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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.

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.

“China to extend crackdowns” says Tibet’s PM; DL at Mayo Clinic April 18, 2008

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The Dalai Lama visits Minnesota and discusses meditation and compassion. The meditation talk will include Daniel Goleman and will be for Mayo Clinic employees only. He also gave a thank-you scarf to his physician, Dr. Nisha Manek.

Meanwhile Samdhong Rinpoche, Tibet’s Prime Minister in the government-in-exile in Dharamsala, says Tibet is virtually sealed and China plans to extend the crackdown.

More arrests in Nepal, 130 this time.

UPDATE: More on the unhappy situation of one group of Tibetan refugees in Nepal.

20 Activists Arrested in Burma; China says guns, bombs, found in monasteries April 16, 2008

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20 activists arrested in Burma. Thanks to Precious Metal for this one.

The Chinese media on guns and bombs supposedly found in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.

A light piece on how the Dalai Lama is more than a simple Buddhist monk.

A Bu-Jew’s guide to Passover from the Huffington Post.

Dalai Lama in Seattle April 15, 2008

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Both the Pope and the Dalai Lama are in the U.S., one on the East Coast, one on the West. The Dalai Lama has been met with both adoring schoolchildren and pro-China protesters. Guess which group called him a “CIA-funded militant”? The DL also reiterated his threat to resign if the violence continues.

Students for a Free Tibet has cool Tibetan Olympic gear for sale, but much of it seems to be sold out. Are they playing with our desire?

Tibet Links, April 14, 2008 April 14, 2008

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Nine monks arrested for allegedly planting a bomb:

China has arrested nine monks for a bomb attack on a government building in Tibet last month, an official said yesterday.

Tibetan support groups warned that it was impossible to verify the claims because the authorities do not allow independent observers into the region.

The state-run Xinhua news agency alleged that the monks from the Tongxia monastery – around 850 miles east of Lhasa – fled after their homemade bomb exploded in Gyanbe township but later confessed to planting it. There was no mention of casualties or damage.

Beijing works on clearing the air for the Olympics.

The DL asks for Tibet to be opened to the world.

Professor M.D. Nalapat asks, Can the Chinese government control the “Tibet flu”? (Yes, but for how long?)

China and Russia’s support prop up the Burmese junta, says Myat Soe.

China isn’t solely to blame for the survival of the Burmese junta, says an editorial in The Canberra Times.

Susan Kaiser Greenland in HuffPo on China and the media.

More on, what else? The torch April 11, 2008

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The U.S. has hurt China’s feelings again:

An indignant China said Friday the U.S. “seriously hurt the feelings of the Chinese people” when Congress passed a resolution calling on Beijing to stop cracking down on Tibetan dissent and talk to the Dalai Lama.

Athletes who show support for Tibet may be expelled from the Olympics for engaging in “propaganda”, according to the Times of London. Activist Majora Carter of the Bronx is profiled in the New York Times and Daily News for displaying the Tibetan flag while carrying the torch.

The little guys are getting in on the act: San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom feels that the torch should bypass Tibet. And the province of Ontario will “express concern” over the Tibetan situation.

Louise Blouin MacBain writes in Forbes:

Still, I remain convinced that substantial negotiation is possible if His Holiness directly engages the fundamental issues concerning Tibet. I am further convinced that His Holiness will find a willing and serious partner in negotiation with the Chinese.

The Games Must Go On – DL April 10, 2008

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The Dalai Lama on the ’08 Games:

The Dalai Lama said Thursday that he supported Beijing’s hosting of the Summer Olympics, but he insisted that pro-Tibet demonstrators had the right to voice their opinions during the international torch relay as long as they refrained from violence.

Tomorrow morning he’ll speak to Ann Curry on NBC’s Today Show.

[Photo: Dai Kurokawa/European Pressphoto Agency]

Statement from the Dalai Lama April 8, 2008

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On Sunday His Holiness the Dalai Lama released this statement. Thanks to the International Campaign for Tibet for this.

Honored Guest or Pain in the Neck? April 5, 2008

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India weighs its relationship with the Dalai Lama. China grows impatient.

A slew of anti-China protests in India since last month’s unrest in Tibet has embarrassed New Delhi, which recognises Tibet as an integral part of China but which offered the Dalai Lama a refuge after he fled Lhasa in 1959.

Dharamsala in the north Indian hills now houses the Tibetan government-in-exile and was at the centre of the recent protests.

The survey showed 47 percent of respondents endorsed India’s diplomatic position of not angering China with open support for the Dalai Lama, yet 64 percent said they didn’t want the government to stop Tibetans from protesting against Beijing.

“People have a soft corner for the Dalai Lama but they don’t want India to take an extreme stand, like say, sending him back or stopping Tibetans from demanding back their country,” Prem Chand Palety, CEO of Cfore, the pollsters, told Reuters.