Sunday, March 30, 2008

May we walk this day in a sacred manner

Tibet - China
Beijing Under Tight Security Ahead of Olympic Torch Relay
Washington Post - 2 hours ago
By Maureen Fan BEIJING, March 30 -- The heart of China's capital was under tight security Sunday as officials prepared for the arrival of the Olympic torch relay before its round-the-world tour, an epic journey once expected to symbolize peace and ...
Tensions Remain High in Lhasa As Foreign Diplomats Leave Tibet Wall Street Journal

Nationalism at core of China's reaction on Tibet
International Herald Tribune - 8 hours ago
By Jim Yardley BEIJING: Like so many Chinese, Meng Huizhong was horrified by the violent Tibetan protests in Lhasa. She cringed at videos of Tibetan rioters attacking a Chinese motorcyclist.
Tibet is one thing, but India and China Times Online
Tibet tensions high as Olympic torch nears Beijing Reuters

Face à la crise tibétaine, la Chine ressort la rhétorique ...
La - Il y a 8 heures
Le Dalaï lama est "la griffe des forces internationales anti-chinoises", les moines tibétains sont "la lie du bouddhisme" et les critiques étrangers ont une "mentalité sombre et méprisable". Face à la crise du Tibet, le gouvernement chinois refait ...
Pourquoi tant de censure? 24 heures
La Chine veut indemniser les victimes des violences à Lhassa L'Express

Devela el Tíbet rostro opresor de China
Diario Digital Juárez - hace 14 horas
Beijing— Las revueltas en Lhasa, la capital del Tíbet, y en partes de las provincias de Gansu y Sichuan, no podían ocurrir en peor momento para el Gobierno de Beijing. Estallaron en plena sesión de la Asamblea Nacional Popular, que se disponía a ...
Anuncia China apoyo a deudos y víctimas de disturbios en Tíbet La Jornada (México)
Dalai Lama pide de nuevo ayuda a comunidad internacional en crisis ... AFP

China seeks India's support on Tibet - 4 hours ago
PTI With the Tibet issue threatening to cast a shadow on its ties with India, China on Sunday briefed New Delhi on the recent violence in Lhasa and sought its ''understanding'' and support for Beijing's position.
China seeks India’s support Hindu
Indian, Chinese officials discuss situation in Tibet Sify

Face à la crise tibétaine, la Chine ressort la rhétorique ...
La - Il y a 8 heures
Le Dalaï lama est "la griffe des forces internationales anti-chinoises", les moines tibétains sont "la lie du bouddhisme" et les critiques étrangers ont une "mentalité sombre et méprisable". Face à la crise du Tibet, le gouvernement chinois refait ...
En Chine, quelques voix bravent le tabou tibétain Le Figaro
Pékin va dédommager les victimes des manifestations au Tibet

El Dalai Lama reitera su apoyo a que Olimpiadas se celebren en China
Terra España - 29 Mar 2008
El Dalai Lama, líder espiritual y político de los tibetanos, reiteró hoy su apoyo a la celebración de los Juegos Olímpicos en China, cuyo Gobierno intenta evitar un boicot en protesta por la situación en el Tíbet. 'He dicho que ellos (los chinos) ...
La UE rechaza boicotear los Juegos Marca
Prohibido cantar canciones que mencionen al Dalai Lama Público

Sadr Offers Deal for Truce as Fighting Persists in Iraq
New York Times - 2 hours ago
By ERICA GOODE BAGHDAD - The Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr on Sunday took a step toward ending six days of intense combat between his militia allies and Iraqi and American forces in Basra and Baghdad, saying in a statement that his followers would lay ...
Sadr followers caught off guard by truce Reuters
Muqtada Sadr orders followers to end fighting Los Angeles Times

Sadr pulls his fighters off Iraq's streets, Maliki welcomes move ...
Daily Star - Lebanon - 1 hour ago
By Agence France Presse (AFP) Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr ordered his fighters off Iraq's streets Sunday in a move which Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki welcomed as a "step in the right direction" after several days of heavy fighting.
Moqtada al-Sadr calls for end to clashes in Iraq

