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    Don't Forget Burma Paid Member

    The Worst Horse finds a big collection of graphics telling us all: "Don't forget Burma!" So, following that good advice: Burma is selling jewelry. (Burma produces 90% of the world's rubies.) Don't buy it! The junta keeps arresting people during Rapporteur Pinheiro's visit. The BBC says Burma's monks are not ready to forgive the wrongs done them by the junta. The painting "Monks with Traits of a Crow," is shaking up Thailand, which is estimated to be 94% Buddhist. You can see the painting after the link. More »
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    Rapporteurs, Happiness, and Torture Paid Member

    Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, the U.N. special rapporteur (it's real, look it up) to Burma visited prisons and other sensitive places in the country, according to the Bangkok Post: The government claims that only 10 people died in the crackdown. Other sources claim the death toll was closer to 200. Up to 3,000 people were arrested during and after the crackdown, of whom an unknown number remain in jail. One of Pinheiro's tasks is to verify the number of deaths and detentions, in a country that is notorious for hiding the truth. Observers said Pinheiro, no stranger to Burma, had planned his itinerary well. He was allowed to plan his itinerary? The U.N. More »
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    Aung San Suu Kyi "Very Optimistic" Paid Member

    Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, set to meet with members of her opposition party for the first time in three years, is "very optimistic" about changes in Burma. She also met with Aung Kyi, a general representing the ruling junta. This is progress. The world needs to keep up pressure to keep the talks going and being about real change. Burma isn't the only place Buddhist monks are facing trouble. More »
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    Gil Fronsdal, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Dalai Lama on Parade, and Meditation Tips Paid Member

    Insight meditation teacher Gil Fronsdal has answered the top three questions from visitors to tricycle.com. They're here. BURMA: A very brief piece says Aung San Suu Kyi is ready to cooperate with the government "in the interest of the nation." Boycott Chevron. More »
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    Masterpieces of Buddhist Art, Burma deadlock, Traffic jams in Tibet Paid Member

    An exhibition of Korean Master Jin Hyung Lee's Buddhist sculptures is happening in L.A. at Silk Roads Design Gallery, 145 North La Brea Ave., until December 16, 2007. The event is co-sponsored by Korea Sah International Buddhist Temple, 500 N. Western Ave. Check it out if you're in the area. This seated Bodhidharma (Korean: Dalma) caught my eye, but there are more than thirty pieces in the exhibition, all as beautiful as this one. I love the chest hair on the "blue-eyed barbarian." (Sculpture is gilded bronze, 46 x 39 x 29 inches.) More »
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    Just When You Thought it was Safe to Forget about Burma Paid Member

    More on the protests in Pakokku here. Not a lot of information yet. Boycott Burmese blood rubies. Who buys rubies anyway? A nice CS Monitor article on the fragile state of Asia's 'petrol politics' (fuel prices, lest we forget, touched off the Burmese protests in the first place.) And more on Burma's child soldier problem, the worst in the world and getting worse. - Philip Ryan, Web Editor More »