Wednesday, August 23 2017

Commentaries & Opinion Pieces

Tibetans Burn Selves for Freedom – by Ming Xia

  By Ming Xia | The Diplomat | February 7, 2012 News today that three Tibetan herders may have set themselves alight highlights the increasing frequency with which Tibetans (usually monks or nuns) have been turning to self-immolation, bringing to 19 the total that have done so in the past year. …

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Interview: The Dalai Lama – by Anirudh Mathur

  By Anirudh Mathur |27 January 2012 The Dalai Lama spoke to Anirudh Mathur about Chinese protests, the future of the Tibetan movement, the stagnancy of capitalism, and his amazing vitality. The full interview can be found in Outlook Magazine,India: A Bodhissatva is an enlightened being; one who has postponed …

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Self-immolation tests China – by Abanti Bhattacharya

By Abanti Bhattacharya The Asia Times Online Dec 16, 2011 Among other implications, the self-immolation of  Tibetans in China overwhelmingly suggests the failure of minority policy carved out by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to deal with the ethnic nationality question in the 1950s. The failure is particularly significant …

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Secular diplomacy powers Tibetans’ global outreach

Mayank Chhaya | December 2, 2011| The Dalai Lama’s political successor and Tibetan prime minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay has significantly stepped up his outreach as the Tibetan issue slides further into global amnesia. A dozen self-immolations by desperate Tibetans since February, 2009, including 11 since March this year alone, has not done …

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Beijing eyes Buddhist resurgence

  By Calum Macleod| Religion News Service, The Washington Post Monday, November 7,4:12 PM SERTHAR— Breathless but beaming, Sheng Zisu sounds confident after five months in a maze-like Buddhist encampment high on the eastern Tibetan plateau, nearly 400 miles from the nearest city. “Look around. They could never find me …

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Chinese repression to blame for immolations in Tibet

  By Lobsang Sangay The Washington Post |Post Opinions Published on November 3, 2011 Eleven Tibetans have set fire to themselves in eastern Tibet since March. Six have died. The Chinese government describes them as “terrorists in disguise.” The reality is that their desperate acts were a scathing indictment of …

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China is fuelling the fires of Tibetan resistance

A wave of self-immolation by young men in Tibet is a warning to China that per-emptive oppression can lead to desperate acts Ed Douglas guardian.co.uk, Monday 17 October 2011 In 1951, Phuntsok Wangyal was a young Tibetan communist determined to bring much-needed social and political reform to his homeland. He …

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Another case of Chinese bullying: why the Dalai Lama won’t be at Desmond Tutu’s 80th birthday

  By Peter Foster | Telegraph London |September 29th, 2011 http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/author/peterfoster/ When it comes to Chinese diplomacy, the idea of “non-interference in internal affairs” is an article of faith. A White Paper on the China’s “peaceful rise”, published by Beijing last month, professed the following:  The Chinese people… will never allow …

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