US, Iraq forces find 14 bodies in mass grave
Reuters - 10 hours ago
Mass graves are found fairly regularly in Iraq. US and Iraqi forces often blame Sunni Islamist al Qaeda for the mass killings and graves.
A mass grave uncovered in Iraq PRESS TV
Iraq mass graves reveal 37 bodies

Iraq unhappy with Arab summit resolutions
Reuters - 7 hours ago
DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Iraq criticized fellow Arabs for not expressing support for its US-backed government at an Arab summit that concluded in the Syrian capital on Sunday.
Iraq refuses to endorse Arab summit statement for failing to ... International Herald Tribune
Iraq criticizes Arab summit final declaration RIA Novosti

Irak: le couvre-feu à Bagdad levé lundi matin - Il y a 3 heures
BAGDAD - Le couvre-feu imposé à Bagdad par le commandement militaire de la ville sera levé lundi matin après un appel dimanche du chef radical chiite Moqtada Sadr à ses miliciens de se retirer des rues, a annoncé la télévision d'Etat irakienne. ...
Sadr ordonne à l'Armée du Mahdi de cesser le combat L'Express
Portrait de Moqtada Sadr

Zimbabwe's Opposition MDC Claims Victory Over Mugabe (Update6)
Bloomberg - 30 minutes ago
By Brian Latham and Antony Sguazzin March 30 (Bloomberg) -- Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has lost elections, the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change party said, citing early results posted at polling stations.
Opposition Claims Win in Zimbabwe on Unofficial Tally New York Times
Zimbabwe Electoral Authorities Pressured To Release Results Voice of America

Monitors warn on Zimbabwe 'delay'
BBC News - 3 hours ago
Election observers in Zimbabwe have expressed concerns over "delays" in announcing official presidential poll results, amid fears of rigging.
Zimbabwe Calls Times Online

Les résultats officiels des élections se font attendre au Zimbabwe
La - Il y a 4 heures
Cherchant à contrer toute tentative de fraude électorale, le Mouvement pour le changement démocratique (MDC), principal parti d'opposition, a affirmé dimanche qu'il devançait le parti du président Robert Mugabe aux élections présidentielle et générales ...
Zimbabwe: l'opposition crie victoire, Harare met en garde contre ... Le Matin Online
Zimbabwe - Victoire revendiquée par l'opposition RTBF

Zimbabwe elections delay fuels fraud fear - 48 minutes ago
By Peta Thornycroft in Harare Tension has been mounting in Zimbabwe's capital as the country's election commission refused to announce the results of Saturday's poll, fuelling rumours that President Robert Mugabe had lost despite widespread ...
Mugabe apparently faces major defeat in Zimbabwe Los Angeles Times

Arab Summit
Arab Summit Closes Amid Sharp Divisions
Voice of America - 2 hours ago
By Challiss McDonough A controversial and partly boycotted Arab League summit has ended in the Syrian capital, Damascus, with no progress on the Lebanese political crisis and a summit declaration that Iraq refused to endorse.
Arab summit says peace offer is under review International Herald Tribune
Arab peace offer 'under review'

Le sommet arabe de Damas s'achève sans percée sur la crise libanaise
L'Express - Il y a 5 heures
Le sommet arabe de Damas s'est achevé dimanche sans percée sur la crise politique libanaise, consacrant les divisions entre la Syrie, accusée d'empêcher l'élection d'un nouveau président au Liban, et les principaux alliés de Washington, qui ont boudé ...
Les dirigeants de la Ligue arabe pressent Israël d'accepter leur ... Le Monde
Islamophobie : le sommet arabe inquiet Le Figaro

