FROM Robert Barnett
Unprecedented Recognition for the Dalai Lama The Dalai Lama is receiving the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor today, America's top civilian award, and George Bush is in attendance. It's the first time a sitting American president has publicly recognized the Buddhist icon since he fled China's takeover of Tibet. China calls him a supporter of "evil cults," and regards his continued popularity in Tibet as a threat to its territorial sovereignty. During 50 years of brutality and intimidation, the Dalai Lama has counseled non-violence. Will massive new development and a new railroad improve the lives of Tibetans or accelerate the takeover by ethnic Chinese?
A Climate Change Deal in China, and Calls for Change in Mexico The historic deal between the US and China promises to set the most ambitious carbon reduction standards ever from the world’s top two greenhouse gas producers. Also, the case of 43 missing students in Mexico has made headlines around the world. What would it take to break the hold of drugs and political corruption in Mexico?