The Dalai Lama warned his followers this morning that Tibetan culture and identity were nearing extinction, 50 years to the day after the uprising against Chinese rule that forced him to flee into exile in India a week later. In an unusually downbeat speech at his headquarters in the north Indian hill station of Dharamsala, the Tibetan spiritual leader said that his people had, at times, suffered “hell on earth” under China and still lived in “constant fear”. Daily Telegraph: Dalai Lama warns Tibetans are 'near extinction' at 50th anniversary of exile. PHAYUL: China clamps down ahead of key Tibetan anniversary. SaveTibet: Detentions after peaceful protest in Kham; Tibetans resist government pressure to celebrate Losar.
Israel runs one of the most aggressive and damaging espionage networks targeting the U.S., yet public discussion about it is almost nil.
China responds to US claims that its ship was harassed, accusing Washington of illegally surveying off its southern island of Hainan. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu on Tuesday lashed out at US claims that one of its ocean surveillance ships was shadowed aggressively in international waters.
The International Criminal Court prosecutor is exploring ways to launch an investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, chief prosecutor of the Hague-based ICC, said he is mulling over the prosecution case of Israeli officials responsible for the suspected crimes committed during the recent offensive in Gaza.
The U.S. government has poured hundreds of billions of dollars into the U.S. economy in the wake of the financial crisis. But what steps are being taken to address the crisis on a global scale? The worldwide financial crisis is forcing some to rethink the neo-liberal policies widely blamed for the financial collapse. We speak with University of Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang, author of “Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism.”
Morales said he needed to expel Martinez "to put an end to a foreign conspiracy" Evo Morales, Bolivia's president, has ordered a senior US diplomat to leave the country, accusing him of siding with opposition groups in a "conspiracy" against the government in La Paz.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen briefed President Barack Obama over the weekend on the so-called drug war in Mexico and the prospect of increased US military involvement in the conflict south of the border.
As a young child (or perhaps even an adult) who hasn’t dreamed of living tree houses? Some structures are built on trees or hung from trees, but some unusual tree houses are even grown from trees or built right into a tree. Some people live in trees as a luxury, some to help save the environment and others out of tradition or necessity. Here are ten incredible tree house designs that range from functional to fanciful, sustainable to strange and affordable to incredibly expensive. Of course, not all tree houses are avante garde examples of design and sustainability - some people live in far more traditional tree houses such as the tree dwellers shown in the photographs above. In the jungles of the Brazza River Basin in the Indonesian province of Papua the local tribes have slowly built their way up into the trees to escape pests and one another. Their residences now reach dizzying heights of over 100 feet. WikiPedia: Tree house. CoolStuff: Treehouses are cool!
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