[Now with two updates! And one amended comment (#2.)]

Ibrahim Gambari’s latest visit to Burma is over without achieving conclusive results other than meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi twice. Burma said No thanks to having U.N. or international oversight for its May constitutional referendum. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, president of the Philippines, stepped up and criticized the junta on this.

Thailand’s problems in its restive south with insurgent Muslims have left 3,000 dead in four years of conflict. To confront this issue, senior Buddhist monks arrived in Cairo to speak with Sheikh Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi, the leading Sunni Muslim in Egypt, on the issue. Sheikh Tentawi visited Thailand last year.

A flowerpot bomb kills a man in blood-drenched Sri Lanka.

Can meditation save your life? This Chinese construction worker says it worked for him.

Tibetan activists begin their march from India to Tibet to protest the Olympics and Beijing’s Tibet policy. HH the DL denounced China for gross human rights violations. [But there’s a movement to get HH to carry the torch. Worst Horse showed the way to this one.] Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of his flight from Tibet. [Uprising Day link here, thanks to Danny Fisher.]

Two editorial observations from the Times: Our exploding prison population and humiliation TV.

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