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Martin Méndez Pineda, a Mexican journalist seeking asylum from death threats in his country, has been in detention in the US since February 5th, 2017. Photo: RSF

World

Paris, France — International press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders concerned about the state of Martin Méndez Pineda's mental and physical health.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking during the public reception for the bipartisan US Congressional Delegation at the Tsuglagkhang courtyard in Dharamshala, HP, India on May 10, 2017. Photo: TPI/Choneyi Sangpo

World

“To some in China, the authentic, autonomous Tibet is inconceivable. To us, it is inevitable. So we must shorten the distance between the inconceivable to them, and the inevitable to us,” said Leader Nancy Pelosi during the felicitation ceremony welcoming a U.S. Congressional delegation to Dharamshala.

Kevin Rudd: ‘There is no point dreaming utopian dreams that the UN could be rebuilt from the ground up. But we can make what we already have work much better.’ Photograph: Dean Lewins/AAP

World

I will not now be a candidate for the position of UN secretary general but I offer these reflections to the next SG and to the UN member states.

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi meets Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at his headquarters in Dharamsala, India May 9, 2017. REUTERS/Douglas Busvine Reuters

Tibet

Dharamshala, India — A U.S. Congressional delegation visited the Dalai Lama at his headquarters in India on Tuesday, seeking to draw world attention to human rights in Tibet as President Donald Trump eyes warmer ties with China.

French President elect Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech. Photo: File

World

Paris — Emmanuel Macron, the 39-year-old, who smashed far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in a historic victory in Sunday's French presidential election, moving from relative unknown to the second-most powerful person in Europe in just over a year.

Student activist Joshua Wong called on the Trump administration to keep an eye on developments in Hong Kong. Photo: Handout

China

Student activist Joshua Wong, democrat Martin Lee, bookseller Lam Wing-kee and former governor Chris Patten speak to panel on situation two decades after handover.

Diagram of Guo Wengui’s exposed connections. Photo: CDT

Interviews & Recap

Chinese oliroperty tycoon Guo Wengui, who has suspected ties to China’s intelligence apparatus and is currently living in New York, began releasing allegations of corruption and division among top levels of the CCP in March.

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Views & Analysis

When approaching digital security for human rights defenders in hostile environments, we need to think more about practical behavior. A contribution the openGlobalRights debate on data and human rights. Español. 简体中文.

Dictator Xi: Who’s Behind The Curtain?

Review

At this moment, Chinese President Xi Jinping has one overriding priority: a successful 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, which is expected to be held later this year.

Images of His Holiness the Dalai Lama meeting with the Core Committee Working on the Curriculum for Universal Values in New Delhi, India on April 28, 2017. Photo: OHHDL

Views & Analysis

When the 2014 General Election was at its peak, I was in Chennai in the midst of the completion of my M.Phil dissertation.

Chief Executive candidates, from left to right, John Tsang, Carrie Lam and judge Woo Kwok-hing before a debate [Reuters/Bobby Yip]

Views & Analysis

Although an election committee will choose Hong Kong's new Chief Executive, the vote has caused much debate in the city.

A policeman stands guard in front of a giant portrait of the late chairman Mao Zedong at the Tiananmen Square in 2013 in Beijing, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

Columnists

Can you name the greatest mass murderer of the 20th century? No, it wasn’t Hitler or Stalin. It was Mao Zedong.

'White Crane...' a poignant cry for Tibetan freedom

Books & Movies

New Delhi— He was the first Tibetan to be admitted a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons but could re-visit his beloved "mystic" homeland only in 2007, four years before he died aged 79, to find it had "withered away not so much from Communist Chinese genocide as from geno-dilution" -- or inward mass migration.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeting members of the public on his way to the Main Tibetan Temple on the second day of teachings in Dharamsala, HP, India on March 14, 2017. Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

Education

Dharamsala, HP, India, 14 March 2017 — 'By serving others all the Buddhas fulfil their own purposes—because they have compassion,' His Holiness the Dalai Lama called for greater emphasis on moral principles in modern world, in order to produce warm hearted and compassionate humanity.

Caption: Six pairs of hand and footprints were discovered in 1998, including two that are small enough to have belonged to children. (Photo: Mark Aldenderfer)

Education

New age measurements of the footprints help pinpoint when humans first settled the highest region on Earth.

Human Rights Day Facts. Photo: TDT

Education

Human Rights Day: Human Rights Day is the day observed in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama releasing a new book from the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute before his talk in New Delhi, India on December 9, 2016.

Education

New Delhi — Speaking to the 5th convocation 549 graduate students, including the first PhD, at the Ambedkar University in Delhi, His Holiness the Dalai Lama recommended more attention being given to understanding the workings of the mind and emotions.

British actors Tilda Swinton and Benedict Cumberbatch pose during a promotion of film "Doctor Strange" in Hong Kong, China October 13, 2016. BOBBY YIP / Reuters

Books & Movies

A group of Tibetans and supporters of Tibet is planning a silent protest outside a Manhattan movie theater Thursday night to criticize a film studio's decision to have actress Tilda Swinton play a character in the movie "Doctor Strange," which opens in the U.S. this week.

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Climate Change

Global temperatures could exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius above their preindustrial levels within the next 15 years, according to a new scientific study, crossing the first threshold under the Paris climate agreement and placing the world at a potentially dangerous level of climate change.

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Mind & Brain

With its Creators Update for Windows 10, Microsoft promised that users would have the option to postpone future updates for a limited period of time and many rejoiced.

Refugees in Nepal Concerned About New Pro-Beijing Government

Politics in Focus

More than 20,000 Tibetans are currently living in Nepal as refugees, among them members of the Tibetan government-in-exile. China’s growing influence on Nepalese politics could make life for them increasingly difficult.

The Fall of Chamdo --- A Tibetan Account

Kham Province

the new Governor of Kham differed in their military and political strategies. After Lhalu left Chamdo, Ngabo stressed initiating peace negotiations with the Chinese, and ignored military preparations.