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Kate Saunders

Entries by Kate Saunders

The Blue Flower

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 10:28 AM

Just before the Christmas holiday, a blue flower improbably blossomed from the cold earth of the Tibetan plateau in the depths of winter. It happened in Kyegu, an area in eastern Tibet that was rocked by a devastating earthquake in April 2010. Whatever the reason for its unseasonal appearance (climate...

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Honoring Chinese, Tibetan and Uyghur Writers -- When the London Book Fair Did Not

(8) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 4:19 PM

The entrance to the London Book Fair this week is dominated by large red Chinese flags and a picture of a Chinese child beaming happily as he holds a book.

The London Book Fair is one of the world's leading trade fairs of its kind, attracting 25,000 visitors from...

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Celebrating a Compassionate Friend: David/Sonia Burgess

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2011 | 12:55 PM

The day of one of the most significant Buddhist festivals commemorating the descent of Buddha from heaven back to earth to serve all sentient beings was an appropriate moment to offer prayers for our friend David Burgess, who died last October.

David's death on October 25 last year made...

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Wikileaks: Dalai Lama Pushed Action on Climate Change

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2010 | 3:15 PM

According to one of the latest WikiLeaks cables, the Dalai Lama told the US that the international community should shift its focus to climate change in Tibet, the world's highest and largest plateau. It is a message that China's top leader Hu Jintao, a hydrologist by profession who...

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Why Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Prize Matters to Tibet

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 11:43 AM

At a rally in New York on December 10 to mark Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize, a portrait of the imprisoned literary scholar and dissident painted by both a Tibetan and a Chinese artist will be unfurled, and Tibetans across the world will join Chinese people in the celebrations.


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Pictures From Tibet That Tell a Story of Courage

(13) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 12:50 PM

Sometimes an image stops you in your tracks. That's what happened to me the other day, as two pictures snapped in remote Tibet -- by a photographer who had no idea what he was observing -- arrived in my...

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New Wave of Dissent in Tibet Met by Crackdown on Writers

(5) Comments | Posted May 22, 2010 | 12:21 PM


On February 27, 2009, Tapey, a Kirti monk, set himself on fire after a religious ceremony was cancelled by the Chinese authorities at his monastery in Tibet. He survived but may still be imprisoned. His protest followed a year of crackdown after major protests...

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Beyond the Headlines: The Earthquake in Tibet

(1) Comments | Posted April 26, 2010 | 11:55 AM

On a remote hillside, a Tibetan woman mourns for her mother as flames consume hundreds of bodies in a mass cremation of the dead after a devastating earthquake that hit a Tibetan area of China last Wednesday. A cameraman from the state media who is shooting footage of the grief-stricken...

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President Obama's Gift to the Dalai Lama

(3) Comments | Posted March 17, 2010 | 9:57 AM

When the Dalai Lama went to the White House last month, the media focused on China's predictable outrage at President Obama's guest. Others were disturbed by images of garbage sacks that the White House had failed to remove near the exit where the exiled Tibetan leader emerged to meet the...

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