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As the Dalai Lama celebrates his 80th birthday, Tibetans look to the future

startribune.com — To hear the Dalai Lama laugh, his face lighting up in a beatific smile, it is easy to forget the cascade of disasters endured by the Tibetan Buddhist movement over the course of his life. Yet the list is long, and growing longer, as an ascendant China consolidates control over Tibet.

Dalai Lama's 80th birthday forces Tibet to confront a future without him

smh.com.au — The Dalai Lama celebrates his 80th birthday today. Photo: Danish Siddiqui Dharamasala, India: To hear the Dalai Lama laugh, it is easy to forget the cascade of disasters endured by the Tibetan Buddhist movement over the course of his life. Yet the list is long, and growing longer, as an ascendant China consolidates control over Tibet.

Sunday, Jul. 5, 2015

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Dalai Lama's 80th birthday invites celebration and contemplation

latimes.com — To hear the Dalai Lama laugh, his face lighting up in a beatific smile, it is easy to forget the cascade of disasters endured by the Tibetan Buddhist movement over the course of his life. Yet the list is long, and growing longer, as an ascendant China consolidates control over Tibet.

Kim Jong-un Kills the Old

newyorker.com — North Korea, under its thirtysomething Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, is no country for old men. The latest casualty in Kim's ongoing purge of the senior military command was the defense minister, Hyon Yong-chol, who reportedly committed the classic old man's offense of falling asleep in a meeting.

How Not to Get Kicked Out of China

newyorker.com — Last Wednesday, the Times published a front-page story about the movie and real-estate mogul Wang Jianlin, who is the richest man in Asia, worth an estimated thirty-five billion dollars.

Life in North Korea

newyorker.com — Growing up half-Korean in Canberra, Australia, the photographer Lee Grant knew little of her mother's upbringing in South Korea. "I was raised in Australia at a time when cultural assimilation was more prevalent than ethnic pride," she told me in an e-mail.

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A North Korea Watcher Watches "The Interview"

newyorker.com — For a North Korean watcher, seeing "The Interview" is like seeing an earnest endeavor reflected back through a freak-show mirror. But, behind the silliness and the smut, the penis and butthole jokes, the filmmakers get a lot right about North Korea. In the opening scene, an angelic schoolgirl with rouged cheeks sings, "Die, America, die.

Amazing if Luddite N. Korea hacked Sony

stripes.com — North Korea has discovered that not only is the pen mightier than the sword, but malware may be more powerful than its nuclear deterrent. For decades, North Korea's propaganda machine (nicknamed by a colleague of mine, Aidan Foster-Carter, the Great Vituperator) has churned out warnings of impending catastrophe and obliteration.
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Jul 05, 2015

The Dalai Lama turns 80 with celebration and trepidations as people wonder what comes next. lat.ms/1Cdztpd

Jul 03, 2015

'Information is the most powerful weapon against North Korea regime' John Sweeney gu.com/p/4a32j/stw

Jul 02, 2015

On the Border-- a photographer attacked by North Korean factory workers in China. chfi.cc/1FVmSBW @ChinaFile

Jul 02, 2015

Finally North Korea's Kim Jong Un gets the invite: China invites North Korea’s Kim to Beijing on.wsj.com/1C8IC2w

Jul 02, 2015

RT @JulieMakLAT: Harsh but not too far off the mark These illustrations show how different #HongKong thinks it's from mainland #China qz.com/442887

Jul 01, 2015

In Japan, even the gun enthusiasts welcome restrictions on firearms bit.ly/1GNWX0F

Jun 29, 2015

I won Miss World Canada. But my work puts my father at risk in China. bit.ly/1CEsX5E

Jun 28, 2015

CNN mistakes dildo-covered flag at gay pride parade for ISIS bit.ly/1GSX3q2

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