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David Kootnikoff is a freelance writer/musician who enjoys traveling and uncovering nuggets of rapture along the way. In the words of the Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, 'with me / anatomy has gone mad / nothing but heart / roaring everywhere.'
He has co-edited a book on teaching in Japan and has had work appear in a variety of newspapers and magazines. Currently based in Hong Kong, David grew up in and around Vancouver, Canada. His Web site is www.alldaybliss.com.
No. Article Date
Burmese Days
Living with human rights abuses
1
At dawn, we drive 50 kilometers south to Mount Popa, Burma's Mount Olympus and home for pre-Buddhist spirit-gods called ... >>more
2009.01.21
Up on the Roof of Africa
Discovering what it takes to summit Kilimanjaro
2
Even with sunglasses the bright sunlight stings. At this first summit people are embracing, dropping to their knees. Whe... >>more
2008.12.04
'Flame of Shame' Arrives in Hong Kong
Police detain peaceful pro-Tibetan protestors
3
As soon as a sign or Tibetan flag was raised, plain clothes officers identified as "negotiators" wearing backpacks and c... >>more
2008.05.03
Olympics Hit Hong Kong Freedoms
Proposal for Tibetan autonomy censored
4
Christina Chan, a 21-year-old Hong Kong University student, has been organizing a peaceful pro-Tibet protest for the tor... >>more
2008.04.28
China's Nightmare Olympics
Sponsors to be targeted
5
When it looked like it couldn't get any worse, this week the Chinese government has been accused of aiding and abetting ... >>more
2008.04.25
China Protests Won't Obscure Tibet
Calls for boycotts desperate attempts to divert attention from real issues
6
China is currently embodying Gertrude's observation in Hamlet -- protesting too much to cover something up. All... >>more
2008.04.21
Democrat Wins Election in Hong Kong
Anson Chan to fill hotly contested Legislative Council seat
7
The contest was widely seen as a referendum on universal suffrage. Regina Ip was the underdog from the outset. She resig... >>more
2007.12.03
Hong Kong Marks 10 Year Anniversary
Dark clouds hang over the festivities
8
Back in 1997 there were hopes that the mainland could follow Hong Kong's lead in areas of human rights and democracy. Te... >>more
2007.06.30
China Sentences HK Journalist to 5 Years in Jail
Ching Cheong convicted of spying for Taiwan
9
Ching, who worked for the Singapore daily Straits Times and held a British National Overseas (BNO) passport, is t... >>more
2006.09.01
China's Great Tibetan Tourist Coup
Will the 'Land of Snows' succumb to a massive influx of visitors?
10
Along the Qinghai Highway, Tibet's traditional blue, white, red, green and yellow prayer flags share the pride of place ... >>more
2006.08.19
Siena's Sacred-Profane Palio Festival
La terra in Piazza symbolizes competition and celebration
11
In a horserace dedicated to the Virgin Mary, jockeys riding bareback use a whip made from the phallus of a calf to whack... >>more
2006.08.03
New Trophy for Women's Hockey in Canada
Female players refused Stanley Cup because it is traditionally a men's award
12
Last year's NHL lockout may have caused the cancellation of the entire 2004-2005 season, but it proved a boon to amateur... >>more
2006.07.24
Canada Confronts 'Violent Duality'
Recent issues reveal tensions on country's 139th birthday
13
@PODCAST@From 1885 to 1923, the Chinese Immigration Act levied a $50 fee on all Chinese immigrants to Canada, which was ... >>more
2006.06.28
China Struggling With Public Health
Confirms 19th bird flu victim
14
These incidents suggest that three years after the SARS crisis China is still struggling to cope with basic public healt... >>more
2006.06.17
China's 'Tank Man' Lives On
17 years after the Tiananmen massacre his legacy endures
15
The image of tank man has been used by the authorities to suggest that a massacre never occurred, that the government ac... >>more
2006.06.03
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