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Sharon Stone:the earthquake is karma

When asked about the Sichuan earthquake in the Cannes Film Festival, the actress responded delightfully, “Well, you know, it was very interesting…I am unhappy about the way Chinese are treating the Tibetans… Then all this earthquake,all this stuff happened, I thought, is that Karma? When you are not nice, the bad things happen to you.”

Apparently, Ms. Stone shares similar opinion with Falun Gong practitioners and the Westboro Baptist Church——the lives of more than 60,000 people claimed by the earthquake, including many of her beloved ‘Tibetans’ and thousands of children, are all deserved to die, because she is not happy about the Chinese government’s policy. I guess the same thing goes for people died in the tsunami, 9/11, Katrina, and Myanmar cyclone——well, God and Bin Laden don’t like whatever your government did, so go to hell.

There is no need to protest the hypocrisy of a brainless Hollywood porn star or those human rights activists, as this is what they always do. Ten seconds ago she was still preaching “I don’t think anyone should be unkind to anyone else”, then there came this malicious curse to ordinary people she doesn’t even know——face your karma, rot in hell! Where is the human rights now? Where is the “compassion”? And by the way, where is Dalai Lama’s effort to help those “suffered”——a lot of them are Tibetans, living in the great Tibetan area he always wants to ‘free’?Is ‘karma ‘ all he can teach? Is it the Karma for people who are still worshiping him?

The worst and most shameless part yet to come. “…sometimes you have to learn to put your head down to be of service, even for people who are not nice to you…” My fellow Chinese, my parents and friends who are still suffering in Sichuan, can you feel the mercy and grace from Her Holiness Sharon Stone? She is willing to lower her noble head, forgive and pity you low life sinners. How lucky you are and how gracious she is! She must be a true princess!

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Thousands to Rally in New York to Support Beijing Olympics

New York – When the Olympics torch has finished the global relay and is scheduled to return to China on May 4th, New York residents decide to rally to show their support for the games. According to a document from New York police, thousands of people are going to gather at Foley Square this coming Sunday to cheer Olympics.

The theme of rally, according to the coordinators, is going to be “Peace and Olympics”. A post from the official homepage of the rally says “Sport is sport. No politics”.

Apparently, many people have been turned away by the month-long political farce surrounding the Olympics torch: Tibetans in exile seeking the opportunity to voice their political stipulates; the Paris city hall indulging violence toward torch bearers; the Western media questioned for their sided stance in reporting the Tibet issue. For the first time in decades the hype surrounding the Olympics is not regarding the torch or the games, but the geopolitical battle involving some of the world’s superpowers.

Now New York decides to ditch the politics and welcome the Olympic spirit. Or at least thousands of the New Yorkers do. So far more than two thousand people have responded to the rally, according to the coordinators. 1200 people have registered with the rally’s Facebook group. All these people, a lot of them of Chinese background, are going to appear in the May 4th rally. Speeches, balloons, songs, souvenirs will be available, according to sources.

The rally is completely non-political, initiated by individuals without political background, sources say. All organizing work was done by Internet posts and mailing lists.

As of Apr 29th the Olympics torch has traveled 19 cities around the globe. At the first two stops the torch was ambushed by professional and well prepared protest groups, and their hired mercenaries. In all of the following relays Beijing supporters outnumbered protesters.

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An observation of debates with anti-China fundamentalists over the Tibet issue

Since the Tibetan riot and massive media distortion began, I’ve been reading different posts, threads, essays and arguments over the Tibetan issue. When pro- and anti-China groups clash over the issue, it usually goes like this:

Anti- China (A): Free Tibet!

Pro-China (P): Tibet belongs to China, no need to free!

A: China invaded Tibet!

P: No invasion. Here is the proof…

A1: fake! it’s all commie propaganda!

A2: Invasion or not, Tibetan has the right the be free! You suppress… oppress…inhibit…Especially, you don’t have religious freedom.

P: That’s not true. Here is the facts…

A1: Liar! You people are brainwashed!

A2: Still, you don’t have human rights there! People there are poor and having a miserable life!

P: That’s not true either. Chinese Tibetans live happily there and we have very good policy and affirmative action for Chinese Tibetans, here are the evidences…

A1: Propanganda! Liars!

