On Tuesday, May 1st, at the end of the Tibetan Representative’s meeting in Ottawa, Canada, from April 29th to May 1st, 2012, Kalon Tripa Lobsang Sangay, and Kalon Dicki Chhoyang, met with the Tibetan-Canadian interns of the 3rd Parliamentary Friends of Tibet Internship Program. The Kalon Tripa spoke to the interns and explained the importance… Read More Kalon Tripa Lobsang Sangay and Kalon Dicki Chhoyang Meet with Tibetan-Canadian Interns
Here is an article written by Kate Allen, from the Globe and Mail, about Tibetan youth and basketball in the Parkdale area of Toronto. I was interviewed by her for it and afterward I helped her with getting in touch with some other Tibetans in the community so that they could also give their input… Read More After NBA event is cancelled, Parkdale bounces back
One hundred years ago, on February 13, 1913, the 13th Dalai Lama made a proclamation stating his intention to govern Tibet as an independent country. This was an unusual declaration of independence because he did not declare that his country was to become independent — instead, he declared that Tibet had always been independent, but… Read More the Tibetan Declaration of Independence
Police in Himachal Pradesh, India formally charged the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, along with some of his aides, with crimes related to a putatively illegal stash of foreign currency which was discovered nearly a year ago. I had perhaps naïvely thought this story had quietly gone away. A number of questions arise: is the… Read More Whither the Karmapa?
A few days ago in Sanya, southern China, Brazil, India, Russia, China, and South Africa issued a joint statement called the Sanya Declaration. Most of it is bland, but I thought that what was not said here is interesting: 9. We underscore that the concurrent presence of all five BRICS countries in the Security Council… Read More on the Sanya Declaration
is a free China. Not because the Chinese people will vote for a government that will recognise Tibet’s self-determination (they won’t), but because dismantling the apparatus of oppression in China will make it a lot harder to maintain it in Tibet. Therefore, I am enthusiastic about the goals of the so-called Chinese Jasmine Revolution, even… Read More the fastest route to a free Tibet
The on-going release of U.S. diplomatic cables has included several which relate to Tibet. One describes how the Chinese government has been paying Nepalese officials to apprehend Tibetan refugees, which is a fact that should be more embarrassing to Nepal, but apparently no one cares very much. Another shows the Dalai Lama suggesting to American… Read More Cablegate and Tibet
guardian.co.uk recently ran an interview and analysis piece by Norma Levine about Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s current situation. He makes his most straightforward so far about not playing a political role in the government-in-exile in the future, rightly pointing out that there is a already a procedure in place in their constitution to choose a… Read More What is India’s Karmapa policy? (an interview with the Karmapa)