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“Nowhere Near the Scale Required” May 12, 2008

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There’s been a lot of back and forth over aid to Burma, but the first U.S. plane has just landed.

A number of other flights arrived over the weekend and some supplies reached Burma by land.

But many foreign experts are still waiting for visas to enter the country and on Sunday, the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) said that the amount of aid getting to victims was “nowhere near the scale required”.

The US military says about 11,000 servicemen and four ships are in the region for a military exercise and could be harnessed to help.

The junta insists that foreign aid is acceptable but foreign aid workers are not.

The BBC has an interactive map of the torch’s route in China — You can click on a city to read more about it. The torch is due to be in Lhasa June 20th and 21st.


Burma Slow to Recover; Torch climbs Everest May 8, 2008

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Five days after the storm, Burma’s main city of Rangoon is paralyzed and lacks basic services, but the death toll there was small, 400 or so, compared with the Irrawaddy Delta. Food, water, and other necessities are desperately needed on the delta, which was slammed by the incoming storm, and aid teams are stuck waiting in Thailand for permission to cross the border.

Meanwhile, with very little fanfare outside the Chinese media echo-chamber, the torch summits Everest.

Japanese temple backs out of route April 18, 2008

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Thanks to Marcus for pointing this one out: A Japanese Buddhist temple has removed itself from the torch’s route.

Japan and China continue to disagree over whether Tibet is an international issue or just a domestic issue of China’s.

Edward Gomez notes the rhetoric is running high: China stoked the nationalist fires and is now trying to temper its citizens call for boycotts of products from countries where the torch relay has run into trouble.

The Torch in India, Australia April 17, 2008

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The relay begins amid heavy security in New Delhi. Meanwhile, China cancels its plan to open Tibet on May 1st and seals the borders. And if you wonder why Nepal is cracking down on protesters so hard:

Chinese security police in athletic wear can be seen lounging in tea shops and strolling the sole street in the border town of Liping. They shadow three Associated Press journalists from the moment they arrive, ordering them not to take photographs — on Nepalese territory.

And in the capital Katmandu, Tibetan exiles say China is pressuring the Nepalese government to crush anti-Chinese activities by the world’s second-largest Tibetan exile community.

The torch is also headed to Australia, where more protests are expected. Chinese in Australia asay they’re ready to defend the torch. Plus, two opinions in Australia on the this “internal issue” of china’s taht is under the world’s spotlight.

[Photo: An exiled Tibetan activist being restrained in New Delhi. AFP]

Caught in the middle April 17, 2008

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Grace Wang tried to walk the middle path but took heat from both sides.

The Flame in Delhi April 16, 2008

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Remember that Tibetans tried to storm the Chinese embassy here in March. Security will be tight. India’s relations with China are fragile enough already.

Burma Peace Walk; Donna Karan’s Urban Zen April 16, 2008

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Here’s a collection of links on the recent Burma Peace Walk and other Buddhist activities in the Bay Area, courtesy of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship:

ABC7 Local Network Coverage: Monks march through Golden Gate

KRON 4 NEWS Video: Burmese Monks and Supporters Walk Across Golden Gate Bridge

Burma April 9 Torch Protest Featured Coverage:

Salon.com spent a day with Burma protesters and made this feature front page story:

Press Democrat: On day of chaos, quiet march speaks loudly

YouTube Video of  Peace Walk taken from the Air

San Francisco: Peace Walk begin

Peace Walk Across the Golden Gate Bridge

Peace Walk Across the Golden Gate Bridge2

CNN.com Photo Collection: 

CNN: There photos from Bridge Walk made it to this collection of 14 photos by

The Province: Bridge Walk Photo is used in this Canada Article:  B.C. residents join anti-China demo

Flickr: Peace Walk for Burma Photos

Flying Free Burma Banner: San Francisco Olympic Torch Relay and Protests; 

Free Burma, Olympic Torch Protest Against China’s Human Rights practices, Led by Burmese Monks on the Golden Gate Bridge, April 9, 2008, San Francisco

Peace Walk for Burma Photos

Other coverage where Burma was mentioned: 

Americans take dim view of relay

Olympic Torch Takes Unexpected Route Through SF

CBC Canada on the Bridge Walk Coverage: 

USA Today:  Olympic torch run out of sight for most: 

BBC: Confusion strikes US torch relay: 

The Guardian: San Francisco is braced to greet Olympic torch – and thousands of protesters 

AP: Torch concludes bumpy tour of Bay Area:  

Some of the coverage before April 9 :

NBC11 Video: Burmese Activists To SF: Drop Torch Run completely

Video: Burmese activists protest SF torch run

Video: Burmese activists protest SF torch run
ABC7 News: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local&id=6048985

Plus, Donna Karan and her Urban Zen Foundation in the Village Voice.

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.

More on, what else? The torch April 11, 2008

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The U.S. has hurt China’s feelings again:

An indignant China said Friday the U.S. “seriously hurt the feelings of the Chinese people” when Congress passed a resolution calling on Beijing to stop cracking down on Tibetan dissent and talk to the Dalai Lama.

Athletes who show support for Tibet may be expelled from the Olympics for engaging in “propaganda”, according to the Times of London. Activist Majora Carter of the Bronx is profiled in the New York Times and Daily News for displaying the Tibetan flag while carrying the torch.

The little guys are getting in on the act: San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom feels that the torch should bypass Tibet. And the province of Ontario will “express concern” over the Tibetan situation.

Louise Blouin MacBain writes in Forbes:

Still, I remain convinced that substantial negotiation is possible if His Holiness directly engages the fundamental issues concerning Tibet. I am further convinced that His Holiness will find a willing and serious partner in negotiation with the Chinese.

The Games Must Go On – DL April 10, 2008

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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]