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March 18, 2008

Stand with Tibet; Beastie Boys Speak Out; Young Tibetans Reject the Dalai Lama

From Precious Metal: Stand With Tibet, an online petition. Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys asks that you contact your Congressperson. More »
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March 18, 2008

Photos from Nepal

From Mikel Dunham's website. More »
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March 18, 2008

Message from Executive Director of the Tibet Connection

 We received this email a short time ago: Dear All, Since March 7th, The Tibet Connection has been unable to publish anything to our website thetibetconnection.org because of a problem with our server. We are learning that other Tibet-related sites are experiencing similar problems. More »
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March 18, 2008

Dalai Lama Says He’ll Resign if Violence Escalates

China has blamed the Dalai Lama for the violence in Tibet, and the Chinese response to the protests has stirred resentment among Tibetans in India. So we come to this: DHARAMSALA, India — The Dalai Lama on Tuesday invited international observers, including Chinese officials, to scour his offices here and investigate whether he had any role in inciting the latest anti-Chinese violence in Tibet. More »
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March 17, 2008

Tibet from around the blogs

Danny Fisher points us to Wildmind's excellent Tibet turmoil round-up. This is a great summary of what's going on. Buddhist Jihad returns from hiatus to give us some Tibet links. More »
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March 17, 2008

What can meditation do for you?

Lower your blood pressure, and your stress. Even the NIH is in on it. More »
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March 17, 2008

China Blocks YouTube; Violence continues in Sri Lanka, Thailand

China defends its role in the Tibet crisis. There were even demonstrations in Beijing. And of course, China blocked YouTube. 49 people reported killed in fighting in Sri Lanka over the weekend. More »
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March 17, 2008

China's Spiritual Awakening

It's a bit ironic to look back on this BusinessWeek article from January -- while soldiers kill monks in Tibet, Buddhism is actually booming in China. More »
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March 17, 2008

Barack Obama's Statement on Tibet

Our friend Sharon Salzberg sent us an email with the following: Statement of Senator Barack Obama on the situation in Tibet Chicago, IL, March 14-- "I am deeply disturbed by reports of a crackdown and arrests ordered by Chinese authorities in the wake of peaceful protests by Tibetan Buddhist monks. I condemn the use of violence to put down peaceful protests, and call on the Chinese government to respect the basic human rights of the people of Tibet, and to account for the whereabouts of detained Buddhist monks. These events come on the 49th anniversary of the exile of the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, the Dalai Lama. They demonstrate the continuing frustration of the Tibetan people at the way in which Beijing has ruled Tibet. There has been an informal dialogue between Chinese leaders and the Dalai Lama's representatives over the past six years. More »
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March 17, 2008

Tibet protests continue

Tibet's biggest protests in almost 20 years continue. They are outside Lhasa and outside Tibet, and they are all over the world. Western leaders continue to timorously timidly judiciously urge restraint, while the IOC urges "appeasement." Check out the Go Tibet! page at the Worst Horse. More »
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March 16, 2008

Dalai Lama Feels Helpless

All eyes are on the Dalai Lama, who, though accused of instigating by some, says he feels helpless as he watches, as we all do, the events unfold. Dalai Lama video, courtesy of Precious Metal. More »
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March 16, 2008

The Dalai Lama Calls for International Inquiry

The DL asks for an inquiry into Tibet saying some kind of "cultural genocide" is taking place. CNN blogs the turmoil. Updates from Tibet Daily. More »
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March 16, 2008

Monastery Bulldozed and Burned in Burma

Burma's long nightmare continues. More »
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March 16, 2008

In the Name of the People

China's crackdown on Tibet is an embarrassment to the Bush administration's foreign policy team (but then again, what isn't?) China was recently taken off the U.S.'s list of worst human rights offenders, and this is how they repay Dubya? Protests at Chinese consulates around the U.S. today, including New York and Chicago. [Picture at right from the Chicago Tribune.] Meanwhile China declares a "people's war": More »
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March 15, 2008

Lhasa, Beijing, IOC

Will cries of "Free Tibet!" drown out China's Olympic triumph? No, says Beijing, and hell no says the International Olympic Committee. Video of the protests. Several videos on YouTube and elsewhere with fleeting glimpses of the unrest. UPDATE: Protests at the Chinese embassy in Washington. More »
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March 15, 2008

Run-Up to the Olympics

Reports of at least 30 dead fromTibetan exile groups. Sun Weide, a spokesman for the Beijing Olympics organizing committee, said the unrest would not have a negative impact on the Games or the torch relay. Preparations to carry the Olympic torch across Mount Everest and across Tibet "have been proceeding very smoothly and according to schedule," Sun said. "The hosting of the Beijing Games is the 100-year dream for Chinese people and I think the Chinese people, including our compatriots in Tibet, very much look forward to hosting the Games," Sun said. The United States and other governments have urged China to show restraint on the protesters, though International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge deferred, saying he didn't have details. More »
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March 15, 2008

Chinese media confirms 10 deaths

From the New York Times. 50 or 60 monks arrested. Dead bodies all around Lhasa. The government response to the Burmese protests was such a black eye for China, it is astounding they would raise the ire of the world again by firing on peaceful demonstrators themselves. Is it arrogance, or fear that motivates them? This should lead to many condemnations and Olympic boycotts. The world has so little leverage over China otherwise, and the games are so important to Beijing . More »
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March 15, 2008

No Deadly Force, Beijing Claims

China says warning shots and teargas only. Residents were under attack and many police officers were injured, Beijing claims. And stories coming out of Tibet sound bad. More »
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March 14, 2008

What is Happening in Tibet?

The International Campaign for Tibet condemns the Chinese government's excessive use of force against a peaceful demonstration, while the Chinese government news agency Xinhua says the Dalai Lama clique is responsible for causing unrest and damaging property. Meanwhile, in a piece of bitter irony, The Buddhist Blog notes the U.S. has removed China from its list of worst human rights offenders. More »