Month: July 2019

  • Last, But Not

    When I first met Basil Hamusokwe at Sky Harbor International Airport on June 2, the six-week-long SUSI program seemed never-ending. But today, the end of it, I realized what the words “time flies” really mean…  The last day of the SUSI scholars’ travel began with a visit to the U.S. Capitol which is home to […]

  • Packing Up the SUSI Program at VOA and the Newseum

    Group photo at VOA

    We are packing up our six-week program with these final days in Washington DC, our last days in the US as well. And today, we are packing up our journalism journey with Voice of America and the Newseum. VOA is proud of being the largest US international broadcaster now, from its modest beginning in 1942 […]

  • A Tale of Untold Stories

    SUSI Group photo with Barnett Wright

    Journalism is the “first rough draft of history.” Phillip L. Graham This is the beginning of our last week of our SUSI program. Our last Monday together in the US. By now, we should have mastered the art of being under the American sun (although we have not!), trained first by the feverish desert blaze […]

  • You Fight, to Breathe Again

    National Memorial for Peace and Justice

    This is not a simple story. This is an eternal story of life, and of freedom. The story of Rosa Parks, and the story of thousands of fighters. When you witness these stories, you’re not going to be able to breathe. And then, you breathe again, because you realize how precious life is and how […]

  • “One hand against oppression and one hand as a sign of forgiveness”

    The stained-glass window that stands in the rear center of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham is distinct from all the others in that venue. Deep shades of blue encircle a stylized figure of a black crucified Christ, which appears to be delicately balanced against the frame. The right hand holds one top corner and […]

  • Happy Birthday, America!

    Watching fireworks in Birmingham

    As I woke up early on the morning of July 4th in Birmingham, I got a Twitter notification that “the Independence Day celebration had been carried out.” I was surprised for a moment, but immediately realized that Nepal time is hours ahead. This time, I will be observing this day in Birmingham, Alabama.  The celebration […]

  • Digital Mind-Reader and Doomed Democracy

    USC campus

    Could you imagine a world in which machines and algorithms have become so powerful, smart and precise, that they’re able to predict all your moves, fulfill all your desires, and recognize the slightest changes in your mood? Could it be a world full of peace and harmony? All your wishes come true, all your prayers […]

  • Autry Museum: Cowboys, Native Americans, Colts and Much More…

    California Stage Coach

    What makes a good cowboy? First of all, one has to be really physically strong and an accurate shooter. A passion for gambling seems to be in their blood, so a love of risk and adventure. To what extent were Western movies realistic in their depictions of cowboys? The actually were, but protracted shootout scenes […]