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    Beijing Stokes Terror Fears, Calls Protesting Monks "the scum of Buddhism" Paid Member

    Beijing claims the "Dalai clique" is planning Olympic attacks. The Chinese leadership must be feeling a little nervous with protests having spread to the Muslim northwest of the country. With so many foreign journalists around they can hardly fake the attacks, as some claim they did in Lhasa. They want things to be smooth, but are hedging their bets in case they aren't, and will use the West's favorite buzzword: terrorism. In fact, it's surprising the Dalai Lama hasn't been labeled a terrorist or equated with Osama Bin Laden. Oh, wait. More »
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    Xinjiang Paid Member

    More on the second front of protests in western China: Muslims in Xinjiang. More »
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    Richard Gere on Tibet Paid Member

    Danny Fisher points out that Beliefnet has an interview with Richard Gere and other information on Tibet. Not only is he dreamy, he's smart and principled. And Richard Gere's not bad either. More »
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    China fears suicide bombers; Amnesty lambasts China Paid Member

    China has been talking about suicide bombings in Tibet for a while now, perhaps in order to capture the Western obsession with terrorism, but so far nothing like this seems to have happened. It is true that the Tibet protests have spread unrest to other minorities, including western China's considerable Muslim population. More »
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    India weighs its relationships with China, Tibet, and Burma Paid Member

    Tibet is a ticklish subject for India: India enjoys a trading relationship with China expected to be worth $40 billion this year. At the same time, it hosts the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, his exile government and his followers. Authorities in Beijing have accused the Dalai Lama of fomenting the recent Tibet protests. "It is a difficult position for India," said Kanwal Sibal, a former Indian foreign secretary. "We gave asylum to the Dalai Lama and his followers on the condition that they would not conduct political activities on Indian soil. More »
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    Change Blindness Paid Member

    Interesting article in the New York Times today about how we often fail to notice change, even when it's right in front of our eyes. Would meditators do better on the test given in the article than non-meditators? What do we choose to pay attention to? How much attention do we pay to the world around us? For most of us, the answer is Not much, the article concludes. Plus: the Dalai Lama's blog. Satire alert. More »