Thant Myint-U: The River of Lost Footsteps

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The River of Lost Footsteps, by Thant Myint-U provides a political history of Burma from the earliest times, and brings it up until the “Saffron Revolution” of 2007.

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Dalai Lama: The Role of the Feminine

Dalai-Lama

In this extract from a longer talk on Human Rights through Universal Resposibility H.H. The Dalai Lama discusses the evolution of gender roles through history and the need for a more feminine predominance in this day and age.

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Gary Snyder: Buddhist Anarchism

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Buddhism holds that the universe and all creatures in it are intrinsically in a state of complete wisdom, love and compassion; acting in natural response and mutual interdependence.

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The Bases for Talk

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Here is a short discourse that is well worth time considering as it deals with right and wrong sorts of talk. You can use it as a kind of measure of your own concerns and ask yourself: are they in line with Dhamma or with adhamma?

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Climate Change – One Planet, One Chance

One Planet, One Chance

Climate change will affect rainfall, temperature and water availability for agriculture in vulnerable areas. The danger is that extreme food insecurity episodes will become more common.

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Nina Paley on Overpopulation

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Here are a couple of videos by Nina Paley looking at over population from different viewpoints.

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HOME: The Statistics

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Here I have collected together some statistics from the film HOME in a sequence which is worthwhile spending some time contemplating.

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Leonard Rubenstein and Stephen Xenakis: Doctors Without Morals

After five years of investigation, the Justice Department has released its findings regarding the government lawyers who authorized waterboarding and other forms of torture during the interrogation of suspected terrorists at Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere.

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Arundhati Roy’s Speech: Come September

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I include here a full transcript of Arundhati Roy’s speech, extracts of which provided the commentary to yesterday’s film. “The things I have to say are complicated, dangerous things in these dangerous times.”

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The Bombing of Hiroshima

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Today is the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima in Japan at the end of World War II. The first reporter on the scene was the Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett, wrote this moving report which was published one month after the event.

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A History of Passports

I am currently back in Siem Reap and I must say I welcome the opportunity to be here, but the main reason I am here is because I can no longer stay in my otherwise host country of Malaysia.

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