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  • China uses intimidation tactics at U.N. to silence critics

    10/08/2015 2:36:30 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Oct 8, 2015 | Sui-lee Wee, Reuters
    GENEVA – In a cafe lounge at the United Nations complex in Geneva, a Tibetan fugitive was waiting his turn earlier this year to tell diplomats his story of being imprisoned and tortured back home in China. The 43-year-old Buddhist monk, Golog Jigme, had broken out of a Chinese detention center in 2012, eventually fleeing to Switzerland. But his Chinese government pursuers had not given up.
  • Obama’s ‘very usual’ welcome for Saudi Arabia’s King to White House causes a buzz

    09/06/2015 7:04:37 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 36 replies
    BIZ ^ | 9/5/2015 | Tom Tillison
    When Saudi Arabia’s King Salman visited the White House on Friday, President Barack Obama did something that at least one news reporter characterized as “very unusual.” No, he did not bow again. After all, there’d be nothing unusual in that for Obama. But CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller took to social media to say the president appeared at the West Wing portico to personally welcome Salman: Obama’s behavior Friday was a far cry from how the Dali Lama was treated when visiting the White House in 2010, when the spiritual leader of Tibet was forced to exit through...
  • China says missing Panchen Lama is 'living a normal life'

    09/05/2015 10:18:56 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    Channel News Asia / Reuters ^ | 5-6-2015 | Sui-Lee Wee; Editing by Himani Sarkar
    <p>BEIJING: A young Tibetan who vanished two decades ago after he was chosen by the Dalai Lama as the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism is "living a normal life" and does not want to be disturbed, a senior Chinese official said on Sunday.</p>
  • Colonization and Cultural Genocide—and They Call it “Immigration”

    06/15/2015 8:37:40 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/15/15 | Selwyn Duke
    Millions of Chinese flooding into Tibet? Have you heard about the millions of Chinese flooding into Tibet? With their displacement of the native peoples and the supplanting of Tibetan with Chinese culture, anthropologists and human rights activists have labeled the colonization “cultural genocide.” (See here, here, here, here, and here, for example.) It is a cause célèbre with its own popular bumper sticker. Interestingly, this situation corresponds precisely to what’s happening in most Western countries—most notably the United States—except for one minor detail: No compassionate liberal activists call it cultural and demographic genocide. They call it “diversity.” Everything else reflects...
  • Communist Party of China Embraces Virtues of Religion in Diplomacy

    05/04/2015 8:28:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2015-5-4 | Chen Lijun
    Even though the Communist Party of China is officially atheist, and the central government was once wary of religion, subtle signs and increasing activities show there is a changing attitude towards religion in order to unite China and its neighbors. In March last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping stood in the offices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, and extolled the profound impact Buddhism has had on China. "Buddhism originated in ancient India," said Xi, the leader of the officially atheist Communist Party of China. "After it was introduced into China, the religion went...
  • Earthquake Triggers ‘Avalanche’ On Mount Everest, Base Camps Destroyed

    04/25/2015 2:48:28 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Focus News ^ | 4/25/15 | Focus News
    Saturday’s earthquake has triggered avalanches in Mount Everest according to a Tweet posted by Alex Gavan, a mountaineer. He claims, “running for life from my tent” and further says there were “many, many” people up the mountain at the time. Alex Gavan, who describes himself as a mountaineer, said a “huge avalanche” had hit from Pumori, a mountain lying close to Mount Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border.
  • Obama hails Dalai Lama as ‘good friend,’ despite China warning

    02/05/2015 7:54:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.05.2015 | [rc/kms (AFP, Reuters, AP)]
    US President Barack Obama has had a first public meeting with the Dalai Lama, hailing the Tibetan religious leader as a “good friend.” Even before the encounter took place, Beijing had expressed its disquiet. Obama greeted the Dalai Lama at a National Prayer Breakfast in the US capital on Thursday, marking the pair’s first ever public encounter. As the Tibetan spiritual leader was formally introduced to the audience, the US president smiled and clasped his hands together in a bow-like gesture, before offering a more informal wave to the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader. The Dalai Lama gave a wave of...
  • Distancing the Dalai Lama: Is Vatican playing into Beijing's hands?

