Denial & Distortions Of A Luxembourg Scholar On Tibet

Mr Albert Ettinger

Mr Albert Ettinger

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China’s regime has been operating a campaign of ideological warfare on the issue of Tibet since its troops invaded and occupied that nation in 1950. Historical facts have been distorted, fabrications engineered and disinformation promoted, all with the aim of asserting that Tibet has been since ancient times a part of China. See HERE

In an effort to support such bogus claims and add a veneer of supposed objectivity China’s Ministry Of Propaganda has a handful of western academic friends, who from time-to-time compose supposedly truthful accounts of Tibetan history that just by chance happen to conform to the propaganda rhetoric spewed out by the Chinese authorities.

The latest such example being from a Mr Albert Ettinger, which ‘Tibet Online’, an official mouthpiece of the Chinese Regime, describes as a Luxembourg scholar who has recently produced two books that regurgitate the official line of the Communist Party Of China towards Tibet.

His interview with that website is far from the balanced, objective and detached tradition of  academia, indeed the tone’s disturbingly similar to the racism and imperialistic arrogance that saturates the thinking of the Chinese regime on the subject of Tibet. On reading his remarks it is difficult to avoid concluding that we are witnessing the views of an apologist. Some may go further and question if Mr Ettinger is  guilty of actively concealing, evading and rebuking the misery, human rights atrocities, cultural genocide and violent denial of freedom which Tibet’s people have suffered under the tyranny of Chinese rule?

Clearly that individual has some interest in history so being European perhaps the name Harry Elmer Barnes resonates for him. Formerly a mainstream American historian Barnes towards the end of his career adopted a Holocaust-denial stance and became convinced that allegations made against Germany and Japan, including the Holocaust, were wartime propaganda used to justify the United States’ involvement in World War II.

Now no one would seriously consider that Mr Ettinger, no doubt a European dedicated to democratic values, freedom and human rights, as being any form of Holocaust Denier. Yet his willingness to repeat the propaganda claims of a totalitarian regime that has been shown to be guilty of the most appalling oppression and violent denial of human rights casts a perplexing and disturbing shadow.

We are very happy to extend to Albert Ettinger the courtesy of featuring a rejoinder from him on this matter, should he choose, meanwhile for the purposes of balance and to enable our subscribers to reach their own views of Mr Ettinger’s opinions his interview may be seen: HERE

Meanwhile what of the somewhat obscure publishing company that has released his book? According to the Chinese report his works were published by “Germany (sic)  based Zambon Press” this company seems a touch difficult to locate, if anyone can discover their German contact details we’d like to hear from you.

Open Letter To Donald Tusk On His Advocacy Of Talks Between China & Dalai Lama’s Representatives

Mr Donald Tusk

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Attention of: Mr Donald Tusk European Union Council President

Dear Sir,

Re: Your Recent Advocacy That China Resume A Dialog With The Dalai Lama’s Representatives

We understand that, during the 17th bilateral EU China summit in Brussels, you reportedly urged Prime Minister of China, Li Keqiang, to institute negotiations with the Dalai Lama.

“I expressed our concerns on freedom of expression and association in China, including the situation of the persons belonging to minorities (sic) such as Tibetans and Uighurs…In that context, I have encouraged China to resume a meaningful dialogue with the Dalai Lama’s representatives.” Source: Radio Poland June 30, 2015

As someone dedicated to democratic values and representation you will cherish deeply the central political obligation that a government should reflect the aspirations and rights of its people. That duty takes on particularly acute responsibilities when, through armed aggression a state finds itself under foreign occupation and its people suppressed, requiring a government in exile to be established. Under those circumstances, as prevailed with France during the Second World War, the exiled authority champions its people’s cause for national freedom. No doubt De Gaulle observed with humility and pride the resistance and determination of the French Resistance to oppose occupation and regain independence for France. Indeed Poland’s recent history and emergence from the oppression of foreign control surely emphasizes the critical importance of such values to you.

