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  • Beautiful Buddhist Silk Road Cave Art (via National Geographic) Paid Member

    via National Geographic: Emerging from the wind-sculptured dunes some 12 miles southeast of Dunhuang is an arc of cliffs that drop more than a hundred feet to a riverbed lined with poplar trees. By the mid-seventh century, the mile-long rock face was honeycombed with hundreds of grottoes. It was here that pilgrims came to pray for safe passage across the dreaded Ta klimakan Desert—or in Xuanzang's case, to give thanks for a successful journey. More »
  • Tibet in National Geographic Paid Member

    More beautiful pictures (and more) from National Geo. [Photo: A Tibetan boy dresses up as a Chinese policeman. By Steve McCurry.] More »
  • Torch keeps running into trouble: Pro-China groups battle pro-Tibet groups Paid Member

    One of the torch bearers pulls out of the Canberra, Australia section of the torch's run: The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) president and the ACT Australian of the Year, Lin Hatfield-Dodds, says she is taking a stand for human rights. The Olympic torch has become a beacon for pro-Tibet supporters as it makes its way around the world in the lead up to the Beijing Games. Ms Hatfield-Dodds says the recent scenes in Tibet are disturbing. "For many other people globally the torch has come to stand for a symbol around human rights and around rights for citizens," she said. "I felt I really needed to be very clear in my stance, which is very pro-human rights obviously, so I've chosen not to run." More »