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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My Tibet Manifesto

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LHASA - My first trip to Tibet, 1994

LHASA – My first trip to Tibet, 1994

Joe Hamilton wrote a moving piece about how he discovered Tibet, and taking Phuntsok Nyidron the Tibetan political prisoner, to visit Dachau, the Nazi concentration camp built in 1933, the year Hitler came to power in Germany. Joe then asked me to post photographs and write about how I discovered Tibet. Thank you Joe, for making me look back and write my story.

From Delhi to Peking

I was 15 years old in January of 1973 my father was appointed US Ambassador to India. I had been a 10th grade student in the American International School for about 2 weeks when I was invited on a class trip to Manali, near the Tibet border. As we drove through Himachal Pradesh, we passed thousands of Tibetans breaking rocks along the Kangra Highway. I asked, why are these people here? I was told China invaded their country, they are refugees in India. When we reached Manali we walked to a mountain pass that once linked India and Tibet, sealed by barbed wire, guarded by Chinese soldiers, wearing green Mao caps with the Red Star, clutching rifles. Our Tibetan guide was frightened and told us we had to leave at once. I had never heard of this story, no seemed to have heard of it. I wondered why. Read the full story »

Hong Kong protests: A real test for Beijing
Maura Moynihan  |  Oct 9, 2014  |  No Comment
Hong Kong protests: A real test for Beijing

No doubt Chinese President Xi Jinping would prefer to have the Hong Kong matter settled without bloodshed, but if need be, China’s Politburo will most likely do what it does best: repression
No doubt Chinese President …

10:30 Wednesday Morning: Ilham’s Trial Begins
Elliot Sperling  |  Sep 18, 2014  |  No Comment
10:30 Wednesday Morning: Ilham’s Trial Begins

I am adding here a few more social media messages put out by Ilham’s lawyers yesterday, the first day of his trial. At the moment the second (and final) day of the trial is underway. …

Woeser: Attorneys Liu Xiaoyuan and Li Fangping Disclose Ilham’s Current Condition, Having Been Shackled in Leg Irons for 29 Days
Elliot Sperling  |  Sep 17, 2014  |  No Comment
Woeser: Attorneys Liu Xiaoyuan and Li Fangping Disclose Ilham’s Current Condition, Having Been Shackled in Leg Irons for 29 Days

As I post this, Ilham Tohti’s trial is opening in Urumqi. There is little that needs to be said to indicate how groundless the charges levelled against him are. The Party and the State seem …

Woeser: Ilham’s Second Meeting with His Lawyers. He Is Charged with Organizing “an Eight-Person Criminal Separatist Clique”
Elliot Sperling  |  Aug 23, 2014  |  No Comment
Woeser: Ilham’s Second Meeting with His Lawyers. He Is Charged with Organizing “an Eight-Person Criminal Separatist Clique”

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 …

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 …