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Trade agreement with China must consider human rights in Tibet: CTC submits recommendations to Canada-China Trade Consultation

Montreal, June 19, 2017 – Human rights violations in Tibet must be addressed before Canada negotiates a free trade agreement with China, the Canada Tibet Committee (CTC) said in its written submission to the Canada-China Trade Consultation process. [1] The submission highlights an unrelenting assault on human rights in Tibet, extreme levels of poverty in…

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Of Temples and Gyms: Playing PokemonGo in Dharamshala

BY EVA CIRNU (Dharamsala) – If you haven’t heard about Pokémon Go and its sweeping effect, then ‘there’s a good chance you might be living under a particularly secluded rock’, says Tenzin Tendar, a young Tibetan man who lives in Dharamshala. He has been playing PokemonGo for over two months now, and yes, he is…

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Denial of passports to Tibetans and Canada’s new visa policy

BY CAROLE SAMDUP (Montreal) – Last week’s announcement by Minister of Immigration John McCallum that the Government of Canada will increase the number of visas it offers to Chinese tourists, students, and temporary workers, was welcomed as another example of Canada’s special relationship with China. The Minister also told reporters in Vancouver that he had…

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Summer reading 2016

SUMMER READING – 2015 Whether sitting on the beach or spending your summer days in balconville, the summer months are a perfect time to do some reading and to feed your Tibet obsession at the same time. Below, you will find a list of Tibet-related books, both fiction and non-fiction, compiled from CTC staff suggestions…

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Middle Way or Rangzen? Opinions from the blogosphere

BY JAMYANG NORBU AND TENPA TSERING (USA) – Recently, two opinion pieces have circulated in the English language Tibet media.  One is written by well-known writer and activist, Jamyang Norbu who lives in Tennessee and proposes full independence (rangzen) as the best political strategy for Tibet. The other is written by Tendar Tsering, a Minnesota-based…

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Politicians should be clear with China: Human rights matter

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. BY THUBTEN SAMDUP (Montreal) – Reports this weekend that the Government of China has invited Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau to China, raise the specter of yet another love-fest between Chinese President Xi Jinping and a…

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Canadian politicians should embrace the radicalism of compassion

BY PHIL JENKINS (Ottawa) – “There used to be an annual wine-out and shmooze fest on Parliament Hill in Ottawa called Pen and Politics. Local authors and professional politicians, one of each, were invited to grace large round tables otherwise populated by groups from other sectors of society – finance, high-tech, real-estate and such. (One…

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Summer reading 2015

Whether sitting on the beach or spending your summer days in balconville, the summer months are a perfect time to catch up on reading and to feed your Tibet obsession at the same time. Below, you will find a list of Tibet-related books, both fiction and non-fiction, featuring 5 books written by Canadian authors including…

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Dharamsala Dispatch #7: A birthday video for the Dalai Lama

BY EVA CIRNU (Dharamsala) – Living in Dharamsala, we are often asked if we ‘meet the Dalai Lama’… No, we don’t. We are, however, fortunate enough to see him often. For example, whenever he travels we join the hundreds of people lining up along the streets of Dharamsala, waiting for him to bless them from…

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