In 1949 Tibet, a formerly independent nation, that displayed all the characteristics of a sovereign country, was invaded by communist China. Since that time it has been under a vicious military occupation, its culture eroded and people sorely oppressed by a range of violations and draconian policies. Despite the tyranny which has been waged against Tibet the hope for national freedom has burned undiminished, like the once occupied people of your county. Tibetans yearn for the re-establishment of their nation’s freedom and have during the years displayed remarkable courage and resolve to resist Chinese tyranny and express their right to assert the fact that Tibet is an independent nation under illegal occupation. There is a wealth of testimony, some presented to the United States Congress, the European Union, the United Nations and individual Parliamentarians which records the fact that Tibetans share a common aspiration for their country’s independence. This has also been recognized by the Dalai Lama: “I also know that every Tibetan hopes and prays for the full restoration of our nation’s independence” (HH The Dalai Lama March 10-1994).

Such hopes and determination have not changed, indeed as witnessed by the widespread Uprisings of 2008, and with recent and ongoing protests, both collective and individual, the Tibetan people remain as determined as ever to assert their nation’s legitimate right to independence and oppose China’s occupation. This is a central point and one that relates deeply to the democratic principles you uphold and also to the rights of a people suffering foreign occupation and oppression, who have every right to expect their authorities in exile to represent and honor their struggle for national freedom. Presently we have a situation where the political aspirations of Tibetans inside Tibet, who constitute the overwhelming majority of Tibetan people, are being ignored by their own exiled Administration. Which instead of standing in solidarity with the objectives of the resistance to Chinese rule inside Tibet is promoting a compromise solution. One which would in essence consign Tibetans to a dangerous and uncertain fate as another ‘national minority’ of China with some form of supposedly improved autonomy, as formalized under Communist China’s national and regional laws on autonomy.

This is not the freedom envisaged or expressed so courageously by Tibetans who take to the street to face Chinese bullets, prison and torture. In advocating talks between the representatives of the Dalai Lama and China’s government  the European Union is failing to recognize or support the legitimate rights of the Tibetan people, or their struggle inside Tibet for independence. Instead it endorses a ‘solution’ that would mean the demise of Tibet as an international issue and the execution of Tibetan national identity. Moreover, it does so in full knowledge that inside occupied Tibet, the Tibetan people are enduring the most brutal violations and suppression, not for autonomy but to declare their nation’s freedom.

Some commentators have described this position as a heartless and cynical betrayal of Tibet’s legitimate right to external self-determination by the European Union. What is certain is that the wishes of some six million Tibetans are being willfully ignored, their participation and choice in determining the future status of their country dismissed, on the suspect grounds that a compromise solution accepting communist Chinese rule is the most attainable prospect. Yet the Dalai Lama himself, whom the European Union seems to support unconditionally has previously acknowledged: “I have always stated that the central issue is that the Tibetan people must ultimately choose their own destiny. It is not for the Dalai Lama, and certainly not for the Chinese to make that decision. It should ultimately be the wishes of the Tibetan people that should prevail”. (HH The Dalai Lama Yale, 1991)

Any Parliamentarian would surely welcome the democratic principles espoused in that statement and support the rights of the Tibetan people to determine their nation’s future status. In that context will you kindly share with us in what way promoting the Dalai Lama’s personal ideas on seeking a solution for his country in any way honors the wishes of his people or embraces their rights? As to your description of Tibetans as some sort of ‘Chinese minority’ we would remind your office that the Tibetan people are not an ethnic minority, but as determined by an International Lawyers Conference on Tibet in 1993 constitute a people and as such retain the rights to self-determination

“..the Tibetan people satisfied the requirements and are a “people” for international law purposes” Paragraph 4.5

“..three resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly (Nos 1353, 1723 and 2079) have recognized the status of Tibetans as a “people”. Resolution No. 1723 expressly refers to the right of the Tibetan people to self-determination”

Paragraph 4.6 The Conference also concluded that the Tibetan people possessed an “abiding desire” for: “The establishment of an independent Tibetan state”

