Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from April 2010

Han Han: Let the Sunshine In

April 30th, 2010 · Comments Off on Han Han: Let the Sunshine In

This is really important. Han Han is a Chinese race car driver, singer, author and the country’s most prominent blogger. He was just voted #2 most influential person in the world in Time Magazine’s Top 100 poll. In response to being nominated, he penned a blog post earlier this month called “Let the Sunshine In” […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Latest Directives from PRC Propaganda Department

April 30th, 2010 · Comments Off on Latest Directives from PRC Propaganda Department

In the lead-up to the Shanghai World Expo, the Chinese government’s propaganda department has released a new set of directives for journalists covering the event. According to Reporters Without Borders, they include reducing coverage of the Jyekundo earthquake: Reporters Without Borders has been told that another directive from the Propaganda Department on 25 April asked […]

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Tags: Rule of Law

Big Government

April 28th, 2010 · Comments Off on Big Government

Oklahoma style. I’ve never been taken by the right’s attacks on “big government.” Most of it has always struck me as a handy catch-all for programs and policies that they just don’t like, while very few have actually any impact on the way these people will lead their lives. The EPA regulating pollution-causing industrial process […]

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Tags: Human Rights


April 27th, 2010 · Comments Off on Witchcraft

James Galbraith has a great quote on the limited debate going on in Washington about the need for a deficit commission: “The frame of the debate is between those who think the witches have taken over the entire community and the whole lot of them should be burned and those who think there are only […]

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Tags: Economy

Following Jyekundo Quake, China Arrests Leading Tibetan Intellectual

April 26th, 2010 · Comments Off on Following Jyekundo Quake, China Arrests Leading Tibetan Intellectual

High Peaks Pure Earth has translated reports from the Tibetan blogosphere that Shogdung, a leading Tibetan writer and intellectual, has been arrested by the Chinese government shortly following the Jyekundo earthquake. Shogdung was taken from his home in the middle of the night, standard practice for totalitarian regimes worldwide, and his family has been unable […]

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Tags: Tibet & China


April 22nd, 2010 · 2 Comments

It feels really weird to write this, but as of today, April 22nd, 2010, I’m not that concerned about the fate of Democrats in midterms. Granted, they haven’t done much to make me care too deeply about the size of the Democratic majority in either chamber or even holding on to both. If I had […]

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Tags: Elections

Chinese Gov’t Slowing Quake Rescue Efforts

April 21st, 2010 · Comments Off on Chinese Gov’t Slowing Quake Rescue Efforts

The South China Morning Post (subscription link) is reporting that the Chinese government has ordered Tibetan monks who voluntarily provided aid and helped rescue victims of the Kyigudo earthquake in Kham last week cease their activities. Monks have been the backbone of rescue and support efforts, spending time rescue and helping Tibetans and Tibetan residential […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Death Toll Rising in Kham

April 19th, 2010 · Comments Off on Death Toll Rising in Kham

The Times of India: Officials put the death toll from the 7.1 magnitude quake at 1,944 and the injured at 12,135. Official Xinhua news agency said out of the injured, 1,434 are in serious condition. The official death toll started at 600 and was raised to 700 about a day after the Kyigudo quake. It […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Schrei on the Tibet Quake & Dying with Dignity

April 15th, 2010 · Comments Off on Schrei on the Tibet Quake & Dying with Dignity

Josh Schrei has an important piece up at Huffington Post in response to yesterday’s earthquake in Jyekundo, Kham, Tibet. Schrei details the history of Kham and Yushu, making clear it’s a part of Tibet, occupied by Tibetans. More importantly, Josh then explains what is happening now and the potential for this earthquake to challenge political stability […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Massive Earthquake in Kham

April 14th, 2010 · Comments Off on Massive Earthquake in Kham

A large earthquake has hit Kyegundo in Kham, which is part of Tibet. Western media sources have reported this as taking place in “northwest China” or “Qinghai,” and described the affected area as “inhabited by ethnic Tibetans” or “part of the Tibetan plateau.” This is not accurate – Kham is part of Tibet and is, […]

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Tags: Tibet & China