Robert Barnett



Christian Fundamentalists Targeting Tibetans

While some Christian missionaries in China aim to fill spaces left by the suppression of traditional values and decline of Maoism, others work to convert members of already beleaguered minority cultures such as Tibetan Buddhism....

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, a pair of teenaged former...

81st Tibetan Self-Immolation Reported

According to the Dharamshala-based Central Tibetan Administration, an 81st self-immolation protest took place on Friday evening. Xinhua has confirmed the incident. Tadin Dorjee, 29, set fire to himself at the entrance of Dokarmo...

Hundreds Reportedly Detained in Lhasa Crackdown

Security forces in Lhasa have detained or expelled hundreds of residents and pilgrims, according to a local source, after two monks reportedly set themselves on fire outside the Jokhang Temple on Sunday in the most serious...

Meeting With a Spy

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Steve McDonell describes his annual pre-NPC chat with a man from “the Beijing Association for International Culture Exchange”: “So what would you like to ask...

Is Self-Immolation Un-Buddhist?

Sichuan Party chief Liu Qibao has visited the largely Tibetan Aba and Ganzi prefectures, sites of most of the recent string of self-immolations. From The Associated Press: “Everyone is equal before the law. No matter...

“Tibetans And Han Are One Family”

This photograph (via CDT Chinese) was taken in 2010 in Kangding city, in the Ganzi/Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of western Sichuan. The poster’s comment: “As I was out for a stroll, I happened to see a...



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