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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Anonymity in Question: Reflections on Self-Censorship

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In a recent article, Perry Link explained how several of his colleagues censor themselves for fear of being blacklisted in China, as he himself was. This shows how the intimidation policy applied by the Chinese authorities can impact the work of some scholars.  The question of the self-censorship of scholars working on China or in related fields (Tibetan, Uighur, Mongol for instance) is becoming a worrisome phenomenon that requires that we define what our attitude should be when faced with such a pressure. Read the full story »

My Tibet Manifesto
Maura Moynihan  |  Nov 29, 2014  |  No Comment
My Tibet Manifesto

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 …

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 …