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Elliot Sperling is on the faculty of Indiana University where he teaches in the Tibetan Studies program in the Department of Central of Eurasian Studies. He has written extensively on Tibetan history and Sino-Tibetan relations.

10:30 Wednesday Morning: Ilham’s Trial Begins
Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 – 12:50 pm | No Comment
10:30 Wednesday Morning: Ilham’s Trial Begins

I am adding here a few more social media messages put out by Ilham’s lawyers yesterday, the first day of his trial. At the moment the second (and final) day of the trial is underway. …

Woeser: Attorneys Liu Xiaoyuan and Li Fangping Disclose Ilham’s Current Condition, Having Been Shackled in Leg Irons for 29 Days
Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 – 12:04 pm | No Comment
Woeser: Attorneys Liu Xiaoyuan and Li Fangping Disclose Ilham’s Current Condition, Having Been Shackled in Leg Irons for 29 Days

As I post this, Ilham Tohti’s trial is opening in Urumqi. There is little that needs to be said to indicate how groundless the charges levelled against him are. The Party and the State seem …

Woeser: Ilham’s Second Meeting with His Lawyers. He Is Charged with Organizing “an Eight-Person Criminal Separatist Clique”
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 – 10:39 am | No Comment
Woeser: Ilham’s Second Meeting with His Lawyers. He Is Charged with Organizing “an Eight-Person Criminal Separatist Clique”

Earlier this month Woeser posted a number of tweets that taken together give a basic account of what Ilham Tohti’s lawyers were able to learn durng the course of the second meeting they were permitted …

Self Delusion
Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 – 6:38 am | No Comment
Self Delusion

I have been asked by the editors to prepare an essay that sums up some of the positions I’ve taken on Tibet issues over the years. I am happy to do so, and offer this …

Woeser: This Afternoon’s Visit with Ilham’s Wife and Son (Collateral Damage 2)
Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment
Woeser: This Afternoon’s Visit with Ilham’s Wife and Son (Collateral Damage 2)

On July 14, Tsering Woeser was able, with some difficulty, to visit Ilham Tohti’s wife, Guzelnur, and one of their two children. The younger son, age 5, remains with her in Beijing while his older …

Wang Lixiong: The Elephant and the Mouse
Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 – 2:02 pm | One Comment
Wang Lixiong: The Elephant and the Mouse

Originally published in Chinese on the Chinese-language website of The New York Times

The Elephant and the Mouse
by Wang Lixiong

While travelling in Europe in the summer of 2012 I made a special trip to Munich. As …

Collateral Damage
Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 – 3:02 pm | 2 Comments
Collateral Damage

The January 15th arrest of Ilham Tohti, an Uyghur, a professor, and an activist for the rights of the Uyghur people inside the People’s Republic of China, is a distressing reminder of the realities of …

WOESER: What Do They Mean When They Say “We Must Strive to See That the Reincarnation of the Dalai Lama is Produced Only Within the Country”?
Friday, Jun 7, 2013 – 3:30 am | One Comment
WOESER: What Do They Mean When They Say “We Must Strive to See That the Reincarnation of the Dalai Lama is Produced Only Within the Country”?

Note: Several hours ago Phayul reported that the Dalai Lama has no plans to visit Hong Kong. That report seems very much to be in response to the blog post translated below which Woeser first …

Incivilities
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – 3:27 am | 11 Comments
Incivilities

Note:  A postscript was added to this essay on May 15, 2013**
About a year-and-a-half ago I was having dinner with a group of friends in India, at the home of a Tibetan friend. The topic …

Today’s Lesson in Party History (via Woeser)
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 – 11:46 am | 4 Comments

In her most recent post, describing the self-immolation of Tshe-ring phun-tshogs, from Rka-khog in Rnga-ba, Woeser brings up a bit of hallowed CCP history. I thought one of her observations—brief, bitter and biting—merited the particular …