Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Real Truth in Darfur

This is what is really happening in Darfur. Do not buy into the lies of Sudan and China and their allies. Sign the Petition at: http://www.petitiononline.com/darfur4u

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Darfur Genocide Petition - NewsDay

For years, The people of Darfur have been demanding justice - their rightful share of Sudan's political and economic resources. They dream of a democratic, secular nation that respects all of its diverse religions, cultures and ethnicities, and rejects the toxic mix of racial and religious supremacy that drives the current regime.

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

India's Contributions to the World

The following figures and facts are what I would term as India's contributions towards the modern world. The facts are ordered by ranks for your viewing pleasure.

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Save Darfur Petition

Everyday, the 2.5 million people chased from their homes in Darfur face the threat of starvation, disease, and rape, while the few lucky enough to remain in their homes risk displacement, torture, and death. Therefore, I call on you to sign this petition to send a message!

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Save Darfur Petition

Save Darfur Petition

A petition to save Darfur

Reactions to Presidential speech on Iraq (09/13/07)

Whether you want it or not, the Middle East is vital for American interests and for the security of the western world. Countering the influence and recruitment of Terrorist groups and of the Iranian and Syrian governments are fundamentally critical to the World Security and peace. So we are offered a chance here to defeat the terrorists at their own home base.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Mirror particles form new matter

Fragile particles rarely seen in our Universe have been merged with ordinary electrons to make a new form of matter.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Hanging with Elephants

An amazing picture of humans and Elephants co-existing. You can ride them, feed them and even touch them, they are gentle beasts with great loyalty. This picture is from India, Kerala State near Koni Elephant Center.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Report to Congress on the Situation in Iraq: Ambassador Crocker

Ryan C. Crocker, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq, wrote this report for the Joint Hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Armed Services. This is a PDF file. [64KB]

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Charts on Iraq's Progress

These charts are from General Petraeus's: Report to the congress on 9-10 and 9-11 2007 and this is a PDF document. [64 KB]

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General Petraeus: Report to Congress

This is General Petraeus's Report to Congress [64 KB] and it is the full report in PDF.

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

MP3 users 'risking hearing loss'

More than two-thirds of young people who regularly use MP3 players face premature hearing damage because the volume is too high, a charity warns.

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Photo the Bangladesh army cannot stand

If a single image can sum up the thorny mess into which Bangladesh has once again stumbled, then this perhaps is it.

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The suicide bombers are "foreigners"

More than half the suicide bombers used by the Taleban to launch attacks in Afghanistan are not Afghan nationals, the United Nations says in a report. Duhh! This is probably true for Iraq also.

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Iran Discusses Gas Pipeline

As the Indo-US nuclear deal sharpens the political divide here and the Left parties question the government's foreign policy, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mehdi Safari has arrived in India to push the tri-nation pipeline and to intensify business ties.

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Save the Internet: The People has the Right

This is my story... Net Neutrality is essential to free speech, equal opportunity and economic innovation in America. Since the FCC removed this basic protection in 2005, the top executives of phone and cable companies have stated their intention to become the Internet’s gatekeepers and to discriminate against Web sites that don’t pay their...

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Guantanamo Bay to be Closed

More than 90 Saudi detainees have now been sent home from the camp in Cuba and another 37 more remain. Washington is reducing the number of prisoners at the center with a view to eventually closing it down.

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Petraeus says Iraq gains 'uneven'

The most senior US commander in Iraq has said that progress in bringing security to the country had been uneven and in some cases disappointing.

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US and N. Korea at the doorsteps of Peace

US President George W Bush has said a peace treaty with North Korea can be achieved once Pyongyang ends its nuclear weapons program. Recently North Korea has thanked US for its aid for the poor and improvised populace in N. Korea.

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Japanese Prince turns a year old

The heir to the Japanese throne, Prince Hisahito, has spent his first birthday visiting his imperial grandparents. Prince Hisahito is third in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne. His birth solved a succession crisis in Japan, where only men can be monarchs.

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Russian Rockets falling out of the sky

Investigators in Kazakhstan have found a huge crater and debris from a Russian rocket which crashed in unpopulated countryside on Thursday. The Russian space agency Roskosmos says a rocket booster motor malfunctioned shortly after launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome.

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Iraq violence: monitoring the surge

Recent data from the Iraq shows violence level has been decreasing and is below what it was few years ago. On the eve of the long-awaited US progress report on the key benchmarks in Iraq, the weekly civilian casualty figure in the country was its lowest of the 12-week monitoring period to date.

