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    Thaksin's Back; Gambari on Burma; Sri Lankan Violence Paid Member

    Thaksin's back in Thailand! The ousted PM returned home Thursday. He's promised to stay out of politics but many doubt this claim, calling it a "political game." Nicholas Kristof discusses the other genocide in the Sudan in a region far poorer than Darfur. "Burmese Democracy": The San Francisco Chronicle joins the chorus decrying Burma's faux democracy in this editorial. The U.N.'s envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, wants a "credible and inclusive" roadmap to democracy. Gambari is in Tokyo, sipping sake and chatting with the Japanese about ramping up their aid to Burma. More »
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    Global Seed Vault Paid Member

    The global seed vault opens (or closes?) in Norway. (So Titan A.E.!) I wish I lived in Norway. LONGYEARBYEN, Norway, February 26, 2008 (ENS) - The Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened today on a remote island in the Arctic Circle, receiving the first shipments of what will be a collection of 100 million seeds from more than 100 countries. Unique varieties of the African and Asian food staples maize, rice, wheat, cowpea, and sorghum as well as European and South American varieties of eggplant, lettuce, barley, and potato are the first deposits in the icy vault. More »
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    From the Blogs Paid Member

    There's so much great stuff to be found out there on the Buddhist blogs. Here's just a tiny taste: Anyone planning to be in New Haven, Connecticut on April 11th should check out Danny Fisher's lecture, "What Does a Buddhist Chaplain Do? More »
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    Invasive Species Paid Member

    Invasive species are a serious and growing problem. The Telegraph (UK) describes the situation around the world and in Britain, where they are now worried about the infamous snakehead fish, which has also been found in the U.S. This is the monster-movie nightmare fish that can survive out of water for extended periods of time, walk on its fins, and apparently, if big enough, kill people. An editorial in the New York Times describes the common practice of ships dumping their ballast water in-harbor rather than out at sea, whichis largely responsible for carrying invasive species across oceans. Global warming may also play a role. More »
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    The Beef Industry, faked photos in Tibet, and Gambari Heads Back to Burma Paid Member

    You may have heard about or seen the sickening video from the Westland/Hallmark meatpacking plant in California. It's been all over the news. James at the Buddhist Blog has a great post on it. 143 million pounds of beef were recalled due to cruelty and slaughtering sick animals at this plant. Do a little bit of reading on the beef industry, just a tiny bit. It will make you sick and it will make you angry. U.N. More »
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    Thich Nhat Hanh's Deer Park Monastery Goes Solar Paid Member

    Cool stuff. Read all about it on deerparkmonastery.org! The image below was sent to Tricycle by Brother Phap Thanh and shows the sangha by one of the new panels. More »