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Dalai Lama to Receive Congressional Gold Medal

The Dalai Lama is to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. The Chinese government is not happy about the award or the warm reception the Dalai Lama is receiving from the Bush administration. The White House is trying to downplay the situation, saying the Dalai Lama is a great leader trying to secure Tibetans' rights — but not their independence.

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Jackie Northam is NPR's International Affairs Correspondent. She is a veteran journalist who has spent three decades reporting on conflict, geopolitics, and life across the globe - from the mountains of Afghanistan and the desert sands of Saudi Arabia, to the gritty prison camp at Guantanamo Bay and the pristine beauty of the Arctic.