Joshua Eaton

Independent Journalist

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Tibetan Buddhist Leader Blazes an Innovative Trail

Wrapped in the maroon and gold robes of a Tibetan monk, Ogyen Trinley Dorje isn’t what most people picture when they think of innovation.

But Dorje is blazing new paths for his tradition, and for the broader Buddhist world. In a public lecture and a series of meetings at Harvard Divinity School Thursday and Friday (March 26 and 27), he spoke out on issues ranging from LGBT rights and improving the status of women within Buddhism to race relations and the importance of protecting the environment.

Read the rest of this article at the Washington Post …

China Asserts Control over Dalai Lama Lineage

According to the Dalai Lama’s autobiography, Mao Zedong, the founder of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), once characterized religion as “poison.” The modern CCP maintains official atheism to this day, but that hasn’t stopped officials from claiming control over the intricacies of Tibetan Buddhist reincarnation.

Read the rest of this article at Tricycle Magazine …

Postal Service and the IRS join the CIA in handing out Glomar denials

In October of last year, New York Times reporter Ron Nixon wrote a piece about the U.S. Postal Service’s mail covers program, under which post office employees record the names and addresses on the mail they receive at the request of law enforcement. Nixon based his article, in part, on documents received through a FOIA request.

The very next day, I filed a FOIA request with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for copies of the documents they’d handed over to Nixon. I wanted to get in some FOIA experience with a simple, easy request. After all, I knew USPIS had the documents and that they’d been cleared for release to the public. What could be simpler? Ah, the innocence of youth.

Read the rest of this article at MuckRock …

Working Under the Weather: Low-Wage Laborers Beaten Down by Winter

For Boston resident Barbara Fisher, the snow has been more than just an inconvenience. Problems with public transit caused the 25-year-old mother of two to lose hours at her job at Dunkin’ Donuts. Added to the extra child care she had to pay because schools were closed, that has put a real strain on her budget.

“It’s very expensive. I can’t wait for it to go,” Fisher said of the snow. “It’s terrible, because you be trying to do your best, and there’s something that’s always going to stop [you].”

Read the rest of this article at Al Jazeera America …

Powerful Senate Republican Tamping Down Torture Disclosures

When the Senate Intelligence Committee released the much anticipated executive summary of the full report on the CIA’s torture program on Dec. 9, details of techniques like extreme sleep deprivation and anal rehydration gripped the country.

Now the committee’s new Republican chairman is trying to make sure that disclosure is its last.

Read the rest of this article at Al Jazeera America …

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