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The Buddhist monks stood atop the jagged remains of a vocational school, struggling to move concrete slabs with pickax shovels and bare hands. Suddenly a cry went out: An arm, clearly lifeless, was poking through the debris.
But before the monks could finish their task, a group of Chinese soldiers who had been relaxing on the school grounds sprang to action. They put on their army caps, waved the monks away, and with a video camera for their unit rolling, quickly extricated the body of a young girl.
The monks stifled their rage and stood below, mumbling a Tibetan prayer for the dead.
“You won’t see the cameras while we are working,” said one of the monks, Ga Tsai, who with 200 others, had driven from their lamasery in Sichuan Province as soon as they heard about the quake.
“We want to save lives. They see this tragedy as an opportunity to make propaganda.”
He was arrested for inciting “subversion” sounds like a petty excuse to arrest someone. I think the communists are more afraid of the truth than alleged “subversion” but I think the communists view of truth is subversion. Either way, they don’t like the truth, so they look for way’s to arrest innocent people.
Dhondup Wangchen was arrested in Tibet on 26 March 2008 for filming interviews with ordinary Tibetans on their views on the Olympic Games, the Dalai Lama and Chinese government policies in Tibet. The interviews were made into a documentary film “Leaving Fear Behind”, which gives the viewer a rare glimpse into the reality of Tibetans living under Chinese occupation and has now been screened in 30 countries.[read more]
If anything the CCP has destroyed the true Chinese culture.
The party try’s to tell the world that they have one of the oldest and longest standing cultures, yet we don’t know that for sure because the communists have destroyed much of the Chinese people’s diverse cultures in different regions, as they are doing with the Tibetan culture.
So sad, that they have to rewrite a false history teaching their children that false history, and people are to old or to scared to speak up and tell the truth, very sad.
CHANGCHUN, China — Unlike in other cities taken by the People’s Liberation Army during China’s civil war, there were no crowds to greet the victors as they made their triumphant march through the streets of this industrial city in the heart of Manchuria.
Even if relieved to learn that hostilities with Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Army had come to an end, most residents — the ones who had not died during the five-month siege — were simply too weak to go outdoors. “We were just lying in bed starving to death,” said Zhang Yinghua, now 86, as she recalled the famine that claimed the lives of her brother, her sister and most of her neighbors. “We couldn’t even crawl.”
What happened to the spirit of the Summer Olympics in Beijing? What happened to those promises of human rights for the Chinese people and the Tibetan People?
Oh, yeah! These people didn’t file the proper paper work, so they were shut down, just so happens that these people are legal experts on the laws, and we can’t have that in China because the Communist Party is the law….
A legal research center in Beijing was shut down Friday and the licenses of more than 50 lawyers – many known for their politically sensitive human rights work – were revoked in what appeared to be one of China’s most drastic moves to restrain activist lawyers.
The actions underscore a renewed official push to control these lawyers, who already run the risk of being detained, harassed, attacked and threatened with disbarment for their work. China is also preparing for the communist state’s 60th anniversary on Oct. 1 – a particularly sensitive period when dissent is not tolerated.
About 20 officials from Beijing’s Civil Affairs Bureau showed up Friday morning at the offices of the Gongmeng rights group’s legal research center and confiscated computers and other equipment, said office manager Tian Qizhuang. They also questioned researchers and other employees on the nature of their work.
“They said the research center was not properly registered,” Tian said. “We didn’t want to resist them, but what they are doing violates the law. … Shutting us down is the same as shutting down Gongmeng.”
China had a long time to change the way the communists ruled or not, so now it appears they’ve lost the opportunity to open up and bring democracy to the people, while keeping the economy afloat or untarnished. With information taking seconds instead of weeks or months to reach people like it used to 10 or 20 years ago, more and more people in the world are aware of the dealings of the communists and the western corporate world. As well as the way the Chinese communists have been treating other ethnic people while favoring the Han communist party leaders and their families over the native people of the these lands. If anyone has any respect for humanity they would deal with these corporations.
