America's vanquished
Tibetan allies

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- TINGRI, Tibet – Outside a small home that rests not far from the Rongphu Monastery, "Kenny" Lama shoveled snow and collected firewood before sitting down for tea with more…

Cambodia's 'pyramids'
under assault

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- SIEM REAP, Cambodia – While most visitors to the awesome "Pyramids of Asia" housed at Angkor Wat are inspired by the historical site, looters increasingly are pillaging the more…

Frozen foes

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- SAICHEN, India – The air is thin, the soldiers thinner. For the past 18 years, two ancient peoples – one Hindu, the other Muslim – have squared off more…

Indonesia's 50-year storm

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- NIAS, Sumatra – While Indonesia has suffered at the hands of outsiders at times during the last 50 years, it is the Islamic crackdown on the minority Christians more…

In search of the Yeti

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- MOUNT EVEREST BASE CAMP, Nepal – Here in the foothills of the massive Himalayas lurks the legend of the Yeti, the local version of the famed Abominable Snowman: more…

Soldiers for hire

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- KATHMANDU, Nepal – Despite previous opposition to the establishment and use of private armies, the United Kingdom and United Nations are beginning to warm to the idea of more…

Britain's Himalayan mercenaries

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- POKHARA, Nepal – Ayo Gurkhali! It is an ancient battle cry that has terrified the enemies of the British Empire from the heady days of the East India more…

Nepal's royal bloodbath

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- KATHMANDU, Nepal – About the only thing the Nepalese people agree on about the royal massacre of last June is that no one believes the official explanation. It more…

Nepal: Strategic
ally of the West

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- KATHMANDU, Nepal – In the wake of Maoist rebels killing 141 people in terrorist strikes here last weekend, this remote Himalayan kingdom is getting more attention on the more…

Muslims decry influence of Valentine's Day

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- TRAT, Thailand – Muslim and Hindu leaders in Asia are decrying the influence of Valentine's Day, hoping to stamp out any hint of the holiday's celebration by young more…