    12/19/2014 1:10:41 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies ^ | Friday, 19 December 2014 | Amit Dasgupta
    " It was his efforts at peace that brought him the Nobel Peace Prize. Despite the huge popularity and respect he enjoys, he is not unaware of his increasing isolation by global leaders since being in Beijing's good books appears to be the global fascination. It remains to be seen how India reacts. It would be a sad day, indeed, if New Delhi also lacks the moral fibre and toes Beijing's line." Nobel laureates gathered in Rome last week were dismayed that Pope Francis had surprisingly refused to grant an audience to the Dalai Lama so as to not incur...
  • Yak Dung Is Making Climate Change Worse ... And there’s no easy solution.

    12/15/2014 10:35:29 AM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Slate ^ | December 4, 2014 | Eric Holthaus
    It gets pretty cold this time of year in Tibet. For centuries, the solution to this problem was a win-win: just burn that huge pile of yak dung that’s been accumulating all summer. For millions of nomadic Tibetans, it’s a system that works. But that system comes at a hefty cost. Tibetan homes have some of the worst indoor air pollution in the world, and the soot the dung fires release is a big contributor to climate change. Yak dung, when used as fuel, is arguably dirtier than coal but is definitely much cheaper. Particulate pollution from burning animal dung...
  • Snail Shells Show High-Rise Plateau Is Much Lower

    11/07/2014 10:11:50 AM PST · by JimSEA · 1 replies
    UAW Today (University of Washington) ^ | 9/22/2014 | Vince Stricherz
    The Tibetan Plateau in south-central Asia, because of its size, elevation and impact on climate, is one of the world’s greatest geological oddities. The Zhada Basin on the southwest Tibetan Plateau, with the Himalayas to the south.Joel Saylor At about 960,000 square miles it covers slightly more land area than Alaska, Texas and California combined, and its elevation is on the same scale as Mount Rainier in the Cascade Range of Washington state. Because it rises so high into the atmosphere, it helps bring monsoons over India and other nations to the south while the plateau itself remains generally arid.
  • China warns Tibet party members not to harbor separatist 'fantasies' about Dalai Lama

    11/06/2014 8:29:25 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 5, 2014
    China warns Tibet party members not to harbor separatist 'fantasies' about Dalai Lama BEIJING Wed Nov 5, 2014 3:44am EST (Reuters) - A top Chinese official has vowed to severely punish members of the ruling Communist Party in Tibet who "harbor fantasies" about the troubled region's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, state media said on Wednesday. In a front-page article in the Tibet Daily, Tibet's party chief Chen Quanguo said China would stamp out any separatist inclinations.
  • China Splits With Russia Over Ukraine

    03/19/2014 1:00:55 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies ^ | March 18, 2014 | Scott Stearns
    STATE DEPARTMENT — With Russia's most vocal critics imposing economic sanctions over Crimea, some of Moscow's allies are also questioning its actions in Ukraine. In Syria's civil war, China and Russia have together blocked tougher action against President Bashar al-Assad, denouncing foreign support for the rebels as a breach of Syrian sovereignty. Now, China has quietly split from Russia over Crimea -- on the same issue of sovereignty. "China always respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states. The Crimean crisis should be resolved politically under the frameworks of law and order. We call on all sides to remain...
  • Monk sets himself on fire in northwest China

    03/16/2014 10:47:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 16, 2014 5:30 AM EDT
    A monk set himself on fire Sunday in an ethnic Tibetan area of northwest China, the country’s official news agency reported. […] Qinghai neighbors Tibet. More than 100 people have self-immolated in Tibetan areas since 2009 to protest Chinese restrictions on Buddhism and denigration of the Tibetans’ spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who lives in India. …
  • China warns of dangerous Russia sanctions 'spiral'

    03/13/2014 5:29:43 PM PDT · by xzins · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 13, 2014 | Noah Barkin and Andreas Rinke
    China's top envoy to Germany has warned the West against punishing Russia with sanctions for its intervention in Ukraine, saying such measures could lead to a dangerous chain reaction that would be difficult to control. In an interview with Reuters days before the European Union is threatening to impose its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, ambassador Shi Mingde issued the strongest warning against such measures by any top Chinese official to date. "We don't see any point in sanctions," Shi said. "Sanctions could lead to retaliatory action, and that would trigger a spiral with unforeseeable consequences. We...
  • Dalai Lama gets ice from Obama, warmth from conservatives [O opposes independence from China]

