CTA Embarks On Campaign Promoting The Demise Of Tibetan Nationhood

Image:eluniversal adapted by @tibettruth

The Central Tibetan Administration, formerly known as the Tibetan Government In Exile, has announced Sunday July 20th that it is embarking an indoctrination campaign to convince Tibetan settlements across India of the merits of its utterly failed and politically suicidal solution for Tibet (Middle Way Approach).

This envisages and has as an objective of improvements on Tibetan autonomy under present national and regional laws as defined and enforced by the Chinese regime. It runs counter to the political struggle waged by Tibetans inside occupied Tibet, who have for decades resisted the illegal and violent occupation of their land and throughout have demanded independence for Tibet. That central political aspiration remains, yet Doctor Lobsang Sangay is evasive and callously dismissive of Tibetan nationhood and the legitimate objective of Tibet’s people by insisting that he is seeking not even basic democratic rights for Tibetans but only the application of current legislation on autonomy for ‘minorities’ from China’s authorities. See HERE

A few keywords come to mind here; betrayal, surrender, appeasement and insanity, while we would ask Doctor Sangay and his colleagues if they are willing to exchange their somewhat comfortable lives in exile for the questionable benefits of a life as a citizen of China under the tender mercies of the Communist Party of China?

International Cyclists Taken For A Propaganda Ride By China’s Regime

Mattia Gavazzi and his cycling team winners of a propaganda cycling event in Amdo Region of occupied Tibet

Mattia Gavazzi and his cycling team winners of a propaganda cycling event in Amdo Region of occupied Tibet

Image: amore & vita-selle smp/facebook

Is the quest for sporting glory and achievement possessed of sufficient honor and integrity to absolve an individual from having any accountability to principles of human rights and the values of freedom?

It’s a question we are placing before Mr Mattia Gavazzi and the cycling team of Amore and Vita-Selle Smp who this month took part in a cycling event in so-called Qinghai Province, China, which in reality is formed mostly of Amdo Region in occupied Tibet.

We are appealing to Mattia Gavazzi and his cycling colleagues to reassess their participation in that race, and would advise that while he may gain success and elation cycling in what is a propaganda event authorized and backed by the Chinese regime, the Tibetan people continuously suffer the most appalling oppression and injustice.

We request  Amore and Vita-Selle Smp to show solidarity with Tibet, human rights and freedom for people and reconsider any future involvement in this event. Surely this Ukrainian linked cycling team is aware of the freedom struggle to realize Ukraine’s nationhood? How would it have felt towards a race being held, organized and endorsed by the Soviet Regime in which Ukraine was described as being within Russia, while away from the cameras people were being oppressed and tortured?!

Anyone wishing to express their support on this appeal may contact Amore and Vita-Selle Smp via:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aevprocycling

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Email info@team-amoreevita.com

China’s Regime Launches Nazi-Style Anti-Uyghur Poster Campaign

Some people, usually not informed about the nature and scale of oppression and cultural genocide waged by China’s regime against Tibetans, recoil from analogies between the terrorism inflicted by the Chinese state and the atrocities engineered by Nazi-Germany. At face value of course such a comparison may seem misplaced, however look a little deeper and there are some disturbing parallels, forced labor-camps, the industrialization of executions with mobile death vans and regarding the issue of forced sterilizations China has gone way beyond the insane dreams of Himmler and the SS and administers a state run program that targets countless millions of women.

China’s regime also shares a similar psychosis in that it is inherently racist and considers Han Chinese as ultimately superior to Tibetans or other peoples whose freedom and culture it viciously denies. Another feature, found in both the Nationalist Socialist Party Of Germany and the Chinese Communist Party, is the central role played by propaganda to sway public opinion and reinforce party ideology.

Image:Liuzhou Laowei/bbc

Most recently, as reported by the BBC the Chinese authorities have released a poster campaign targeting the dangers of ‘terrorism’ (not sure if we should cry or laugh at the irony at work there) that seeks to manipulate people into seeing Uyghurs and Islam as the great enemy.

Nazi Illustration from 'The Poisonous Mushroom', that depicts religious Jews from Eastern Europe as dirty, ugly, and dishonest

Nazi Illustration from ‘The Poisonous
Mushroom’, that depicts religious
Jews from Eastern Europe as dirty,
ugly, and dishonest

We have all been here before, the depiction of ‘others’ as something less than human, not to be trusted and feared has a depressingly familiar and fascistic ring to it!

Check That Bar-Code & Don’t Buy ‘Made In China!’

Folks often ask ‘what action can I take against China’s oppression of Tibetans?’ of course there’s a whole lot of activism, ranging from online lobbying of Governments Senators and Congress Members, exposing via the internet and social media cases of political prisoners, joining rallies and awareness raising events. There’s online actions right here on our Blog for people to get involved with, but you know sometimes it’s hard to devote time or maybe for some it’s kinda intimidating to join a political cause. So what about such folk is there any way they can get involved and oppose the tyranny of the Chinese Regime? You betcha! It’s as easy as looking at your watch, next time you go to the Mall or Supermarket simply check the bar-code of any product you are considering and if its first digits are 690 to 699 then you can be sure its produced in China. Now why on earth would a consumer choose something that may well have been produced by child-labor, as recently evidenced by Samsung’s decision to suspend a Chinese company as a supplier which was exploiting children under 16 years of age! or in one of the many forced labor camps which are run by the Chinese regime. An alarming insight into such abuse emerged with a  recent item purchased from an English company, Primark that contained a handwritten note which said:  “We work 15 hours per day and the food we eat wouldn’t even be given to dogs or pigs,”

So next time your out shopping take some action against human rights violations, choose to not fund China’s Regime and show active solidarity with Tibet!

