Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from February 2009

Our Nation: Tape’s Incredible Sacrifice

February 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on Our Nation: Tape’s Incredible Sacrifice

Lhadon and Tendor talk about the self-immolation and shooting of a young Tibetan monk, Tape. I’m also now hearing reports that when Tape was shot, he was shouting “Long live the Dalai Lama!” He was carrying a homemade Tibet flag with an image of the Dalai Lama on it — both of those symbols are […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Jindal’s Office Admits Katrina Story Untrue

February 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on Jindal’s Office Admits Katrina Story Untrue

Is there anything the modern Republican Party won’t lie about?

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Tags: Rule of Law

Monk Shot by Chinese Police After Self-Immolating in Protest in Tibet

February 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Students for a Free Tibet just put out this release on the shooting of a monk who had self-immolated in protest in Tibet. Hong Kong – A Tibetan monk was shot by Chinese police today after he set himself on fire at 1:40pm Beijing Time in Ngaba town (Chinese: Aba) in eastern Tibet. According to […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

“Clean” Coal Ad

February 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on “Clean” Coal Ad

Via Treehugger.com, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen make an ad for Reality Coalition. This is brilliant.

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Tags: Environment


February 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on Defiance

NPR: During visits to four monasteries, pictures of the Dalai Lama were openly displayed, a symbol of resistance to Chinese rule. The heightened security, including police presence and increased troop deployments in Tibetan areas, means protests are less likely this year. For one monk, “Cerdan,” whose real name was withheld to protect his identity, openly […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Accountability Now

February 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on Accountability Now

Accountability Now formally launched today. The concept is for some big progressive organizations and top bloggers – people like Jane Hamsher, Markos Moulitsas, Glenn Greenwald, Nate Silver, MoveOn, SEIU, and Color of Change – to put together the resources and energies to primary bad, conservative Democrats. To me there is really nothing more exciting happening […]

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Tags: Democrats

More Tibet Coverage in NYT

February 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on More Tibet Coverage in NYT

Episode 12 of “Our Nation” includes a discussion of today’s New York Times front page piece by Edward Wong, which talks about the No Losar movement and the security crackdown on Tibetans by the Chinese government during Tibetan New Year. Wong’s piece is incredibly well written and it does a great job of showing the […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Obama’s Tech Guru(s)

February 25th, 2009 · Comments Off on Obama’s Tech Guru(s)

ValleyWag has a post up trying to determine which individual connected to the Obama campaign’s new media team deserves credit for it all as top “web guru.” I can’t imagine a less relevant question. As the post shows, there were many people taking part in many key aspects of the new media operation. It was […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Technology

Dodd on Obama’s Speech

February 25th, 2009 · Comments Off on Dodd on Obama’s Speech

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Tags: Barack Obama · Chris Dodd

Woeser on Losar Boycott

February 25th, 2009 · Comments Off on Woeser on Losar Boycott

High Peaks Pure Earth has translated a blog post by Tibet’s most famous and influential blogger, Woeser, on the Losar moratorium as an active of civil disobedience by Tibetans inside Tibet. It’s titled, “I Took to the Streets, and What I Want is Freedom and Rights.” The whole post is worth a close reading, but […]

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Tags: Tibet & China