    02/23/2014 6:17:50 PM PST · by grundle · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February 22, 2014 | Neil Munro
    The Dalai Lama got a frosty closed-door reception from President Barack Obama Feb. 21, one day after he got a public bear-hug from the conservative American Enterprise Institute. The world’s most famous Buddhist returned the conservatives’ respect by offering a compliment for the AEI’s civic-minded capitalism. “After to listen [sic] yesterday and to the presenters today, I developed more respect about capitalism,” the Dalai Lama told AEI president Arthur Brooks Feb. 20 during a friendly panel discussion on “happiness, free enterprise, and human flourishing.” The president forced the Dalai Lama to pay a price for the United States’ tepid and...
  • The Dalai Lama Will Meet With Obama at the White House

    02/21/2014 5:29:35 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Time ^ | 2/21/14
    ...Obama will meet with the Dalai Lama on Friday as part of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader’s three-week tour of the United States. The meeting will occur 10:00 a.m. Friday in the White House’s map room. “The President will meet the Dalai Lama in his capacity as an internationally respected religious and cultural leader,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Thursday
  • India could take out Qinghai-Tibet Railway to cripple PLA

    10/02/2013 7:29:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2013-10-01 | 2013-10-01
    India could take out Qinghai-Tibet Railway to cripple PLA A Su-33MKI fighter of the Indian Air Force. (Photo/USAF) The Qinghai-Tibet Railway — which runs between Xining in western China's Qinghai province and Lhasa in Tibet — could become a potential target for the Su-33MKI fighters of the Indian Air Force if a territorial dispute between China and India escalates into a full-scale war, according to the Kanwa Defense Review operated by Pinkov also known as Andrei Chang, a Canada-based journalist specializing in military issues. Earlier this year, Beijing and New Delhi agreed to withdraw their respective forces from the disputed...
  • PLA Air Force holds night flight training in Lhasa (Tibet)

    07/22/2013 8:22:36 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    People's Daily ^ | 07/23/2013 | Xinhua
    PLA Air Force holds night flight training in Lhasa
  • Our Faith in Science (If science proves Buddhism wrong, then Buddhism will have to change)

    07/17/2013 11:40:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/12/2005 | TENZIN GYATSO, 14th Dalai Lama
    SCIENCE has always fascinated me. As a child in Tibet, I was keenly curious about how things worked. When I got a toy I would play with it a bit, then take it apart to see how it was put together. As I became older, I applied the same scrutiny to a movie projector and an antique automobile. At one point I became particularly intrigued by an old telescope, with which I would study the heavens. One night while looking at the moon I realized that there were shadows on its surface. I corralled my two main tutors to show...
  • China grabs land, says it's 'ours'

    04/29/2013 1:28:39 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 43 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Tuesday, April 30, 2013 | Pioneer News Service
    New Delhi - As the face-off between the armies of China and India entered the third week on Monday, Chinese troops have further ramped up their presence by erecting one more tent. The Chinese also brought in three truckloads of supplies to replenish 50-odd troops at the stand-off site in Depsang Valley, Ladakh. A Chinese Army patrol of 50 soldiers intruded 19 kms into the Indian territory on April 15 and set up at least four tents then. The latest reports that the Chinese have put up another tent despite Indian protests, will come as a major source of worry...
  • Discovery of 1,800-year-old ‘Rosetta Stone’ for tropical ice cores

    04/04/2013 5:54:26 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | April 4, 2013 | by Anthony Watts
    > Will Lonnie Thompson archive THIS new ice core data? Posted on April 4, 2013 by Anthony Watts From the Ohio State University , taken with a grain of salt since Dr. Thompson and his wife Ellen are serial non archivers of ice core data (even when asked for it), which prevents other scientists from checking their work.Discovery of 1,800-year-old ‘Rosetta Stone’ for tropical ice coresFind offers the most complete picture of Earth’s low-latitude climate history to dateThis photo from a 1977 expedition to Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru shows clearly defined annual layers of ice and dust visible in the...
  • As Self-Immolations Approach 100, Some Tibetans Are Asking if It Is Worth It

