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Vagaries of Tibetan democracy

Source: Tibetan Political Review By Kunsang Tanzin, Toronto, Canada There can be precarious external circumstances under which making democracy function true to its ideals become challenging.  We can overcome such challenges from within by improving ourselves.  But it is a matter of serious concern to watch at the vagaries of Tibetan democracy within are being … Continue reading


Source: Lhakar Diaries This past week, I saw the film ‘Death by China’. This film is based on the book written by Peter Navarro and Greg Autry. I didn’t know what to expect going into this film, I hadn’t heard anything about the film, but my doubts about this film were instantly soothed when I … Continue reading

China wanting to understand Tibetan self-immolation?

Source: Tibetreport’s Blog On December 10, 2012, China’s official CCTV broadcast a discussion on Tibetan self-immolation on its Dialogue program. It was titled, “Realities in Tibet,” and obviously, the aim was to drive the narrative on the issue in the way the Chinese Government wanted: to place the self-immolation in the context of crime and … Continue reading

Deconstructing the Scarlet Letter

Source: Drugmo Lives… In Lhasa when people speak of the political past, a popular saying is “dewa shung ghi jhutok desey goleb ghi jhigi reh” which can roughly be translated as “matters of the government are the flat-headed (Desey Sangye Gyatso) regent’s business” implying that it is not the business of ordinary people. However in the … Continue reading

Tibetan Studies

Source: Angry Tibetan Girl Submitted by Angry Angry Angry: I’m so f’in annoyed right now. Lately I’ve been meeting and finding out a lot about the Tibet studies scene. So the buzz in that scenes for academics, it seems, happens to be authentic Tibetans who (get this) live in Tibet! that makes sense right? But … Continue reading

Queer Politics and Tibet

Source: Tibetan Political Review. By Tenzin Mingyur Paldron (Berkeley, California) 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 … Continue reading

Shakabpa and the awakening of Tibetan history by Jamyang Norbu

Source: Phayul Academic scholarship may not generally lend itself to moving or inspirational writing, but there are exceptions. Edward Gibbon’s, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, is probably the greatest work of history written in the English language (Hugh Trevor-Roper) and a literary masterpiece praised for its narrative clarity, biting … Continue reading

Resistance by fire: Constructing political subjectivity through self-immolation

Source: The Daily Californian By Tenzin Mingyur Paldron The bodies of youth in Asia are burning in acts of protest. What is the message? Not just whatever slogan bystanders may have heard them articulate, but what message is being spoken in this act as an event? What do these acts signify? What might they produce? … Continue reading

Tibetans in the Chinese Communist Party Leadership

Source: Tibetreports By Buchung K. Tsering September 28, 2012 The Chinese Communist Party has finally announced that its 18th Party Congress will be held from November 8, 2012. I would, therefore, like to look at its significance from a Tibetan point of view, but from a different angle. Of course, the new leadership of China … Continue reading

“City Moats” and “Ethnic Segregation” By Woeser

Source: High Peaks Pure Earth   The above photos are all taken from Sina Weibo. Picture 1 shows the “urgent notice to once more emphasise the regulations directed at people from the ‘four main Tibetan regions’ who want to enter Lhasa” issued by the Lhasa Security Bureau. Picture 2 shows the security checks located in … Continue reading

Going Back–Back To ‘TIBET’

Source: Tibet Telegraph By Tenzin Kalsang When I saw pictures of my classmate’s home in Ngari I wondered if I would also have been living in a stacked-stone hut upon a barren, rocky field if I were in Tibet. When we did projects in school about Tibet and we came across ethereally beautiful pictures of … Continue reading


Source: Lhakar Diaries     ICT recently posted “Tibetans in the Chinese Communist Leadership” by Bhuchung K. Tsering on their blog. I became especially interested in this part of the blog-post: It was interesting to see that way back on March 16, 1953, there was an “Inner-party directive drafted for the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist … Continue reading

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