India should express clearer commitment to Tibetans – The Diplomat

File photo of an exiled Tibetan activist participating in a Tibetan Youth Congress street protest calling for a boycott of Chinese goods in Dharamsala, India, June 16, 2020. Credit: AP Photo / Ashwini Bhatia Publicity Among the many commitments that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently made in New Delhi, two stood out. At a roundtable gathering around seven …

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New book examines Sting’s enduring Catholic imagination

(RNS) – In 2000, sociologist Andrew Greeley wrote a book called “The Catholic Imagination”, in which he examined the enduring power of Catholic stories, images and sensibilities in shaping the experiences of artists through the ages – from 16th century Italian sculptor Bernini to director Martin Scorsese. Now there is a new addition to this corpus: British rock star Sting. …

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Dharma is not the same as religion – The New Indian Express

We are a dharmic, even yogic civilization. What’s more, our primary focus is realization, transformation, transcendence – not belief, dogma, or ritual. No wonder the category “religion” is a foreign imposition, one might say oppressive. Religion, in the Abrahamic and therefore modern sense, is based on a prescriptive faith, on the basis of which is a special contract between believers …

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From the Editor-in-Chief – Editor’s Note

In the seventh edition of this magazine, March 15, 1976, we published a cover story on India’s growing population and how to control it. It was during the state of emergency and at that time the Congress Party announced a National Population Policy, which detailed population control measures. The intention was noble, but the implementation brutal. During the state of …

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

The viruses are unlike any that have been cataloged by scientists before, according to a study published earlier this week in the journal Microbiome. A team including climatologists and microbiologists from Ohio State University collected two ice cores from the top of the Guliya ice cap, 22,000 feet above sea level, in western China in 2015. The ice core was …

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Questions and authors: Margaret Hermes

Submitted photo This month, Novel Bay Booksellers hosted a series of author signing sessions featuring local and regional authors. On July 25, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., author Margaret Hermes will be at the store at 44 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay to sign copies of its latest issue, The opposite of chance. Hermes has a long-standing connection …

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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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“A significant experience in our country”: Religious leaders in the United Arab Emirates promote coexistence, build a unified vision

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – A unique forum initiated by the Baha’is of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) enables religious leaders in the country to move beyond mutual respect to foster coexistence and unity of vision on matters of common interest. The forum was created at the start of the pandemic as a space for representatives of the various …

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