    02/02/2013 5:03:01 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 65 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 2, 2013 | By JIM YARDLEY
    NEW DELHI — A crowd of Tibetans came here to India’s capital last week, bearing flags and political banners and a bittersweet mixture of hope and despair. A grim countdown was under way: The number of Tibetans who have set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule in Tibet had reached 99, one short of an anguished milestone. Yet as that milestone hung over the estimated 5,000 Tibetans who gathered in a small stadium, so did an uncertainty about whether the rest of the world was paying attention at all. In speeches, Tibetan leaders described the self-immolations as the desperate...
  • Tibetan sets self on fire, dies to protest China

    01/12/2013 6:43:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2013 8:37 AM EST
    An overseas rights group says a Tibetan man has died after setting himself on fire, marking the year’s first self-immolation in protest of Chinese rule. … More than 90 Tibetans reportedly have set themselves on fire since March 2011. …
  • China tightens controls to deter self-immolations

    12/27/2012 1:57:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 27, 2012 3:54 AM EST
    Chinese authorities are tightening controls in an ethnic Tibetan region where at least 10 people have set themselves on fire last month to protest Chinese rule. … China has blamed the Dalai Lama for the spate of self-immolations. …
  • US Congress members urge Obama to make Tibet top priority

    12/20/2012 12:34:47 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 18 replies ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2012 | Phayul
    Tibet activists lobbying US members of Congress to to sign congressmen McGovern/Wolf letter to President Obama to make Tibet a top piority. Dharamshala, December 20: A letter to U.S. President Barack Obama urging him to exercise greater international leadership in improving the human rights situation in Tibet has received a large bi-partisan support from the US Congress. As of Wednesday, 56 members of Congress have signed the Wolf-McGovern letter “strongly urging” President Obama “to make Tibet one of your top priorities for U.S. advocacy” and nominate a Secretary of State who will “champion” the Tibet issue. “It is critical that...
  • Nazi-Acquired Buddha Statue Came From Space

    09/27/2012 6:21:53 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    LiveScience ^ | September 26, 2012 | Stephanie Pappas
    It sounds like a mash-up of Indiana Jones' plots, but German researchers say a heavy Buddha statue brought to Europe by the Nazis was carved from a meteorite that likely fell 10,000 years ago along the Siberia-Mongolia border.
  • Ancient statue discovered by Nazis is made from (Chinga) meteorite

    09/27/2012 1:19:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/27/12 | Matt McGrath - BBC
    An ancient Buddhist statue that was recovered by a Nazi expedition in the 1930s was originally carved from a highly valuable meteorite. Researchers say the 1,000-year-old object with a swastika on its stomach is made from a rare form of iron with a high content of nickel. They believe it is part of the Chinga meteorite, which crashed about 15,000 years ago. The findings appear in the Journal, Meteoritics and Planetary Science. The 24cm (9-inch) tall statue is 10kg (22lb) and is called the Iron Man. Origins unknown The story of this priceless object owes more perhaps to an Indiana...
  • Free Tibet: Chinese diplomats trying to limit free speech in US

    09/16/2012 11:01:38 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 9 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Sunday, September 16, 2012 | Agencies
    Washington - Accusing Chinese diplomats stationed in the US of attempting to limit free speech, US lawmakers have said that a recent move to push a little known American city to remove a mural on 'free Tibet' and 'Taiwan independence' is "a grave affront". "Limitations on speech and expression are incompatible with fundamental human rights anywhere in the world, and an attempt by your representatives to limit freedom of speech in the United States is a grave affront", Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said in a letter to the Chinese Ambassador to the US Zhang Yesui. Wyden wrote the strongly worded...
  • Says ANC Government Worse Than Apartheid Regime Over Dalai Lama Visa Flap [Cukoo Tutu, again...]

