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Article Archive for Year 2012

Raise the warrior’s sword, my fellow Tibetans
Bhuchung D. Sonam  |  Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012  |  No Comment

By Theurang or Tashi Rabten*
Translated from Tibetan by Bhuchung D. Sonam
Our courage is fading amidst stacks of religious texts
Our self-confidence is weakening under foreign occupation
My fellow Tibetans of the same blood and flesh
You …

Woeser: Losar Tashi Delek
Elliot Sperling  |  Friday, Mar 2, 2012  |  No Comment
Woeser: Losar Tashi Delek

There has been a bit of discussion here and elsewhere about the previous post, “Report from Lhasa,” with people commenting on whether this or that point in the report is wholly correct. Those interested in …

Report from Lhasa
Jamyang Norbu  |  Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012  |  7 Comments
Report from Lhasa

Someone I know who has just returned from Lhasa sent this to me. It is deeply troubling.
Jamyang Norbu
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Report from Lhasa: February 18, 2012
I have just returned from Lhasa. Tibetans are disappearing; everyone is …

Beacons of resistance, not desperate acts
Christophe Besuchet  |  Saturday, Jan 28, 2012  |  6 Comments
Beacons of resistance, not desperate acts

I do not know if you are like me, but I find it extremely distressing to see how commonly the adjective “desperate” has been used by the media and Tibetans in exile to describe the …

Dr. Pemba la – In Memorium
Tibet's First Western Doctor and Novelist
Dechen Pemba  |  Friday, Jan 13, 2012  |  2 Comments
Dr. Pemba la – In Memorium

(This obituary was written by Dr Pemba’s niece. A slightly shorter version appeared in The Times (London) on Thursday 12 January 2012. All Tibetans in the Kalimpong/Darjeeling area remember Dr. Pemba la with great respect …

Remembering Tapey
Elliot Sperling  |  Monday, Jan 9, 2012  |  11 Comments
Remembering Tapey

In the last item I posted on the Rangzen Alliance site I referred to a recent piece by Woeser. Having drawn on her comments for that post I think I would be doing her something …

Sympathetic Vibes
Elliot Sperling  |  Sunday, Jan 8, 2012  |  One Comment
Sympathetic Vibes

A few days ago Radio Free Asia posted an article on the question of whether there is a growing understanding of Tibet and sympathy for Tibetans among the general Chinese population, a sentiment voiced most …

Elliot Sperling  |  Sunday, Jan 8, 2012  |  No Comment

Last week I posted an article over at Tibetan Political Review about the Global Buddhist Congregation that was held in New Delhi at the end of November. Since some Rangzen Alliance readers may not have …

Self-immolation and Buddhism
Jamyang Norbu  |  Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012  |  No Comment
Self-immolation and Buddhism

The Yiddish word “chutzpah”, pronounced “huspa”, has the exact same meaning as the Tibetan word “hamba”, and even shares a passing tonal quality to it. Leo Rosten, the humorist, defined chutzpah as “that quality enshrined …