Chinese President pays unexpected visit to Tibet

Tibet may remain part of China, says Dalai Lama Chinese President Xi Jinping paid an unexpected visit to Tibet. Video clips shared on Chinese social media by the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), a Washington-based rights group, show Xi speaking to residents of the town of Nyingtri, walking out of a store in the Barkhor district in Lhasa and remarking …

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In communist Kerala, faith takes precedence over Corona Times

Rath Yatra to Odisha (in picture), Kanwar Yatra in Uttar Pradesh, the annual pilgrimage to Vitthal temple in Maharashtra and Bakrid in Kerala. Besides religious events, there is another common factor. The Supreme Court has been forced to play the role of gatekeeper to festivals of faith in times of a pandemic that demands strict adherence to health protocols such …

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Julia Haart tackles pushback of Orthodox Jews after Netflix show

Julia Haart cherishes the positive reactions she has heard since the launch of her reality series, “My Unorthodox Life”, on Netflix. But the former Orthodox Jewish mother / yeshiva teacher and Monsey resident and fashion mogul is also keenly aware of the negative comments and admits she was surprised at the level of vitriol. “I wonder if those who write …

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Tibetan culture reflected in the Dege Sutra printing press

People visit Derge Parkhang, or Derge Sutra Printing Plant, in Derge County, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, July 20, 2021. (Photo: China News Service / Liu Zhongjun) Founded in 1729, the Derge Sutra printing house has collected 320,000 printing plates. Nicknamed “Treasure Box at the Foot of the Snow-Capped Mountain”, the house has printed books on history, science and …

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Dan Blake’s “Da Fé” Born of a Life of Compassionate Action

By Alexa PetersIJul 20, 2021 Dan Blake’s jazz life draws heavily on his activist efforts. (Photo: Christophe Drukker) Saxophonist-composer Dan Blake has a long history in the world of jazz. But, more recently, he has begun to engage deeply with several militant movements through his long-standing study of Buddhism. Specifically, Blake strives to live a life of compassionate action, a …

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Accept radical otherness – the Hindu

The erosion of our ability to accept radical differences between communities has resulted in conflicts The investigation by the US-based Pew Research Center revealed an interesting finding about religious tolerance in India: Indians of all faiths, paradoxically, support both religious tolerance and religious segregation. Most Indians (84%) surveyed said that respect for all religions is very important to them and …

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‘Karen, Queen of Congee’ opposes branding of ancient Asian dish for Western palate

A breakfast brand that “upgrades” the congee for the Western palate sparked controversy over the weekend after Twitter users accused it of cultural appropriation. Company context: Founded in 2017 in Eugene, Oregon, Breakfast Cure sells packets of various flavors of “congee” that focus on “organic whole grains, gluten free and a wide variety of ingredients”. He calls each of his …

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Subway passengers stranded waist-deep in floodwaters as Chinese riverbanks burst

A resident wearing a rain cover stands on a flooded road in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China, July 20, 2021. cnsphoto via REUTERS reuters_tickers This content was published on July 20, 2021 – 13:57 July 20, 2021 – 1:57 PM BEIJING (Reuters) – Heavy rains hit China’s central Henan Province on Tuesday, bursting the banks of major rivers, flooding the streets …

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15,000-year-old viruses found in Tibetan glacier ice

Scientists studying glacier ice have found viruses nearly 15,000 years old in two ice samples taken from the Tibetan Plateau in China. Most of these viruses, which survived because they had remained frozen, do not look like any viruses listed so far. The results, published today in the journal Microbiome, could help scientists understand how viruses have evolved over the …

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