    10/11/2011 8:46:51 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 2 replies
    ibtimes ^ | October 5, 2011
    Desmond Tutu Says ANC Government Worse Than Apartheid Regime Over Dalai Lama Visa Flap - International Business TimesOctober 5, 2011 10:04 AM EDT Archbishop Desmond Tutu is outraged by the government of South Africa's refusal to stand up to China by failing to provide a visa for his friend, Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama.   Speaking to reporters in Cape Town, Tutu said the African National Congress-party dominated government of President Jacob Zuma is worse than the regimes under apartheid and that he prayed for the collapse of the ANC.   The Dalai Lama had been invited to Tutu's 80th...
  • Countdowns in Tehran and Jerusalem

    08/23/2012 5:03:42 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 10 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | August 22, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    If Israel jets show up in Iranian airspace, it will most likely happen while Obama is too busy accusing Mitt Romney of secretly storing all his money in a giant cave in the Rocky Mountains to do more than dispatch a flunky to chew out Netanyahu over the phone. The election is the perfect window for a strike on Iran's nuclear program, because Team Obama will be too tied down on the Romney Front to do much damage to Israel. Despite the signs being brandished at your local Anarchists for Peace rally, accusing the United States of being a puppet...
  • Tibetans clash with police in west China; 1 dead

    08/13/2012 10:33:44 PM PDT · by Rabin · 2 replies
    WashingtonExaminer ^ | August 14, 2012 (mod) | Un Named (AP)
    Police in far west China beat a Tibetan man to death during a clash that broke out after two Tibetans set themselves on fire, a U.S. broadcaster said Tuesday. The violence occurred Monday in Sichuan province's Aba prefecture, has been flooded with security forces, but they have been unable to stop the immolation protests. the Aba police department said there had been no immolations or confrontations between police and Tibetan locals. "Nothing like that has happened,"
  • Dalai Lama attends Pentecost Mass of Cardinal in Vienna

    05/28/2012 3:35:50 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 15 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 28 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Report and pictures of the Dalai Lama robed and in choir.
  • 4 yak skulls from Tibet seized at Sea-Tac Airport

    05/16/2012 10:13:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    HeraldNet ^ | Thursday, May 10, 2012
    A traveler trying to bring four yak skulls back from Tibet was stopped at Sea-Tac Airport by a dog who smelled something funny. The traveler told Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists he found two of the skulls while hiking and bought two more at a village store. Two of the skulls still had dried flesh attached. They were in a duffel bag that drew the attention of a federal beagle named Woody. After the alert from Woody on April 30, the man declared he had the souvenir skulls, so he won't be prosecuted.
  • Three-toed horses reveal the secret of the Tibetan Plateau uplift

    04/29/2012 3:17:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology
    The Tibetan Plateau has gradually risen since the Indian plate collided with the Eurasian plate at about 55 Ma. Regardless of the debates over the rising process and elevation of the plateau, there is no doubt that the Himalayas have appeared as a mountain range since the Miocene, with the appearance of vegetation vertical zones following thereafter. Open grasslands per se have no direct relationship to elevation, because they can have different elevations in different regions of the world, having a distribution near the sea level to the extreme high plateaus. On the other hand, the southern margin of the...
  • Live ammunition used in Chinese Army Tibet night drill

    03/26/2012 7:46:16 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies · 34+ views
    South China Morning Post ^ | Mar 22, 2012 | Teddy Ng in Beijing
    The People's Liberation Army staged its first night drill with live ammunition on the Tibetan plateau last month, a move analysts believe serves as a warning to India over a long-running border dispute. A report yesterday by China Military Online, a website sponsored by the PLA Daily, included photographs from the drill, conducted by a regiment based in Chengdu , Sichuan . "It is the first time for the air force to stage a night-time drill with live ammunition in a high-altitude area and launch attacks against authentic targets of different natures," the report said. It added that the drill...
  • China test its J-10 fighters near borders with India

    03/22/2012 8:26:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | March 22, 2012
    China test its J-10 fighters near borders with India Beijing: China has conducted a massive military exercise in the high altitude Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, close to the disputed borders with India, during which it has for the first time tested the multi-role J-10 fighter jets. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force have conducted ground attack training over the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the "first operation of its kind", official media here reported. According to a report and photos released by PLA Daily yesterday, the ground crew of J-10 regiment fuelled the fighters and loaded ammunition on the 3,500-meter-high plateau at temperatures below...
  • Chinese J-10 Fighter Unit Makes Maiden Flight with Live Ammunition in Tibet

