Nepal en For Bhutan’s refugees, there’s no place like home <p> Should no refugees be allowed to return, it sends the message that a government can get away with mass expulsion on ethnic lines without consequence.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bhutan Nepal Asia-Pacific Aid Opinion Health Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:16:00 +0000 Bill Frelick 5634256 at On Dalai Lama's birthday, Nepal prevents Tibetan celebrations <p> Tibetans tried to hold celebrations at the Namgyal school in Katmandu, but hundreds of riot police prevented them from entering the grounds, the Associated Press reports. Police stopped all Tibetans -- including monks and nuns -- who were not children in school uniforms.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nepal Tibet World Leaders Asia-Pacific World Religion China India Wed, 06 Jul 2011 06:13:59 +0000 News Desk 5669539 at Maoist Baburam Bhattarai becomes prime minister in Nepal <p> Bhattarai was once part of a Maoist insurgency against Nepal&#39;s monarchy that resulted in a decade-long civil war. The armed conflict, which left at least 13,000 dead, ended in 2006 with an agreement by the Maoists to stop fighting.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nepal World Leaders Elections Asia-Pacific Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:56:05 +0000 News Desk 5674185 at Nepalese children trafficked into India to work in circuses <p> &quot;Once in the circuses, these children often live in squalor and are never allowed to leave the circus compound. They are routinely beaten in order to teach them the difficult and dangerous tricks, and sexual abuse is commonplace. In effect, these children have been totally at the mercy of circus management who treat them as they please.&quot;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nepal India Fri, 09 Sep 2011 15:42:56 +0000 News Desk 5675001 at Nepalese police arrest 53 Tibetan exiles <p> Nepalese policed arrested 53 Tibetan protesters in the outskirts of Kathmandu when hundreds of the Tibetan exiles gathered at a monastery there for morning prayer despite police warnings not to attend</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nepal Tibet Conflict Zones Asia-Pacific China Tue, 01 Nov 2011 20:11:39 +0000 Kyle Kim 5679981 at Nepal: Formal closure to civil war <p> NEW DELHI &mdash; The Himalayan nation reached a deal to demobilize ex-rebels. With that stumbling block out of the way, that leaves the nitty-gritty work of making a new government.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nepal Conflict Zones Asia-Pacific Diplomacy Military Wed, 02 Nov 2011 16:13:00 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5680053 at What should the Dalai Lama do? <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Q &amp; A with Robert Barnett, director of the Modern Tibetan Studies at Columbia Univ. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> <em>Self-immolations are in the news.&nbsp;</em><em>Besides reports today of a <a href="">Chinese man who set himself on fire</a> in Beijing&#39;s Tiananmen Square,&nbsp;</em><em>China is also facing a wave of self-immolations in eastern Tibet.&nbsp;</em></p> <p> <em>At least 11 monks and nuns have set themselves on fire this year in protest of China&#39;s grip on their homeland.&nbsp;</em><em>Last week, the Dalai came forward and blamed China for the spate of tragic acts, saying its approach in Tibet amounts to <a href="">&quot;cultural genocide.&quot;&nbsp;</a></em></p> <p> <em>For some, it was a welcome message from a figure who, inevitably, is at the center of any news out of Tibet. For others, it began the well-worn cycle that starts with the Dalai Lama condemning China, moves to China condemning the Dalai Lama, and ends without much changed.</em></p> <p> <em>&quot;It&#39;s hard to see new ways to describe the situation. But we have to keep on trying to describe it,&quot; said Robbie Barnett, director of the Modern Tibetan Studies program at Columbia University. </em></p> <p> <em>GlobalPost spoke with Barnett about the likelihood that China will make some changes, what the Dalai Lama can really do, and why no one is an idle commentator on this issue.</em></p> <p> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 19px; "><strong>GlobalPost: The majority of Tibetans who have self-immolated this year have died. It&#39;s clear these deaths are the result of more than a decade of repressive policies in Tibet. What is a helpful frame to make sense of this in the West?</strong></span></p> <p> Professor Robbie Barnett: We would have to imagine a government here treating universities as, let&#39;s say, mafia centers or criminal cults that have to be repeatedly invaded by police.