• 01:51

    Misunderstood Myanmar - A Review of Dr Koh Kim Seng's Book

    in Books

    You are invited to the ICERM Radio Book Review Program.  

    Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm in EST, New York. 

    Host: Chavie Brumer.

    Guest and Author: Dr Koh Kim Seng.

    We are happy to announce the review of "Misunderstood Myanmar – An Introspective Study Of A Southeast Asian State In Transition".

    Join us to listen to the untold stories about Myanmar as Dr. Koh Seng talks about his extensive field work in Myanmar, and reports on his close encounters with the military Junta, and with business and bureaucratic elites.

    “This book argues that to understand the vicissitudes of Myanmar’s recent history and the behavior of its generals one has to grasp the dynamic interaction (struggle even) between, on one hand, its external environment (milieu exterieur), including the disgruntled diaspora alongside the U.S. led international community, and on the other, the internal environment (milieu interieur) consisting of the generals’ ideological orientation in politics and economics which , the author argues, exceptionally , still draws from a well of adverse colonial experiences and betrayals, as well as from religion and culture. ‘Exceptionally’ because unlike other developing states Myanmar has been isolated from the international world for so long that those same internal factors have crystallized and come to take on a significance which, arguably,  exceeds the role played by history, culture and religion in other parts of the world."

    To listen to the show, please stay on this page. To ask questions, dial +1-(347) 989-8294 or join the chat discussion. 

  • 00:11

    Myanmar - Miến Điện

    in Travel

    Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia. It is bordered by India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. One-third of Burma's total perimeter of 1,930 kilometres (1,200 mi) forms an uninterrupted coastline along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. At 676,578 km2 (261,227 sq mi), it is the 40th largest country in the world and the second largest country in Southeast Asia. Burma is also the 24th most populous country in the world with over 60.28 million people. Read more www.avtravel.org

  • 01:00

    Gender Reconciliation - In One Vision

    in LGBT

    Marianne Jago-Bassingthwaighte is a researcher and story-teller on humanitarian aid, with a focus on empowerment, gender equality and sustainability.  Her work is increasingly focussed on mentoring and personal development, and she is particularly interested in facilitated transformation processes (transpersonal coaching, shamanic visioning, gender reconciliation).

    Marianne is a lawyer by training, and formerly worked as an Australian Government aid worker, including in Myanmar and Chile.  She was a resident of San Francisco Zen Centre (2008 - 2009) where she undertook extended zen practice periods. Marianne moonlights as a refugee activist, singer/songwriter, & aspiring memoirist (mariannejago@yahoo.com.au)

  • 01:02

    Buddhists v. Muslims in Myanmar: Religion & Modern World

    in Culture

    This show discusses extremism within Buddhism in Myanmar. Why are Buddhists fighting Muslims? Do you think the Buddhist lynch mobs had good reasons to kill "more than 200 Muslims?" Why are religions still in conflict in the modern world? Tell us what you think! Discussion is based on the following New Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/21/world/asia/extremism-rises-among-myanmar-buddhists-wary-of-muslim-minority.html?src=xps

  • 01:24

    Patrick Ryan: Bringing Wisdom Circles and Awakened Wisdom Inside San Quentin

    in Culture

    Patrick's work is with those who understand that their success is for the sake of the world. His clients aim to reach beyond themselves to create dynamic and purpose-driven legacies. Patrick leads Wisdom Circles and teaches Awakened Wisdom in San Quentin prison. 

    Patrick has traveled the world speaking, coaching and leading retreats and workshops in 15 different countries to thousands of people and worked with audiences on the importance of creating and leading with positive impact.

    As a former Buddhist monk in Burma (now Myanmar), Patrick practiced the path of awakened living.  He has written two best sellers based on his life, business and learning experiences.  He has studied with several indigenous teachers in a variety of wisdoms.  He is an entrepreneur, creating and leading his own small business inspirations.

    Patrick works with professionals, executives and entrepreneurs, focusing on questions of personal effectiveness, development and leadership.  Powerfully integrating ancient teachings and modern applications to more deeply understand and integrate all life experiences and wisdom to propel you to your highest callings and goals.



    More to come about Patrick and this program!


  • 01:01

    How to Maintain a Vibrant Heart in a Fast Paced World

    in Women

    Cynthia Thaik, M.D., is a Harvard-trained cardiologist who focuses on the mind-body connection to help her patients achieve overall health and wellness. She is board-certified in noninvasive cardiology and internal medicine and has been practicing medicine for over 20 years, specializing in women’s health, cardiovascular health and congestive heart failure.

    Born in Myanmar (formerly Burma), Dr. Cynthia’s practice is strongly influenced by her Eastern roots and her Buddhist faith. She helps her patients incorporate mindfulness, personal responsibility, Eastern philosophy and the mind-body-soul connection in order to achieve optimal health, happiness and peace in their lives. Her new book, Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength & Spirit for the Body's Core unites Eastern and Western medicine to take a whole life approach to heart health. Click to learn more.

