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Articles by Maura Moynihan

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Maura Moynihan is a journalist and researcher who has worked for many years with Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal. Her works of fiction include “Yoga Hotel” and “Kaliyuga." She is a consultant and correspondent for Radio Free Asia.

Genocide Ruling Vindicates Tibet’s Suffering, Offers No Relief
Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 – 6:14 am | No Comment
Genocide Ruling Vindicates Tibet’s Suffering, Offers No Relief

On Oct. 9, 2013, Spain’s highest criminal court indicted Hu Jintao, former paramount leader of the People’s Republic of China, for committing genocide in Tibet. The ruling brought vindication for the Tibetan plaintiffs who filed …

My Name Is Not Khan, It’s Snowden
Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 – 5:55 am | No Comment
My Name Is Not Khan, It’s Snowden

The Edward Snowden affair continues to reverberate since June 9, 2012, when the 30-year-old high school dropout exposed US cyber surveillance in an interview with the Guardian from Hong Kong. Snowden has been stuck in …

Communist Tibet and the Death of Hope
Thursday, May 16, 2013 – 7:05 pm | 9 Comments
Communist Tibet and the Death of Hope

The recent Chinese military incursion into Ladakh was a painful reminder of the cost of losing Tibet. And this week Chinese officials announced plans to demolish what remains of Lhasa, Tibet’s ancient capital. Despite its …

China and the Tibet imbroglio
Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 – 5:28 am | 6 Comments
China and the Tibet imbroglio

March 31st marks the 54th anniversary of the day His Holiness Dalai Lama was delivered to Indian custody by Tibetan freedom fighters, through a perilous mountain pass in Arunachal Pradesh with the Chinese Army in …

Tibetans in Exile – Passports or RC’s: Who Gets What?
Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 – 7:25 am | 3 Comments
Tibetans in Exile – Passports or RC’s: Who Gets What?

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has just completed a successful North American tour, where he was given honorary degrees by several colleges and gave many sold-out public talks. But looming over the celebrations was news …

The High Cost of Protracted Refugee Syndrome
Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 – 8:53 am | 3 Comments
The High Cost of Protracted Refugee Syndrome

In this post, I will examine how Tibetans in exile now suffer from “protracted refugee syndrome” as defined by UNHCR, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
Tibetan exiles have traditionally had strong ties with their …

Tibetans in India: the Case for Citizenship
Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 – 6:54 am | 14 Comments
Tibetans in India: the Case for Citizenship

After posting “Tibetans in Exile: Refugees or Citizens?” I received a great many messages about the need to address the legal status of the Tibetan refugees. In Nepal options are few and the outlook is …

Tibet in Exile: Refugees or Citizens?
Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 – 9:14 am | 6 Comments
Tibet in Exile: Refugees or Citizens?

When the administration of Lobsang Sangay came into office in 2011, the self-immolations exploded, handing the CTA a rare opportunity to articulate the causes of the escalating crisis in Tibet and the plight of the …

Battleground Lumbini
Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 – 6:11 pm | 6 Comments
Battleground Lumbini

Lumbini, an ancient Buddhist pilgrimage site, is now an arena of conflict; Nepal’s Maoist government is promoting a multi-billion dollar development plan supported by the United Nations with funding from investors with multiple links to …

Tibet in Crisis; Asia’s Water Tower at Risk
Entwined with the self-immolations in Tibet lies the hidden story of China’s exploitation of Tibet’s lands and water
Saturday, Apr 7, 2012 – 4:58 am | No Comment
Tibet in Crisis; Asia’s Water Tower at Risk

When Chinese Premiere Hu Jintao flew into New Delhi on March 28, 2012, for the BRIC Summit, he careened onto unfamiliar terrain: a democracy with a free press, where a 27 year old Tibetan refugee, …