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Self Immolation

Protesting Protest

Zita Luiten | Posted 04.07.2016 | Impact
Zita Luiten

Two years ago, on a cold winter day, I went to protest in a demonstration. I went to protest to protect the (human) rights of refugees in the Netherlands.

Pushing Into the Flames: Rev. Charles Moore and the Struggle Against Racism

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 06.21.2016 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

The moisture forming in my eyes caused the screen to grow blurry. The emotion was so heavy that I was having difficulty comprehending the words. On June 23, 2014 around 5:30pm in Grand Saline, Texas, Rev. Charles Moore walked to the front of his car in the middle of a Dollar General parking lot and placed a burning match to his head.

Why We Should All Watch the Video of the Pilot's Fiery Death

James Heffernan | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
James Heffernan

ISIS has no monopoly on cruelty or immolation. On the contrary, it has exploited for its own ends the shock value of something used for centuries to punish and terrify heretics and African-Americans, and lately used by desperate dissidents around the world upon themselves.

Tibet Tweets to China and China Tweets Back

Thubten Samphel | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Thubten Samphel

There are some Chinese who are amplifying the Dalai Lama's voice in China. Beyond the radar of China's censors and whispered in the din of China's Internet chatter are expressions of Chinese support and sympathy.

Rahnavard Zaryab: 'We Are Not Free to Think Here'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Rahnavard Zaryab is an influential Afghan writer and scholar. He was imprisoned during the Taraki era in 1978/79. His work has brought him into extens...

Dr Humaira Qaderi: 'When Are You Going to Burn Yourself?'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The dominant masculine interpretations of Islam need re-thinking. Our economic model must be restructured and revised, so that women's labor is fully recognized and supported."


Thubten Samphel | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Thubten Samphel

With this latest self-immolation, since 2009, 125 Tibetans have set themselves on fire. All of them have expressed the same refrain: freedom for Tibet and return of the Dalai Lama.

China's Opportunity to Live Up to Its 'Human Rights Dream'

Bianca Jagger | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Bianca Jagger

I appeal to President Xi Jinping to commit to progressing the recommendations made by UN member states on Tibet. He should immediately agree on dates for a visit from Navi Pillay, so that she may investigate the Tibetan grievances which have contributed to the tragic wave of self-immolations over the last two years.

Dalai Lama: Self-Immolations Have Little Effect

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2013 | World

By Thuy Ong SYDNEY, June 13 (Reuters) - Tibetans setting themselves on fire to protest against Chinese rule are having little effect o...

The Tragedy of Self Immolation -- No One Cares

Andrew Lam | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Andrew Lam

With the exception of Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian fruit vendor who set himself on fire and thus sparked what became known as the Arab Spring, self-immolation has by all accounts become a failed form of protest as an agent of change.

Dying for Tibet, but Will Cause Expire With Dalai Lama?

William J. Furney | Posted 06.23.2013 | World
William J. Furney

Will the global cause spearheaded by the quirky monk, with such Hollywood champions as Richard Gere and Harrison Ford outlive him?

Bulgarians Unite In Prayer After Self-Immolations

Reuters | Posted 06.05.2013 | Religion

By Angel Krasimirov SOFIA, April 5 (Reuters) - Bulgarians set aside religious and political differences on Friday at the start of thre...

Drupchen's Body Is a Litmus Test for Nepal

Tenzin Dorjee | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Tenzin Dorjee

Over the last decade, amid China's growing hegemony in Asia, Nepal has turned from a sanctuary to a nightmare for Tibetan refugees. This tragedy is embodied in the way the Nepalese government has so far responded to Drupchen Tsering's self-immolation.

The Blue Flower

Kate Saunders | Posted 12.26.2012 | World
Kate Saunders

At a time of crisis in Tibet, instead of seeking to understand this gentle symbolism, the armed military response in Kyegu to placing scarves around a flower demonstrated a deeper truth -- that the Chinese leadership appears to have no other strategy on Tibet beyond oppression.

Tragedy on the Roof of the World

Sophia Slater | Posted 02.03.2013 | Teen
Sophia Slater

Most don't know much about Tibet, a vast land of some of the highest peaks and widest deserts. The self-immolations are the hidden pain -- the ugly backstory -- that nobody wants to explicitly address.

At Least 4 Tibetans, Including 3 Teens, Self-Immolate In Protest

Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.08.2012 | World

Since February 2009, more than 60 Tibetans have self-immolated in protest of China's rule over Tibet, according to estimates. On Wednesday, at least f...

Tibet's Self Murder: Tragedy Or Transformation?

John Halpern | Posted 09.08.2012 | Religion
John Halpern

If self-immolation is intended as the ultimate rejection of Chinese control, a cry for independence and a declaration of human rights, what does this imply to the outside world? And what can this mean to us?

Job Seeker Lights Himself On Fire Outside Job Center

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 06.29.2012 | Business

A job seeker doused himself in gasoline and lit himself on fire outside of a Birmingham, England, job center Thursday, the Birmingham Mail reports. Th...

Man Sets Self On Fire After Bad Financial News

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 06.11.2012 | Business

For some, financial stress can prove too much to bear. Last week, Knoxville man Michael McReynolds reportedly retrieved a gas can from his garage, ...

Why Tibet Matters

Bianca Jagger | Posted 07.14.2012 | World
Bianca Jagger

2012-05-14-Screenshot20120514at8.39.35AM.pngThe Tibetans are standing up to the vast and expanding power of the Chinese state with nonviolent resistance through religious practice, song, literature and even self-immolation.

Afghan Women, Culture, and Development

American Anthropological Association | Posted 06.09.2012 | World
American Anthropological Association

As an anthropologist conducting research in Afghanistan, I find that whenever the gaze of the international media falls on Afghan women I feel uncomfortable.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Pain And Progress In Burn Care (NSFW) | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.21.2013 | Science

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Self Immolations In Tibet, Hunger Strikers In New York

John Halpern | Posted 05.14.2012 | Religion
John Halpern

It seems that the Dalai Lama's absence from politics this past year has made room for Tibetans to take strong initiative, an interesting result of the high lama's resignation. They still pray for a Buddhist Spring.

Man on Fire -- But Who Is Watching?

Christal Smith | Posted 05.07.2012 | World
Christal Smith

"The monk, by burning himself, says with all his strength and determination that he can endure the greatest of sufferings to protect his people... " ...

China: The Writing on the Great Wall

Rio Helmi | Posted 04.22.2012 | World
Rio Helmi

On Wednesday the 22nd of February, Tibetans would normally celebrate Losar or Tibetan New Year. This year, unlike years before, Tibetans in exile called for a solemn day of reflection and prayer to acknowledge those who have sacrificed their lives for the Tibetan cause.