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    The Dalai Lama in Salon and the New Yorker Paid Member

    Pankaj Mishra reviews Pico Iyer's book The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama (Knopf; $24) in The New Yorker: Last November, a couple of weeks after the Dalai Lama received a Congressional Gold Medal from President Bush, his old Land Rover went on sale on eBay. Sharon Stone, who once introduced the Tibetan leader at a fundraiser as “Mr. Please, Please, Please Let Me Back Into China!” (she meant Tibet), announced the auction on YouTube, promising the prospective winner of the 1966 station wagon, “You’ll just laugh the whole time that you’re in it!” The bidding closed at more than eighty thousand dollars. The Dalai Lama, whom Larry King, on CNN, once referred to as a Muslim, has also received the Lifetime Achievement award of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. More »
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    Protests not Boycotts? Paid Member

    Just a quick post to point out that Olympic boycotts hurt young athletes who spend years training for these events. So perhaps, as this German article (in English) suggests, protests not boycotts are needed. Hitler wasn't boycotted in 1936, after all, but that was before the boycotting craze stated. The history of Olympic boycotts shows the ambiguity of it all. From Wikipedia: More »
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    Quote of the Day Paid Member

    "The Communist Party is like the parent to the Tibetan people, and it is always considerate about what the children need. The Central Party Committee is the real Buddha for Tibetans." - Zhang Qingli 张庆黎, Member of the 17th CPC Central Committee, Secretary of the CPC Tibet Autonomous Regional Committee [Thanks to Jeremy Mates and the Level 8th Buddhist (who has a great post on the pressure to not be a Buddhist today.)] More »
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    China deals with criticism Paid Member

    Sad smiles in Chengdu, the "gateway to Tibet." China battles criticism over its handling of the Tibet crisis. As we all know by now, they blame the Dalai Lama and think he's trying to spoil the Olympic party. They're basically disappointed that the Western media is so interested in Tibet. Xinhua quotes some foreigners in China saying things thePparty wants you to know, and it certainly does seem the protests were not all flowers-in-the-rifle-barrel affairs. More »
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    Elections in Bhutan Paid Member

    Bhutan is the world's newest democracy, having just finished its first democratic elections. Turnout was heavy (as much 80% of the population!) and the Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party party, a pro-royalist party, secured a landslide victory, grabbing 44 of 47 parliamentary seats. The other three seats went to the rival People’s Democratic Party. What does it mean that the king's party won? More »
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    The Facade of Tibetan Unity? Paid Member

    Is the Chinese media's assertion that the Tibet protesters were mainly supporters of the Dalai Lama true? Yoichi Shimatsu gets into Tibetan internal power struggles between the Black Hats (Kagyupas) and Yellow Hats (Gelugpas). More »