Archive for March 20th, 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Tibetan Updates, Info and Questions

The Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy was apparently a reaction to the United Nations-sponsored Durban Conference in 2009. But it has since become a regular event.

On March 15 this year, Dechen Pemba, possibly most widely known for having been expelled from China in summer 2008 for “splittist activities”, gave a talk there. She described her stay in China from 2006 to 2008, travels to Tibet, and her learning the Chinese language at the Minzu University of China in Beijing. She gave a short account of developments in Tibet since 2008, including some information about a non-violent initiative for strategic nonviolent resistance called Lhakar.

Adam Cathcart‘s blog hosts a guest post by Kristiana Henderson of Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA), with questions about a supposed invisible, or not so invisible, Chinese hand in Tibetan everyday culture, and yet more questions about a specific video.

I have no idea myself, but maybe someone can add some info there.

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Related
“Cold and Detached Gloating”, March 18, 2011
UN “Racism Conference” – Cui Bono, Tai De, March 14, 2009

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Libya: Chinese Government deplores Military Strikes

Q: Multinational armed forces have begun to carry out military strikes against Libya, how does the Chinese side view this?

问:多国部队已开始对利比亚实施军事打击,中方对此有何评论?

A: The Chinese side is following the latest developments in Libya closely, and deplores the military strikes against Libya. The Chinese side has never  been in favor of using military force in international relations, has stood for adherence to the UN Charter’s purposes and principles, as well as the relevant standards of international law, respect for Libya’s sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity.

答:中方注意到利比亚局势的最新发展,对向利进行军事打击表示遗憾。中方一贯不赞成在国际关系中使用武力,主张遵循《联合国宪章》的宗旨与原则以及相关国际法准则,尊重利主权、独立、统一和领土完整。我们希望利局势尽快恢复稳定,避免武装冲突升级造成更多平民伤亡。

Jiang Yu (姜瑜), Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman, in reply to a journalist’s question on Sunday.

Update / Related
India, Russia oppose Air Strikes, Deccan Herald, March 20, 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Obituary: Mohammed Nabbous, 1983 – 2011

Mohammed Nabbous, a Libyan blogger and founder of Libya Alhurra TV, the first private television station established in territory controlled by the National Transitional Council (Benghazi), was reportedly killed on Saturday, while reporting on continued efforts by pro-Gaddafi forces to recapture Benghazi, in violation of an immediate ceasefire declared by the Gaddafi government itself one day earlier.

Nabbous was married, and his widow is pregnant, writes the Toronto Star, in an article with a link to a statement attributed to her.

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Related
Libya calls for International Observers, CNN, March 18, 2011
Second Battle of Benghazi, Wikipedia
Mohammed Nabbous, Wikipedia

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