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3-26-08 - Andrew Main writes on the current issue concerning China and Tibet.


By a curious coincidence, this latest Tibetan uprising began just as I was reading an interesting new book, "The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama" by Thomas Laird

, which gives a lot of excellent background.

The International Olympic Committee has soiled itself in the past -- not least by providing Nazi Germany a huge propaganda platform in 1936, of which 2008 is looking to be a repeat -- but this will probably be the first time that the Olympic torch will be proudly carried right through the largest concentration camp on the planet.

Interesting times, indeed.

To keep up with events in Tibet, as well as international responses thereto, the best place I've found is:

http://blog.studentsforafreetibet.org

Also the parent site: http://studentsforafreetibet.org

And http://www.savetibet.org

http://beijingwideopen.org

http://www.rangzen.com

http://www.tibetoffice.org/en/index.php

A busy Tibetan community site:

http://phayul.com    Phayul means Homeland)

 

"The causes of the uprising"

 

"Ethnic repression in Tibet masterminded by faceless trio"

"China's Favorite Propaganda on Tibet... and Why Itís Wrong"

 

Another link of interest for background to the Tibet situation:

"Jampa: The Story of Racism in Tibet"

 

And a final thought:

Zigong inquired, "Is there one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life?" The Master said, "Is not Consideration such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others." (Analects of Confucius, XV:23)

Best wishes,

Andrew


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