A2: Policy or not, there is cultural genocide in Tibet.

P: There’s no cultural genocide in Tibet, here is the evidence…

A1:Propaganda! Paid CCP agent!

A2: Still, too many Han ethnic people are there. Tibetans are soon to be assimilated.

A3: No cultural genocide? They are now living in apartments instead of tent! They wear jeans instead of traditional robes! It’s not Tibetan cultural in the past! Isn’t that cultural genocide?!

P: Not really, majority of the population is still Tibetan. Here is the proof…And yes, people wear jeans instead of robes, they also eat KFC and drink coca cola–but that kind of activities happens voluntarily.

A1: Propaganda! Never believe anything commie says.

A2: OK, riot or not, protesters may go a little bit far. But I think they meant good. DALAI is good. He has nothing to do with this.

P: Dalai has everything to do with this. Here are some of the facts…

A1: Propaganda!

A2: There is no proof about him giving the order directly! He SAID he loves peace! You government is lying and doesn’t respect the Tibetan spiritual leader!

P: He’s not the leader of all Tibetans, he’s just the leader of the Gelu sect. And there is more information about Dalai… He is not what he said he is.

A1: Propaganda!

A2: I really don’t believe these information. If you are telling the truth, how come the whole world is against you? Whatever you say, China has serious human rights problems. The whole world is pissed off.

P1: We should focus on the issues in Tibet, not China in general.

P2: We do have human rights problems, so does US.

P3: It’s not the whole world against us. it’s the world you know against us.

A1: So what? The American Natives are in the past! We now are one of the countries that best practice human rights!

P: Remember IRAQ? Hypocrite!

A2: So what? We can’t criticize you just because we claim war on IRAQ? You Chinese can criticize us too.

A3: I am against US government too. But I have freedom of speech to against Bush and you don’t.

P: It takes time to solve problem and make changes. China is making progress toward democracy. Here is some proof…

A2: You are so brainwashed. You government is pure evil and you still think it can become good.

A3: You government is evil, it…, it…, it…, it… So whatever happened in Tibet is not important, you should overthrow your government!

A1: Commies sell junks to us! Take our jobs away! Own our debts! They are polluters! Free Tibet! Free China!

Usually at this stage, pro-China people withdraw. Some anti-China people are convinced during the process. For those who can not be convinced even with mounted evidence, I call them anti-China fundamentalists. Because in the end, it’s NEVER about the benefit/human rights of Chinese, it’s simply hooraying everything against China, denouncing everything in China and ignoring voices from China. Amid all these debates, there is one question I always want to ask: Do you REALLY know or care what Chinese or Chinese Tibetans want when you shout ‘free Tibet’ or ‘free China’?

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An essay by a Tibetan from Eastern Tibet

All you people had heard enough from the so-called ethnic Tibetans who had never set foot in Tibet. Now let’s hear from someone who are really from Tibet. The following is an essay published in a forum in Seattle. I can’t find the original link so that I reproduce the original article here. If the author sees this and objects, please contact us.

An essay by a XiZang people

                                           by Namjagbarwa, From Eastern Tibet

I’ll use the name of my hometown’s pride as my user ID here,—Mt.
Namjarbarwa.

My English is not good so pls pardon me if you see any typo and mistake.

I am from Nyingchi Region, Eastern Tibet. 70% of my beloved homeland are
under Indian military occupation. All Thanks to the British support in 1962.
But that’s another story.

During the past month, I’ve witnessed alot protests here in U.S. and been
told about riots back at my homeland. I think it’s my duty to clear on some
FACTS that are obviously and selectively omitted by the media and protesters.

1. His Holyness the Dalai Lama DOES NOT represent Tibet. Our Tibetan
Buddhism has 4 schools:Gelug, Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu. HH the Dalai Lama is
ONE of the TWO most respected living budda of Gelug(Yellow Hat Sect),
another one is Panchen Lama. HH the Dalai Lama can only represent farmers
and town living Tibetans from North Central Tibet(Centered with City of
Lhasa), which is about 20% of entire Tibetan population at the most. Entire
South Central Tibet(Centered with City of Xigaze) worship Panchen Lama only,
as well as we who are from Eastern Tibet only believe NyingMa Sect, the Red
Hat.

