August 11, 2014
In the early part, the paper goes over five generations of changes in the political leadership in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It details the nature of developments especially in the emergence of diversity within the governing classes and notes that the single party authoritarian has been giving way to a collective form of leadership which reflects changes in leadership, especially in terms of sociological and professional backgrounds. There is greater institutionalization of power structure to accommodate diverse interests.
It is under such conditions that Mr. Xi Jinping took over as the President and, despite earlier struggles, he has been able to consolidate his leadership. This is reflected in the composition of the Politburo Standing Committee (PCB). The PCB represents “elites” and “populists” and there is hope that there will be balance in policy formulation.
By Max Boot
July 19, 2014
July 19, 2014
Seven Years in Tibet was the title of a popular book and movie. I spent only five days in Tibet in early
July—just long enough to get adjusted to its headache-inducing altitude (the
capital is 11,800 feet above sea level)—so I hesitate to draw sweeping
conclusions. But even a brief visit revealed realities beyond the headlines,
which normally focus only on events such as monks burning themselves to death
to protest Chinese occupation. Visiting two of the largest cities, Lhasa and
Tsetang, and driving around the countryside, I saw the benefits as well as the
bane of China’s rule.
|Train running over a bridge in Lhasa|
July 1, 2014
In its undated circular condemning my article " Is Dharamsala Safe for Tibetans?" that appeared on Tibet Telegraph, the Dharamsala Tibetan settlement office has unscrupulously lied about my name claiming Mila Rangzen as my pseudonym and Dhondup Choephel as my real name. This is a cheap attempt on the part of the office to discredit me and my article. Yes Dhondup Choephell WAS my old name. I changed it legally to Mila Rangzen when I became US citizen in January 2004. I have no reason to hide my identity nor do I need a pen name. My new real name Mila Rangzen is in use since 2004. I am sure the reader will agree with me that it would be wrong to misinform the public that Tenzin Gyatso is a pseudonym (for the Dalai Lama) just because his real childhood name was Lhamo Dhondup.
By Thierry Dodin
June 24, 2014
Occurring in Germany when the Karmapa was touring there, the untimely death of Kunzig Shamarpa inevitably gave rise to some speculations. Shamar Rinpoche, referred to as the “Red-hat Karmapa,” was a lineage holder of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, and had played a part in some controversy.
June 20, 2014
Being part of the recently launched international awareness campaign on Middle Way Approach which aims to counter the Chinese government’s misinformation campaign, I am elated to see the response it is generating world over. The Campaign generated one of the biggest media coverage in recent times from New York Times to Guardian to Straights Times to South China Morning Post and not to mention about Indian and Tibetan media.
By Mila Rangzen
June 12, 2014
No government or people on earth have ever helped exile Tibetans more than the government and people of India have done for the past six decades. They have helped Tibetans humanitarianly, educationally, economically, culturally, spiritually and even politically to a point. Tibetans all over the world will forever remain indebted to their wisdom and compassion in action. While the Dalai Lama is given great care and protection by the Indian Government, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) should now make stabilising the status of the Tibetans in India a priority instead of going to functions and getting all the aid money for their families while thousands of poor illiterate Tibetans are at all kinds of risks.
By Mila Rangzen
June 7, 2014
Over the years, Shugden protests have been angry but peaceful and democratic. They, however, must continue to abandon any of their past criminal behavior like stalking, warning, threatening, arson, aggravated assaults, murder and other intimidation tactics. There is overwhelming evidence that they did use these in the past and they cannot convince us otherwise. It’s not up for debate here. What many Shugden followers like Andruk Gompo who fought for independence from 1956 to 1974 is also a part of our history and I salute their selfless brave contribution. With this being said, as much as we wish, the credit earned by the parents’ deeds does not automatically pass on to their children. Every generation proves its own worth. No matter what internal fights we may have now or in the future, they should not bow down to Chinese Communist Party (CCP) or the Chinese state. This is the greatest blunder that they have ever committed in their entire history. When they embrace the political attitude of “My enemy’s enemy is my best friend” it then becomes a major cause of concern for all of us and a reason why secular Tibetans cannot trust their leaders and followers.
By Michael Schuman
May 30, 2014
Narendra Modi, the newly installed Prime Minister of India, has no shortage of problems to tackle. The slumping economy requires a hefty dose of difficult reforms to get moving again. Malnourishment, miserable health conditions and a lack of opportunity haunt hundreds of millions of poor. Corruption is out of control. Unrest is rampant in the country’s east. And then there is the pesky issue of foreign policy, especially the ongoing tensions with India’s neighbors. That means Pakistan, of course, but also that other Asian giant — China.