That’s pronounced “Wee-gur,” just so you know. By now you’ve probably read about this Muslim minority in China, who are clashing with Han Chinese in the country’s remote Xinjiang province. While this is mainly a political story about Chinese repression of ethnic minorities, it has some important economic lessons. For starters, Xinjiang is an area rich in oil and minerals–not incidental to the fact that the Chinese authorities are eager to make sure it stays part of China. But second and more importantly, the ethnic violence reflects what may be the biggest deterrent to Chinese growth–autocracy. I recently saw a very interesting study by the Carnegie Endowment looking at the connection between political freedom and economic growth within society. The link is strong.
The communist regime should stop blaming westerners, especially single individuals for these common problems in the communist controlled areas. Just looking at this tells me a lot about communist colonialism in central Asia. Communist annexationists should stop transplanting Han to these regions because the communists favor them by transplanting them, and the communist party gives them business’s and money, and the ethnic Han [the Chinese] don’t help the local community because their Uighur people. That’s the problem, it’s colonialism in the 21st century, and unfortunately it’s still happening.
Local officials say they would like to hire Uighurs, but have trouble finding qualified candidates. “One common problem of the western region is that the education and cultural level of the people here is quite low,” said Wang Lequan, Xinjiang’s Communist Party secretary.
Love how they always talk below others…. as if their honor is better than the Uighurs honor. They use the same mentality with regard to the Tibetan people.
They claim these regions belonged to the Han Dynasty, that might be plausible, though not the Communist Dynasty, their is a BIG difference. The Mongolian’s ruled much of those area’s before the Chinese people, and China’s borders were clearly marked to keep others out, but the Mongolian Empire fell because it was to big. Then all those states ruled themselves, but some groups want to alleged that they ruled it as if they were the Mongolian Empire. It’s unfortunate the communists party officials have destroyed so much of Chinese culture, much like they’re destroying the Tibetan culture over the generations. It’s understandable that other regions have their own cultural practices regardless of where they may live within alleged borders, but people should be able to practice their own culture, not be forced on with alleged Han communist party culture. Communism isn’t even part of Han Chinese culture, it’s a recent practice, but definitely shouldn’t be forced on Uighur.
The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR), a territory in western China, accounts for one-sixth of China’s land and is home to about 20 million people from thirteen major ethnic groups. The largest of these groups is the Uighurs [PRON: WEE-gurs], a predominantly Muslim community with ties to Central Asia. Some Uighurs call China’s presence in Xinjiang a form of imperialism, and they stepped up calls for independence —sometimes violently— in the 1990s through separatist groups like the East Turkestan Islamic Movement. The Chinese government has reacted by promoting the migration of China’s ethnic majority, the Han, to Xinjiang. Beijing has also strengthened economic ties with the area and tried to cut off potential sources of separatist support from neighboring states that are linguistically and ethnically linked with the Uighurs.
Everyone should learn the basic concepts of science and evolve with it. I’ve always loved science because it’s connected to everything around us, the trees, the birds, the insects to the foods we eat! The world is an amazing place! Having a degree in science, and coming from a family of Buddhists for many generations, I can understand the Dalai Lama’s interest and excitement in science, I’m still evolving. I agree, totally love Dhondup’s question, because my knowledge and understanding of science has helped me to understand Buddhism better, though I still have a lot more to learn about Buddhist teachings into consciousness, my inner being.
Wouldn’t mind taking the course myself, so I hope the scientists eventually bring the Buddhist science teaching model home to America, so we can educate ourselves here to.
Do bacteria require light?” Tashi, one of my best students, wants to know. He sits there in Dharamsala, India, like his Buddhist monk colleagues, cross-legged on the floor in maroon robes, six hours a day learning science from a tall white Jewish guy from North Carolina.
Religion often has a hard time of it, especially among academics, and especially among scientists. Of course academics have no problem studying religion and raising big money to establish endowed chairs, centers, and institutes devoted to just that. But when actually being religious or even discussing personal beliefs or spirituality at all, is rare and, if anything, discouraged. To me this is an odd and disturbing social conundrum: let’s take our best thinkers and idea-people, theorizers, and policy developers and eradicate any discussion of personal belief, religion, or spirituality from their official discourse. Brilliant.
So, it’s refreshing to be part of a project, an experiment really, in which academics are actively engaging religious tradition and belief. Even better, and ironically, this engagement is driven by scientists; the very folks many blame for hammering personal belief out of intellectual conversation in the West in the first place.
