Tibet should be FREE!

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China used the Olympics to build up humanitarian good will. Three months later the cameras are gone and the world is no longer paying attention to the fact that they don’t care about Tibet. Tibet should be free!

FT.com / Comment & analysis / Editorial – Tibet’s next move

Tibet’s next move

Published: November 18 2008 22:43 | Last updated: November 18 2008 22:43

The Dalai Lama’s campaign for Tibet to be granted “genuine auto­nomy” within China has reached a turning point. For the past six years, representatives of Tibet’s spirit­ual leader have been engaged in talks with the Chinese government, hoping Beijing will recognise the Tibetans’ distinct culture, language and identity within the People’s Republic. But despite hopes this year that China might relax its stance, those talks have broken down.

China refuses to enter into any discussion about Tibet’s status within the PRC, accusing the Dalai Lama of covertly seeking full-blown separation. The Dalai Lama has, in turn, expressed disappointment with this hardline stance, warning that Beijing’s wish to strike an accord is “thinning, thinning, thinning”. As a result, hundreds of Tibetans from communities around the world have this week gathered for an unprecedented meeting in the Indian hill town of Dharamsala. They are discussing what course the Tibetan movement should take next.

The Dharamsala meeting de­serves attention. For decades, the Da­lai Lama has been a renowned voice of moderation. But as he ad­mitted in an FT interview last May, the failure of his moderate stance to yield results is alienating younger Tibetans. A recent opinion survey reveals that a sizeable number of Tibetans want full-blown independence – and many of them want the Dalai Lama’s peaceful “middle way” abandoned. They argue that next March, when Tibet marks the 50th anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s flight into exile, there must be another demonstration of resistance to the Chinese authorities.

The hope must be that the Dalai Lama’s insistence on moderation is reasserted this week, and that the Tibetan resistance movement does not shift to aggressive militancy. But if that is to be realised, China must reconsider the ruthlessness with which it treats calls for Tibetan autonomy. The Chinese government regards the Nobel laureate as a charismatic figure with whom it is difficult to do business. But a successful negotiation with him is the only way to ensure a peaceful outcome to this stand-off. Beijing seems to believe that if the Dalai Lama disappears, the problem of Tibet will disappear with him. That is a serious miscalculation.

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2008

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>Russia, Georgia, and Czarist Tendencies

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Russia, Georgia, and Czarist Tendencies
Two great news articles have emerged as the leaders in trying to explain the new power grab taking place in the Caucus Mountains and Central Asia. August 19, Asia Times Online ran an article explaining the American illusion that the world was actually still in a unipolar geopolitical state. However, with the reemergence of political hardliners manipulating Putin and the current democratization of the Black Sea Russia made a move to stop the process. In the grand scheme of things the West has been pushing in one direction much like the Sisyphean tasks of old. The more that the US and Western governments push into the Caucuses the tougher Russia will get. Case in point, with the collapse of the Soviet Union there are now more Russian leaving outside her borders; than, live inside many of her biggest cities. Protections of these expatriated Russians has become a key issue within the Kremlin.

The Russian President outline several key issues that during an interview this week. Amonst these were Spheres of Influence, and Russian ex-patriots Medvedev comment,

“Our unquestionable priority is to protect the life and dignity of our citizens, wherever they are. We will also proceed from this in pursuing our foreign policy. We will also protect the interest of our business community abroad. And it should be clear to everyone that if someone makes aggressive forays, he will get a response.”

As time progresses the true motivation of Russia Will become apparent. It is almost the equivalent of a dying star. As it reaches out to consumer more material out of need the consumption eventually causes the core to collapse in on itself. Russia is entering a dangerous time and the question of regional influences may play out inside the Security Council as well with the posibilites of a nuclear capable IRAN.