Tibet http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19416/all en China says Dalai Lama retirement is a "trick" (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110310/dalai-lama-tibet-china-retirement <p> The Nobel Peace laureate says he will hand over control of Tibet&#39;s self-declared government in exile to an elected leader.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110310/dalai-lama-tibet-china-retirement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dalai Lama Tibet World Leaders Asia-Pacific World Religion China India Thu, 10 Mar 2011 13:26:55 +0000 News Desk 5629794 at http://www.globalpost.com What's to come of Free Tibet movement? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110311/dalai-lama-free-tibet-movement <p> Democracy may bring a new kind of factionalism to Tibetan exile politics.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110311/dalai-lama-free-tibet-movement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dalai Lama Tibet World Leaders World Religion China Fri, 11 Mar 2011 15:26:14 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5630060 at http://www.globalpost.com Dalai Lama backs bin Laden's killing? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/dalai-lama-backs-bin-ladens-killing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In a Tuesday appearance, the Tibetan Buddhist leader said "forgiveness doesn't mean forget what happened." </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> To be fair, it wasn&#39;t like His Holiness came out and said he wanted bin Laden dead.</p> <p> But for the man who serves as the spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhists &mdash; you know, the ones with reverence for all living things &mdash; to even suggest that the killing of Osama bin Laden was justified is worth noting.</p> <p> And according to the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0504-dalai-lama-20110504,0,7229481.story">Los Angeles Times</a>, at least, that&#39;s exactly what he did.</p> <p> After speaking at the University of California to a crowd of thousands, the Dalai Lama was asked about the Sunday raid on Osama.</p> <p> In his answer, the Dalai Lama said that as a human being the world&#39;s most wanted man may have deserved forgivenes.</p> <p> But then he added: &quot;Forgiveness doesn&#39;t mean forget what happened. &hellip; If something is serious and it is necessary to take counter-measures, you have to take counter-measures.&quot;</p> <p> One reading of this statement certainly suggests that the Dalai Lama was on board with the Sunday raid in which Al Qaeda&#39;s No. 1 was shot twice, once through the eye.</p> <p> But, even if he did suggest as much, is that in conflict with Buddhism?</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/dalai-lama-backs-bin-ladens-killing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Dalai Lama Osama bin Laden Tibet World Leaders War World Religion China The Rice Bowl Wed, 04 May 2011 19:46:21 +0000 Emily Lodish 5642470 at http://www.globalpost.com In Mongolia, thousands catch the protest bug http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/mongolia-uighurs-tibetans-chinese-rule-protests <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Uighurs, Tibetans and now Mongolians are taking to the streets. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> <a href="http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/protests-05252011140210.html">Thousands of Mongolians</a> took to the streets Wednesday, demanding better protection of their rights after a herder was hit by a truck, rights groups reported.</p> <p> Ethnic Mongolians in China&#39;s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region rarely express dissent toward Chinese rule, but the death of a herder named Mergen has proven an exception.&nbsp;</p> <p> Mergen had been among the herders trying to block a caravan of coal trucks from destroying their grazing lands. On May 10, he was run over by a truck driven by an ethnic Han Chinese. One report said Mergen&#39;s body was dragged for nearly 500 feet.</p> <p> Inner Mongolia covers more than 10 percent of China&rsquo;s land area and is now the country&rsquo;s biggest coal producer. As its resources become more in demand, well, you can guess what happens next.</p> <p> The Chinese government has been relocating more than 250,000 nomads from Inner Mongolia, under the guise of protecting the grasslands.</p> <p> Mongolians see it differently. They are already hugely outnumbered by Han Chinese (ethnic Mongols are 17 percent of the Inner Mongolia&#39;s 23 million), and they say they are now being further marginalized.</p> <p> But this isn&#39;t a story about how a bad situation in one remote area led to a rare act of protest. This is the story that reminds us of Asia&#39;s many moments of dissent, even in cultures not prone to making a fuss over criticism.</p> <p> Consider others who have protested Chinese rule.</p> <p> Tibetans rose up in 2008, though that didn&#39;t end well. China cracked down vehemently, killing (by many accounts) well over 100 people. In the years since, a more quiet, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/100207/tibet-passive-resistance">metered form of resistance</a> has emerged in Tibet.