MODERN FREEDOMS, NOMADIC FREEDOMS

MOBILITY AND MOBILISATION: WHY MODERN STATES CANNOT TRUST NOMADS Gabriel Lafitte March 2011 China, at its imperial centre, has long mistrusted the mobility of the nomads of its northern and western edges. The mobility of the nomads was always the core of imperial fears and strategies. Mobility was an ever-present problem for successive dynasties facing […]

DEPOPULATING THE TIBETAN GRASSLANDS

NOMADS AND NOMADOLOGY A presentation by Gabriel Lafitte to “Der Dritte Pol in Gefahr – Chinas Umweltpolitik in Tibet” conference of Tibet Initiative Deutschland 15 March 2011, Berlin glafitte@aanet.com.au, www.rukor.org +613 59623434 +613 407 840 333 Table of Contents THE CAMPAIGN TO REMOVE ANIMALS TO GROW GRASS 1 “HAS THERE BEEN DIFFICULTY?” 2 FEARLESSLY EMBRACING […]

SWALLOWING TIBET?

CHINA’S FIRST FIVE-YEAR PLAN FOR TIBET     By Gabriel Lafitte                                             March 2011   China’s 12th Five-Year Plan has been launched, covering the years 2011 through 2015. This twelfth plan continues a lineage of central plans originating in the revolutionary years when Stalin’s Soviet Union was the model for everything, including the dream of a […]

CENTRALLY PLANNING TIBET IN 2011

CHINA’S CENTRAL PLANNERS: THE VISION OF PERFECTED RATIONALITY   By Gabriel Lafitte March 2011 In the west, central planning is the antithesis of efficiency; in China it remains the epitome. China’s 12th Five-Year Plan for China, including Tibet, has just been launched. Central planning got a bad name in the Soviet bloc, synonymous with waste, […]