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Chinese Government Resists International Heat

You may have read my recent post “Hope and Movement,” which looks at a variety of news sources showing forward-thinking and more outspoken international pressure toward the Chinese government to bring human rights back to their table.  As an update, I share this article with you: the Tibet Sun reveals that China has said it will continue to refuse access to Tibet from foreign human rights watchers and reporters.

From Tibet Sun: Tibetan delegates pose for group photo in front of Great Hall of People, venue of the 18th National Congress of Communist Party of China in Beijing

Now, clearly, anyone who ‘doth protest so much’ has something to hide.  Anyone can see that.  The problem for “The People’s” Republic of China is, this isn’t a hidden issue anymore.  China is struggling and bumbling in vain to right the curtain that hides their violations and injustices in Tibet which the Tibetan people, via the internet, have torn down.  This is not maintainable.  They are only fanning the fire they’ve started in an attempt to keep it down, when really, we all know the only solution is a cold, crisp bucket of water (i.e., to actually change their ways).

I can see from the trials and triumphs of history that, with any issue, the sun may look as though it is about to crest the horizon but instead waits there, hovering, for another forty years until the golden light graces the land.  This certainly has been the case with Tibet.  There were times when freedom looked imminent, when it seemed the struggle was almost won.  Taking the chance that hindsight may smile patronizingly at me later, I can’t help but feel confident that Tibet will find relief soon.  Maybe not the whole shebang overnight, but at least gradually.  There is simply no way that the freedom of information that our internet – connected to seemingly endless venues and even the poorest of poor, now – that this great web, this vast cloud, could ever be truly monitored.  The information can and will pass on.  And the Chinese policemen may arrest a Tibetan for taking pictures with their iPhone or texting news to their family in India, but what’s done is done.  Once it’s shared, it’s out there forever.  This jihad against information – not just in Tibet and China, but everywhere – simply cannot sustain itself.

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Ann Curry Interviews H.H. the Dalai Lama

“The struggle which we are carrying is the struggle between power of truth, power of gun.  For short term, power of gun is much stronger.  But long run, power of TRUTH is stronger than power of gun.” – H.H. the Dalai Lama

Ann Curry of NBC News Interviews His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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I’ve Got Media! Photography Shared, Kickstarter Imminent!

Good news for the Restored Voice Project: I have access to some lovely portraits and images of the Tibetan women of Dharamsala.  This means the Kickstarter will launch sooner than expected: September 30th!

An example of Wonderlane’s work, and also of the strength and cheer of these women

Wonderlane, A.K.A. Photographer Libre, has taken beautiful, evocative shots all around the world – including many from Seattle… it all seems to lead back to that place! – and has an extensive collection of Tibetan nuns at Dolma Ling nunnery.  I’m always thrilled to discover their smiling faces, and in this case, I really needed some help. January rapidly approaches, and the Kickstarter needs to launch.  However ready I may be, I know that I need images of these awe-inspiring ladies to really make this project tangible.  But I’ve never been to Dharamsala to take my own media. Photographer Libre – aptly named – is happy to share her photos with me for the informational Kickstarter video, so that I can show the nuns themselves. A video just of me would not be as powerful, because this isn’t really my book. It’s theirs. And I hope to feature photography in the book.

I would like to take this moment to thank Wonderlane publicly.  Her work is already exquisite, but it’s made all the more beautiful by her willingness to share and help other artists realize their goals – and, specifically with RVP, to help a project that seeks to share, empower, and spread the word to the world.  Kudos, Wonderlane!  All of you should definitely check out her site: here is it again.  I think a copy of the finished book will magically appear in her mailbox someday…

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