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China Flexes its muscles in Asia

So, is our neighborhood suddenly getting a lot more dangerous? Is Asia feeling the chill of a new cold war? China has done its own containment strategy - the 'string of pearls' - by building military bases in Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia, all close to the Malacca Strait. The "Quad" (US and its Asian Allies) have also drawn their battle lines.

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US views India as 'natural partner'

Wary of China's long-term intentions and its rapidly expanding military capabilities, the US sees India as a 'natural partner' in the region and is keen to further enhance 'interoperability' with the Indian armed forces.

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Big Powers Play in Asia

Over a period of roughly a hundred years, between 1813 and 1907, the British and Russian empires were locked in a strategic conflict for supremacy over Central Asia. The Great Game, as it came to be called, captured popular imagination with Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel Kim in 1901. A hundred years later, another Great Game appears to be unfolding in Asia, and it’s sending a chill through the continent.

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Friday, September 7, 2007

Battle of Literature: India vs. Pakistan

Fittingly, for the 60th year of Independence, an Indian is pitted against a Pakistani on the six-book shortlist for Britain's prestigious Booker Prize. This is the first time in the 50,000-pound Booker's nearly 40-year history that Indo-Pak neighbourly rivalry has perforce entered new, literary territory.

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Russia Deploys its Missle Defense System

Russia will be ready to deploy new Iskander intercontinental missiles within three years as a response to a planned U.S. missile defense system, a top Russian general said on Sept. 6.

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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Pakistan abducts 36 Indians

As many as 36 Indian fishermen were abducted by Pakistani marine security personnel while they were fishing at high-sea off Jakha port yesterday.

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Cyber crime tool kits go on sale

Malicious hackers are producing easy to use tools that automate attacks to cash in on a boom in hi-tech crime. The top hacking tools are being offered for prices ranging up to £500.

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Goats sacrificed to fix Nepal jet

Nepal Airlines said the animals were slaughtered in front of the plane - a Boeing 757 - at Kathmandu airport....

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Why kissing means more to women

If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, so may be a kiss - or certainly to a woman anyway, researchers say

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Mother Teresa anniversary marked

Special prayers have been held at the tomb of Mother Teresa in the Indian city of Calcutta to mark the 10th anniversary of her death.

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General hints at Iraq troop cuts

The most senior US commander in Iraq has hinted that he may recommend a reduction in US troop numbers to avoid placing a strain on the army.

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UN chief Ban 'shocked' by Darfur

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said he was "shocked and humbled" by a visit to a refugee camp in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region.

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Fred Thompson enters presidential race

Veteran Hollywood actor and ex-US Senator Fred Thompson has declared he will seek the Republican nomination for the 2008 presidential election.

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Online Literary Works

This site has tons of AP English Literature downloads which includes Poems, prose, Short Stories and other great works of literary merit from authors such as Sylvia Plath, Whitman, Woolf, and other great writers. It also has full books and stories from various writers from American and British Literature.

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funny arab guy on treadmill!

ok, here's another oldie but goldie, I stumbled on recently on Youtube. An Arab guy running on a treadmill, and trying to keep up the pace with its speed...or else...Very funny video!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

China - Perils of a new Pacific Arms Race

the US, Japan, India and Australia are creating a new alliance in the Pacific called the "Quad" to counter China's influence and China has joined along with Russia, Iran and Shanghai Co-operation Countries. The world is gearing up for another major confrontation between the world powers. Out of this confrontation, new nations will emerge as tomorrow's world leaders...

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Shanghai Co-operation Countries & China vs. NATO & Quad Countries

The Cold War may not be back, but with trade and security tensions rising between the US, China and Russia, a chill wind seems to be blowing as Asia redesigns its strategic alignments. The US, Australia, Japan and India are forming the "Quad" alliance and along with NATO are trying to stand up to Russia, China and Shanghai Co-operation Countries.

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Five-nation naval exercise begins

Thirty-four ships and submarines from the five countries have joined the six-day exercise, about 100 nautical miles off the Andaman archipelago.This will perhaps be the biggest ever peace-time joint naval exercise in Asia and Some analysts say the war games are an attempt by these countries to contain China's growing power.

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New US Border Fence Design

US is building a fence to keep out illegal Mexicans and immigrants from entering USA. This is my proposal on how to make this fence a bit more beautiful and send a strong message at the same time.

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Monday, September 3, 2007

US-Mexican Border Fence

A Hypothetical design for the US-Mexican border fence offering a warning as well as welcoming the Mexicans to America while wishing good luck to people leaving America.