&nbsp;That&#39;s roughly how the major Tibetan monasteries are being viewed now in China.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Dalai Lama Nepal Tibet Asia-Pacific World Religion China Opinion The Rice Bowl Wed, 16 Nov 2011 18:20:00 +0000 Emily Lodish 5680804 at Sherpa Himalaya trek for climate change awareness <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apa Sherpa is traversing the Great Himalayan Trail to raise awareness about climate change. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jason Overdorf </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Super Sherpa Apa Sherpa &mdash; who has climbed Everest a record 21 times &mdash; plans to trek the length of Nepal&#39;s newly launched <a href="">Great Himalayan Trail</a> to raise awareness about the impact of climate change.</p> <p> The relatively new trail cobbles together various legs of the Himalayan range, which is home to Everest, K2 and more than 100 peaks exceeding 21,000 feet in height.</p> <p> &ldquo;Apa Sherpa, 52, will be accompanied by two-time Everest climber Dawa Steven Sherpa on the grueling 1,700 km (1,062 mile) 120-day walk,&rdquo; Reuters reported, <a href="">in its deadpan style</a>.</p> <p> Reuters quoted Aga Sherpa as saying:</p> <blockquote><p> During the walk we will see the challenges faced by the local people in dealing with the effects of climate change on the remote and poor foothills of Himalayas.</p> </blockquote> <p> You may recall the controversy over the melting glaciers &mdash; which climate change activists had claimed were shrinking far more rapidly <a href="">than the evidence supports</a>.</p> <p> But there&#39;s little doubt that there have been significant changes already due to warmer temperatures. And perhaps the observations of &ldquo;regular guys&rdquo; (okay, topping Everest 21 times isn&#39;t that regular) will show some sense behind the science.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="">Adventure travel, The Great Himalaya Trail</a> </strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nepal Travel/Tourism Asia-Pacific India The Rice Bowl Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:12:59 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5687070 at China vs. India: the battle for Buddha LUMBINI, Nepal — For the past several months, a curious mystery has unfolded around Lumbini, the latest beachhead in the quiet battle for Buddha. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Dalai Lama Nepal Tibet World Religion China India Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:32:04 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5687998 at Nepal villager crowned world's shortest man Chandra Bahadur Dangi lives in Rhimkholi, an isolated mountain village some 400 kilometers west of Nepalese capital, Kathmandu. A foreign contractor cutting timber in the village last month alerted local media to his height.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Pacific Guinness World Records Nepal Weird Wide Web Asia-Pacific Offbeat Weird Wide Web Sun, 26 Feb 2012 19:04:00 +0000 Luke Browne 5693544 at Mount Everest becoming unclimbable due to climate change <p> According to Apa Sherpa, the storied mountaineer who recently won the Guinness World record for having scaled Mount Everest 21 times, the world&#39;s tallest mountain is becoming increasingly difficult to climb due to climate change.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Global Warming Nepal Asia-Pacific Tue, 28 Feb 2012 23:01:56 +0000 Alexander Besant 5693944 at Nepal bomb kills at least 4 <p> People had gathered during the busy rush hour in Janakpur for a political rally to demand a separate state in a new constitution, which is being drafted by Nepal&#39;s Constituent Assembly.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nepal Asia-Pacific Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:01:56 +0000 Jill Langlois 5702582 at Supreme Court Judge murdered in Nepal capital Rana Bahadur Bam was alleged to have taken bribes from criminals in exchange for releasing them with light sentences and fines.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nepal Asia-Pacific Thu, 31 May 2012 11:55:00 +0000 Luke Browne 5706301 at Search called off in Nepal avalanche, 3 still missing, feared dead. Many of the climbers were French or German.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nepal Asia-Pacific Sun, 23 Sep 2012 13:05:00 +0000 Jill Langlois 5720157 at Nepal bus crash kills 30 Local residents helped police pull the dead and injured from the scene of the accident.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nepal Asia-Pacific Sat, 12 Jan 2013 14:37:56 +0000 Jill Langlois 5733575 at