Remember Tibet!

14th Dalai Lama

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The 50th Anniversary of Tibet’s Uprising

“A hell on earth.”

That is the way the 14th Dalai Lama described the Chinese occupation of his country during his speech this morning.

Today is the 50th anniversary of Tibet’s sad attempt at an uprising (yes, they actually had a military if you want to call it that) which resulted in the Dalai Lama fleeing to India — where he still lives today. He loves his country and the people love him beyond words, but sadly he may not live long enough to ever return home, at least if Hu JinTao and company have anything to say about it.

  • See the full story of the 14th Dalai Lama and his quest for a free Tibet.

Exactly 50 years ago today, literally hundreds of thousands of Tibetan people were slaughtered, their temples burned down, and their identities taken. This isn’t ancient history we are talking about: many survivors of the Chinese invasion are still around.

Unfortunately, they probably won’t be telling their story any time soon. When I was traveling China in 2007, my website and even the entire WikiPedia were blocked by the Chinese National Firewall which controls all data, coming and going, on the internet into China.

As much as I loved my time in China studying Shaolin, learning Chinese, and wandering around the mountains of Yunan, I still can’t shake the thought that I was frolicking with the enemy. Within my father’s lifetime, this same government has murdered nearly a million innocent people who posed no threat whatsoever. I wanted desperately to visit Tibet and was queued up for an entry permit in Chengdu when they had a skirmish in Lhasa, causing the government to stop issuing them for weeks.

No one seems to be too bothered. Hell, lets give them the Olympics even. They can’t seem to load the boats fast enough to get their junk to America and people line up to buy the products made cheap by misery and oppression. Sadly, most Americans couldn’t even point out Tibet on a map.

A few people did hear the speech this morning and there were some small protests outside of Chinese embassies in India and Australia even. Unfortunately for the Tibetan people, it’s not enough and tomorrow when they get out of bed, they are still being treated cruelly by an evil government with a history of human rights violations. Made all the more efficient thanks to the new railway from Beijing all the way to Tibet — now they can deliver Chinese capitalists and soldiers right to the front door of Lhasa.

Since I cannot lend a twitchy trigger-finger to Tibet, I will do what I can from here to support them. Every time I’m forced to buy cheap imported junk, I grimace.

AVAAZ.org is one of a handful of organizations that try to raise money for Tibet awareness.

I don’t hate the Chinese people — actually the opposite. I would like to officially throw their government the middle finger however. Go ahead, ban me and my website — I’ll be back. 🙂

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3 Responses to “Remember Tibet!”



  1. “Chinese invasion“, are a moron? tibet had been a part of china for 800 years. how can you “invade” your own country? learn your history lesson dipshit. stop try to destroy china’s sovereignty.

  2. Right…….I guess we’ve got different history books.

  3. Robert Zimmerman April 14, 2009 at 21:02 pm

    It always strikes me that when there are Chinese people posting on “critical” issues, name calling seems to be mandatory. Well, you got two in a very short post by someone who is obviously not paid by Beijing. It’s all just too obvious. Love the Chinese people though. Regards from London 🙂

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