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Global Peace Symbolism

A representational and symbolic logo I made. The globe stands for the global community and the olive branches stand for peace. The hammer/gabble stands for justice and law and order while the gray circle stands for equality for all (the round table concept). Hope you like it.

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Sunday, September 2, 2007

Proposal for IAF126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft

The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the procurement of 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) at an estimated cost of Rs. 42,000 crores for the Indian Air Force was issued today to six vendors – Russia’s MIG-35(RAC MiG); Swedish JAS-39 (Gripen);Dassault Rafale (France); American F-16 Falcon (Lockheed Martin); Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet and Eurofighter Typhoon (Made by a consortium of British, German, Spanish and Italian firms).

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181 T-90 Tanks Produced In India

The T-90 was selected because it is a direct development of the T-72 which India already employs, simplifying training and maintenance. India bought the T-90 after the failure to establish production of the domestically developed Arjun main battle tank, and to counter Pakistani deployment of the Ukrainian T-80UD/T-84 in 1995–97, and planned manufacture of the Pakistani/Chinese/Ukrainian MBTAl Khalid.

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US-India Security Alliance Policy Conference in Washington

The Security Alliance Policy Conference is expected to be attended by many military experts and policymakers from both U.S. and India. Some of the distinguished speakers at the event include Admiral K.K. Nayyar, Air Marshal B.D. Jayal and Lt. General Jfr Jacob from India. Top US lawmaker Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Armed Service Committee member Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) are the key note speakers at the Policy Conference.

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Global Scramble To Sell India Military Hardware

India is developing a military appetite to match its growing economic power, and defense contractors are scrambling to profit. As the country overhauls its largely Soviet-era military arsenal, it could spend as much as $40 billion over the next five years purchasing everything from artillery to submarines to tanks, analysts estimate.

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Plastics are banned in Kerala

The Kerala government on Saturday imposed a statewide ban on all plastic materials under 30 microns in thickness. 'Till Sep 4, all shopkeepers would be let off with a warning and after that a fine of Rs.5,000 would be levied if they continue to use plastic bags.

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Indian Peacekeepers Praised in Sudan

India, with its 2,597 troops, is the largest contributing nation to the peacekeeping mission that has been operating for the last two years to maintain the fragile peace in Sudan. Lt. General Jasbir Singh Lidder, force commander of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and a tall, handsome Indian Sikh officer is proud of the Indian troops for their work.

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Indian diaspora

Sixty years after independence, the Indian diaspora - comprising people who are known as persons of Indian origin (PIOs) and non-resident Indians (NRIs) - look up to a nation where they trace their roots and which is seen as a global power of the 21st century. And India too looks with pride at the achievements and contributions of her sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters in almost every part of the globe. The Pravasi Bharatiyas today make India proud in every respect.

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Conversations of Sorrow and Hope in Kashmir

Under the soothing shade of an old Chinar tree in this north Kashmir village, three peasants are discussing the prospects of their paddy crop, and the political future of troubled Jammu and Kashmir. Interestingly, the peasants represent three generations of Kashmiris, their experiences and perceptions of history varying from one another.

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Sri Lanka army 'begins new push'

Sri Lankan government soldiers have begun a new drive to push Tamil Tiger rebels out of the north-western Mannar district.

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China needs to Stop

China needs to stop bullying other nations. First they started with Nepal, then Bhutan, then India and now Taiwan. China is also causing serious issues with various nations that recognize Taiwan and/or go against Chinese policies with trade barriers and economic isolation.

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UN again rejects Taiwan membership - Bangkok Post

A second letter sent by Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian requesting UN membership was ignored Wednesday by the UN secretary general and the Security Council as China derided Chen as an "international troublemaker."

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US will not back WHO membership bid

Following a lengthy discussion on the feasibility of Taiwan's entry into the WHO, a State Department official gave a background briefing to Taiwanese media yesterday, saying that since the US did not support Taiwan's participation in international organizations whose membership requires statehood, the US government would not back Taiwan's plan

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Taiwan Defies U.S., Seeks U.N. Membership Under Debated Name

Brushing aside warnings from the Bush administration, the Taiwanese government announced Friday that it has applied for U.N. membership under the name Taiwan. The move drew an immediate condemnation from mainland China, which has vowed to use force if necessary to prevent the self-ruled island from acquiring formal independence.