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Sad this Pagoda collapsed, but perhaps that is a message for the Junta, that their day’s are numbered!
You can’t indiscriminately kill people, or spiritual leaders, for speaking out, and then remodel a Pagoda expecting to cleans your Karma, that’s not the way it works. Doing good just to try and cleans your dirtiness doesn’t clean your karma, in fact it would probably make it worse because it’s not happening for the right reasons. Murdering all those people just so you can be the ruller of Burma, that’s blood on your’s and your family’s hands. That’s a millinium of dirty karma on your hands.
It cannot have pleased Myanmar’s ruling family: the collapse of a 2,300-year-old gold-domed pagoda into a pile of timbers just three weeks after the wife of the junta’s top general helped rededicate it.
There is no country in Asia more superstitious than Myanmar, and the crumbling of the temple was seen widely as something more portentous than shoddy construction work.
The debacle coincides with the junta’s trial of the country’s pro-democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, after an American intruder swam across a lake and spent a night at the villa where Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for most of the past 19 years.
After two weeks of testimony that began May 18, the trial has been suspended as the court considers procedural motions — and as the junta apparently tries to decide how to manage what seems to have been a major blunder, drawing condemnation from around the world.
The superstitious generals may be consulting astrologers as well as political tacticians for guidance. That would not be unusual for many people in Myanmar, formerly Burma.
Previously, currency denominations and traffic rules have been changed, the nation’s capital has been moved and the timing of events has been selected — even the dates of popular uprisings — with astrological dictates in mind.
“Astrology has as significant a role in policies, leadership and decision making in the feudal Naypyidaw as rational calculations, geopolitics and resource economics,” said Zarni, a Burmese exile analyst and researcher who goes by one name. He was referring to the country’s fortified capital, which opened in 2005. [see full article on the collapse of Burma’s ancient pagoda]
I know some will say that this is not enough, but to me it’s a start! It’s about time we have people in congress with some backbone, not to mention the White House’s capability of dialog with other nations and being able to speak to people directly and form the heart.
“the US foreign relations bill authorizes scholarship and fellowship programs for Tibetans, and allocates money to protect Tibetan Culture and history, to support economic development, environmental protection, education and heaths care services in Tibet.
The Bill also asks China to cease “all interferences” in the religious affairs of the Tibetan people, including the reincarnation system of Tibetan Buddhism.”
I’m not sure why China would be so irate about all this? This should help eliminate some of the tension that China has been causing in these areas. The communist government doesn’t seem to like dialog of any kind. Also, a lot of that said above appears to be the similar to the basic human rights that the communists agreed to with the Olympic Committee when they were given the opportunity to host an international of peace and harmony event, called the “Summer Olympics” To this day, it doesn’t appear that the communists have implemented any of the human rights issues promised.
Of course it should be the communist party who does all the protection, education and health care of the Tibetan people and their culture, but they’ve been only supporting the ethnic Han Chinese who the party keeps sending into Tibet while giving them Tibetan jobs and business with only further destroys Tibetan identity and culture and pushes the Tibetan’s out of Lhasa. I’m glad to see that congress if finally helping our friends in Tibet.
Dharamsala, June 12: US House of representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that further advances US policy on Tibet and authorizes its funding for wide-ranging programs that support Tibetans in Tibet.
The bill makes several improvements to an already existing Tibetan Policy Act of 2002 and directs the US government to encourage the Tibetan-Chinese dialogue by coordinating with other governments in multilateral efforts in order to reach a negotiated agreement on Tibet.
The bill further directs the US government to require the National Security Council (NSC) to ensure that U.S. policy on Tibet is coordinated with all executive agencies in contact with the Chinese government.
It also authorizes the establishment of a Tibet Section within the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, until such time as a U.S. consulate in Tibet is established. It further directs the government to seek to establish a U.S. consulate in Tibet’s Capital Lhasa.
The Bill requires the US Consulate in Lhasa to “provide services to United States citizens traveling to Tibet and to monitor political, economic, and cultural developments in Tibet, including Tibetan areas of Qinghai, Sichuan, Gansu, and Yunnan provinces.”
The new provisions were included in “H.R. 2410: the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011”, which passed the full House by a vote of 235 to187 on June 10, 2009, a move that could further irate China. [read more on US Consulate in Tibet story]