2. Example: If the President of Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, fled to Europe
after the Civil War was lost. Can he represent all Americans? I don’t think
so. He IS qualified to represent all the slave masters though.

3. Since 1980, We Tibetans have not paid ONE cent of Tax to the central
government. We Tibetans have NOT paid ONE cent on fertilizer and seed. We
have promotion access to housing, education, birth, employment and all kinds
of other social benefits. The name of this promotion policy is called the
Affirmative Act in the United States. I don’t know what it’s called in Tibet
and honestly I didn’t really care. It’s been there since I was born. When I
realized that policy only applies to minority groups in China, I am already
13. I got 10 points raise on my average score when I graduated from
elementary school. And I know my brother got 20 points when he graduated
from high school. There are 10 Million high school graduates competing to
get into college every year. Can you imagine how many advantages this 20
point can make?? BTW, I have 3 brothers and 2 sisters, and there goes so-
called “Forced Birth Control amoung Tibetans”.

4. Just like 95% of other Tibetans, my family was farmer-slaves before 1959.
We’ve always been slaves till HH the Dalai Lama and his slavery government
escapted from Tibet, along with most slave masters. Though the Chinese Army
already stationed in Tibet in 1950, the reform, the abandon of slavery
system was not carried out by central government. One story is that in 1954,
Chinese Army was hiring in my village to help them building concrete roads.
After they found out that their payments to the villagers are all robbed by
slave masters, they were angry and started paying merchandise and goods
directlym, just to make sure the masters can’t take them away. That was 4
years after People’s Liberation Army entered Tibet.

5. I am kinda tired telling these stories now. I don’t know why the world
outside Tibet had so many misleadings and understanding to our homeland. I
really appreciate that you said you were speaking for Tibetans. But there
are 3 million Tibetans living in Tibet now and you are only listening to
those around HH the Dalai Lama??? Our living conditions are much bettern
than those in exile and much much better than 50 years ago. and none of
these was the effort of exile Tibetan government,ZERO. We earned it by our
sweat drops and promotion policies from central government. Not a living
budda who was randomly picked by HH. And we want our life to be better and
better. Talking about moral standards and religion freedom, we Red Hat Sect
can practice all traditional customs everyday. I don’t know what happened to
Yellow Hat and I don’t understand why they seem like the only trouled ones
in Tibet and mostly I don’t see how can HH the Dalai Lama become the
Representive of Tibet?!

Long live Tibet, Long live Peace, Long live China.

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The Myth of Tibet Genocide

by Terminator

Dalai Lama and the Tibet Government in Exile, as well as the western media have never presented any solid evidence or disclosed any reliable source to support their repeated accusation that the Chinese government killed 1.2 million Tibetans between 1949 – 1979. On the contrary, almost all academic scholars and many pro-Tibet advocaters have found that the accusation does not stand on any basis and is even laughable.

One of the main argument of the Exile group to support their genocide allegation is that there were around 6.3 million Tibetans in 1959, and the Tibetan population hardly increased after 30 years. In their 1996 whitepaper “Tibet: Proving Truth from Facts“, the Exile group claimed that based on a 1959 Chinese government newspaper report, there were 6,330,567 Tibetans in China. The number is broken down into 1,273,969, 3,381,064, and 1,675,534 in three different areas (TAR, Kham, Amdo) of the so-called Great Tibet. [1] However, a scrutiny of the data shows that these three numbers are the exact same numbers published in 1954 by the Chinese government over the above areas. And these numbers referred to the total population of the three areas (including Tibetan, Han, Muslin, etc), but not the Tibetan populations. [2]

In fact, the total Tibetan population back 1950s was about 2.5 – 2.7 millions according to numerous academic studies, the Chinese national census, and even Tibet government itself. For example, on November 11th, 1950, in an appeal to the United Nations to stop China’s takeover of Tibet, the Tibet government stated “a weak and peace loving people, hardly exceeding 3 million”. [3] It is impossible that by the end of 1959, the Tibetan population increased to 6.3 million.

A glance at the documents released by the Tibet Government in Exile, one can clearly see a trend that it favors vague data from the newspapers over serious scientific records from academic studies, population census, and historical records.

