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Villagers in India’s Himalayan Landscape Grapple with Tourism Boom

By Cathal McNaughton LEH, India, Oct 12  – Villagers nestled high in the Indian Himalayas are grappling with lifestyle changes in the world’s fastest-growing major economy that are eroding their age-old Buddhist culture but opening up new opportunities. People have long wrested a living from herding goats and tending wheat fields ringed by 6,000-m (19,685-ft)

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China Official Says Dalai Lama “Making a Fool” of Buddhism

BEIJING, March 28 – Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is “making a fool” of Tibetan Buddhism with suggestions he may not reincarnate, or reincarnate as something inappropriate, and the faithful are not buying it, a Chinese official wrote on Monday. China says the Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in India after a

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Exiled Tibetans To Elect Leader to Sustain Struggle Against China

DHARAMSALA, India, March 20 – Exiled Tibetans across India and overseas started voting on Sunday to elect a political leader for the next five years, in a bid to help sustain their struggle to secure complete autonomy for Chinese-ruled Tibet. Men and women in colorful dresses formed long queues outside temporary polling booths in a

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Thais Turn to “Child Angel” Dolls as Economy Struggles

By Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Juarawee Kittisilpa BANGKOK, Jan 27 – A craze for lifelike dolls thought to bring good luck is sweeping Thailand, reflecting widespread anxiety as the economy struggles and political uncertainty persists nearly two years after a coup. Thailand is predominantly Buddhist and has been modernizing rapidly over the past two or three

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How The UAE’s Model Works

Emirati Tolerance: A Necessary Role Model for a Beleaguered Middle East BY Habib Al-Mulla Wherever one looks in the Middle East region, it is difficult to see beyond the impact of extremism on religion, culture, education, and politics. Hatred, wars, anarchy, sectarianism, instability, and crises define perceptions both within and outside the area; extremism seems

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