• China and the IOC Paid Member

    There is some daylight between China and the IOC. How to Cook Your Life was great. Ed Brown seems like someone who could be difficult at times in the kitchen, but who isn't? And the part with the battered teapots in the end was excellent. UPDATE: "teacups" changed to teapots. The Manitoba Buddhist Temple's excellent blog has a post on this with video from, well, much closer to the actual release date of the film. More »
  • Nepal's Election; World Food Crisis; How to Cook Your Life Paid Member

    Nepal's election is here, but it may be dangerous to vote. Manjushree Thapa writes: Democracy may be imperfect, but unlike absolute systems like Maoism and monarchism, it incorporates mechanisms to correct its own flaws. So, yes: I am planning to risk my life to vote today. Not that the election will resolve much. Most Nepalis recognize that it will, in fact, send our country into an era of heightened instability. Plus the world's growing food crisis, and how biofuels are at least somewhat to blame. And speaking of food, I recently watched the first half of "How to Cook Your Life", a movie about Edward Espe Brown, the author of The Tassajara Bread Book, teaching people to make bread as part of their Zen practice. More »
  • The Games Must Go On - DL Paid Member

    The Dalai Lama on the '08 Games: The Dalai Lama said Thursday that he supported Beijing’s hosting of the Summer Olympics, but he insisted that pro-Tibet demonstrators had the right to voice their opinions during the international torch relay as long as they refrained from violence. Tomorrow morning he'll speak to Ann Curry on NBC's Today Show. [Photo: Dai Kurokawa/European Pressphoto Agency] More »
  • More connections with 1936 Paid Member

    Every day brings more bad news for the beleaguered torch. Now they're saying the first torch relay was in -- you guessed it -- 1936. Gordon Brown, Britain's Prime Minister, won't attend the opening ceremonies, and Bush is said to be weighing the same thing. More »
  • The Torch in San Francisco; Tutu Paid Member

    Archbishop Desmond Tutu addressed protesters in San Francisco: "We're not at a moment where we are calling for a boycott of the games because the athletes have spent a lot of time preparing, and you don't want to penalise them unnecessarily. But I am certainly calling on heads of state not to attend the opening ceremony, to register their disapproval, their disgust really," says Tutu. And "fear" and "confusion" in SF as the torch begins its route, greatly changed to avoid protesters. And the airspace above has been declared a no-fly zone for some reaosn.... small planes trailing banners? More »
  • China vows to send torch through Tibet; Rudd's blunt message; another media tour goes awry Paid Member

    China vows the torch will go to Tibet. That's what you call sticking to your guns. Violence won't help Tibet's cause, says Australia's Courier-Mail: Peaceful protest is one thing; violence, water, fire extinguishers and angry mobs will not replace diplomatic pressure and cannot be condoned. This comes after PM Kevin Rudd sent an "unusually blunt message to China over its humans rights abuses. More »