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Latest addition : 20 December 2011.

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  • The Revolution Will Be Tweeted in Tibetan

    20 December 2011, by Tendor

    One of the rare advantages of being born a refugee is that you become bilingual by default. As a Tibetan educated in India and the United States, I’m often asked to interpret for Tibetan speakers at meetings, rallies and press conferences. Recently, I facilitated a brainstorming session between Nathan Freitas, technology director at the Tibet Action Institute, and Kusho Monlam, a Tibetan monk and a pioneer in the computerization of Tibetan language. As the discussion turned to the (...)

  • Hu’s menacing dogs are they?

    20 December 2011, by Bhuchung D Sonam

    In 2009, Kunga Tsayang — the imprisoned writer and environmentalist — wrote a bold essay titled Who are the Real Separatists? "China Television, Lhasa TV and others, while ignoring the truth, have excessively branded all Tibetans as separatists. This has caused an incurable communal rift between the Chinese brothers and sisters and Tibetans, leading to the Chinese disliking the Tibetans…" was Tsayang’s prescient analysis. This has proved to be true many times over, the latest case being the (...)

  • Queer politics and Tibet

    10 October 2011

    Headlines of the current decade reflect significant interest toward various kinds of emancipatory politics and their effects, with a particular gravitation toward LGBTQ rights and democratization in non-Western nations. An interesting feature emerges when contrasting the notions of LGBTQ rights and democratic values– the latter represents a majority-rule paradigm, while the former calls for minority rights. This difference of priority (on the needs or beliefs of the majority versus a (...)

  • The future is here & the leader has seen it

    13 March 2011, by Tenzin Tsundue

    In the 1970s, when the Tibetan exile government in Dharamsala had only one telephone, a secretary called the Dalai Lama’s office which was two kilometers uphill on the ridge of McLeod Ganj. The secretary called the Dalai Lama’s PA, Lama Tara la. The voice on the other end said the PA was not in his office and asked if he could take a message. On enquiring who was on the line the voice said "Tenzin Gyatso". No one of that name worked in that office. So the secretary asked "Tenzin Gyatso who?’’ (...)

  • Jasmine is ’inharmonious’

    10 March 2011, by Bhuchung D Sonam

    On 27 February, the Chinese authorities cracked down heavily on ‘Jasmine rallies’ planned in over 20 cities across the country. Both uniformed and plainclothes police officers were out in force to stop a scheduled rally in Wangfujing Street, a shopping district in Beijing. In Shanghai, several hundred people trying to gather were dispersed with water trucks. However, anonymous organisers of the campaign have already called for new rallies on 6 March. This despite the stifling security (...)

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