Therefore, Professor Sautman, a reseacher specialized in studying Tibetan populations, concluded, “What I think these articles show is that there is no evidence of significant population losses over the whole period from the 1950s to the present. There are some losses during the Great Leap Forward but these were less in Tibetan areas than in other parts of China. Where these were serious were in Sichuan and Qinghai, but even there not as serious in the Han areas of China. There are no bases at all for the figures used regularly by the exile groups. They use the figure of 1.2 million Tibetans dying from the 1950s to the 1970s, but no source for this is given. As a lawyer I give no credence to statistics for which there is no data, no visible basis.” [4]

Professor Goldstein also rejected the allegation: “… the exile leadership … continued to attack Chinese policies and human rights violations in Tibet, often going beyond what the actual situation warranted; for example, with charges of Chinese genocide.” [5]

Professor Sautman did an extensive and in-depth study on the literature of Tibetan population. In his 2001 paper, he used indisputable data to reject the allegation made by Dalai Lama and the Tibet Government in Exile. For example, “Figures (detailed breakdown of the 1.2 million number) at this level of specificity are meant to impress, but the emigre approach to numbers is quite elastic. In a 1990 book widely circulated by the Tibet Government in Exile, the number of famine victims is given as 343,000, not 413,000. In 1991, the Dalai Lama stated that 200,000 Tibetans had died from starvation, less than half of what had originally been claimed. These discrepancies are not surprising; some of the statistics are based on citation to documents that do not contain the figure at all, or have not been made public by the emigres… Other figures employed in the claim of ‘demographic annihilation’ derive from interviews with Tibetan refugees in India. Such informants are not likely to be reliable. Lois Lang-Sims, a leader of the pro-TGIE Tibet Society of the UK, wrote that statements of refugees examined in the years after the Dalai Lama arrived in India have ‘an extreme and inevitable unreliability‘” [6]

Professor Sautman’s study is independently confirmed by Professor Goldstein, Co-Director of The Center for Research on Tibet, “One likely factor is that the accounts offered by Tibetan refugees (and apparently also a few individuals in the TAR) are exaggerations or fabrications told to foreigners to garner sympathy and support for the ‘Tibetan cause’… In other words, they were inclined to represent the current situation negatively…. many Lhasa Tibetans harbor deep-seated anger and hostility toward the Chinese, which colors their perception of the current situation and sometimes leads to distortions, exaggerations, and fabrications.“ [7]

Michael Parenti wrote this in his book “Friendly Feudalism: The Tibet Myth”: “The official 1953 census–six years before the Chinese crackdown– recorded the entire population residing in Tibet at 1,274,000. Other census counts put the population within Tibet at about two million. If the Chinese killed 1.2 million in the early 1960s then almost all of Tibet would have been depopulated, transformed into a killing field dotted with death camps and mass graves–of which we have no evidence. The thinly distributed Chinese force in Tibet could not have rounded up, hunted down, and exterminated that many people even if it had spent all its time doing nothing else.” [8]

Even Free Tibet Compaign director Patrick French said the allegation has no basis: “the Free Tibet Campaign in London (of which I am a former director) and other groups have long claimed that 1.2 million Tibetans have been killed by the Chinese since they invaded in 1950. However, after scouring the archives in Dharamsala while researching my book on Tibet, I found that there was no evidence to support that figure.” [9]

[1] Tibet Government in Exile, Tibet: Proving Truth from Facts, http://www.tibet.com/WhitePaper/index.html, 1996
[2] First National Census Report, National Bureau of Statistics of China, http://www.stats.gov.cn/tjgb/rkpcgb/qgrkpcgb/t20020404_16767.htm, November 1st, 1954.
[3] Melvyn C. Goldtein, A History of Modern Tibet, 1913-1951 University of California Press, 1991, pp.746-747
[4] Barry Sautman, How Repressive Is the Chinese Government in Tibet?, http://www.international.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=2732, 2002
[5] Melvyn C. Goldstein, The Snow Lion and the Dragon: China, Tibet, and the Dalai Lama, University of California Press, 1999
[6] Barry Sautman, Is Tibet China’s Colony?: The Claim of Demographic Catastrophe, The Journal of Asian Law, Vol 15, No. 1, Fall 2001
[7] Melvyn C. Goldstein and Cynthia M. Beall, China’s Birth Control Policy in the Tibet Autonomous Region: Myths and Realities, Asian Survey, Vol. 31, No. 3, March, 1991, pp. 285-303
[8] Michael Parenti, Friendly Fuedalism: The Tibet Myth, http://www.michaelparenti.org/Tibet.html, 2007
[9] Patrick French, former director of the Free Tibet Campaign in London, New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/22/opinion/22french.html, March 22, 2008

