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The traffic jam on top of the world: the Chinese boom busts into Tibet

A construction boom and Chinese tourism has transformed the road to Lhasa. The way to Shangri-La is now congested with Tibetan truckies, migrant labourers and 4WDs. Journalist Michael Woodhead reports from Kangding.

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Daily News | ASIA-PACIFIC|

PHOTO GALLERY: The killer Tibetan tremors

Over 400 people have been killed and 10,000 injured in a series of earthquake in the Tibetan region of China, with this photo gallery showing rescuers desperately scrambling through collapsed buildings.

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Gawker | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Unlike Bush, Obama gives Dalai Lama the cold shoulder

They used to be BFFs, but worried about upsetting China, US President Obama has now put off meeting with exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama, drawing criticism from both sides of politics. Even Dubbya didn’t risk that kind of bad karma.

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CNN | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Why I fist-bumped the Dalai Lama

The mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, Myron Lowery recently met the Dalai Lama. The traditional greeting is to bow your head with your hands in prayer — but Lowery opted instead for a “fist-bump” and an enthusiastic “Well, hello … Dalai!” He explains why.

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Washington Post | ASIA-PACIFIC|

A guide to China’s ethnic groups

The Washington Post provides a bit of context and background to some of the largest of the 56 ethnic groups living within China’s borders.

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New York Times | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Who will be Tibet’s next Dalai Lama?

As the current Dalai Lama grows older, the question of just how the next Tibetan Buddhist leader will be chosen is growing more complicated.

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The Dalai Lama’s Tibet: now that was hell on earth

The Dalai Lama and the system he represents made life intolerable for millions of Tibetans over hundreds of years, writes Greg Barns.

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Strange karma as Rudd snubs Dalai Lama

Everyone it seems is meeting the Dalai Lama. Everyone that is, except Kevin Rudd, writes Bernard Keane.

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NSW Liberal Party goes missing on power privatisation

Would someone please alert the search and rescue squad: the NSW Liberal Party is missing in action and no one knows where it is, writes Alex Mitchell.

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Australian sensitivity singles out the Yellow Peril

Compare the response to the Chinese torch attendants with the reaction to the personal army that George Bush brought to Sydney not so long ago, says Jeff Sparrow.

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Comments, corrections, clarifications, and c*ckups

An Opes Prime Royal Commission … Linda Hornsey and the 2020 Summit … John Button … China and Tibet … The West Australian … Brendan Nelson …

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US08: Tibet, the torch and the mysterious (b)east

By dint of bad planning, Crikey’s US correspondent Guy Rundle is in San Francisco, watching the American response to the Olympic Torch relay unfold.

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Mungo: Tibet against China won’t change a thing

The international community should use every legitimate means to bring this about, starting with a boycott of the Beijing Olympics. If only it was so simple, writes Mungo MacCallum.

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Comments, corrections, clarifications, and c*ckups

Tibet or not Tibet? … bagging plastic bags … the real butchers of Iraq … ocean acidity … Toohey’s Walkley dummy spit …

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Crikey Says

What will we do when the Olympic torch comes to Australia?

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Why China won’t hold Tibet forever

In the longer term, Tibet’s prospects are not so grim, writes Charles Richardson.

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Comments, corrections, clarifications, and c*ckups

The idealistic and angry Brendan Nelson … chequebook journalism and bad news … the US election … Tibet … Patel …

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Trouble in Shangri La: The latest on Tibet

See images of the protests here … China terrorizes Tibet … Tibet protests escalate … On modern China … Neighbourly complicity in Tibet crackdown … Tibet protests escalate.

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