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....

Going Undercover, Evangelists Taking Jesus to Tibet

At The Guardian, Jonathan Kaiman examines the activities of Christian missionaries in Tibet. These have prompted widespread distrust among the overwhelmingly Buddhist population, but appear to be tacitly accepted by the...

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...

87th Self-Immolation, Death of Earlier Protester Reported

Dharamsala-based 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...

“New Phase” in Tibet Self-Immolations; 86th Reported

Dharamshala-based reports than an 86th Tibetan self-immolation took place on Tuesday evening, marking the 24th this month. Kalsang Kyab, 24, set himself ablaze in front of a Chinese government office in Kangtsa town,...

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...

Two Self-Immolations in Lhasa, City’s First (Updated)

Two unidentified Tibetan monks reportedly set fire to themselves in front of Lhasa’s Jokhang Temple on Sunday. From Radio Free Asia: “The security forces arrived immediately and put out the fire and all the tourists in the area...

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...

The Dalai Lama: Conciliator or Enemy? – Robert Barnett

Tibet expert Robert Barnett writes about relations between Beijing and the Dalai Lama: After all, it’s the Dalai Lama who persuaded the vast majority of Tibetans to accept autonomy within China instead of independence. He...



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