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May 28, 2012

Tibetans resort to self-immolation in Chinese government protests

  • 34 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since March alone source

» Two separate incidents in Tibet on Monday: The self-immolation incidents quickly raised tensions near the Buddhist temple in Lhasa, leading many to believe that the tide is turning against Chinese rule in the region. ”For the Chinese authorities, it has very serious implications and suggests that the movement is spreading among Tibetans,” said Robbie Barnett, an expert on Tibet at Columbia University. ”It could lead to an increased severity of restrictions and controls.” One note: Most of the self-immolation incidents listed above didn’t take place in Tibet, but in Tibetan-populated areas in southwestern China.

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11:12 // 2 years ago
May 13, 2012
Long flights, those I really feared, but now I’m used to them. The fear now is that I never learnt to swim so if the plane crashes on water, I would immediately go deep under the sea and be enjoyed by a shark. That I really fear.
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama • Expressing his fear of sharks in a recent interview.
14:19 // 2 years ago
May 4, 2012
If only it were that easy. Bravo to The Onion for helping us laugh through our pain.

If only it were that easy. Bravo to The Onion for helping us laugh through our pain.

17:59 // 2 years ago
November 3, 2011
Wait, is Chicago some kind of holy city and nobody bothered to tell us?: On April 26, the Dalai Lama is planning a second trip to Chicago in a year, because let’s face it, the Windy City is a happening place for spiritual leaders. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Wait, is Chicago some kind of holy city and nobody bothered to tell us?: On April 26, the Dalai Lama is planning a second trip to Chicago in a year, because let’s face it, the Windy City is a happening place for spiritual leaders. source

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23:27 // 2 years ago
November 1, 2011

pantslessprogressive:

Nepal. November 1. More than 100 Tibetan exiles were detained Tuesday as they gathered to pray for nine young Tibetans who set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule. Five of the nine Tibetans died from their injuries. Nepalese police clashed with demonstrators after authorities entered the prayer meeting and removed a banner of the Dalai Lama.

Read more at the Associated Press. [Photos: Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images; Niranjan Shrestha/AP; Narendra Shrestha/EPA]

Keep these photos circulating. People need to see this.

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20:42 // 2 years ago
March 10, 2011
The Dalai Lama’s stepping aside; we smell a job opening!
He’s out as a political leader. As a spiritual leader, he stays put. The Dalai Lama, one of the most iconic leaders in the world, has announced that he’ll be retiring from his work at the political head of the Tibetan exiles. “My desire to devolve authority has nothing to do with a wish to shirk responsibility. It is to benefit Tibetans in the long run,” he said in a statement. He’s pushing for a democratic vote for the next leader. May the transition be as smooth as this one. source
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He’s out as a political leader. As a spiritual leader, he stays put. The Dalai Lama, one of the most iconic leaders in the world, has announced that he’ll be retiring from his work at the political head of the Tibetan exiles. “My desire to devolve authority has nothing to do with a wish to shirk responsibility. It is to benefit Tibetans in the long run,” he said in a statement. He’s pushing for a democratic vote for the next leader. May the transition be as smooth as this one. source

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1:45 // 3 years ago
February 27, 2011
GaoPeng’s Deal of the day: Groupon has a Chinese site now
We admit it: The first thing GaoPeng’s existence makes us think of is the commercial they made about Tibet. Literally, the very freaking first. It puts that whole commercial campaign in sharp relief. Are we alone in thinking about this? source

We admit it: The first thing GaoPeng’s existence makes us think of is the commercial they made about Tibet. Literally, the very freaking first. It puts that whole commercial campaign in sharp relief. Are we alone in thinking about this? source

23:09 // 3 years ago
February 15, 2011
Dalai Lama’s nephew killed in unfortunate car accident
Yesterday, Jigme K. Norbu, the nephew of the Dalai Lama, started a 300-mile walk across Florida (with a large group of other people, by the way) to help raise awareness for the Tibetan Independence Movement. He didn’t get very far. Norbu was hit by a car less than 50 miles from his starting point, near the end of the first leg of the journey, off the coastal State Road A1A. A terrible, meaningless accident. source
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Yesterday, Jigme K. Norbu, the nephew of the Dalai Lama, started a 300-mile walk across Florida (with a large group of other people, by the way) to help raise awareness for the Tibetan Independence Movement. He didn’t get very far. Norbu was hit by a car less than 50 miles from his starting point, near the end of the first leg of the journey, off the coastal State Road A1A. A terrible, meaningless accident. source

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10:31 // 3 years ago
February 11, 2011
Five days have passed since the Super Bowl, and one thing is clear – our ads offended a lot of people. Tuesday I posted an explanation, but as many of you have pointed out, if an ad requires an explanation, that means it didn’t work.
Groupon CEO Andrew Mason • Being forced to back down on those cause-mocking Super Bowl ads which seem to have pissed off just about everybody. Within the next day or so, they’re going off the air, kids. ” We thought we were poking fun at ourselves,” he continued. but clearly the execution was off and the joke didn’t come through.” Mason says he personally takes blame for approving the ads. (thanks abcworldnews) source (viafollow)
10:05 // 3 years ago