Broken Tunes

how they took away everything / and left only a handful of / joyless songs on our trembling lips

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The Wish

There is no time to waste on you / You’re just a wretched peasant

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Nyima Tsering’s Tears

“How can I not return? Our home is there. If we all leave, to whom will Tibet be left?” … Later while Norway — the symbol of the free world — was gradually left behind, two streams of tears silently ran down Nyima Tsering’s bony cheeks.

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The Survival of Darga Parkhang Chenmo

The Dérgé Parkhang Chenmo (Derge Printing Press) in Dérgé County of Kham Region, Tibet, survived through from the beginning the Chinese occupation of Tibet in late 1950s to the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) and the reconstruction drive in the late 1980’s.

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A Cold War in Shangri La – The CIA in Tibet

Four decades after the CIA first got involved in Tibet, Roger McCarthy looks back and sums up its outcome: “If we look at what we did to Tibet as about the best that we could do, then I say that we have failed … miserably.”

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China’s India PR Guy

Ram can claim neither the fire of idealism nor the smokescreen of ignorance to justify his unquestioning promotion of the totalitarian Beijing regime and its colonial hold on Tibet.

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Decline of the Potala Palace

The Potala has never been, with the changing of time and space, so colourful, so odd, and even helpless and sad, as it has been during this half century.

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