from FaithWorld:

Buddhist Bhutan warns felling trees a threat to happiness

September 11, 2009

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Bhutan has warned its citizens over cutting down thousands of young trees every year to make prayer flags, a threat to the tiny kingdom's lush scenery and the government's duty to bring "Gross National Happiness".

from Changing China:

Is ‘Lost Boy’ Lomong the right choice to carry U.S. flag?

August 7, 2008

Lomong celebratesWhen militiamen swept into their villages on horseback in the early 1990s, shooting, burning and raping as they went, tens of thousands of young Sudanese boys were forced to flee for their lives.

from Changing China:

You can carry the flag, Dirk — just don’t wave it around

August 6, 2008

Nowitzki trainsDirk Nowitzki was picked to carry the German flag into the Olympic Stadium's Opening Ceremonies on Friday but, in a country where carrying the national flag had long fallen out of favour, the NBA all-star basketball player was given a few unsolicited pointers by German Olympic officials on how to do the job.