understood why Christian and Falun Gong groups are suppressed in China... Does the communist party feel these small groups will somehow turn the nation against them? In all likelihood, they'll hallow out their own principles as they continue to follow free market principles...for good or for bad, maybe that will lighten their stance on these groups. That said, I know little of these groups. Maybe they are cults which profess harmful things... This would be something worthy of further research on our part.
-- The Kettle Rumbles

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