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Dalai Lama Prays for Typhoon Victims in Taiwan

September 9, 2009

The Dalai Lama held a prayer ceremony in Taiwan on Tuesday, September 1st for victims of last month’s typhoon as part of his visit. He led prayers before addressing a crowd of 10,000 at Kaohsiung stadium in the country’s south. He arrived on Sunday, August 30th to comfort victims of the island’s worst typhoon in 50 years, triggering floods that killed more than 700 people. But the visit has drawn condemnation from the Chinese Commnist Party. The Dalai Lama said he was not in Taiwan for political reasons. [Dalai Lama, Tibetan Spiritual Leader]: “The purpose of me being here today is because of the recent typhoon

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Six-Year-Old Chinese Girl Dreams of Being a Corrupt Official

September 8, 2009

I thought this was amazing story to share. This is the reality of today’s greedy society and the effect felt now on 6 years old Chinese girl. Read it and share your opinion……..

A short video posted on NanDu.Net, a Chinese news website, featuring a six year old girl from Guangzhou City has become the talk of China. When asked about her ideal life, the first grader proudly announced that she dreamed of becoming “a corrupt official, as they have lots of property.” The video was soon being discussed throughout the major media and Internet forums.
By late Sept. 2, the video had already received 14,000 hits, but was soon blocked and later deleted by the website. NanDu.Net had set up a poll for viewers to vote on how they felt about the video; the majority said it “accurately reflected the reality of Chinese society.”

”This six-year-old girl can see the nature of our society,” said Guangzhou attorney Liu Shihui in an interview with The Epoch Times. “I very much admired her vision. She got right to the point. Unfortunately, it also shows how poisoned the next generation of the country has become. These little souls have been led astray; this is awful.”

An anonymous writer from Guangzhou doesn’t believe that the video is that unusual for China nowadays. He believes that the little girl’s parents probably have shown envy towards China’s corrupt officials.

“There is a popular saying nowadays: ‘being a corrupt official is equal to winning the lottery,’ said the writer. “As a Chinese Governmental official you can have anything you want. Your privilege knows no limits.”

He also mentioned that most officials don’t even need to touch money. Instead, they simply accept houses or vehicles, which is even easier.

“Ordinary people can tolerate these corrupt officials much more than they used to. Now, if you mention to someone how much an official was bribed, this person won’t be shocked at all. This kind of thing has become perfectly normal,” he explained.

“Corruption in China … everyone knows this happens, but no one talks about it,” said one video viewer. “This kid is extraordinary. She’s so young but she already understands the situation.”

“Super! She’s that young, and already understands how the world works. She will be someone when she grows up,” said another viewer commenting on the video.

“She’s right! Being a corrupt official is a good life. I want to be one too. Low risk, high profit. Who wouldn’t want that life?” another viewer said.

“Isn’t this how our country really is? Everybody hates and curses these corrupt officials, yet they all want to be just like him,” remarked one viewer.

“This is so sad! Our morality has fallen so low, and our society is on the brink of collapse. Just look at how severely it has impacted the mental health of the children,” another viewer replied.

“It’s so nice to be a corrupt official. You can have a car, house, money, enjoy high social status, and all the right connections. You can have more women … you may even have someone birth a son for you when you’re 60 years old,” mentioned one viewer.

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Sep 7, 2009

New Tibetan rulers funded by China in return for absolute loyalty: Report

June 7, 2009

London, May 22 (ANI) — Chinese rule in Tibet is
based upon ethnic inequality by empowering an
elite class, who in turn, remain loyal to
Beijing, an unprecedented report has claimed.

Written by scholars in Beijing, the report has
been hailed by both Tibetans and Chinese as a
revealing look at the troubled region.

It says that a new Tibetan ‘aristocracy’ has
seized power in the region. Unlike Tibet’s
previous rulers, who were supported by the tribes
and by the monasteries, the new Tibetan ruling
cadres are funded by Beijing in return for absolute loyalty.

They have spread propaganda blaming the Dalai
Lama for Tibet’s social problems to mask their
shortcomings and reinforce their power, the report concludes.

“They use every opportunity to play the
separatism card,” The Telegraph quoted Phun
Tshogs Dbang Rjyal, a Communist party member in Tibet, as saying.

As part of the research, four Beijing University
students traveled through Tibet in the aftermath
of widespread riots in March 2008.

Commissioned by Gongmeng, or the Open
Constitution Initiative, the report’s conclusions
provide a more balanced look of Tibet’s social
problems, highlighting problems in the local
government and the education system.

“This is the first independent analysis of the
situation in Tibet from within China. This is a
factual analysis of the underlying social
factors,” said Nicholas Becquelin, a research director at Human Rights Watch.

An unrest began in Lhasa last year that quickly
spread through Tibet, leading to an armed
response by Chinese soldiers and the loss of over
140 lives, according to the Tibetan government-in-exile.

China blamed the Dalai Lama for fanning the
violence, and said that over 100 agents of
Tibet’s religious leader had organized the protests.

The report highlighted the tensions caused by a
drive to industrialize the region and move
Tibetans from farms into the cities, where they
find it hard to compete for jobs with better-educated Han immigrants.

The report had won support on internet forums,
but has not yet been published formally. ‘We are
not sure how it will be received,’ the report’s editor Yang Ziyun said. (ANI)

Chinese Scholars Discuss Tibet with the Dalai Lama

June 7, 2009

Waldorf Astoria, New York City: In his continuous effort to build a viable connection with Chinese people, His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with over 120 scholars and dissidents. They include Harry Wu, Dr. Yang Jian Li, Xu Wen Li, Hu Ping, and many others.