</p> <p> The <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/china/uighurs/xinjiang/guangdong-factory">Uighurs rioted en masse</a> in the far-western region of Xinjiang in 2009. Nearly 200 people were killed during the mayhem.</p> <p> In recent weeks, authorities have <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/23/tibetan-monks-detained-china-sichuan">detained hundreds of Tibetan monks</a> for &quot;legal education&quot; in Sichuan after a monk set himself on fire.</p> <p> There are the <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/thailand/100409/thailand-protests-bangkok">Red Shirts in Thailand</a>, who occupied major portions of Bangkok in their quest to topple the government in 2010.</p> <p> And even in Japan, a country where conformity is highly valued, anti-nuke rallies have become common in recent weeks. Demonstrators have gathered in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto to <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/110523/anti-government-criticism-protests-kyoto-japan-nuclear-power">openly criticize the government</a>&rsquo;s response to the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown.</p> <p> But don&#39;t expect to see the masses rising up with any reliability in China.</p> <p> Though an estimated <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110304/why-china-wont-revolt">100,000 &ldquo;mass incidents&rdquo;</a> occur in China every year, they tend to arise over hyperlocal issues in far-flung, more under-developed areas (like, say, Inner Mongolia).</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/mongolia-uighurs-tibetans-chinese-rule-protests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring China Japan Tsunami Mongolia Tibet Uighurs China Japan The Rice Bowl Wed, 25 May 2011 22:53:28 +0000 Emily Lodish 5647385 at http://www.globalpost.com Dalai Lama doesn't get the Dalai Lama joke http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/dalai-lama-doesnt-get-the-dalai-lama-joke <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leave it to the Aussies to finally stump His Holiness. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Have you ever wondered what you would say to the Dalai Lama, if you ever got the chance to meet him?</p> <p> One Australian newscaster clearly has not.</p> <p> On his recent trip Down Under, the Dalai Lama appeared on an Australian news program. The newscaster decided he would, after all, share that one clever <a href="http://www.boingboing.net/2011/06/14/dalai-lama-fails-to.html?dlvrit=36761" target="_blank">Dalai Lama joke</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> Suffice it to say the Tibetan spiritual leader doesn&#39;t get the joke, though still manages to have the last laugh.</p> <p> One line that did get His Holiness to giggle was when he <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110614/australia-prime-minister-julia-gillard-snubs-dalai-lama-tibet-china">confused the prime minister&#39;s gender</a>, referring to Julia Gillard as a man.</p> <p> &quot;Oh, her,&quot; he said with a laugh, after one of his aids corrected him.</p> <p> Gillard refused to meet with the Dalai Lama, but said it was unrelated to his gaffe.</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xlIrI80og8c" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/dalai-lama-doesnt-get-the-dalai-lama-joke" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Dalai Lama Tibet World Leaders Entertainment World Religion China Offbeat The Rice Bowl Wed, 15 Jun 2011 00:36:43 +0000 Emily Lodish 5651247 at http://www.globalpost.com On Dalai Lama's birthday, Nepal prevents Tibetan celebrations http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110706/dalai-lamas-birthday-nepal-prevents-tibetan-celebrations <p> Tibetans tried to hold celebrations at the Namgyal school in Katmandu, but hundreds of riot police prevented them from entering the grounds, the Associated Press reports. Police stopped all Tibetans -- including monks and nuns -- who were not children in school uniforms.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110706/dalai-lamas-birthday-nepal-prevents-tibetan-celebrations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nepal Tibet World Leaders Asia-Pacific World Religion China India Wed, 06 Jul 2011 06:13:59 +0000 News Desk 5669539 at http://www.globalpost.com Second Tibetan monk burns himself alive http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/second-tibetan-monk-burns-himself-alive <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Phone lines are reportedly cut off and the army is said to have surrounded the monastery. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Tsewang Norbu, known as Norko, is reported to have drunk gasoline before pouring some on the rest of his body, and lighting himself on fire.</p> <p> He is the <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/15/tibetan-monk-burns-himself-death">second monk to have self-immolated </a>in last six months in southwestern China&#39;s Sichuan province, protesting the worsening conditions for ethnic Tibetans there.</p> <p> After the first monk burned himself alive on March 16, China clamped down. And repression worsened further when Tibetans in Tawu, where 29-year-old Norko died, defied a government ban on celebrating the Dalai Lama&rsquo;s 76th birthday on July 6.