This is an expanded version of the remarks that Sandy delivered at the online Senior Friends gathering held in 2020.

On 1 February, 2021, it was shocking to learn that the Myanmar military, led by General Min Aung Hlaing, did not act like a national army, defending the people and constitution of Myanmar.

I first met Noel around six decades ago when we were both undergraduates at the University of Queensland.

Lauren: My friend Betty thinks that this coronavirus is a punishment sent by God because of our wrongdoing.

I first learned of extra-judicial killings in the Philippines in 1973, during the Marcos era. I was working for the ASCM at the time and had occasion to visit the Philippines SCM.