“My body looks the same, but one organ missing,” began His Holiness referring to his gallbladder operation last year. “But my health is very good.”

After a big round of applause, the Tibetan leader drove straight to the heart of the matter by appealing to the Chinese people to “investigate thoroughly” about Tibet-China problem by going to Tibet.

“If 60-70 percent of the Tibetans are happy in Tibet, we have nothing to complain,” the Dalai Lama said, who further mentioned that if that is not the case, then the Chinese Government must realize that things are not right inside Tibet.

Since the Chinese Communist Party refuses to accept the reality in Tibet, the 73-year-old Tibetan leader said that the Chinese scholars, intellectuals and students must make Tibetan issue clear to Chinese people living inside China.

Massive Chinese official propaganda has created a huge misunderstanding between the Chinese and Tibetans, sometimes leading to animosity.

“I always try to meet with Chinese intellectuals. Because the Tibetan problem must be solved between Han brothers and sisters and Tibetans and no one else,” the Nobel laureate said.

While responding to a question from Xu Wen Li about Tibetan demand for “Greater Tibet,” the Dalai Lama said that for a cultural survival and for practical realistic reasons all of Tibet must be united.

“We are not talking about independence. Hence if I talk only about a section of Tibet it will not be right. I am fighting for rights mentioned in the constitution [of China.] All of Tibet must be given equal rights in terms of culture and tradition,” His Holiness said.

According to the 1989 Nobel laureate, it is important for China to gradually move towards a more open democratic society but not in the footsteps of Soviet Union.

“The Communist Party has reigned long enough,” the Dalai Lama said. “Now it is time for a retirement.”

Tibetan Writer Questions Beijing’s Version of Tibetan History Propaganda to demonize old Tibet

March 29, 2009

March 28 is the day that the regime celebrates “Memorial Day of Liberating Millions of Serfs in Tibet.” Beijing has intensified its criticism of the Dalai Lama and “old Tibet.” Tibetan writer Ms. Tsering Woeser commented that these media reports and articles are only propaganda to demonize Tibet.

“Old Tibet was not at all a ‘Hell on earth’ as Beijing describes it,” said Woeser, “Back then, every Tibetan including the nobles and officials believed in Buddhism. It could not have been as horrible as Beijing exaggerates.”

Torture instruments were introduced to Tibet in Qing Dynasty
The official Chinese history depicts Tibet in the past as a barbaric feudal serfdom. In past Tibetan exhibitions held in Beijing, a requisite demonstration would include torture instruments used in Tibet such as cages, shackles, neck pillory, stones, and knives used to dig out one’s eyeballs.

According to Woeser, there were two very small prisons in Lhasa, “They were only big enough for about 20 prisoners. The prison management was very loose. The prisoners could go outside and beg for food. During the Tibetan New Year, the prisoners were allowed to go home to be with their families and come back thereafter.”

Woeser said that the most brutal torture instruments came from the inland- the imperial envoys from the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912) brought them to Tibet.

Not a single protest during the time “serfs living in hell”
“In Tibet’s history, unlike inland China, there were never any large scale famines, people dying from starvation or an uprising from the farmers. However, if we look at Chinese history, there were many uprisings that we all know about. In Tibetan history, there was never a revolt due to suppression.”

Woeser questioned that if old Tibet was “Hell on Earth” and the reformed Tibet is Heaven on Earth, why is it that in the past 50 years under Beijing’s rule, protests and riots never cease? “Last year the number of protests reached a record high and they were all over Tibet, even intellectuals and students stood up.”

“First there were the several hundred people from Northwest University for Nationalities in Lanzhou, then it was Minzu University of China in Beijing, and those in Qinghai and Chengdu. Not just universities, there were protests in middle and elementary schools. They began with sitting protests; I think it was March 16 last year. They held signs with slogans saying: ‘We want Human Rights,’ ‘We want Freedom’, ‘Stop Killing Tibetans.’”Woeser stressed that these protesters are mostly offspring from the so-called serfs of the past.

When she was talking about the reasons Tibetans protest, Woeser mentioned that recently a monk from Ragya monastery jumped into the Yellow River and killed himself during a police interrogation. Woeser interviewed a senior lama from the same monastery in 2007. According to the lama, the monastery used to have more than 2,500 monks. During the revolution against Beijing in 1958, many of them were kicked out of the temple, some were arrested and 800 of them were sent to a salt mine in Tsaidam Basin to work as [slave] labor. Only 100 of them returned. The lama’s younger brother also jumped into the Yellow River to kill himself during a ‘struggle’ in the Cultural Revolution.

Growing Up with Lies
Woeser also explained that she defended the old Tibet not because of her background. She was not an offspring from the hierarchy that owned almost all the land in old Tibet. However, she has a powerful political family background. Both her parents are Chinese Communist Party members- her father was a deputy commander in a military subarea in Lhasa and her mother retired from the Political and Legislative Committee of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Woeser grew up watching movies about “serfs’ tragic lives” in Tibet. “With such education, I believed in the [Chinese] government for a long time. As I grew older and could think independently, I started to question and look for answers. I realized I had been deceived all this time.”

Note: Ms. Woeser uses the term ‘old Tibet’ for the period before the Chinese Communist Party’s occupation in 1950.

Article edited by The Epoch Times

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