Tibet’s Self-Immolation Protests Reach Shocking New Levels, a film by Journeyman Pictures

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This recently posted video gives a rare and direct look inside the Tibetan community in exile as their thoughts and lives ebb and flow between India and their homeland. Further reading: The Future of Tibet, a re-post in honor of Tibetan Uprising Day (March 2014) Spanish court rules for Tibetan victims of Chinese genocide (November 2013) … [Read more...]

The Future of Tibet, a re-post in honor of Tibetan Uprising Day

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The Tibetan Center in Kingston, New York, held a discussion last year of the six decades of human rights abuses in Tibet under Chinese occupation, the recent rise in protests (especially self-immolations), and the possibilities concerning the future of Tibet. The Future of Tibet Saturday, February 23, 2-4 pm Bertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College In 2012, there was an intensification of protests and a sharp increase in the number of self-immolations by Tibetans, a response to the … [Read more...]

Thailand’s protests: An Op-Ed by Dr. Dion Peoples

Thailand 2014 crisis rally (by Dion Peoples)

I've been 'aware' of Thailand since I was an intelligence-analyst in the US Air Force, stationed in Germany, around early 2001. I watched on CNN as Thaksin Shinawatra was expected to win the elections, and immediately I felt I did not like this guy. I would soon leave the USAF after a decade of service, to become a fully-ordained world-renouncing Theravada Buddhist-monk. I've taken keen interest in Thailand's political turmoil. I witnessed the horror of the daily killings on the mid-2000's, when … [Read more...]

Guns, Race, and the Military: further Buddhist responses to the Navy Yard Shooting

This will most likely be the last I write on this topic. Discussions on my previous post are ongoing (here, here, and here), and appear to be getting increasingly thoughtful. And folks in Washington DC are beginning to lament the fact that the news cycle has passed this by, The mass shooting America barely noticed and Not all mass shootings are equal in the eyes of the media or the public. But before moving on completely, I did want to note two Buddhist blogs that have introduced other … [Read more...]

Two more must-reads on Buddhism and Aaron Alexis/the Navy Yard Shooting

As with any human tragedy of this kind, there are countless angles or perspectives from which to view and discuss the shootings earlier this week. In this post and the next I'll highlight four that I found particularly useful. The first two draw our attention to our religious stereotyping of both Buddhism and Islam: Navy Yard shooting puts Buddhism in spotlight: Column by Stephen Prothero. Prothero is a professor in Boston University's religion department and author of several books on … [Read more...]

The hateful rhetoric of the “anti-war” left toward Syria

Syria in This Modern World

I should begin with a disclaimer or two. First, I typically am a proud member of the "anti-war" left in American politics. In 2001 I co-organized a Peace Concert - that's right a Peace Concert - in response to the 9/11 attacks and G.W. Bush's war-drum response. In 2003 I was one of the many millions who gathered around the world to protest yet another Bush and Co. war. But Syria might be a much clearer-cut case for some sort of international intervention. You have on the one side a … [Read more...]

In Syria, no bombing for now – at least from the outside

Like many of you, I am relieved to hear President Obama's decision to wait for Congressional approval before attacking Syria. First, it respects the international rule of law Second, it respects the will of the American people Third, it gives time for possible coalition building or peace negotiations with Assad On the first point, this highlights the importance of the UN, even in the face of  vetoes by a recalcitrant Russia and China. Britain's House of Commons recently voted … [Read more...]

Burma (Myanmar): photos and initial thoughts

Fishermen gather on Inle Lake

I'm now in my quaint little room in a hanok (traditional Korean house), sitting on the floor, looking around at gorgeous antique furniture and the total mess that is my luggage. It is the end of a very wonderful day two here in Seoul, and before this was one also wonderful day in Bangkok and before that: Burma. Seventeen days, mostly seeing the "big four" destinations there: Yangon, Inle Lake, Mandalay, and Pagan. Unraveling the full experience of Burma may take some time, but suffice to say … [Read more...]