 

What Happened To Doctor Lobsang Sangay?

Graphic: Adapted From Chattanooga Times Free-Press

After John Tenniel By @tibettruth

There are a number of characteristics by which we may recognize a politician, the majority of which are less than flattering, those who present themselves as champions of the people often find themselves criticized for corruption, indifference and of course double-standards. Curious how political parties are returned to office by an electorate that has previously suffered as a result of the policies and failed assurances given by politicians. Is it a masochism? A delusion that sees hope spring forth from the cynical rhetoric of those who promise so much, if only we grant them the keys to power!

The ability to sway public opinion is a critical necessity demanded of politicians, playing to a gallery, dropping words, concepts and emotions into a crucible of dreams, xenophobia, greed, prejudice, ignorance, bias and desperation. Like a conjurer it is all about distraction, timing and presentation, suspending the critical and replacing it with a belief in the illusory. Politics is surface and appearance,

No wonder then that principle finds it difficult to survive across the political landscape, at best it is allowed to bloom fleetingly, like everything in politics an ethical stand-point is disposable, a tool for the great game that has its moment only.Yet how we cheer and applaud when hearing a politician speak with conviction, now here’s someone who really cares, right?

Back in 2008 Tibetans gathered outside the United Nations to hear an address from Doctor Lobsang Sangay in which he moved people with his determination, sense of committment and assured dedication to the cause of Tibetan freedom. Here’s an extract:

Now let’s fast forward to 2013, an interview in which those former affirmations of  Tibetan nationhood were replaced with a narrative of surrender, compromise and appeasement. In this short extract Doctor Sangay insists that he is not seeking democratic rights for Tibetan in Tibet but only the application of Chinese national and regional laws on autonomy!

Shall we add ‘flexibility’ as another term into the lexicon of characteristics that identifies a politician, perhaps ‘realism’ could also explain the volte-face from Doctor Sangay? However from the perspective of Tibetans suffering under China’s tyranny, who are sacrificing their lives and well-being to assert Tibetan national freedom, very different words would apply!

India Has No Border With China!

Disputed Border Between Chinese Occupied Tibet and India

Disputed Border Between Chinese Occupied Tibet and India

During the heyday of English imperialism cartographers employed by the so-called British Raj, the occupying colonial power that dominated India were tasked with demarcating a border area between ‘British India’ and Tibet. A somewhat more difficult challenge usually faced by the imperial mapmakers, whose fondness for straight-line boundaries may still be seen in atlases today, particularly in Africa and the Middle East. The Himalayas were of a different order altogether, not only due to the immense physical difficulties and terrain but complicated by the ethnological extent of Tibetan culture, that was felt all over the Himalayan Region and into what we now recognize as Indian territory). The example of Dorje-Ling, later deliberately re-named as Darjeeling illustrating the point (where taxes were regularly levied by the Tibetan Government). Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh were (before English cartographers determined) very much Tibetan in terms of culture, influence, and to some degree administration.

McMahon Line Agreement Between Britain and Tibet

McMahon Line Agreement Between Britain and Tibet

Image: Courtesy of Rangzen Alliance

The line however was drawn, between Bhutan and Burma (the rest of the border to the west reads as ‘Boundary Undefined’) later named after its principal author Henry McMahon, it was agreed upon during the Simla Convention of March 1914, between English representatives and Tibetan authorities. Always imperfect, conceding to India territory previously Tibetan, obscuring in some places, clarifying in others, it was from its conception destined to bequeath to future generations a legacy of controversy and confrontation. It’s main objective of course was to secure and maintain English influence and control in the region, while affording cartographic formality to Tibetan territory. On March 24 1914 British Plenopitenary, A H McMahon wrote to his Tibetan counterpart that:“The final settlement of this India-Tibet border will help to prevent causes of future dispute…”

The crystal ball was obviously obscured by more immediate geo-political concerns at that time, which centered upon protecting British interests in India, no thought of Chinese invasion of Tibet, or a dominant communist ideology which later refused to accept the border on the basis it was conceived by an foreign imperialist power. These factors would bitterly contest the legitimacy of the McMahon Line, which to India became a symbol of national honor (conveniently forgetting that it only came into being through Tibet’s ability to enter into treaties as a de facto independent nation).

Relations between China and India were aggravated by the legacy of the border demarcation, effectively imposed upon Tibet by Britain, by virtue of its earlier military invasion of Tibet, and lead to the bloody the Sino-Indian of 1962. As India and China continue to exchange heated words on the border issue both sides may well recall that on August 25 1959 a clash between Indian and Chinese border forces took place at Tawang (formerly a Tibetan settlement incorporated into Indian territory by the McMahon’s cartographic determination).

Image: heritage

In reality this is more a dispute between regional super-powers over ideology, status and military strategy, than territorial exactitude or cartographic accuracy, even if the contrived demarcation imposed by McMahon were to be mutually agreed, an unlikely event, these factors would remain and continue to consolidate the anxieties and tension across the Himalaya.