</p> <p> Many fear the Chinese government will respond to the perceived rise in tensions with a strong hand.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/tibets-new-prime-minister-has-never-been-tibet">Tibet&#39;s new prime minister has never been to Tibet</a>.</strong></p> <p> According to the activist website, <a href="http://www.freetibet.org/newsmedia/monk-dies-after-setting-himself-fire-protest-tibet-0">Free Tibet</a>, phone lines have been cut and internet cafes closed in Tawu, and the Chinese army is reported to have surrounded the monastery, where Norko died.</p> <p> Following the death of the first monk, the Chinese regime deployed troops onto the streets of Ngaba, where he died. Activists say they forcibly removed hundreds of monks, imposed curfews, undertook house searches and detained and sentenced scores of Tibetans.</p> <p> The military checkpoints in Ngaba remain six months later, and many worry a similar scene will transpire in Tawu.</p> <p> China&#39;s state media reported the death of the monk, but used the Chinese name for Tawu (Daofu), and said it was unclear why he had self-immolated.</p> <p> But Norko made it clear, according to Free Tibets, calling out three irrefutable slogans as he burned alive:</p> <p class="rteindent1"> &ldquo;We Tibetan people want freedom,&rdquo; &ldquo;Long live the Dalai Lama&rdquo; and &ldquo;Let the Dalai Lama Return to Tibet.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/second-tibetan-monk-burns-himself-alive" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dalai Lama Tibet Conflict Zones World Religion China The Rice Bowl Mon, 15 Aug 2011 18:38:00 +0000 Emily Lodish 5673186 at http://www.globalpost.com More bad news for Tibetan monks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/tibetan-buddhist-monks-tibet-dalai-lama <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> China has sentenced a Tibetan monk to 11 years in jail for hiding his fellow monk who had self-immolated. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Earlier this month, news of a <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/second-tibetan-monk-burns-himself-alive">monk self-immolating</a> in southwestern China sent ripples of terror through the Tibetan Buddhist community.</p> <p> Not only did the act of Tsewang Norbu, known as Norko, burning himself alive bring onlookers to a halt, and force them to register the oppression under which Tibetans live in China.</p> <p> But it also forced people to say, &quot;Again?&quot;</p> <p> Norko was the second monk to light himself on fire and die from subsequent injuries in the last six months.</p> <p> And today, it is that first monk, Rigzin Phuntsog, who self-immolated in China&#39;s Sichuan province on March 16, who is again making headlines months after his death.</p> <p> A Chinese court has sentenced a monk called Drongdru to 11 years in jail for &ldquo;intentional homicide&rdquo; for hiding his fellow monk and preventing him from getting treatment after he set himself on fire, <a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/378fbaf4-d252-11e0-9137-00144feab49a.html#axzz1WRPaJfi6">state news agency Xinhua</a> reported on Monday.</p> <p> According to Reuters:</p> <p class="rteindent1"> Drongdru ... pled guilty to the murder charge and said he felt very regretful over the hiding and prevention of emergency treatment and asked for leniency. Drongdru said at the court room that he would not appeal against the verdict,&rdquo; Xinhua said.</p> <p> According to reports, at least three monks have self-immolated in China since 2009.</p> <p> Two other monks will stand trial on Tuesday charged with &ldquo;plotting, instigating and assisting&rdquo; in Rigzin Phuntsog&#39;s self-immolation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/tibetan-buddhist-monks-tibet-dalai-lama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Dalai Lama Tibet Conflict Zones World Religion China The Rice Bowl Mon, 29 Aug 2011 20:45:12 +0000 Emily Lodish 5674231 at http://www.globalpost.com Can Tibetans be bought? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/tibet-tibetans-china-economy-investing-dalai-lama <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> China's sure going to try. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> China has announced its intention to spend $47 billion on the <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/second-tibetan-monk-burns-himself-alive">unruly Tibetan Autonomous Region</a> before 2015.</p> <p> The money, according to state-run <a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-09/14/c_131138612.htm">Xinhua</a>, will go toward 226 key projects ranging from infrastructure developments &mdash; like new highways linking Tibet with China&#39;s interior regions &mdash; to health care to better access to tap water and more.</p> <p> Hm.</p> <p> That&#39;s very, um, generous of you, China.</p> <p> Or is it?</p> <p> <a href="http://www.bjreview.com.cn/special/tibet/txt/2008-05/07/content_115175.htm">Throwing money at the problem</a> of restive populations isn&#39;t a new development for China. It&#39;s been going for years, and <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/28/world/asia/28kashgar.html?pagewanted=all">not just in Tibet</a>.