Tibet’s National Spirit Advisor

At Foreign Policy, Jeffrey Bartholet talks to Thupten Ngodup, medium or kuten for the Nechung Oracle which is said to have warned the Dalai Lama to flee Tibet in 1959. They discuss the processes of selection and consultation,...

Flames Of Protest: The History Of Self-Immolation

In the week since news emerged of the 100th Tibetan self-immolation within China’s borders since 2009, four more cases have been reported. Most recently, according to Dharamsala-based Phayul.com, a pair of teenaged former...

87th Self-Immolation, Death of Earlier Protester Reported

Dharamsala-based Phayul.com reports the 25th self-immolation case this month and news of one of the five Tibetans who set fire to themselves on November 7th, on the eve of China’s 18th Party Congress. The man is said to...

80th Tibetan Self-Immolation Reported

From RFA: Former monk Tamdin Kyap, 23, burned himself to death in Luchu (in Chinese, Luqu) county in the Kanlho (Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture late Thursday, the sources said. “He set himself on fire at a site...

79th Tibetan Self-Immolation Reported

Exile news site Phayul reports the tenth self-immolation in Tongren (Rebkong) this month, bringing the overall total since 2009 to 79. The Dharamshala-based site also claims that Chinese officials have been ordered to deter...

Another Self-Immolation as Tibetan Man Dies

A Tibetan man set himself on fire and died in Gansu province on Saturday, according to Radio Free Asia, the third self-immolation in the past week: Sangay Gyatso, 27, self-immolated in a monastery compound near Tsoe (in Chinese,...

Dalai Lama “Neutral” on Self Immolations (Updated)

Radio Free Asia reports that a 43rd Tibetan self-immolation protest took place just north of Lhasa on Saturday. It is not known whether the protester survived. The man, in his 20’s, shouted slogans in support of Tibet’s...

Tibetan Envoys Resign As Situation Worsens

Edward Wong of The New York Times reports that two senior representatives of the Dalai Lama who took part in nine rounds of negotiations with China have resigned: […]The envoys, Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen, said in a...

Obama Officials Meet Dalai Lama in India

China has reacted angrily to a meeting between Obama administration officials and the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. From Xinhua: According to media reports, three top aides to U.S. President Barack Obama, met the Dalai Lama...

Tibetan Education Thrives – in Exile

While tensions rise in Tibet and surrounding areas in the run-up to March 10, the Christian Science Monitor reports on how Tibetans are preserving their culture and language through the education of their children in exile: This...



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