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Tibetan Tectonics May 13, 2008

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The twin disasters continue to unfold.

The storm is over in Burma but the humanitarian nightmare continues. And the constitutional referendum went ahead despite being “blatantly rigged.”

Meanwhile ABC says “Tibetan tectonics triggered China quake.”

The violent quake that shook China’s Sichuan province this week is linked to a shift of the Tibetan plateau to the north and east, researchers say.

Hmm. And some inside China didn’t take kindly to the cheery spectacle of the Olympic torch jogging along as if nothing were wrong.

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Rescuers Struggle to Reach Quake Survivors May 13, 2008

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There are as many 12,000 dead in China after the quake, plus hundreds of thousands injured and homeless, and there may be more quakes to come in the region. Those suffering here are not the ones who ordered troops into Lhasa or tanks into Tienanmen Square, but even if they were, in a previous life, whether you take that literally or not, each one of them was your mother, and in yet another life, your child.

Death Toll Rises Again from Storm in Burma; Karmapa visit; Beijing Accuses TYC of Terror Ties May 6, 2008

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More than 22,000. The junta allows aid to trickle in.

The Karmapa’s visit to the U.S. is coming up. His schedule is on this site. At Tricycle we’re obligated to mention the controversy over who is the 17th Karmapa, and that there are duelling Karmapas, but this site, which of course has an agenda, says it’s a non-issue. It is true that the Karmapa who is coming to the U.S. has a bigger following here, which may explain why he is coming. This is not to stoke controversy or push an agenda — this visit is a big deal for Buddhism in America.

Beijing says the Tibetan Youth Congress has ties to Al Qaeda. They must be angling for funding from teh Department of Homeland Security. Of course, our government would have to borrow the money from Beijing to pay Beijing anyway

Dalai Lama’s Envoys Head to China May 2, 2008

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The talks will be “informal” and their visit will be “brief”.

Update: The torch in Hong Kong.

Ant-French boycott fizzles May 1, 2008

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It’s hard to stay mad at the French. They make such nice things.

More Arrests in Tibet Ahead of Everest Photo-Ops April 30, 2008

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China doesn’t care what you think:

China has stepped up persecution of Buddhist monks with mass detentions, Tibet activists said Wednesday, as China prepares to take the Olympic torch to the top of Mount Everest.

The actions came a day after six monks were given lengthy prison sentences in the first trial of rioters since deadly violence in Tibet’s capital last month.

Torch enters China April 30, 2008

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After a troubled world tour, the torch arrived on Chinese soil, in Hong Kong. Several potential protesters were turned away at the airport.

China Jails 30 April 29, 2008

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Jail sentences for those accused of participating in last month’s protests / riots.

Free Tibet flags April 28, 2008

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Made in China. But so is everything else. China is a factory. Its decisions are business decisions.

China agrees to meet Dalai Lama’s envoys April 25, 2008

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At heart China is a business, and this turmoil was hurting the bottom line:

China appeared to bend to international pressure on Friday as the government announced it would meet with envoys of the Dalai Lama, an unexpected shift that comes as violent Tibetan demonstrations in western China have threatened to cast a pall over the Beijing Olympics in August.