Friday, June 21, 2013

Week Ending June 21, 2013

International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 21 June 2013

Self-Immolations, Protests, and Restrictions in Tibet
Security in Tibet: Grid Locked - The Economist
22 June | Grid-based surveillance in Tibet escalates; “Nothing must leave the grid” is Dongcheng’s motto, meaning problems must be nipped in the bud.

Tibetan writer Woeser again placed under house arrest - RFA
20 June | “We have been placed under house arrest again,” Woeser wrote on her blog on Thursday, saying that she and her husband Wang Lixiong were taken into custody by police and state security agents in a suburban district of Beijing municipality on Wednesday afternoon before being taken home.

Clampdown imposed as nun secretly cremated after burning protest - RFA
17 June | Chinese authorities have moved to block demonstrations of support for a Tibetan nun, Wanchen Dolma (31), who was secretly cremated after she died days after her self-immolation protest in Sichuan province.

Xi looks to Mao for inspiration to solve corruption - SCMP
19 June | The Communist Party, under new general secretary Xi Jinping, is delving deeper into the legacy of the late Mao Zedong for inspiration to help clean up its ranks amid rising disillusionment over widespread official corruption.

China completes monitoring scheme for Tibet - Al Jazeera
19 June | Government official Nyima Doje told state media on Wednesday that the scheme "is conducive to protecting citizens' personal information and curbing the spread of detrimental information". Tibetans are already closely watched due to decades of unrest in protest at Chinese rule.

Syria ruled G8 summit, Tibet feels excluded - HNGN
19 June | At the conclusion of the two-day G8 summit in Northern Ireland global economic leaders issued a joint communiqué vowing full support for a political solution to the Syrian civil war but Tibet advocates felt excluded from the joint communiqué.
Opinion and Analysis
Tibet policy: Bold new proposals - The Economist
22 June | A combination of economic development and political repression was meant to reconcile Tibetans to Chinese rule and wean them off their loyalty to the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader. Instead disaffection is still rife, especially among the young.

China’s “Benefit the Masses” Campaign Surveilling Tibetans - Human Rights Watch
19 June | The Chinese government, under the rationale of a campaign to improve rural living standards, has sent more than 20,000 officials and communist party cadres to Tibetan villages to undertake intrusive surveillance of people, carry out widespread political re-education, and establish partisan security units.

Gateway to Lhasa - Shadow Tibet
18 June | Jamyang Norbu writes on Tibetan musicians Dadon and Tenzin Gompo and the song “Gateway to Lhasa” with recordings and lyrics in Tibetan, English, and Chinese.

Public Talk in Sydney - Youtube (ATC)
16 June | Kyinzom Dhongdue, Communications and Government Relations Manager at Australia Tibet Council, speaks on the power of grassroots support for Tibet at the Dalai Lama’s public talk in Sydney.

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