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Articles by Jamyang Norbu


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Strawberrry Fields in Himalayan Snow
Remembering John Lennon at Dharamshala
Friday, Dec 10, 2010 – 9:36 am | One Comment

I remember the exact night, thirty years ago, when I heard John Lennon had been murdered. I was in the hall of the kashag (the Tibetan cabinet) building in Dharamshala, at a benefit dance for …

Through a Blurry Cellphone Video, Darkly
Language, Identity & Revolution in Tibet
Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 – 7:09 am | No Comment

The task of getting news out of Tibet these day has taken on the frustrating ambience of cold-war research methodology. Not exactly Sovietologists and old-time China watchers poring over precious photographs of Mayday line-ups for …

Lhasa Public Security Summon Woeser
Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010 – 5:25 am | 3 Comments
Lhasa Public Security Summon Woeser

Urgent Blogpost by Woeser; Lhasa Public Security Bureau Summon Her
High Peaks Pure Earth has translated an urgent blogpost by Woeser describing how she was summoned on the phone by the Lhasa Public Security Bureau. The …

Further Musings on the Upcoming Elections
Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

Readers must forgive me for nit picking, but the term “kalon-tripa”, literally “the enthroned minister” bothers me. It doesn’t exactly sit well (no pun intended) in a democratic system. Thrones might be okay, these day, …

Lobsang Sangay La’s Response
Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

A week ago Lobsang Sangay la called me on the telephone and expressed his objection to my piece which in large part dealt with his candidacy. Lobsang la told me that he did not remember …

Some Thoughts on the Upcoming Kalon Tripa Elections
Sunday, Oct 10, 2010 – 9:11 pm | 3 Comments

I have received some mild censure of late from friends and readers for my lack of enthusiasm for the upcoming kalon-tripa election. I did  explain my position earlier in a number of my …

High Mountain Elegy
Thursday, Sep 23, 2010 – 6:59 am | 3 Comments
High Mountain Elegy

I was waiting at Denver airport for my ride when I got a call from a Tibetan acquaintance who asked (somewhat expectantly I thought … but I could be wrong) if the Americans had …

Camp Hale in images
Friday, Sep 17, 2010 – 1:52 pm | One Comment
Camp Hale in images

On September 11 this year a plaque was unveiled at Camp Hale in the Rockies to honor the Tibetan Freedom fighters who were trained at this secret base by the CIA to fight for their …

Dangerous Liaison
Examining Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche's Recent Remarks
Saturday, Sep 11, 2010 – 8:32 am | 4 Comments
Dangerous Liaison

Samdhong Rinpoche’s tenure as kalon tripa or prime minister will be up in a few months, but it seems he is determined not to leave without delivering some more of his trademark profundities …

Rangzen Award honored to Lhasang Tsering
Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 – 3:57 pm | 2 Comments
Rangzen Award honored to Lhasang Tsering

The Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), the largest non-governmental organisation in the exile Tibetan community, held its 14th General Body Meeting this year on August 2nd at Dharamshala.
This year’s TYC Rangzen Award was a special one to …