</p> <p> China recently declared its desire to transform the <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/usa/2011-09/15/content_13692334.htm">Uighurs autonomous region</a>, Xinjiang.</p> <p> Hardly a selfless act, China was clear about wanting to turn Xinjiang into a major production base for petroleum and other energy-related industries.</p> <p> A closer look at Tibet, and China&#39;s motives there are also far from altruistic.</p> <p> China&#39;s new proposal for Tibet more than doubles what it spent on the region between 2006 and 2010.</p> <p> That fact, coupled with the <a href="http://www.tibetanreview.net/news.php?&amp;id=9531">latest tourism figures</a> out of Tibet (6.2 million folks came through in the first eight months of 2011 &mdash; a more than 20 percent jump from 2010), suggest that China&#39;s view of Tibet is changing.&nbsp;</p> <p> Just maybe not in the ways Tibet would like to see.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/tibet-tibetans-china-economy-investing-dalai-lama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dalai Lama Tibet Emerging Markets World Religion China The Rice Bowl Thu, 15 Sep 2011 21:02:06 +0000 Emily Lodish 5675455 at http://www.globalpost.com Dalai Lama Man of Many Faces: Exile, Spiritual Leader, Politician http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5676382 <p> The 14th Dalai Lama doesn&#39;t have much going on &mdash; only the future of Tibetan Buddhists.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5676382" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dalai Lama Tibet World Leaders Entertainment Asia-Pacific Diplomacy China Offbeat Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:20:00 +0000 News Desk 5676382 at http://www.globalpost.com Tibet: What does a trend of self-immolations tell us? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/tibet-what-does-trend-self-immolations-tell-us <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Q &amp; A with Tenzin Dorjee, executive director of New York City's Students for a Free Tibet. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> <em><a href="http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/alight-10072011082911.html">On Friday, two teenaged Tibetans</a>, both former monks, set themselves on fire at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in eastern Tibet (Chinese: Sichuan province). Together, they raise the number of self-immolations this year to seven.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/tibet-what-does-trend-self-immolations-tell-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dalai Lama Tibet Conflict Zones World Religion China India Opinion The Rice Bowl Fri, 07 Oct 2011 15:33:28 +0000 Emily Lodish 5677149 at http://www.globalpost.com Tenth Tibetan monk sets himself on fire, activist group say http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/111026/tenth-tibetan-monk-sets-himself-fire-activist-group- <p> A Tibetan monk set himself on fire Tuesday, making it the tenth self-immolation this year as a form of protest against Chinese rule, a U.K.-based human rights group said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/111026/tenth-tibetan-monk-sets-himself-fire-activist-group-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tibet Conflict Zones Asia-Pacific Politics World Religion China Wed, 26 Oct 2011 16:54:56 +0000 Kyle Kim 5679278 at http://www.globalpost.com Tibet is burning http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/111028/tibet-china-buddhist-monks-self-immolations-kirti-monastery <p>BIHAR &mdash; During my detention by Chinese authorities, I was not mistreated, only exhausted. That does not compare to the intimidation and violence that Tibetans endure daily.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/111028/tibet-china-buddhist-monks-self-immolations-kirti-monastery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Dalai Lama Tibet Conflict Zones Asia-Pacific World Religion Opinion Fri, 04 Nov 2011 10:21:00 +0000 Matteo Pistono 5679591 at http://www.globalpost.com Nepalese police arrest 53 Tibetan exiles http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/111101/nepalese-police-arrest-53-tibetan-exiles <p> Nepalese policed arrested 53 Tibetan protesters in the outskirts of Kathmandu when hundreds of the Tibetan exiles gathered at a monastery there for morning prayer despite police warnings not to attend</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/111101/nepalese-police-arrest-53-tibetan-exiles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nepal Tibet Conflict Zones Asia-Pacific China Tue, 01 Nov 2011 20:11:39 +0000 Kyle Kim 5679981 at http://www.globalpost.com Tibetan exile in India self-immolates outside Chinese embassy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/india/111104/tibetan-exile-india-self-immolates-new-delhi <p> The Tibetan exile posted a message on Facebook on Friday stating his intent to immolate himself in front of the Chinese embassy. He intended to join the 11 Tibetans who have died in protest recently.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/india/111104/tibetan-exile-india-self-immolates-new-delhi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tibet Asia-Pacific China India Fri, 04 Nov 2011 16:53:00 +0000 Mariya Karimjee 5680349 at http://www.globalpost.com