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March 18, 2008

Defending Tibet

Defending Tibet

The news that Chinese authorities have arrested 1,000 Tibetans underscores what many observers already know: the current unrest in Tibet is the worst it's been in decades. Sherab Lama can relate to the anger behind the protests, especially among young people. Back in the 1970s, he was a long-haired firebrand willing to fight and die for the cause of Tibetan freedom.

All of that changed when he was granted a personal meeting with the Dalai Lama. Sherab now says Tibetans' commitment to nonviolence is what will make the nation survive.

Finding Humanity

Peter Turnley's work as a photojournalist over 25 years has brought him to some of the most traumatized parts of the world. He's seen the depraved excesses of war, as well as the devastation following natural disasters. Yet he continues his work because extreme circumstances have also shown him what's best about humanity. He tells Dick about his 1988 trip to an earthquake zone in Armenia, and how a victim's kindness became a touchstone moment for him.

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