    02/07/2012 4:55:21 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Chinese J-10 Fighter Unit Makes Maiden Flight with Live Ammunition in Tibet 15:38 GMT, February 2, 2012 On January 31, 2012, at a military airport of the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in Tibet, an aviation regiment stationed in Tibet equipped with J-10 fighters launched the year 2012’s first training of two-fighter confrontation with live ammunition. At 10:10, with the ear-piercing roaring sound, two J-10 fighters soared to the sky like arrows from the bow. At 12:30, two fighters that had just finished the training landed on the tarmac. Peng Lizhong, head of the second fighter...
  • Dalai Lama and West "distorting protests" to tarnish China (ha)

    01/30/2012 5:22:04 AM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    BEIJING (Reuters) - The Tibetan government-in-exile has colluded with Western governments to distort a recent string of police shootings in Tibetan areas of China in a bid to discredit the government, an official Chinese newspaper said Monday. Protests by ethnic Tibetans, who accuse Chinese authorities of stifling their traditions and religious freedoms, have gathered pace in the mountainous frontiers of southwestern Sichuan province that border on Tibet proper since last Monday.
  • Reports: Chinese Police Open Fire on Tibetan Protesters(one dead, 30 injured)

    01/23/2012 1:41:18 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    VOA ^ | 01/23/12
    Reports: Chinese Police Open Fire on Tibetan Protesters Posted Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 3:30 pm Witnesses and Tibetan advocacy groups say police in southwestern China opened fire on several thousand Tibetan demonstrators Monday, killing at least one person and wounding many others. An exiled monk who spoke by phone Monday with witnesses told VOA the confrontation took place in western Sichuan province . He said the wounded are being sheltered in a nearby monastery, and that the confrontation was ongoing at the point he lost contact with the witnesses. The rights group Free Tibet, which campaigns for Tibetan autonomy,...
  • Richard Gere Praises Self-Immolating Monks

    01/12/2012 4:59:28 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 20 replies ^ | 12 Jan 2012 | lindastcyr
    Recently, there has been an uprising of protests by Tibetan monks over China’s occupation of Tibet and the exile of the Dalai Lama. The protests are not done with signs and chanting but with self-immolation or the act of burning oneself alive. Richard Gere has praised the actions of the Buddhists monks calling them “a pure act.” Gere, a long-time Buddhist, says, “It all really comes down to motivation. I mean none of these self-immolators have harmed anybody else. It is totally a self-sacrifice for their people, for others. So on that level it’s a pure act. But I think...
  • Surrender "Completely"and Receive My LOVE for YOU \o/

    12/01/2011 5:35:48 PM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 12-1-11 | Jedediah
    SURRENDER COMPLETELY AND RECEIVE MY LOVE FOR YOU ! My surrender to you is eternal , for as My Sacrifice was a promise and a statement of My Love coming down through the Father ! It is Now time for You to SURRENDER wholeheartedly to Me . I need to see a heart opened forth right and true ; to discern My Presence ! That you make " ALL " Known to Me ~ free for release and in this surrender as you raise your hands and lower your defenses and pride I WILL COME ! And My SPIRIT ,...
  • China now rehearses capture of Tibet passes

    11/20/2011 5:14:40 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Sun Nov 20 2011 | Pranab Dhal Samanta
    China now rehearses capture of Tibet passes A year after conducting its first live military exercise in Tibet, China has for the first time rehearsed capture of mountain passes at heights beyond 5,000 metres with the help of armoured vehicles and airborne troops. The Chinese Defence Ministry makes this claim in a short official report that describes the exercise as the “first joint actual-troop drill of the PLA air and ground troops under information-based conditions in frigid area with a high altitude”. The joint drill involved the Chinese Air Force, ground troops, armoured columns and a range of support entities....
  • Conflicts Asia loom over water supply?

    10/03/2011 10:54:54 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 1 replies
    Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses ^ | September 30, 2011 | Hari Bansh Jha
    In recent times, the world has witnessed a major surge in regional unrests caused primarily by the shortage of water. Tension builds up between two or more countries when an effort is made by any upper riparian country to control the waterways of transboundary rivers. Factors like population surge, industrialization and other development activities compel a country to control waterways. When such activities begin to affect the livelihood, ecology and growth of the lower riparian countries, they become a source of dispute. As in other parts of the world, tension has also been growing both in South Asia and Southeast...
  • China: Obama visit with Dalai Lama has 'harmed Sino-U.S. relations'

