The Case for a United Independent Tibet
Jamyang Norbu  |  Thursday, Aug 8, 2013  |  No Comment

On the surface of it the official Middle Way Approach (MWA) theory that even if Tibet were to become independent most of Kham and all of Amdo would somehow inevitably be excluded from this wonderful development, might seem just pseudo-historical speculation of a particularly simple-minded kind.

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Woeser: Ilham’s Second Meeting with His Lawyers. He Is Charged with Organizing “an Eight-Person Criminal Separatist Clique”

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Saturday, Aug 23, 2014
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Earlier this month Woeser posted a number of tweets that taken together give a basic account of what Ilham Tohti’s lawyers were able to learn durng the course of the second meeting they were permitted to have with him. Given the paucity of information that has trickled out about his case and his condition, I have translated Woeser’s original blog post so that at least something more can be known by the many people who remain deeply concerned about what has happened to Ilham since his arrest in January. 

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Ilham Tohti at Central Minzu University in Beijing, where he was appointed to the faculty (April 27, 2013)

 

Over a month ago the Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti, a professor at Central Minzu University, who has been incarcerated in the Urumqi Public Security Bureau saw his two defense lawyers, Li Fangping and Wang Yu. According to what Attorney Li Fangping made public on WeChat, “Ilham firmly asserts his innocence. What he has said and what he has done has all been aimed at achieving the mutually beneficial and profitable organic integration of the nation, the nationalities and the Han nationality. In no way has he, by word or deed, supported separatism. He has only been hoping that regional nationality autonomy in Xinjiang would increasingly improve; that it would be increasingly rooted in the rule of law; that it would democratize; and that relations between the nationalities would become increasingly harmonious and stable.”

Due to the unceasing pressure from the authorities, Attorney Wang Yu was forced to withdraw from the case. Read the full story »

H.H. the Dalai Lama’s Legacy: a Democratic System of Government
Sonam Wangdu  |  Aug 17, 2014  |  No Comment
H.H. the Dalai Lama’s Legacy: a Democratic System of Government

 

The legacy of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is the democratic system of government with a Constitution that He established in the 1960s. His legacy is not and must never be the Middle Way …

Self Delusion
Elliot Sperling  |  Aug 12, 2014  |  No Comment
Self Delusion

I have been asked by the editors to prepare an essay that sums up some of the positions I’ve taken on Tibet issues over the years. I am happy to do so, and offer this …

Woeser: This Afternoon’s Visit with Ilham’s Wife and Son (Collateral Damage 2)
Elliot Sperling  |  Jul 17, 2014  |  No Comment
Woeser: This Afternoon’s Visit with Ilham’s Wife and Son (Collateral Damage 2)

On July 14, Tsering Woeser was able, with some difficulty, to visit Ilham Tohti’s wife, Guzelnur, and one of their two children. The younger son, age 5, remains with her in Beijing while his older …

The dialectics of being sheep
Jamyang Norbu  |  Jun 27, 2014  |  No Comment
The dialectics of being sheep

…”The Magnificent Seven” has one profound line of dialogue where the Mexican bandit chief, Calvera, played by Eli Wallach, explains to Chris (Yul Brynner) the leader of the “Seven” defending the Mexican village, why he robs peasants: “If God had not meant them to be sheared, he would not have made them sheep.” Which brought to mind a “sheep” moment in modern Tibetan history.

The sound of one hand grasping
Jamyang Norbu  |  Jun 24, 2014  |  No Comment
The sound of one hand grasping

The commemoration in the U.S., earlier this month, of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre was strangely subdued, especially within the Chinese student community in this country. It was very different in the period …

CTA on the Highway to Autocracy
Mila Rangzen  |  May 25, 2014  |  No Comment
CTA on the Highway to Autocracy

As this article aims to educate the reader on a number of issues confronting Tibetans today, it is necessary to forewarn the reader that they might find some themes that are not directly related. I …

China on the Edge
Gordon G. Chang  |  Apr 18, 2014  |  No Comment
China on the Edge

There is something very wrong in China at the moment. China, I believe, has just passed an inflection point. Until recently, everything was going its way. Now, however, it seems all its problems are catching …

The day I met Rinpoche
Dhondup Tashi Rekjong  |  Apr 15, 2014  |  No Comment
The day I met Rinpoche

I was at Aku Dawa’s place that morning. Aku Dawa and I were from the same village in Tibet. His small apartment in Dharamsala had two metal beds, a table where he kept all his …

Lobsang Sangay: The Facts
Maura Moynihan  |  Apr 11, 2014  |  No Comment
Lobsang Sangay: The Facts

In an interview with The Diplomat on April 4, 2014, Tibetan exile Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay dismissed concerns about his alarmingly pro-Beijing stance as “baseless.” Yet Sangay continues to avoid addressing the simple facts, which …

Tibet Independence Flames Burn Agonisingly Bright
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Subhash Kapila  |  Apr 9, 2014  |  No Comment
Tibet Independence Flames Burn Agonisingly Bright

Tibet independence flames continue to burn agonisingly bright with the unending stream of searing self-immolations in Tibet protesting the continued Chinese occupation of Tibet and demanding restoration of a “Free Tibet” and return of The …