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UBER COOL TIBETANS

A-LIST TIBETANS OF BEIJING China, at official level, lacks confidence, sees dangers and conspiracies everywhere, feels compelled to control who can say what. But now a new generation, who are confident and relaxed, are reaching out for new experiences, transcending … Continue reading

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GRASSLAND CATHEDRALS OF TIBET

At the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in New Delhi, launching the new report on Tibetan nomads, http://www.tchrd.org/2015/05/wasted-lives-new-report-offer-fresh-insights-on-travails-of-tibetan-nomads/ Tibetan Centre for Human Rights & Democracy Director Tsering Tsomo said: “You cannot step onto the same pasture twice, as Heraclitus might have said … Continue reading

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MELAMINE, MILK AND ASHES

NORTSE: Tibetan art amid creative destruction Wherever you go on the streets of Hong Kong, one product is thrust under your gaze everywhere, from almost every shopfront, whatever its main line of business: tins of powdered milk. China has discovered … Continue reading

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PRO-PASTORALIST REPORT ON TIBETAN NOMADS

LAUNCH OF Wasted Lives: China’s campaign to end Tibetan nomadic PRO-PASTORALIST REPORT ON TIBETAN NOMADS UNDER CHINA’S POLICY OF CLOSING PASTURELANDS UPRIVER FROM INDIA http://youtu.be/mBOsT6ss1pU New voices out of Tibet and China, converging on a new understanding of why nomadic … Continue reading

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Dancing the Canadian Chinese mining two-step

Tibet, Congo or Papua New Guinea When, in 2012, I wrote a book about mining in Tibet, it seemed China’s appetite for minerals was insatiable, having survived the great global recession of 2009 onwards with hardly a blip in demand. … Continue reading

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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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