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0 commentsThis picture was taken from the 30th floor of the UN Millennium Hotel in New York City, where a couple Tricyclers were fortunate enough to get together with Karen Armstrong, a historian of religion and recent TED Prize winner, to talk about her latest project The Charter for Compassion. The conversation covered topics ranging from the value of pluralism in the world today to what Armstrong finds so compelling about the Buddha. Keep your eyes peeled for the interview. The next day we were at the United Nations for a TEDPrize@UN event to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Charter for Compassion. Speakers at the event included Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, Dr. Fred Luskin, Krista Tippett, Chade-Meng Tan, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, and Karen Armstrong. The speakers were followed by a musical performance from Salman Ahmad. More »
0 commentsU.N. special rapporteur Paulo Sergio Pinheiro calls Burma's upcoming constitutional referendum a joke: Speaking in Brussels, Mr Pinheiro said that the referendum would not have any credibility if opponents were prevented from speaking out. "How can you have a referendum without any of the basic freedoms?" he was quoted by the Associated Press news agency as saying. "It would be important to have international observers to validate the referendum, because if not it would be just a ritual without real content." He also said he saw no signs of political progress of any kind in the country. More »