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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 »
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April 22, 2008

Earth Day

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April 22, 2008

"The still point of the turning world"

Meditation and art. More »
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April 22, 2008

Burma Bombs Blamed on Students

Two small explosions in Rangoon (no casualties) are being called the work of an exiled student group. More »
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April 22, 2008

Rudd and Hu; Buddhism and Gender

Buddhism and gender, from the Lehigh University newspaper. Plus, an account of Tibetan Buddhism from the Chinese media and the story of a Tibetan refugee in Salt Lake City. Hu Jintao and Kevin Rudd of Australia are having an interesting back and forth over the Tibet issue: President Hu Jintao made a terrific speech at the opening of the Boao Forum on Hainan island that Rudd attended. More »
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April 22, 2008

Dalai Lama to US: Help Resolve Tibet Crisis; Torch Everest Coverage Altered

If he only knew the U.S. can't stand up to China. Japan, a little irked at China's belligerent rhetoric, will allow protests when the torch visits. More »
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April 22, 2008

Tibet in National Geographic

More beautiful pictures (and more) from National Geo. [Photo: A Tibetan boy dresses up as a Chinese policeman. By Steve McCurry.] More »
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April 21, 2008

Meatpaper

A magazine about meat -- the idea of meat, that is. More »
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April 21, 2008

Torch keeps running into trouble: Pro-China groups battle pro-Tibet groups

One of the torch bearers pulls out of the Canberra, Australia section of the torch's run: The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) president and the ACT Australian of the Year, Lin Hatfield-Dodds, says she is taking a stand for human rights. The Olympic torch has become a beacon for pro-Tibet supporters as it makes its way around the world in the lead up to the Beijing Games. Ms Hatfield-Dodds says the recent scenes in Tibet are disturbing. "For many other people globally the torch has come to stand for a symbol around human rights and around rights for citizens," she said. "I felt I really needed to be very clear in my stance, which is very pro-human rights obviously, so I've chosen not to run." More »
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April 21, 2008

The E.U. and China; Patriotic Re-education for Tibet

The E.U. and China prepare to politely disagree about Tibet. Anti-Tibet (and anti-France) protests intensify. France tries to cool China off. Plus more hate for Grace Wang. China launches a "patriotic education" drive in Tibet. Polish up those jackboots and truncheons and string up the festive barbed wire. More »
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April 21, 2008

Protests Spreading

Pro-government protests, that is. More »