Tibet

Dear friends,

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Tibetans who refuse to fly the Chinese flag above their homes risk being beaten or shot in the latest attempt to break their spirits. But now is the best moment in ages to bring hope to Tibet’s proud, but desperate people.

China’s leaders are mounting an intense campaign to draw a veil over their rights abuses and persuade governments to vote them onto the UN Human Rights Council. So if enough of us shine a light on what’s going on in Tibet — squashing an ancient religion, banning journalists, dawn arrests — we can get China to back away from its hard-line policy to be sure of getting the 97 votes it needs.

Let’s show the Tibetan people that the world hasn’t forgotten them. China is feeling the heat as 13 governments just called them out on human rights in Tibet. Sign to stand with Tibet, then share this with everyone. When one million have signed we’ll deliver it to critical UN delegations, and make it massive in the media:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_tibet_loc/?tgSLceb

Pressure on China is mounting. In an unprecedentedly strong show of support, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, US, UK, Switzerland, Sweden, Iceland and Austria just called on China to protect freedom of assembly, religion and association in Tibet. This request arrives just days after a Spanish court indicted China’s former President for genocide in Tibet!

The situation is really dire. More than 120 people have taken their own lives by setting themselves on fire to protest the suffocation of the Chinese occupation and hundreds of thousands of Tibetans have been wiped out. China’s ongoing policies systematically suppress the Tibetan language, force people from their homes, and strictly control the Tibetans’ movement and religion.

China’s failed policies hurt China too, but having dug themselves in this deep, they need pressure to change course. This is the week that change can start. If enough of us speak up while China is under the global microscope, we can make sure our governments know we haven’t forgotten Tibet. Sign now and tell everyone — let’s build the biggest petition ever for Tibet and demand they hold China to account:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_tibet_loc/?tgSLceb

Proud Tibetans are struggling against China’s brutal rule and long for change, but they can’t do it alone. No one can create changes that big alone.

That’s why we’ve come together for Tibet before. Let’s make this the moment where the whole world commits to the survival of the Tibetan people.

With hope,

Ben, Alice, Patricia, Alex, Ricken, Emily, Sayeeda and the whole Avaaz team

SOURCES

UN criticises China’s rights record at Geneva meeting (BBC)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24611657

Dalai Lama Says China Has Turned Tibet Into a ‘Hell on Earth’ (New York Times)

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/11/world/asia/11tibet.html

Spain probes Hu Jintao ‘genocide’ in Tibet court case (BBC)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24490004

Four Tibetans Shot Dead as Protests Spread in Driru County (Radio Free Asia)

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/shoot-10112013200735.html

China denounces Spanish court’s Tibet case against ex-president (Reuters)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/14/us-china-spain-tibet-idUSBRE99D09120131014

If

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If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

- Rudyard Kipling

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If%E2%80%94

Will Rogers

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

- Will Rogers

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born in Oologah, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), The United States,  November 04, 1879

 

died: August 15, 1935

 

gender: male

 

 

genre: Nonfiction

 

William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers was a Cherokee-American cowboy, comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville performer and actor. He was the father of U.S. Congressman and WWII Veteran Will Rogers, Jr.

Known as Oklahoma’s favorite son, Rogers was born to a prominent Indian Territory family. He traveled around the world three times, made 71 movies (50 silent films and 21 “talkies”), wrote more than 4,000 nationally-syndicated newspaper columns, and became a world-famous figure.

By the mid-1930s, Rogers was adored by the American people, and was the top-paid movie star in Hollywood at the time. Rogers died in 1935 with aviator Wiley Post, when their small airplane crashed near Barrow, Alaska Territory.

James Herriot

Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.

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- James Herriot

James Herriot was the pen name of British veterinary surgeon Alf Wight, who wrote novels like All Things Great and Small, based on his life in the Yorkshire countryside. He was born 97 years ago on 3 October  1916.

Hakamada Iwao

Hi,

Hakamada Iwao

After 45 years on death row in Japan, 77-year-old Hakamada Iwao is the world’s longest-serving death row prisoner. He suffers poor mental and physical health due to his confinement and the fear of execution.

But there is hope – a potential retrial.

We need to act quickly. The Shizuoka District Court has granted a hearing on 16 December 2013 to decide whether Hakamada is to be granted a retrial. Stand with Hakamada and all those currently on death row and show the Japanese courts that there is international support for a retrial.

Let’s sign a petition calling on Japan’s Prosecutor-General to grant a stay of execution and a retrial: http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/32959/

Thank you.