    07/16/2011 3:22:56 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies ^ | July 16, 2011
    (CNN) -- China spoke out strongly Sunday against a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, saying it "hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and harmed Sino-U.S. relations." "This action seriously interfered with China's internal affairs," said Ma Zhaoxu, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, in a statement, adding that officials have lodged formal complaints with their U.S. counterparts in Beijing and Washington. Obama met with the Dalai Lama on Saturday in Washington, commending the Tibetan spiritual leader on his commitment to nonviolence and pursuit of the "Middle Way" approach with China, the White House...
  • Open the doors of your sanctuary Invite all that are willing to see ,

    06/28/2011 5:24:55 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 9 replies
    Open the doors of your sanctuary , Invite all that are willing to see , Each and every color of skin , Invite them all so then you truly may begin , To worship Me in Spirit and Truth , Invite them all both the old and the youth , The weary , the poor ,the forsaken and lost , Bring them in at any cost , For I shall cover all your needs , For My heart for My children bleeds and bleeds , For every church and steeple , temple and sanctuary , To come together "AS ONE"...
  • Penn & Teller: Dalai Lama and Tibet (Dalai Lama, not quite the saint).

    06/10/2011 9:20:15 AM PDT · by Sonny M · 20 replies
    Youtube ^ | Unknown | Penn and Teller
    Even though Penn and Teller are atheists, they don't spare any religion, or religious figures, and the Dalai Lama is no different, also a nice summery of why no one should be surprised that the Dalai Lama is a marxist.
  • Indian, Pakistani and Chinese border disputes (Fantasy frontiers)

    05/19/2011 7:24:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Economist online ^ | May 18th 2011
    Indian, Pakistani and Chinese border disputes Fantasy frontiers May 18th 2011, 12:25 by The Economist online Disputed borders are both a cause and a symptom of tensions between big neighbours in South Asia. When the colonial power, Britain, withdrew from India it left a dangerous legacy of carelessly or arbitrarily drawn borders. Tensions between India and China flare on occasion, especially along India’s far north-eastern border, along the state of Arunachal Pradesh. In recent years Chinese officials have taken to calling part of the same area “South Tibet”, to Indian fury, as that seems to imply a Chinese claim to...
  • Army presents three-point plan to counter China (India)

    05/19/2011 7:19:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    India Today ^ | May 19, 2011
    Army presents three-point plan to counter China Mail Today Bureau | New Delhi, May 19, 2011 Army chief General V.K. Singh has presented a three-pronged strategy to counter China's growing presence in the Tibet Autonomous Region and its recent activities in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The proposal came at a recent meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that was attended by the army chief as well as top bosses of the security establishment. Singh pitched for a dedicated mountain strike corps, significant enhancement in the army's tactical airlift capability and improvement in the border infrastructure. The army had long been pushing...
  • Caterpillar Fungus Making Tibetan Herders Rich

    04/29/2011 12:50:56 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies · 1+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 04-27-2011 | John Roach
    Profitable medicinal fungus a cash cow in rural communities. Harvesting of a parasitic fungus that grows high on the Tibetan Plateau in China is infusing hordes of cash into rural communities, scientists say. The fungus, Ophiocordyceps sinensis, takes over the bodies of caterpillar larvae then shoots up like finger-size blades of grass out of the dead insects' heads. (See related pictures: "'Zombie' Ants Found With New Mind-Control Fungi.") Known as yartsa gunbu—or "summer grass winter worm"—by Chinese consumers, the nutty-tasting fungus is highly valued for its purported medicinal benefits, for instance, as a treatment for cancer and aging and as...
  • China Reform Monitor - ChiComs surround 2500 Tibetan monks

    04/27/2011 11:49:38 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies · 1+ views
    AFPC China Reform Monitor ^ | 4/27/2011 | Joshua Eisenman, ed.
    Chinese security forces continue to surround the Kirti Tibetan monastery in Sichuan after local residents tried to stop them from arresting the 2,500 monks holed up inside. The standoff began earlier this week, when hundreds of people living in Sichuan's Aba region converged on the monastery determined to stop police from removing the monks for reeducation. The monks could soon face food shortages because they depend on offerings from locals, the Voice of America reports. A U.S. State Department spokesman said the U.S. is concerned about China's actions in Aba, which it called it inconsistent with the internationally recognized principles...