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Rebecca Novick
Rebecca Novick has conducted hundreds of interviews with exiled Tibetans, particularly with elders, exploring their experiences and life histories. She has written and edited six books on Tibetan Buddhism and culture, and has produced and edited numerous radio documentaries. Before founding The Tibet Connection, radio program, she co-hosted and produced the weekly radio show Experience Talks. She went on to co-found a video production company dedicated to creating promotional films for NGO's. She is currently based in the Tibetan community of Dharamsala, India.

Entries by Rebecca Novick

China's Paramilitary Opens Fire on Tibetans - 10 Injured

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 12:07 PM

Around ten Tibetans have been seriously wounded after security forces began shooting into an unarmed crowd, according to information gathered by a number of rights groups. The incident, the most serious on the plateau this year, took place on Tuesday, August 12, in Kardze (Ch. Ganzi), Sichuan province. The International...

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Notes From a Home Funeral

(4) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 4:28 PM

"What funeral plans have you made?"

I looked across at Peter. His face wrecked by grief. Eyes like bullet holes.

He shook his head heavily.

"We were going to beat this thing."

His wife, Vicky, lay a few feet away in the guest room, with windows open to the...

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Until My Life is Written By God: One Man's Fight for Press Freedom in Pakistan

(1) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 4:14 PM

On Friday 20th, two armed gunmen, one a trained Taliban fighter, forced their way into the offices of Peshawar's English-daily newspaper, The Frontier Post, and opened fire with machine guns. As the editorial staff ran for cover, the security guards tried to overpower them. In the ensuing scuffle...

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Tibet's Mystic Politics: Review of The Dalai Lama and the King Demon by Raimondo Bultrini

(23) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 7:31 PM

"If there is dispute, there is contention; if there is contention, there is trouble; if there is trouble, there is vexation."
--The Buddha

In February and March this year we witnessed the bizarre spectacle of groups of Western Buddhists in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., screaming at the...

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Bravest of Allies: The Gurkhas' Longest Fight

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2014 | 8:57 AM

"Never has the trust that was then placed in the Gurkha soldier ever been in doubt. Alongside his British comrade in arms he has fought in many parts of the world and has proved himself to be of the closest friends and bravest of allies that Britain has known."


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Is Russia Inventing a Ukrainian Refugee Crisis?

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 12:02 PM

#Ukraine: ‪#Russia claims 675.000 refugees from Ukraine came to Russia in last 2 months. Nobody saw them. ‪#propaganda

News stories emanating from Russian state media this past week raise a serious question. Is Russia creating a fake refugee crisis in the Ukraine to justify its military intervention in the region?

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Hitchhikers of Shangri-la: A Review of Pauline MacDonald's Dharamsala Days, Dharamsala Nights

(3) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 1:31 PM

Pauline MacDonald* has done what few writers working in the area of Tibet could, or would, do. She has written about something other than the 'Issue Central' -- the impact of China's hardline policies in Tibet. The on-going horrors and indignities that Tibetans suffer across the plateau is more than...

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China's Top Political Advisor Woos Spanish Senate to Ensure End of Tibet Lawsuit

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 4:15 PM


Yu Zhengsheng (R), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, meets with Juan José Lucas (L), Deputy President of the Senate of Spain, in Beijing, Feb. 17, 2014. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

The Spanish parliament's recent vote in favour of...

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The Piano Extremist: Maestro of Euromaidan

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 3:14 PM


The self-styled "piano extremist" plays on the roof of a burned "Berkut" bus near the barricade across Hrushevskoho str. Kiev

He calls himself the "Piano Extremist" though no one knows his real name. He disguises himself with ski masks and combat gear. But...

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Freedom, Justice and Love: China's Day in Court

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 1:42 PM

"I have to tell you the times have changed, that a new era of politics is afoot in which the greatest strength in society is not violence but love."

So reads the passionate statement by one of China's best known civil rights defenders. Xu Zhiyong, a soft-spoken legal scholar,...

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Local MP Absent at Vigil for Young Man Shot by Police

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2014 | 2:33 PM

Saturday, January 11 - Hundreds gathered outside Tottenham Police Station in North London for a vigil in memory of Mark Duggan, the 29-year-old shot by police in August 2011.


Three days earlier, after four months of a public inquest, a jury found that...

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Why Is Beijing Leaking the Revolution?

(10) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 2:36 PM

A book written in 1856 on the causes of the French Revolution has apparently gained popularity among Chinese intellectuals. China is known more for banning books than recommending them, but according to Business Insider, last year senior Party officials began suggesting Alexis de Tocqueville's The Old Regime...

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Guns, Monks and Magic: Tibet's Greatest Escape, Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 6:10 PM

You can read Part 1 of this post here.

In April 2010, I interviewed a Tibetan monk named Yidam Kyap as part of the Tibet Oral History Project that documents the life stories of Tibetan elders living in exile. The main aim of the project is...

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Guns, Monks and Magic: Tibet's Greatest Escape, Part 1

(6) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 2:56 PM

In April 2010, I interviewed a Tibetan monk named Yidam Kyap as part of the Tibet Oral History Project that documents the life stories of Tibetan elders living in exile. The main aim of the project is to explore what life was like in Tibet for Tibetans from...

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Global Warming: The Un-tellable Story

(48) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 2:10 PM

The following is a transcript of a talk by British biologist Dr. John Stanley based on an interview with Rebecca Novick. It was presented at the Global Buddhist Congregation in New Delhi, Nov. 29, 2011. Dr. Stanley is co-author of A Buddhist Response to...

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Protest Or Sacrifice? China's Anti-Imperialist Propaganda Backfires In Tibet

(13) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 3:30 PM

With TIME magazine hoisting the self-immolations in Tibet as the top most underreported story of 2011, just one day after the 12th Tibetan set himself on fire, suddenly there is a window of attention on this disturbing trend. Many Tibet activists are hailing these young men...

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When a Basketball Match is an "Anti-China Activity"

(3) Comments | Posted March 30, 2011 | 11:58 AM

Zamling sits in a dank concrete hall in a Tibetan slum in the cramped backstreets of Kathmandu. But with his upright urbane confidence, he could just as well be in an office on Wall Street. This 25-year-old Tibetan is the Treasurer of Gyanchen Youth Association -- a humble initiative that...

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Nepal's Violent Crackdown on Tibetan Anniversary

(35) Comments | Posted March 18, 2011 | 12:22 PM

2011-03-18-_MG_1753.jpg PHOTO: Kevin Bubriski

The Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu has for centuries been a holy place for Tibetans. It is also where Tibetans in Nepal have often demonstrated against Chinese rule in Tibet. On the morning of March 10, 2011,

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A Loyalist and a Tiananmen General Win China's Peace and Harmony Awards

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 11:38 AM

In a typically sour grapes gesture, China has invented its own peace prize. The ceremony, held on December 9th, is a day ahead of the Nobel Peace Prize function honoring jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

It's called the Confucius Peace Prize, but it's actually the second such award created...

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Tibetan Students Reveal China's Identity Crisis

(54) Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 11:01 AM

"Language shapes the way we think and determines what we can think about." So said the late American linguist Benjamin Lee Whorf. China's Communist Party seems well ahead of the game.

On October 19th, Tibetan students in Eastern Tibet, many barely in their teens, took to the streets...

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