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The Pity of War May 5, 2008

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Unreleased photographs from Hiroshima. Taken by an unknown Japanese photographer, these images were found on a roll fo film in a cave outside the city by U.S. serviceman Robert L. Capp, who served in the occupation forces.

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Five-Year Anniversary: Mission Accomplished May 2, 2008

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And how the media loved it.

Tibet Links, April 14, 2008 April 14, 2008

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Nine monks arrested for allegedly planting a bomb:

China has arrested nine monks for a bomb attack on a government building in Tibet last month, an official said yesterday.

Tibetan support groups warned that it was impossible to verify the claims because the authorities do not allow independent observers into the region.

The state-run Xinhua news agency alleged that the monks from the Tongxia monastery – around 850 miles east of Lhasa – fled after their homemade bomb exploded in Gyanbe township but later confessed to planting it. There was no mention of casualties or damage.

Beijing works on clearing the air for the Olympics.

The DL asks for Tibet to be opened to the world.

Professor M.D. Nalapat asks, Can the Chinese government control the “Tibet flu”? (Yes, but for how long?)

China and Russia’s support prop up the Burmese junta, says Myat Soe.

China isn’t solely to blame for the survival of the Burmese junta, says an editorial in The Canberra Times.

Susan Kaiser Greenland in HuffPo on China and the media.

London Protest Reports April 7, 2008

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Great reports from the protests in London over the weekend courtesy of Konchog at DODR and Students for a Free Tibet. CNN’s take here.

Peace and Nonviolence April 4, 2008

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king.jpg40 years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee.

This April 6th, join the “Be the Change” walk in New York City, which will conclude with a tribute to Gandhi in Union Square Park.

Santi Asoke eco-village; Dith Pran passes March 31, 2008

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A writer for Energy Bulletin visits the Santi Asoke eco-village in Thailand.

An interesting post on Buddhism and Science from Vincent Horn coming from a discussion with B. Alan Wallace on Buddhist Geeks.

And killing fields photographer Dith Pran has passed away at the age of 65.

China deals with criticism March 24, 2008

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Sad smiles in Chengdu, the “gateway to Tibet.”

China battles criticism over its handling of the Tibet crisis. As we all know by now, they blame the Dalai Lama and think he’s trying to spoil the Olympic party. They’re basically disappointed that the Western media is so interested in Tibet. Xinhua quotes some foreigners in China saying things thePparty wants you to know, and it certainly does seem the protests were not all flowers-in-the-rifle-barrel affairs. There was violence stemming from resentment at being under China’s heel.

A monk burned himself in a Burmese temple several days back.

The Sri Lankan military says they killed 29 rebels Sunday. The military is currently engaged in a strong offensive in the north and east of the country. Overall a hundred rebels were reported killed this weekend. Sri Lanka does not allow journalists into the war zone, making it impossible to verify their figures.

The Thai government takes a harder look at at the southern provinces’ pondoks and imams. And three more people were killed in the region recently, which has seen more than 3,000 insurgency-related deaths in the past four years.

Contact info for China’s U.S. Consulates; HHDL opposes Olympic boycott March 20, 2008

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In case you’d like to remind them the world cares about Tibet. Courtesy of Vichy Democrats (“still dogging Joe Lieberman until he’s in his political grave.”) Also see TIME magazine’s China Blog, which is following the goings-on in Tibet.

The Dalai Lama fears there will be a “lot of casualties” in Tibet. He’s still willing to meet with the Chinese, who still accuse him of plotting the whole thing.

Despite it all, the DL is against an Olympic boycott:

The Olympic Games do not take place in Lhasa — the Olympic Games take place in Beijing. It is illogical to blame millions of Chinese,” he told reporters in Dharamshala, northern India, where he lives in exile.

And China’s Olympic Delusion, which, despite the DL’s charitable attitude, questions the wisdom of China’s hosting the event this year. This piece from the Nation was found by Danny Fisher (who also has a great post on the five years of the Iraq war.)