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Articles by Christophe Besuchet

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Christophe Besuchet is an art director and a long-time activist in Tibet's independence movement. He is the former publisher of Lungta magazine, cofounder of the Swiss TSG, and the author of several maps of Tibet and Lhasa. From 1994 to 1999, he served as graphic designer for the Amnye Machen Institute in Dharamshala, India. He is currently the Vice President of Switzerland's Rangzen Alliance.

Self-immolations in Tibet: who is to blame for the stalemate?
Monday, Nov 12, 2012 – 4:02 am | 6 Comments
Self-immolations in Tibet: who is to blame for the stalemate?

Although the number of self-immolations is rising at an exponential and very disturbing rate in Tibet, the crisis is gradually reaching a stalemate. With no change in the horizon and less attention being paid by …

Beacons of resistance, not desperate acts
Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 – 12:13 pm | 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 …

Some Truths about the Tibetan Government’s rebranding
Deconstructing official fallacies and disingenuous arguments
Friday, Aug 26, 2011 – 11:09 am | 8 Comments
Some Truths about the Tibetan Government’s rebranding

Considering the strong resentment expressed by Tibetans toward the rebranding of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile as the “Tibetan People’s Organization”, it is surprising that this decision has not been further challenged. This is particularly remarkable if …

Lobsang Sangay’s wrong Churchill quote
Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011 – 5:52 pm | One Comment
Lobsang Sangay’s wrong Churchill quote

I had not yet fully digested the scope of the Dalai Lama’s retirement when I was struck by a curious remarks made by Lobsang Sangay on BBC’s HARDtalk and NDTV’s Your Call. According to the …

Decapitated, then emasculated
The programmed termination of the Tibetan nation
Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011 – 7:29 am | One Comment
Decapitated, then emasculated

The sort of political sentence pronounced on the Tibetan people resembles the terrible “death by a thousand cuts”. This was a form of execution practiced in China until the early twentieth century, in which the …

The justifying context of higher emptiness
A response to CTA's clarification on Kalon Tripa's comments
Saturday, Oct 2, 2010 – 9:39 am | 4 Comments
The justifying context of higher emptiness

CTA’s response to Jamyang Norbu’s post on the controversial statement made by the PM is rather puzzling. Not the faintest argument is provided, not even an attempt to deny Norbu’s analysis. The reader is instead …

Engaging in selective hearing
Sunday, Jul 4, 2010 – 7:39 am | 6 Comments
Engaging in selective hearing

With Dharamshala’s foreign policy being shaped almost exclusively by Beijing’s hide-and-seek strategy, anticipating its next move can be safely done through a simple reading of China’s public statements. One of these was made in early …