Paragraph 4.10 It was also agreed that: “The Tibetan people are entitled to..the exercise of the right to self-determination” Paragraph 4.11

Chaired by the Honorable Michael Kirby (then Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Commission of Jurists) the Conference made a recommendation to communist China and the Tibetan Government in Exile to begin negotiations to: “..facilitate the exercise of the Tibetan people’s right to self-determination” Paragraph 8.9 (Conference of International Lawyers-Self-Determination and Independence for Tibet’ London 6th to 10th January 1993)

Given the legitimacy of the Tibetan peoples rights, and in recognizing the collective will of Tibetans inside Tibet for their nation’s freedom, as evidenced by the mass protests and individual actions across the three regions of Tibet , why should Tibetans be asked to accept any less than external self-determination and independence? We would therefore call upon your office to support the legitimate rights of Tibet’s people, including their right to national freedom, and to endorse only negotiations that have as an objective such rights.

#teamGlasto4TIBET Smashes For Tibet Glastonbury Festival

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Well that’s it folks another Glastonbury Festival has ended, the army of tents that has populated the green fields of England’s county of Somerset are being packed away, the lines of dazed and happy festival-goers head to the train and coach stations and local highways get tailbacks as the great convoy heads home. It’s been an amazing few days of music, sleep has been in short supply, the buzz simply too much, that’s sure been the case with our project #teamGlasto4TIBET. Once again we ensured that Tibet made a very visible presence across the festival with Tibetan flags appearing at major performances. None more so of course than that of Ms Patti Smith, whose passionate set was briefly joined by an on stage appearance of the Dalai Lama who received a fabulous welcome from the crowd, who sang Happy Birthday to him. As he looked out into the ocean of faces there before him flew the Tibetan national flag, a colorful and powerful reminder that the cause of his country is not forgotten and continues to attract the concern and support of people around the world. We were very proud and honored to be at the center of such action, as we were earlier in the day during a talk given by the Dalai Lama at which #teamGlasto4TIBET raised Tibet’s national emblem.

It’s vital that the issue of Tibet is given maximum exposure, after all China’s waging an ideological ware against the cause of Tibet so it becomes of critical importance to counter the propaganda and censorship. That is why #teamGlasto4TIBET was across the Glastonbury Festival not only to provide a statement of visual support for Tibet but in cooperation with our online activism enabling the issue to be shared, discussed and highlighted across the internet. Coordinating a presence at the site with live discussions on social media such as Twitter and Facebook generated massive exposure, reaching people across the world who maybe previously had little knowledge of the issue. Such actions would not be possible without the dedication, solidarity and kindness of a whole bunch of folks who contributed towards those objectives, in that regard let’s hear it for our warriors for Tibet; John Tumbridge, Abbie Learoyd-Smith Luis Vilchis for keeping Tibet’s flag flying at the festival and sharing some wonderful images. Speaking of which, a shout-out to our Twitter friend @plutoscave for sharing amazing screen captures of the television stream. Thanks also to Peter Yerod for being an active member of the #teamGlasto4TIBET Facebook group. Appreciation must also be given to colleagues running @tibettruth, who have worked tirelessly over the past few days getting information out across Twitter and generating massive awareness on Tibet. Special mention must also be made to our friends in England who designed and administered the #teamGlasto4TIBET action pack, an awesome job indeed.

It’s been huge, thanks to all our friends and subscribers who have been following and sharing news of our activism on Glastonbury Festival, let’s hope that we can meet again next year.

