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Message 1358018 - Posted: 18 Apr 2013, 10:56:52 UTC

And China call this holy man a "Terrorist"?!


Dalai Lama on two-day visit to Londonderry

The Dalai Lama of Tibet is on a two-day visit to Londonderry.

The Tibetan spiritual leader is patron of the Derry-based charity, Children in Crossfire. He will be guest of honour...

... The Dalai Lama who lives in exile in India, intends to promote his message of peace in the city.

Later he will walk across Derry's Peace Bridge with Protestant and Catholic schoolchildren and will then deliver his address at a former army barracks turned civic space. ...



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Message 1367191 - Posted: 12 May 2013, 16:24:27 UTC - in response to Message 1341480.

the sad thing is that this will continue until oil or gold or some other

commodity is found making worthwhile for the rest of the world to take action.


Unfortunatley, this has already been the case for years:

Despite political tensions in the country, [Tibet's] huge deposits of gold and other metals are proving too big a temptation for foreign miners, David Eimer reports from Beijing

The Chinese name for Tibet, Xizang or "western treasure house", makes clear how valuable the volatile, politically sensitive region is to China. In 1999, the Chinese embarked on a secret, seven-year geological survey that found 16 major deposits of copper, iron, lead, zinc and other minerals. Tibet is believed to hold as much as 30m-40m tons of copper, 40m tons of lead and zinc and more than a billion tons of high-grade iron ore.

There are numurous articles on this subject, but the full article I quoted can be found here.
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Message 1372183 - Posted: 26 May 2013, 15:20:17 UTC

Chinese Policing Tibetan Areas Suffer from PTSD

A leaked 250-page internal training document of Chinese police indicates a prevalence of severe psychological damage among paramilitary forces tasked with maintaining order in Tibetan areas of Sichuan province. Distributed by the Tibetan Centre for Human Right and Democracy, an NGO staffed by Tibetans in Dharamsala, India, the document offers various tools for combatting depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for members of the People’s Armed Police involved in recent human rights atrocities.

Instead of recognizing the atrocities and discontinuing such things, they instead employ mental ways to deal with the human rights violations they commit.

The Chinese still haven't gotten very far as a country or as a people.
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Message 1384177 - Posted: 24 Jun 2013, 13:26:32 UTC

Proposals for a different approach in Tibet suggest some in China know their policies are not working

CONVENTIONAL wisdom on Tibet among Chinese officials is that when the current Dalai Lama dies, the Tibetan problem will be solved. China has tight control over the mountainous region and believes it holds all the cards. It can choose the Dalai Lama’s next incarnation and that will be that.

So Tibet-watchers have greeted with surprised interest the interview of a leading Chinese scholar on Tibet, published this month in a Hong Kong magazine. In the interview, for almost the first time in a generation, a senior government adviser suggests that China’s Tibet policy of economic development with continued political repression is not working and needs changing...

This article is promising, but unfortunately, this is not the standard view amongst anything near a majority of Chinese.
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Message 1385394 - Posted: 28 Jun 2013, 14:22:04 UTC

China Lifts 17-Year Ban on Dalai Lama Photos at Tibet Monastery

he decision concerning the Gaden monastery in the Tibetan capital Lhasa—one of the most historically important religious establishments in Tibet—reversed a ban introduced in 1996, the UK-based Free Tibet group told Reuters, citing sources with direct knowledge of the situation.

It was made as similar changes are being considered in other Tibetan regions of China, and may signal authorities are contemplating looser religious restrictions and a policy change over Tibet, three months after President Xi Jinping took office.


This is the best news to come out of Tibet in ages! Wonderful!
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Message 1389227 - Posted: 9 Jul 2013, 15:13:22 UTC - in response to Message 1385394.

... contemplating looser religious restrictions and a policy change over Tibet, three months after President Xi Jinping took office.[/b]

This is the best news to come out of Tibet in ages! Wonderful!

Here's hoping positive change for the better is not derailed by atrocities:


Chinese police 'fired on Tibetans marking Dalai Lama birthday'

Chinese police opened fire on Tibetans who had gathered to mark the Dalai Lama's birthday, injuring several, a rights group and reports say.

The incident happened in Daofu in Sichuan province on 6 July. ...

... "Without warning, according to several Tibetan sources, police opened fire on the unarmed crowd and used tear gas," it said.

Two monks were shot in the head and several others injured, ...

... One of those who was shot was the brother of a nun who set herself on fire in 2011, RFA and Phayul said.

In recent years more than 110 ethnic Tibetans - mostly young monks and nuns living in areas outside Tibet - have set themselves on fire in apparent protest against Beijing's rule.

Most of the incidents have taken place in areas of Sichuan province with large ethnic Tibetan populations.

Late last month, the Chinese government issued a strong denial of reports that its long-standing ban on openly worshipping the Dalai Lama had changed. ...



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Message 1438405 - Posted: 5 Nov 2013, 15:41:00 UTC
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After so much hope for enlightened progress from the recent change in Chinese leadership:


... Tibetans who refuse to fly the Chinese flag above their homes risk being beaten or shot...

...China’s leaders are mounting an intense campaign to draw a veil over their rights abuses and persuade governments to vote them onto the UN Human Rights Council. So if enough of us shine a light on what’s going on in Tibet -- [violently] squashing an ancient religion, banning journalists, dawn arrests -- we can get China to back away from its hard-line policy to be sure of getting the 97 votes it needs.

Let’s show the Tibetan people that the world hasn’t forgotten them...




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Message 1467627 - Posted: 23 Jan 2014, 11:28:10 UTC

Criminal problems from another neighbor:


Pakistan's demand for shahtoosh shawls threatens rare Tibetan antelope

... The demand for shahtoosh has already pushed the chiru to the brink of extinction. The antelope must be killed for the fur to be collected, and it takes around four chiru to make a single shawl.

The chiru's population declined by more than 50% during the past 20 years of the 20th century. The WWF estimates there remains a small migratory population of around 75,000-100,000, but the antelope's status is still endangered. "That is not a huge population for an antelope, especially a slow-breeding one like the chiru," said Khan. "They give birth to one offspring per year and half of those die within two months of their birth."

Chiru are inhabitants of Tibet and they migrate to Ladakh in India in the summer months. They are already extinct in Nepal.




This was highlighted long ago, and there was also a very poignant film made:

Mountain Patrol (2004) - "Kekexili" (original title)

Wikipedia: "Kekexili: Mountain Patrol"



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Message 1480152 - Posted: 21 Feb 2014, 12:50:20 UTC

A small positive step?


Obama to host Dalai Lama at White House

US President Barack Obama will meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Friday, US officials say.

China has urged the US to cancel the meeting, saying it will "seriously impair China-US relations"...

... Mr Obama would meet the Dalai Lama "in his capacity as an internationally respected religious and cultural leader".

"We do not support Tibetan independence," she said, adding that the US "strongly supports human rights and religious freedom in China. "We are concerned about continuing tensions and the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibetan areas of China."...

... In recent years more than 110 ethnic Tibetans - mostly young monks and nuns living in areas outside Tibet - have set themselves on fire in apparent protest against Beijing's rule...



Hopefully something more than go-nowhere political posturing?...


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