Spiritual leaders pray for peace” is not a headline to set the pulses racing. It is news only when they pray for war. Even that, unfortunately, is common enough to raise little attention these days. But something happened last week, almost entirely neglected by the media, which was remarkable and sinister. The Dalai Lama did not pray for peace at the great interfaith meeting in Assisi, where world spiritual leaders, invited by the pope, do gather to pray and witness for peace. There were representatives of almost every other faith whose followers are engaged in violence: Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Japanese Buddhists, Orthodox Christians – even the archbishop of Canterbury; but the Dalai Lama was not invited. Read more
On the station platform a group of retirees are posing for photos, pumping their fists and shouting "Lhasa" with every snap of the shutter. "Lhasa, Lhasa, Lhasa," they chant.
Their backdrop is an olive-green train carriage that will take them from the western Chinese city of Chongqing to the Tibetan capital. It's a journey of 42 hours over three days and, in recent years, it has become a rite of passage for the country's youth and a late-life adventure for retirees.
But it is also a patriotic journey – a demonstration of how the dominant Han Chinese have conquered the restive western province of Tibet. Read more
[ICT} Two Tibetans, including a prominent writer, who had just been released after serving several years in prison have been detained again in the last few days. Both Tibetans, writer Gangkye Drubpa Kyab – who wrote a book on the protests in Tibet in 2008 – and 35-year old Samdrub, are from Serthar in Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in eastern Tibet.
[WaPo] A month ago, I never would have imagined I would be standing in front of the Potala Palace in Tibet, streaming a live video on Facebook and talking openly about economic and cultural discrimination and environmental pollution under Chinese rule.
And yet there I was, free to speak, unhindered by the Foreign Ministry minders who had brought us on a rare trip here. It was, as far as I know, the first-ever Facebook Live conducted in Tibet. Read more