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Mar 24, 2008 In China, Rights Activists Use Olympics to Push for Reforms

QUOTE: China is scrambling to avoid a public relations disaster as critics of its crackdown in Tibet and its human rights record step up their efforts to use the Olympics to push for reform. The drive has unnerved Olympic sponsors and put the International Olympic Committee on the defensive.

Washington Post
Nov 20, 2007 Are Scientists Playing God? It Depends on Your Religion

QUOTE: Asia offers researchers new labs, fewer restrictions and a different view of divinity and the afterlife. In South Korea, when Hwang Woo Suk reported creating human embryonic stem cells through cloning, he did not apologize for offending religious taboos. He justified cloning by citing his Buddhist belief in recycling life through reincarnation.

New York Times
Oct 03, 2007 Monks Are Silenced, and for Now, Internet Is, Too

QUOTE: Embarrassed by smuggled video and photographs that showed their people rising up against them, the generals who run Myanmar simply switched off the Internet.

New York Times
Jan 03, 2006 Ex-Inmates Describe Torture In Burma: Two Who Challenged Junta Still Pressing for Change

QUOTE: ...psychological and physical abuse endured by political prisoners in Burma, which is ruled by a military junta. More than 1,100 people remain in jail for seeking democratic reform, according to Amnesty International.

Washington Post
Aug 18, 2004 China Detains Prominent Buddhist Leader

QUOTE: Chinese authorities have detained a prominent, U.S.-based Buddhist leader in connection with his plans to reopen an ancient temple complex in Inner Mongolia province and have forced dozens of his American followers to leave the region...

Washington Post
Apr 17, 2003 Bastion of Buddhism faces gender debate

QUOTE: A female monk enlists Thailand's Senate in her uphill battle against a ban on the ordination of women.

Christian Science Monitor
Feb 08, 2003 Yoga in Aspen Public Schools Draws Opposition

QUOTE: ...officials with Aspen Elementary School, a public school...invited yoga instructors to conduct classes as part of a pilot program...But some parents and religious leaders here are objecting, saying that teaching yoga in school violates the separation of church and state.

New York Times