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Lukar Jam: Prisoner of Conscience
Saturday, Oct 3, 2015 – 6:01 pm | No Comment
Lukar Jam: Prisoner of Conscience

Some exile Tibetans are angry with Sikyong candidate Lukar Jam Atsok for criticizing HH’s policies.  He has not only been attacked in speech and writing but also on video, in one of which the accuser …

The dialectics of being sheep
Friday, Jun 27, 2014 – 4:45 pm | 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
Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 – 3:56 am | 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 …

The Arrogance of Treason
Phuntsok Wangyal & his admiration society-in-exile
Saturday, Apr 5, 2014 – 8:17 am | 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) …

The Sad Painful Joke of Tibetan Democracy
Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 – 10:33 pm | No Comment
The Sad Painful Joke of Tibetan Democracy

When Bhutan set out on its democracy experiment in 2008, I must admit to a little skepticism. I thought the Dragon Kingdom would follow in the footsteps of Nepal’s Panchayat democracy (initiated by King …

The Case for a United Independent Tibet
Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 – 5:54 am | No Comment
The Case for a United Independent Tibet

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.

The Catch-22 of Middle Way Unity
Part I
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 – 5:30 am | No Comment
The Catch-22 of Middle Way Unity

Asking a question and answering it yourself is a rhetorical device known to the ancient Greeks as hypophora. To be effective the answer should follow the question smoothly, perhaps with a well-timed pause in between …

Middle Way Economics: One-On-One
Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 – 5:17 am | No Comment
Middle Way Economics: One-On-One

One of the more depressing things about being a spokesperson for the Rangzen cause, even in the unofficial “of sorts” way that I am, is being obliged to participate in the occasional Middle Way Approach …

Gateway to Lhasa
Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 – 5:03 am | No Comment
Gateway to Lhasa

In my post “Lhasa: Eternal City 2“, I mentioned how the destruction of the Drago Kaling Stupas, the Gateway to Lhasa, had inspired the first “protest” song in the Tibetan freedom movement. I requested readers …

Rangzen in your Heart?
Friday, Jun 7, 2013 – 4:38 am | No Comment
Rangzen in your Heart?

During the Dalai Lama’s recent visit to the United States he met a group of Tibetan students in Madison, Wisconsin. One of them asked a question that, to put it mildly, made him very upset. …