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Why I Started To Blog

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Hello All,

My name is Ashley. I live in Miami, but am originally from New York.

Having grown up NYC, a nationality-diverse metropolis, with my mother an immigrant from Bulgaria, I have always been aware that the United States, a beautiful nation none the less, is not the center of the world, and that far to many American citizens share this elitist and ignorant mindset. This blind-sided view point is not only naive, but dangerous. We as God’s creatures (or citizens of this great earth, for those less religiously oriented), owe it to ourselves and each other to be aware of the global community, to share what we believe is right and wrong, and to try to collectively make changes towards a better existence. 

Now, I realize that the previous paragraph may seem super cheezy, and I really don’t want to write a blog full of “save the world” cliches. But the truth is that I’m a twenty-something female, go to work every day, come home to my beautiful apartment which I am fortunate to have, feed my cat 45 cent cans of cat food each morning. I cant help to think that across this planet, there are women my age who cannot provide for their children basic nutrition and food. 

So why blog about it? What does blogging do? How about go and work for a not-for-profit and volunteer abroad or join the peace corps and actually do something? Well, Yea, everyone should step out of their self-absorbed BS lives once in a while and acknowledge that the world is not always a beautiful place, and there are people who struggle throughout their whole lives, solely because of where they were geographically born.  Life extends beyond our mortgages, next promotion, overpriced handbags and credit card debt.

Well, I would like to think that we can all raise awareness of the things in the world that the US media conveniently fails to cover. I would like to join  and  contribute to a community of like minded, socially aware people, who realize that we are all in this together, and we as human being are socially responsible for not forgetting and ignoring those less fortunate than we are. 

Call me a hippie, I am fine with this, because I am terrified to look back on life and see a consumer driven existence, unexamined and unenlightened. 


Written by MiamiFoodie

February 5, 2009 at 2:43 am

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Burma’s persecuted Rohingya People

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The Rohingya people of Burma’s Arakan State are some of the worlds most persecuted people. Having lived in Burma for centuries, they have little to no rights and cannot own land, marry, or travel without permission. They have been beaten by police and jailed for little or no reason. 

“In 1992, 250,000 Rohingyas, which is a third of their population, fled over Burma’s border into Bangladesh to escape the persecution. Fourteen years later more than 20,000 of them are still in the same refugee camps and around 100,000 more are living illegally in the surrounding area.” –

The Rohingya people claim that the conditions of these camps are harsh, with not enough food for survival. They cannot leave the camps, for fear that they will be beaten by local villagers.

In Thailand, he Bangkok House Committee have evidence proving that human traffickers within Tailand are responsible for an influx of the Rohingya people in to Thai borders. Jehraming Tohtayong, the House Committee chairman, claims that the human traffickers are scamming the Rohingya refugees into believing that Thailand is a stopping off point before traveling onto a third nation. However, police have found that migrants have telephone numbers of fellow Rohingya that are already settled on Thai soil, as reported in the Bangkok Post.

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February 3, 2009 at 1:30 pm

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20 million jobless migrant workers return home

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Chinese Migrant Workers Out of JobsBEIJING, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) — About 20 million of China’s migrant workers have returned home after losing their jobs as the global financial crisis takes a toll on the economy, said a senior official here on Monday.

Chen Xiwen, director of the office of the central leading group on rural work, said about 15.3 percent of the 130 million migrant workers had returned jobless from cities to the countryside.

The figures were based on a survey by the Ministry of Agriculture in 150 villages in 15 provinces, carried out before the week-long Lunar New Year holiday which began on Jan. 25.

His remarks came a day after the central government issued its first document this year, which warned 2009 will be “possibly the toughest year” since the turn of the century in terms of securing economic development and consolidating the “sound development momentum” in agriculture and rural areas.

The country’s economic growth slowed to 6.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008, dragging down the annual rate to a seven-year low of 9 percent.

The document urged local and central government departments to adopt measures to create jobs and increase rural incomes.

Companies were asked to take on more social responsibilities and give rural migrant workers more favorable employment treatment. Flexible employment policies and more training chances were also encouraged.

Meanwhile, local government departments should increase investment to provide favorable tax and fee policies to those who lost jobs in cities and expect to find new work in their hometowns.

The government also urged departments to map out basic pension insurance measures suitable for rural conditions and migrant workers to ensure their rights.


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February 2, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Stimulus Package to be Debated Monday (2/2) & Global Expectations

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ObamaOn Monday, Senate will initiate debates over the methods and tactics used for economic recovery. In the NYTimes, Martin S. Feldstein, a Harvard economist, stated “When you are filling a hole this big and adding to America’s debt on such a large scale, you need to make sure every dollar is aimed for the economic boost you need.”

Undoubtedly, Obama has his hands full; with political, social, and economic issues both nationally and abroad, and without two pennies to rub together, expectations of the Global community are far higher than in the past. I am also interested to see if having a democratic president in office will actually bring forward the issues that were previously dismissed, such as global warming and education.

To Obama’s credit, less than two weeks in office, he has taken positive steps towards improving relations with the U.S. and Muslim World. His decision to close Guantanamo Bay prison, and his promise to give a speech in a major Muslim capital during is first hundred days in office are two examples illustrating the drastic differences from the former presidency.

Edward Djerejian, a former ambassador, has reiterated that these are “superb first steps,” but still have to be “translated into specific policies.” It makes me wonder to what extent that his drastically different approach will spill over to the reformation of our current economic structure.

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February 1, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Cuban/Russian Relations Takes a Step Forward

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Less than a week after President Obama’s inauguration, Raul Castro and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev meet on Friday 1/30 in an effort to reinvigorate Cuban/Russian relations. Medvedev quotes “Your visit will turn a new page in the history of Russia-Cuba relations,”… leading to a “new, strategic level”.

The Russian promise of delivering 25,000 tons of grain, as well as $20 million in loans intended for agricultural, energy and construction developments (, clearly illustrates Cuba’s needs for basic survival. However, scholars and politicians question Russia’s motives, be it an interest in the rest of the world, or a cutting maneuver towards the United States due to their support of the Ukraine and Georgia accession into NATO.

Given that Russia attains the proximity and intelligence to the US that speculators insinuate, exactly how far would, or COULD Russia go as far as military actions towards a more dominant global presence?

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January 31, 2009 at 9:20 pm