Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from March 2009

They Write Op-Eds

March 31st, 2009 · Comments Off

Tenzin Tsundue of Friends of Tibet India is one of the Tibetan exile community’s strongest young voices for independence. He has a powerful op-ed on China’s occupation of Tibet and the history of Tibetan resistance to Chinese rule in the Indian weekly news magazine Tehelka. The protestors of the 2008 uprising knew they, too, would […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

China’s Global Cyber Spying

March 31st, 2009 · Comments Off

The story has been circulating for a few days, but I wanted to highlight it anyway. The Tibetan Government in Exile, other world governments, and many Tibet Support Groups have been the target of malicious cyber attacks and spying from China. The New York Times has a long piece on China’s GhostNet and the research […]

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Tags: Technology · Tibet & China

Perfect Contrast

March 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Just after hitting publish on the post below on the country’s love for President Obama qua partisan Democrat, I read this post by Chris Bowers at Open Left about the craven and cynical positioning of Democratic Senators Reid and Bayh to disingenuously appeal to moderate voters in their home states. Bowers notes, “Democrats keep saying, […]

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Tags: Democrats

A Radical Idea

March 30th, 2009 · Comments Off

This Rasmussen poll gives strength to the long-standing netroots critique of timid Democrats – namely that by standing strongly for Democratic principles and by being an unapologetic partisan for a Democratic agenda, Democrats can succeed at a higher rate than we currently do. There’s a strong case to be made that our electoral successes of […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats

Educating on Employee Free Choice, Part 24

March 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Representative Donna Edwards, in a live chat on FireDogLake, talked about the Employee Free Choice Act. Edwards is the most progressive member of Congress and a strong advocate for working Americans. Her case for Employee Free Choice was clear, as was her perspective on the opponents of the Employee Free Choice Act. I know everyone […]

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Tags: Labor

They Write Letters

March 29th, 2009 · Comments Off

Josh Schrei writes to the editors of the Associated Press following their god-awful Chinese government propaganda piece article on Tibet last week.

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Tags: Tibet & China

Smoke and Mirrors

March 27th, 2009 · Comments Off

I know the GOP has had a pretty good run of winning over the Inside the Beltway crowd over the last sixteen years through smoke and mirrors in lieu of actual substance, but that doesn’t mean it will always work. Budgets have numbers and you can only hype smoke and mirrors so long. When you […]

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Tags: Republicans

Good News for Dodd

March 27th, 2009 · Comments Off

A Research 2000 poll of the 2010 Connecticut Senate race shows Chris Dodd leading Rob Simmons by 5%. It’s still close, but it’s outside the margin of error. Dodd’s clearly a top Republican target for 2010, but it’s good to see successive polls showing him either him or having his job approval rising.

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Tags: Chris Dodd · Elections

James Powderly on Tibet & China at SXSW

March 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

James Powderly of the Graffiti Research Lab talks about his work with Students for a Free Tibet during the Olympics, as well as his detention and deportation by the Chinese government. James went with the intention of using a laser to project messages in support of Tibet. James said this on the laser he planned […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

They are who we thought they were

March 27th, 2009 · Comments Off

The International Olympic Committee has announced that they are banning international torch relays of the Olympic flame. This follows the Beijing Olympic torch relay which faced massive protest wherever it went around the world, but most especially in London, Paris, Hong Kong, and San Francisco. The 2008 relay’s London leg was hit by several incidents […]

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Tags: Tibet & China