Articles by: Tenzin Gaphel

Beyond the Dalai Lama: An Interview with Woeser and Wang Lixiong

Beyond the Dalai Lama: An Interview with Woeser and Wang Lixiong

Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books| August 7, 2014 In recent months, China has been beset by growing ethnic violence. In Tibet, 125 people have set themselves on fire since the suppression of 2008 protests over the country’s ethnic policies. In the Muslim region of Xinjiang, there have been a series of attacks by militants against Chinese rule; […]

Terror fear? China city bans beards, veils in buses

[TNN] BEIJING, Aug 7: In perhaps first such instance in China, a city in the country’s restive Xinjiang region has banned beards and burka or veils worn by Muslim women within days of a major terrorist attack and subsequent police action that killed nearly 100 people in the bordering Kashgar area of the same province.

Eight Tibetans sentenced up to 9 years’ imprisonment

DHARAMSALA, Aug 7: Chinese authorities in eastern Tibet have sentenced eight Tibetans up to 9 years of imprisonment over their alleged involvement in the explosion of a police station in 2012, reports, the exile Tibetan administration’s official website.

Tibetan group seeks release of ‘abetting’ accused

[TNN] SHIMLA, Aug 6: International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), a Tibet advocacy group based in the US, has released a special report titled “Acts of significant evil: The criminalisation of Tibetan self-immolations,” documenting the wave of self-immolations in Tibet and the intensified response of the Chinese government.

Visit to Dalai Lama’s abode is tourists’ nightmare

Vishal Gulati, IANS|August 5, 2014

MCLEOD GANJ: The road to Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama’s abode passes through hell. Foreigners and domestic tourists coming to this north Indian hill town, in the state of Himachal Pradesh, for an audience with the Nobel Peace Prize laureate find the road disappearing under the wheels of the vehicle they are travelling in.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (in white shirt) instructing relief workers at the earthquake zone in the town of Longtoushan in Ludian County in southwest China's Yunnan Province Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.
(Photo: Yao Dawei-AP)

At least 398 people dead as 6.5 magnitude quake hits China

DHARAMSALA, Aug 5: At least 398 people have been killed and more than 1800 injured after a powerful earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale jolted south-west China’s Yunnan province.

It’s in Chinese interest to give Tibetans more autonomy: Lobsang Sangay (IANS Interview)

Vishal Gulati, IANS|August 4, 2014

DHARAMSALA, Aug 4: Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay says the people in Tibet will be happy if they are given more autonomy by China “within the Chinese constitution”.

A photo of Rongye Adak speaking at the horse racing festival in 2007.

Tibetan activists perform street play calling for Rongye Adak’s release

DHARAMSALA, Aug 2: A Tibetan organization known for its unique style of activism performed a street play on Aug 1, recalling the turn of events that led to a Tibetan nomad’s imprisonment for eight years for openly expressing the wishes and aspirations of the Tibetan people at a horse racing festival in Lithang in former Kham province of traditional Tibet.

Wreckage of a car is pictured after an explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, August 1, 2014.
Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

Gas blast in Taiwan kills 25, injures 267, topples buildings

[Reuters] KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan, Aug 1: A series of explosions caused by a gas leak killed 25 people and injured 267 in Taiwan’s second city on Friday, sending flames shooting 15 storeys into the air, setting ablaze entire blocks and reducing small shops to rubble.

Tibetan monks perform rituals next to a casket where the mortal remains of revered Tibetan Buddhist monk Shamar Rinpoche are kept during his funeral at the Shar Minub monastery near Katmandu, Nepal, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (Photo:
Niranjan Shrestha — AP)

Tibetan Buddhist monk cremated in Nepal without demonstrations

[PTI] KATHMANDU, July 31: Thousands of Tibetan exiles today offered prayers during the cremation ceremony of a revered Buddhist monk, days after Nepal denied permission to let his remains brought into the country fearing anti-China protests.