#teamGlasto4TIBET Set To Rock #glasto For Tibet

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After two days of sunshine, partying, dancing and fireworks at the Glastonbury Festival today the main stages open and a massive range of artists will be performing. It’s going to be awesome! #teamGlasto4TIBET is on site and will be appearing across different areas of the Festival to raise awareness of Tibet and fly the Tibetan national flag. On Twitter and Facebook we shall be covering and reporting upon their activism, uploading images from Glastonbury  and generating discussion about Tibet. You can be part of that action checkout the hashtags #glasto #tibetanflag #teamGlasto4Tibet #trueTibet and follow @tibettruth. Users of Facebook can join the #teamGlasto4TIBET group page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1623560511234131/ for updates and information. Enjoy the music, soak up the Festival buzz and be part of the conversation on Tibet. Shoutout to: @tibettruth @JTSpurs @_silverbomber @_al3rion @lvilchisp

Tibetan Flag Raised Ahead Of #Glasto Festival

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As England’s Glastonbury Festival prepares to open its gates on June 24 today our Twitter account received this photograph from the site, sent by Caroline, a good friend of #teamGlasto4TIBET, who as part of a recycling team at the event has advance access. Awesome to see Tibet’s flag raised, just one of a number of actions supporting the Tibetan cause which will be repeated over the next few days.

Global Canine Organization Agrees To Kill Tibetan Dog Names

Tibetan Mastiff Re-Branded As a Chinese Dog By The FCI

Tibetan Mastiff Re-Branded As A Chinese
Dog By The FCI

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So it’s not enough that National Geographic, in collusion with the United Nations is actively wiping Tibet off the world map, or that international governments refuse to acknowledge the historical facts of Tibet as an independent nation or support the just cause of Tibetan national freedom. Now we have the international canine organization kissing  the ass of China’s regime by deciding to rename what in truth are Tibetan dog breeds as Chinese. So no more Tibetan Mastiff, Lhasa Apso or Tibetan Terrier  like the people of Tibet they will be be filed under and described as Chinese.

Lhasa Apso Re-Branded As a Chinese Dog By The FCI

Lhasa Apso Re-Branded As A Chinese
Dog By The FCI

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This latest demonstration of appeasement reflects the extent of international groveling towards China, all no doubt with an eye on trade, cooperation, academic trips, career enhancements and in the case of censoring the reality of Tibetan dogs possible  trips to dog shows in China, made even more comfortable with the pleasures of plate and bottle!

Tibetan Terrier Re-Branded As a Chinese Dog By The FCI

Tibetan Terrier Re-Branded As A Chinese
Dog By The FCI

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It totally sukz and reveals a worrying absence of moral fibre and integrity, in addition in renaming these breeds the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) is rewriting history and distorting a basic truth, a political terrorism well known to China’s regime of course. In agreeing to these name changes the FCI is essentially endorsing territorial and cultural  identities are defined and categorized through military invasion and subsequent occupation. For example the FCI Committee, in its decision, is agreeing with the bogus claim that Tibet is an inalienable part of China, yet the entire Tibetan territory has only been incorporated ‘into’ China and subjected to Chinese political and military rule since 1950 when China invaded Tibet.

The Bordeaux Mastiff Which According To FCI Attitudes Should Be Renamed As 'King Henry II Mastiff'

The Bordeaux Mastiff Which According To FCI Attitudes Should Be Renamed As ‘King Henry II Mastiff’

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So the FCI accepts that territorial and cultural legitimacy and sovereignty is defined by military invasion, occupation and colonization, this imperialistic perspective no doubt enabled it to rename the ancient breeds of Tibetan dogs without a second thought. That being so perhaps they should direct their attention to renaming the ‘French Mastiff’, a dog anciently associated with Bordeaux, France as ‘The King Henry The Second Mastiff’? Why so? Well after all anciently the Region of Bordeaux was invaded and occupied by the English, and ruled by Henry The Second and his successors from the mid-12th till mid-15th Centuries. So England could justly claim on historical grounds (as the Chinese regime tries to do in regard to its claims over Tibet which the FCI presumably accepted without question) that this breed should be reclassified and its French name removed!

Online Activism

As a means to highlight our opposition we are going to press this matter with the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, meanwhile our readers and subscribers are invited to join us in protesting this appalling decision to appease China by renaming Tibetan dog breeds. The FCI may be emailed here:

info@fci.be

There’s also an online petition on this issue here: https://www.change.org/p/fci-fédération-cynologique-internationale-we-belong-to-tibet-not-china?