La Liga Árabe revisará sus estrategias sobre la paz con Israel, e
ABC - hace 3 horas
La vigésima Cumbre Anual de la Liga Arabe, marcada por la ausencia de Líbano y la no asistencia de los jefes de Estado como los de Egipto, Arabia Saudí y Jordania, ha concluido con una advertencia a Israel de que la vigencia de la conocida como ...
Clausurada la cumbre árabe de Damasco Terra España
La Liga Árabe somete a revisión la oferta de paz a Israel El País (España)

Palestine - Israel
Israel to Remove 50 Roadblocks in West Bank
Washington Post - 1 hour ago
By Griff Witte JERUSALEM, March 30 -- Prodded by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Israel said Sunday that it would remove about 50 roadblocks in the West Bank as it moves ahead with faltering negotiations aimed at reaching a peace deal with the ...
Video: Israel "to remove" some West Bank checkpoints - 30 Mar 08 AlJazeeraEnglish
Rice urged to pressure Israel to halt settlement activity (Roundup) Monsters and

Pakistan - United States
Hayden Says Al-Qaeda Is Training Operatives Who Look `Western'
Bloomberg - 3 hours ago
By Cary O'Reilly March 30 (Bloomberg) -- Al-Qaeda, in its haven in western Pakistan, is training operatives who are ``western'' in appearance, making it easier for them to get past US airport security, Central Intelligence Director Michael Hayden said.
CIA Chief Says Al-Qaida Has Safe Haven in Pakistan Voice of America
Hayden: Pakistan Border Poses Danger Washington Post

Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin
Episcopal bishop elected in disputed California diocese
Reuters - 22 hours ago
LODI, California (Reuters) - A bishop loyal to the US Episcopal Church was elected on Saturday to replace the deposed leader of a California diocese that was the first to break away over the church's support for gay and women's rights.
Loyal Bishop Named In Breakaway Diocese Washington Post
Episcopal diocese reorganizes in Lodi, might allow gay priests Lodi News-Sentinel
Episcopal Church reorganizes in Central Valley Central Valley Business Times
Episcopal Diocese has new leader Stockton Record
A new bishop was elected Saturday to lead the beleaguered Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, split last year by disagreement over the ordination of women and gays.
A Call For Healing ABC30 (KFSN) - with video

Latin America - France
La France est prête à accueillir des militants des FARC, répète Fillon - Il y a 56 minutes
AP | 30.03.2008 | 22:30 La France est prête à accueillir sur son sol des militants des Forces armées révolutionnaires de Colombie (FARC) dans le cadre d'un accord permettant la libération d'Ingrid Betancourt, a réaffirmé dimanche soir François Fillon, ...
Son ex-mari craint le pire pour Ingrid Betancourt Ouest-France
Les proches d'Ingrid Betancourt s'inquiètent pour la santé de l'otage Le Monde

As the disciples were in doubt, the Saviour came on the eighth day to where they were gathered and granted them peace, and cried unto Thomas: Come, O Apostle, and feel the palms in which they fastened the nails. O good unbelief of Thomas, which hath led the hearts of the faithful to knowledge! Hence, he cried out with fear: O my Lord and my God, glory be to Thee.
--Sunday of Thomas, Pentecostarion

Whilst the tomb was sealed, Thou, O Life, didst shine forth from the grave, O Christ God; and whilst the doors were shut, Thou didst come unto Thy disciples, O Resurrection of all, renewing through them an upright Spirit in us according to Thy great mercy.
--Sunday of Thomas, Pentecostarion

Neither the gates of death, O Christ, nor the seals of the grave, nor the bars of the doors withstood Thee; but when Thou didst arise, Thou didst come unto Thy friends, O Master, and didst grant them that peace that surpasseth every kind.
--Sunday of Thomas, Pentecostarion

Since this radiant day is the first and sovereign lady of days, it is meet that the new and divine people should rejoice therein; for, as the eighth day, it doth awesomely present the prefiguring of that day which is to come, O our supremely exalted God, the God of our ancestors, blessed art Thou.
--Sunday of Thomas, Pentecostarion

--the BB

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