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China Demands US Halt Arms Sale

China has called on the United States to cancel a planned sale of hundreds of missiles to Taiwan. The foreign ministry said the deal would harm peace and stability in the region and damage China-US relations. The US defence department this week told Congress it planned to sell $421m (£216m) worth of missiles to Taiwan. China sees Taiwan as...

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China welcomes U.S. opposition to Taiwan U.N. bid

China has vowed to reunite Taiwan with the mainland, by force if necessary. The United States dropped ties with Taiwan more than 30 years ago when it normalized relations with China, but it has also pledged to help defend the island in case of attack and sees its bid for U.N. membership as a dangerous provocation of Beijing.

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UN Human Rights Council Members—In Their Own Words

srael was singled out for permanent indictment—subjected to the council's sole agenda item on a specific country, and to the sole investigation that examines only one side, presumes guilt in advance, and is immune from review. "The United States [is] the main enemy of international cooperation and human rights across the world." — Cuban Ambassador

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UN Officially Denies Holocaust

This is a Resolution adopted by the General Assembly, A/61/53, denying the genocide called Holocaust even happened. Shows how much the UN has progressed, or should i say degraded?

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Agenda of Human Rights Commission of the UN

Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms and their Agenda in the UN's Human Rights Commission

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Challenging the UN's darker side

One widely distributed flyer showed a photograph of Hitler and the question, "What if I had won?" The answer: "There would be NO Israel." Goebbels-like caricatures of Jews circulated freely, sponsored and funded thanks to the UN and its "conferences" which "happen" to somehow only single out and criticize Israel while dictators are conference hosts and members who kill millions while the UN does nothing!!

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Anti-Israel Agenda in UN

A U.N.-sponsored conference on the rights of Palestinians opens this week at the European Parliament, despite protests by Israel and European Union lawmakers who say the meeting's organizers have an anti-Israeli agenda. "Contrary to the noble-sounding title, this conference is undermining the core principles of the EU-sponsored Quartet and Peace!

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Denounce U.N.'s rogue members

Twenty nations began meeting in Geneva this week to prepare for the U.N. World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. Don't expect the conference to live up to its billing. The organizing committee is chaired by Libya and two of its members are Iran and Cuba. Worst Dictatorships around the world are me

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Rise in Iran’s Nuclear Activity

A report released Thursday showing a slow but steady expansion of Iran’s nuclear technology has exposed a new divide between United Nations arms inspectors and the United States and its allies over how to contain Tehran’s atomic program. Bush administration and its allies, which have won sanctions in the United Nations Security Council has seen...

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Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction found... at UN Headquarters in New York

The 16 year UN effort to find and destroy Iraq's WMD has finally produced results. The FBI loaded three small containers of the materials onto a van before transferring them to a helicopter for the flight to Maryland. The containers were carrying phosgene -- a chemical agent first used in World War I -- and other chemical samples. Search is over!

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Saturday, September 1, 2007

Save the Internet: The People has the Right

This is my story... Net Neutrality is essential to free speech, equal opportunity and economic innovation in America. Since the FCC removed this basic protection in 2005, the top executives of phone and cable companies have stated their intention to become the Internet’s gatekeepers and to discriminate against Web sites that don’t pay their...

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Campaign Podcast

This podcast was inspired by the various issues so i decided to podcast international music, songs, and news events to help people gain an idea of an international community and cultural diversity in our global community.

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Indian growth tops expectations

India's economy is growing faster than expected, according to official data, on the back of steady farm growth and strong manufacturing and services. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew 9.3% in the April to June quarter from its level a year earlier.

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Cows have ID Cards

Indian border guards are photographing cows in villages in the eastern state of West Bengal and issuing them with identity cards, officials say.

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Spiders spin monster webs

An enormous spider web has been found at Lake Tawakoni State Park, Texas, US. Park rangers are not sure why the spiders have joined forces - they describe it as a rare occurrence.

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White House Responds to Iraq report

General David Petraeus, the commander of US forces in Iraq, and Ryan Crocker, the US ambassador to Iraq, are due to deliver a full progress report to Congress in September, looking in particular at the effect of the surge.

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Laura Bush presses UN over Burma

US First Lady Laura Bush has urged UN chief Ban Ki-moon to condemn Burma's crackdown on pro-democracy protestors.

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China tries to keep Tibet from being Independent

New rules are coming into force in China giving the government more influence over how Tibetan monks select their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. This is another underhanded trick by the Chinese to keep Tibet under Chinese control, but countries like USA and India want to see an independent Tibet with religious freedoms.

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