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MASTIFFS AND WOLVES

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE TIBETAN MASTIFF; THE FALL AND RISE OF THE WOLF AS TOTEM OF THE CHINA DREAM The mastiff guard dogs of the Tibetan pastoralists preceded their owners into modernity. Early this century China discovered an … Continue reading

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NEW DIRECTIONS & SHOTGUN WEDDINGS

XI JINPING AND THE ECONOMY OF TIBET   It is 18 months since my book on mining in Tibet came out, over two years since I finished writing. What a lot has changed, in directions I did not foresee. Those … Continue reading

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Butter Lamp

A CHARMING NEW DOCO Tibetans in exile, and their supporters, chronically politicise everything they learn about what is happening inside Tibet; maybe they forget there are other lenses. However, there are other ways of approaching reality, and in today’s China … Continue reading

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TIBETAN EARTH, TIBETAN SOILS

from a small book of essays, poetry and art on the Soil and the Earth, edited by  Vandana Shiva, celebrating the International Year of Soils, 2015 ********************** That the soils of the Tibetan Plateau exist at all is remarkable. This … Continue reading

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WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE

WILL TIBET WATER CHINA NORTH AND SOUTH? China’s completion of the two routes channelling water from the Yangtze far to the north, to water deficit northern China, sets the scene for one of the biggest decisions China will make in … Continue reading

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MATERNAL MORTALITY IN TIBET: 1 of 4

Why is it “inefficient” to save the lives of mothers? This is the first in a series of four blogposts on why so many women in Tibet die in childbirth, usually alone, bleeding to death. As with almost anything to … Continue reading

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MATERNAL MORTALITY IN TIBET: 2 of 4

Traditional Tibetan sciences of healing, and Community Health Workers Second in a series of four blogs on why so many Tibetan women die in childbirth, and what fresh solutions may be possible. The first in this series canvassed the conventional … Continue reading

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MATERNAL MORTALITY IN TIBET: 3 of 4

Reaching out to remote women: Sciences of healing, Sowa Rigpa and Community Health Workers In the first two blogs, we asked why it is that well into the 21st century, on the eve of declaring China the great success story … Continue reading

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MATERNAL MORTALITY IN TIBET: 4 of 4

New hope for the women of Tibet: Sciences of healing, Sowa Rigpa and Community Health Workers This is the fourth of four blogs on the number of Tibetan women dying in childbirth, at a rate equivalent to some of the … Continue reading

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Making the Mountains Muncipal

What’s in a name:    SHIGATSE AND CHAMDO BECOME CITIES China has declared Shigatse and Chamdo henceforth to be municipalities, rebadging not only two of the bigger towns in Tibet but their entire prefectures, which are largely rural, mountainous and … Continue reading

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