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May 05, 2008

4,000 dead from Burma storm

The more we hear the worse this terrible tragedy gets. People need clean water, fuel, and food, but the junta, especially with its constitutional referendum coming up, will resist letting foreign aid agencies in. Witnesses said the government was slow to address the disaster, and exile groups said some residents had told them they were angry about the weak response of the military, which just nine months ago carried out a violent crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations led by monks. "This is what people I have contacted complain about," said Aung Zaw, editor of the Thailand-based exile magazine Irrawaddy. "These people were so active in September killing the monks, but where are they now?" ... Aung Zaw of Irrawaddy Magazine said that groups of monks joined residents in clearing the streets, but that in one case they had been prevented from leaving their monastery by armed police. More »
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May 05, 2008

Nargis

Will Burma let aid-workers in post-Tropical Cyclone Nargis? Burma's constitutional referendum is due to take place next week. More »
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May 04, 2008

The Cheap Food Era is Over

The death toll from the cyclone in Burma: 200? 351? World food crisis: Asian food banks reach record low. More »
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May 03, 2008

Storm Hits Burma

Burma is one of Asia's poorest countries and storms like these always hurt the poor most. More »
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May 02, 2008

Dalai Lama's Envoys Head to China

The talks will be "informal" and their visit will be "brief". Update: The torch in Hong Kong. More »
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May 02, 2008

Five-Year Anniversary: Mission Accomplished

And how the media loved it. More »
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May 01, 2008

Environmental Conundrum

By now it's commonplace to take about biofuels driving up the price of food (though some say this effect is overstated since food prices are rising all across the board) and encouraging deforestation. Similarly, the price of silicon is dropping, which means cheaper solar energy -- But silicon production creates large amounts of very toxic waste. More »
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May 01, 2008

The Karmapa's Visit

Some more news on the 17th Karmapa's visit to the United States. He arrives May 15th and stays until June 2nd, and will visit New York, Boulder, and Seattle. (Recall the Karmapa controversy: there are two claimants.) Read about the upcoming visit from MSNBC and the BBC. More »
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May 01, 2008

New Buddhist Forums

Loden Jinpa has started up a promising new Buddhist Forums site. He blogs about it here. More »
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May 01, 2008

The Resistance in Burma; Thai PM supports Burma's constitutional efforts

Rachel Aspden visits the forgotten part of Burma: ethnic groups in the east oppressed by the junta. Thailand's Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej voices support for the Burmese junta's farcical constitution referendum, which will again formally bar Aung San Suu Kyi from running for office. The reason given? She's married to a foreigner. EarthRights International lambasts Chevron: The American energy giant Chevron has been accused of complicity in human rights abuses through its investment in a natural gas pipeline in Burma. . . More »
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May 01, 2008

Death in Sri Lanka

73 killed in recent fighting in Sri Lanka. 70,000 estimated killed since 1983. More »
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May 01, 2008

Ant-French boycott fizzles

It's hard to stay mad at the French. They make such nice things. More »
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April 30, 2008

More Arrests in Tibet Ahead of Everest Photo-Ops

China doesn't care what you think: China has stepped up persecution of Buddhist monks with mass detentions, Tibet activists said Wednesday, as China prepares to take the Olympic torch to the top of Mount Everest. The actions came a day after six monks were given lengthy prison sentences in the first trial of rioters since deadly violence in Tibet's capital last month. More »
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April 30, 2008

Torch enters China

After a troubled world tour, the torch arrived on Chinese soil, in Hong Kong. Several potential protesters were turned away at the airport. More »
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April 29, 2008

China Jails 30

Jail sentences for those accused of participating in last month's protests / riots. More »
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April 28, 2008

Free Tibet flags

Made in China. But so is everything else. China is a factory. Its decisions are business decisions. More »
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April 25, 2008

China agrees to meet Dalai Lama's envoys

At heart China is a business, and this turmoil was hurting the bottom line: China appeared to bend to international pressure on Friday as the government announced it would meet with envoys of the Dalai Lama, an unexpected shift that comes as violent Tibetan demonstrations in western China have threatened to cast a pall over the Beijing Olympics in August. More »
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April 24, 2008

Double Whammy

When it rains literary nonfiction, it pours: books by not one but two Tricycle contributing editors hit the stacks this July. Memoirist Mark Matousek’s When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living tracks the sorrows and triumphs of hundreds of survivors, seeking to answer the question: How does a person survive his own life? Mixed with universal stories of illness and loss are profiles of people who have suffered under extraordinary circumstances—a Tibetan nun who was tortured by Chinese soldiers at the age of thirteen; a Sudanese man who was kidnapped as a child and forced into slavery for ten years. Matousek draws from parables, scientific studies, philosophy, and literature in order to create a nuanced portrait of endurance and meaning wrought from adversity. The Wishing Year, by Noelle Oxenhandler, tells the story of the author’s experiment with the art of wishing. One New Year’s Day, Oxenhandler decides to change her life. More »
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April 24, 2008

Smooth Run in Australia

The Canberra run went smoothly enough. And more horrifying violence in Sri Lanka - perhaps 90 dead in one day. More »
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April 23, 2008

America's Shame -- 5% of the world's population and 22% of the prisoners

"Whatever the reason, the gap between American justice and that of the rest of the world is enormous and growing." More »