International Tibet Network News Digest and Analysis
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Week Ending January 12, 2014
International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 12 January 2013
Protests and Restrictions in Tibet
Twenty Tibetans held in protest against tunnel digging in Sichuan County
9 January | More than 1,000 People's Armed Police, a paramilitary force, swooped on
Pondha town in Dege county to contain rising opposition to the project, nabbing those
leading the protests, the sources said.
Three Tibetans sentenced over self-immolation in Gansu
9 January | Dorje Rabten, Kalsang Jinpa, and Dorje Tashi were sentenced on Jan. 2 by the
Tsoe city court in Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, according to a source in Tibet.
Fire at important Tibetan Buddhist institute
10 January | According to Tibetans in the area who posted the photos on social media, the
fire affected the area where nuns live at Larung Gar, home to Serthar Buddhist Institute in
Kardze prefecture in Sichuan, with at least 100 homes of nuns being burnt down.
Blaze ravages ancient Tibetan town
11 January | Casualties have not so far been reported. The blaze was put out by
2,000 firefighters, police and volunteers, according to local media. Many residents
had to be evacuated and the damage was estimated to be worth 100m yuan ($16m,
£10m), state TV reports.
Fire partially destroys ancient Tibetan town
11 January | He Yu, a resident, said she woke to loud, explosion-like sounds. "The
fire was huge. The wind was blowing hard, and the air was dry. I was scared
because my home is a little distance away from the ancient town,'' she told news
agency AP. "It kept burning, and the firefighters were there, but there was little they
could do because they could not get the fire engines onto the old town's narrow
World’s largest Tibetan Buddhist institute ravaged by fire
10 January | The fire broke out at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday and around 450 people
joined the rescue operations, where uniformed personnel could be seen working
through the debris side by side with people in Buddhist robes.
Opinion and Analysis
How Xi can solve the Tibet problem
11 January | Xi Jinping could help quiet unrest in Tibet simply by making sure existing
policies are enacted more efficiently.
The dispossession of Tibet’s nomads
10 January |
As unjust as the Israeli nation building policy is, as a program of coercive
nomadic resettlement it pales in comparison, in scope and in scale, with a much larger
catastrophe for global nomadic culture currently playing out in the great plains of western
China-the Western Development Program,
Xabu Da Kaifa
Stumbling toward a more level-headed debate on independence v autonomy in 2014?
9 January | We believe that Tibetan society must develop a better way to constructively
discuss the independence/autonomy issue. This is one of the most important existential
issues Tibet faces. There must be a way to have a passionate debate without resorting to
personal attacks, emotional outbursts, or insinuations of disloyalty. It is not an exaggeration
to say that the success of the Tibetan cause may depend on it.
International Tibet Network
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