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Dalai Lama’s Five Point Peace Plan is Not Fooling Anyone

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Dalai Lama’s Five Point Peace Plan is often mentioned as a proof that he is peace loving man while the Chinese government is simply too evil to negotiate with him. Let’s take a closer look at his holiness’s peace plan, shall we?

  1. Transformation of the whole of Tibet into a zone of peace;
  2. Abandonment of China’s population transfer policy which threatens the very existence of the Tibetans as a people;
  3. Respect for the Tibetan people’s fundamental human rights and democratic freedoms;
  4. Restoration and protection of Tibet’s natural environment and the abandonment of China’s use of Tibet for the production of nuclear weapons and dumping of nuclear waste;
  5. Commencement of earnest negotiations on the future status of Tibet and of relations between the Tibetan and Chinese peoples.

Forgive my ignorance, do I understand it right to think that 5th proposal means his holiness’s ultimate goal is for Tibet to be fully independent in the future. Doesn’t that mean that Dalai Lama is simply using this plan as a intermediate step to achieve that? Didn’t we all see similar thing happened somewhere, oh, Kosovo? Would you ever accept this plan if you were the Chinese?

Wait, it gets better. Let’s keep reading his holiness’s explanation:

Today, in the whole of Tibet 7.5 million Chinese settlers have already been sent, outnumbering the Tibetan population of 6 million. In central and western Tibet, now referred to by the Chinese as the “Tibet Autonomous Region”, Chinese sources admit the 1.9 million Tibetans already constitute a minority of the region’s population. These numbers do not take the estimated 300,000-500,000 troops in Tibet into account – 250,000 of them in so-called Tibet Autonomous Region.

So, what kind of Tibet is his holiness talking about? There is no way the fragile environment in Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) can support 13.5 million people, not to mention 7.5 million, the majority, of them are “evil” Chinese. Let’s go back a little:

I propose that the whole of Tibet, including the eastern provinces of Kham and Amdo, be transformed into a zone of “Ahimsa”, a Hindi term used to mean a state of peace and non-violence.

Now I get it. The Tibet his holiness was talking about is a greater Tibet, some 25% of China today. What’s more confusing is that with a majority population being non-Tibetan, under the proposed democratic system, wouldn’t it mean that Tibetans are going to lose some power and influence?  Unless of course his holiness is thinking about some kind of apartheid regime like that in South Africa or somewhere in the middle east.

I just simply would not accept his holiness want to do something so horrible. Let’s keep on reading:

For the Tibetans to survive as a people, it is imperative that the population transfer is stopped and Chinese settlers return to China. Otherwise, Tibetans will soon be no more than a tourist attraction and relic of a noble past.

Yeah,see, told you, his holiness thought everything through.  Sounds reasonable, right?  But wait, do I remember it correctly that UN Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination says:

Article 5: An end shall be put without delay to governmental and other public policies of racial segregation and especially policies of apartheid, as well as all forms of racial discrimination and separation resulting from such policies.

Are you telling me that his holiness is advocating some form of racial separation? That must be some kind of mistake. His holiness’s five point peace plan was addressed to the U.S. Congressional Human Right’s Caucus on September 21, 1987. I sure hope that his holiness has some new proposals because there is no way anybody, let alone the “evil” Chinese government, would ever accept this kind of peace proposal.

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If you insult a Dragon …

This is an article by Matt Leighton and Patrick Grumley published in Minnesota Daily found at http://www.mndaily.com/articles/2008/04/17/72166730.

The title is a little misleading since the article mainly criticizes the false arguments targeted at China in the past and recent days.  The main topics range from trade relations, Darfur, Tibet, Nationalism, to even out-sourcing. It is a refreshing view among the wave of biased western media reports. There are people with good judgment after all, though they are few and their voices tend to be drown in a sea of insanity and racism.

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