  • 00:50

    Derek Sivers Talks About Wood Egg

    in Lifestyle

    Musician, Entrepreneur, Author  and Wood Egg Founder Derek Sivers goes Online With Andrea to discuss the 2014 Asia Wood Egg Books (17 Books each year about 16 countries) that provides insights on doing business in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Hosted by Andrea R. Garrison.

  • 01:05

    Your Vibrant Heart-Dr Cynthia Thaik on Scott Cluthe's Positively Incorrect Radio

    in Books

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    Scott Cluthe talks with Dr. Cynthia Thaik, author of Your Vibrant Heart.

    Harvard-trained, Dr. Cynthia Thaik is a heart doctor that practices with her heart. She delivers security and peace of mind to her clients by orchestrating behavioral and mindset shifts to evoke lasting transformational changes in their health, well-being, vitality, energy, and creativity. 

    Intuitively, she has known that she would serve this calling since the age of five, after accompanying her physician mother to the medical clinic in their home country of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. There, she witnessed the pure hands-on art of healing, free from modern-day drugs, bureaucracy, and malpractice threats. Decades later, the demands of solo practice, a strained marriage and three small children created a toll that left her feeling disconnected and drained. It wasn’t until the opening of her wellness center three years ago that those early childhood memories of the art of self-directed healing were reawakened.

    Dr. Cynthia began her professional training at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She then completed her internal medicine and cardiology training through Harvard’s training programs. She manages two successful cardiology clinics and is the founder of Revitalize-U.

  • 00:44

    The role of tobacco prevention in reducing the rate of NCDs

    in Health

    This week Dr. Elvira will speak with Dr. May Myat Cho, Program Coordinator, Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). They will discuss the influence tobacco has on the development of NCDs and poverty in Southeast Asia and what is currently being done to reduce tobacco use.

    Dr. May Myat Cho is currently working as a program coordinator in Southeast Asaia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) and also acting as a secretariat for the International Network of Health Promotion Foundations (INHPF). She has completed her Master of Public Health (Global Health) in 2012 from the Thammasat University, Thailand and was a medical doctor working at Sanpya General Hospital, Yangon, Myanmar. She worked a researcher at Mahidol University Global Health (MUGH) and acting as a network secretary for the AAGH (Asia Alliance on Global Health). She was a global scientific secretary for the 21st IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion employed by the Thai Health Promotion Foundation. She was invited to be a panelist in AIDF Food Security Summit Asia 2013 held at UNCC, Bangkok and as a speaker in 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Nutrition Science and Therapy by OMICS Group, 15-17 July 2013, Philadelphia, USA. She was a peer reviewer in different international journals and an editorial member for the  eBooks in the area of Nutrition and Maternal and Child health, OMICS Publishing Group. Her biography was published in the 31st edition of Who’s Who in the World publication.

  • 01:42


    in Politics

    As an dedicated pro-peace activist, I frequently encounter anti-war proponents who have the idea that religion is at the heart of most wars. They cite the Crusades, the sectarian violence in the Mideast and "religious" riots in Myanmar, India, Bangladesh and elsewhere. 

    What they do not recognize is that religion is not the problem. Abuse of people's faith in religious leaders is. It is one thing to put your trust in God, but if you trust any leaders to tell you what God wants you are going to find that those who seek power will often abuse this trust. It doesn't matter if they are priests or politicians, imans or idolators praying at the altar of corporate profits.

    With some 80% of Americans and most of the rest of the world professing belief in some sort of God, it is foolish and short-sighted to demonize the faith of the majority of people who we need to build a united international front against fascism and war. War was outlawed by the Kellogg-Briand treaty only because religious leaders put aside differences to work together with secular groups and individuals in the common cause of peace. That is a lesson we all must learn from.

    On Saturday, January 18 at 9 AM PST/ 12 PM EST SFPI Radio will host Pastor Mary Sue Evers of the United Church of Christ. We will talk about what churches are doing to build an ecumenical and interfaith partnership to work for liberty and justice for all people of faith and those of no faith. 

    Invite some friends, join us in the chat room and give us a call to share your thoughts.

    ?Know the truth and the truth will set you free.

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  • 00:43

    30 Mill People In Slavery Overseas but What About The U S?

    in Current Events

    Join Lulabee and her Co Host as they tackle this topic .
    (Reuters) - Nearly 30 million people are living in slavery across the globe, many of them men, women and children trafficked by gangs for sex work and unskilled labor, according to a global slavery index released on Thursday. It found that 10 countries accounted for 76 percent of the 29.8 million people living in slavery - India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Modern slavery was defined as human trafficking, forced labor, and practices such as debt bondage, forced marriage, and the sale or exploitation of children. The index by anti-slavery charity Walk Free Foundation ranked 162 countries on the number living in slavery, the risk of enslavement, and the strength of government responses to combating the illegal activity.
    Lulabee also pays tribrute to her daughter.

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