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: This Afternoon’s Visit with Ilham’s Wife and Son (Collateral Damage 2)

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Thursday, Jul 17, 2014
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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 brother, age 7, is in Xinjiang resting and trying to recuperate from the physical toll that months of tension and pressure have taken on him. After returning from her visit she recorded the experience and her feelings on her blog.

This afternoon I went to Minzu University to see Ilham’s family. As soon as I got off the elevator, four very young men got in my way. At first they said they were property management personnel, but afterwards they said they were from the police station. Their attitudes were quite rude. Ilham’s wife Guzelnur heard the noise, and came out and argued with them. They went so far as to make nasty, vicious faces, almost to the point of being rough. Ilham has been imprisoned for half a year. His home in Beijing has been an outpost for the police and for their bullying auxiliaries for half a year. This has put tremendous pressure on the lives and mental outlook of his family; it has produced resentment. People, please: don’t ignore what’s happening here!

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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 …

Lobsang Sangay: Chinese National?
Maura Moynihan  |  Apr 7, 2014  |  No Comment
Lobsang Sangay: Chinese National?

When Steven Spielberg recently announced that he is shifting his film production to a spanking new 2.5 billion dollar facility in Shanghai, one wondered if the director of Schindler’s List was briefed about the millions …

The Arrogance of Treason
Phuntsok Wangyal & his admiration society-in-exile
Jamyang Norbu  |  Apr 5, 2014  |  No Comment
The Arrogance of Treason

The Buddha and Christ both spoke of the virtue of turning the other cheek when wronged, but no one has suggested, to date, that if violently sodomized it would be the correct thing (excuse me) …

An Alternate Tribute to Bapa Phuntsog Wangyal — A Slave Mindset
Vijay Kranti  |  Apr 3, 2014  |  One Comment
An Alternate Tribute to Bapa Phuntsog Wangyal — A Slave Mindset

I am an ardent admirer of the typical Tibetan tendency of kindness in day to day situations. Be it a common Tibetan’s compassionate attitude towards a street dog or liberal cash alms even to an …