Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries Tagged as 'Tibet & China'

On self-immolation

December 4th, 2012 · Comments Off

Yesterday the 92nd Tibetan self-immolated in Tibet while calling for freedom since 2009, most in the last year. Think about that for a minute – 92 Tibetans have set themselves on fire while calling for an end to China’s occupation of Tibet. In Foreign Policy, Michael Biggs has a piece on the differences between suicide […]

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Tags: Human Rights · Tibet & China

Read This

July 18th, 2012 · Comments Off

I highly recommend reading this op-ed by Students for a Free Tibet’s executive director Tenzin Dorjee on CNN.com. It’s titled, “My Take: Why the Dalai Lama cannot condemn Tibetan self-immolations,” and it’s in response to a really horrible opinion piece by Stephen Prothero blaming Tibetans for self-immolations. Go give it a read.

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“Our Nation – News and analysis on the State of Tibet”

July 17th, 2012 · Comments Off

Really great analysis of what’s happening inside Tibet by two of the smartest Tibetan activists in the world, Tenzin Dorjee and Lhadon Tethong, colleagues of mine from Students for a Free Tibet and the Tibet Action Institute, respectively.

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China’s Tibet sensitivity

July 12th, 2012 · Comments Off

Ajai Shukla has a great column in the Business Standard on the British government’s foreign policy positions on Tibet, China and India. Shukla highlights the incredibly baseless, short-sighted, and weak concessions made by the British government regarding Tibet. The whole column is worth reading, particularly in regards to the opportunities the Indian government has to […]

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Pro-authoritarian op-ed in NYT

July 11th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Yesterday the New York Times ran an op-ed by Jiang Qing and Daniel Bell, Sinologists who offered up a fairly startling defense of the Chinese government’s authoritarian rule. They posit a new systems they call Humane Authority and assert that China may (or may not) be moving in that direction instead of democracy. First, there’s […]

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The PRC vs Internet Rumors

April 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off

This is a good read on the Chinese government’s efforts to crack down on online rumors, particularly those occurring on microblogging platforms. Patrick Meier’s entire piece is worth reading, but the closing captures the challenge the Chinese Communist Party faces in an age of instant communication. So if Chinese authorities and state media aren’t even […]

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Jamphel Yeshi’s letter explaining his self-immolation

March 28th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The New York Times has a translated letter from Jamphel Yeshi to the Tibetan people, penned to explain why he was self-immolating. He self-immolated in Delhi while Chinese President Hu Jintao was visiting India. He died from his burns today. Here is his letter: Long Live His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is the shining […]

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Statement on Tibetan Self-Immolations

March 27th, 2012 · Comments Off

Tenzin Dorjee, Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet (on whose Board of Directors I serve), released this statement last night following the self-immolation of Jampa Yeshi, a 27 year-old Tibetan refugee in India. Today’s act of self-immolation by Jamphel Yeshi, a young Tibetan in Delhi, highlights the extreme urgency of the situation inside […]

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Woeser in Foreign Policy on Tibetan self-immolations

March 14th, 2012 · Comments Off

Woeser, probably the most famous Tibetan dissident poet and author, has an article in Foreign Policy on Tibet’s epidemic of self-immolations and the startling silence from the Han Chinese about what is happening in their colony. The piece is an important indictment of the Chinese public’s complicity in what their government is doing in Tibet. […]

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Solidarity and Resistance: A Statement by the Global Tibet Movement

March 9th, 2012 · Comments Off

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