The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

November 7, 2011


just when you think you're hollow enough to swallow the world,
and there's nothing left for you to do but cuddle under the walls,
light bursts forth, dissolving everything in a blue-screen wreck,
and everything you ever loved dearly topples and bursts away,
leaving the brilliance of shattered light over and over again,
and your fear oozes out, and you're disappearing a little more,
breaking everything down as you collapse in tears of misery and pain,
and you breathe and there's no air, bleed and there's no blood,
drown and there's no lake, burn, and there's no fire,
and you shout, there's pictures, pictures, pictures,
and you scream, there's magazines and book and plenty to hear,
and you cry, there's places to go and the moon is always full,
and the moon is always bright, and the moon is always there,
and you're listening to the murmur of seas lapping on sullen shores,
and those walls keep on crackling and the light keeps coming through,
and just when you think you're still alive, you've already passed
through the light, and just when you think you're still alive,
you've hardly passed at all

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2011 21:06:57
From: Emma Ruby-Sachs - <>
To: "" <>
Subject: Tibet's cry for help

Dear friends,

Days ago, Palden Choetso set herself alight and died. In the past month,
nine Buddhist monks and nuns have self-immolated to protest a growing
Chinese crackdown in Tibet. These tragic acts are a desperate cry for help
-- and we can answer their call. China restricts access to the region, but
if we can persuade six key governments with close ties to China to send
diplomats to the area, it will expose this escalating repression, and save
lives. Sign the urgent petition now!

Sign the petition
Days ago, Palden Choetso walked out of her nunnery, covered herself in
petrol and set herself on fire while pleading for a 'free Tibet'. Minutes
later she died. In the past month, nine monks and nuns have self-immolated
to protest a growing Chinese crackdown on the peaceful Tibetan people.

These tragic acts are a desperate cry for help. Machine gun-toting Chinese
security forces are beating and disappearing monks, laying siege to
monasteries, and even killing elderly people defending them -- all in an
effort to suppress Tibetan rights. China severely restricts access to the
region. But if we can get key governments to send diplomats in and expose
this growing brutality, we could save lives.

We have to act fast -- this horrific situation is spiraling out of control
behind a censorship curtain. Over and over we have seen that when diplomats
themselves bear witness to atrocities, they are motivated to act, and
increase political pressure. Let?s answer Palden's tragic cry and build a
massive petition to the six world leaders with the most influence in Beijing
to send a mission to Tibet and speak out against the repression. Sign the
urgent petition:

Tibetans are suffocating under China?s stranglehold. They are unable to
practice their religion freely -- just downloading a photograph of the Dalai
Lama can land a Tibetan in prison. And it is getting worse as columns of
Chinese troops have blockaded the largest monasteries and are abducting
monks into "patriotic re-education" programmes. This horrific situation is
spiraling out of control.

Since the beginning of the year, eleven monks and nuns have set themselves
alight and with every protest China tightens its grip. For Tibetans,
self-immolations are a very severe sacrifice that reveal their level of
despair. They believe that committing suicide has a devastating impact on
the cycle of re-incarnations and may even put you back 500 lifetimes. But
Tibet's situation is so horrific that monks and nuns are forfeiting their
positions in the cycle in exchange for the hope of international attention
and freedom for their brothers and sisters.

The Chinese government won't allow journalists and human rights monitors
into the region -- just days ago Sky news and AFP journalists were forced
out. But diplomats can request access and get in. And, as we have recently
seen in Syria, they are the best way to get firsthand reports, let China
know that the world is watching and start high-level political conversations
on Tibetans? human rights.

It?s up to us to raise the global alarm. If we can get the US, UK, Australia,
India, France and the EU to send a delegation now, they could push China to
action. We have no time to lose -- sign the urgent petition:

Avaaz members have supported projects that are piercing the blackout and
defending Tibetan culture and religious practice. But China?s ruthless
crackdown is escalating. It?s time for our whole community to take a stand
together with these peaceful people sacrificing their own lives for basic
rights. Let?s show them that the world has not forgotten them.

With hope and determination,

Emma, Iain, Dalia, Ricken, Diego, Shibayan, Giulia, and the whole Avaaz team

More information:

Tibetan nun burns to death (BBC)

Tibetan Nun Who Set Herself On Fire Dies (Sky)

Dalai Lama: 'Cultural genocide' behind self-immolations (BBC)

Study points to heavy handed repression of Tibetan area in China (The New
York Times) (including HRW report)

China is fueling the fires of Tibetan resistance (Guardian)

Rare footage of Tibetan monk post-immolation in April

Video of heightened police presence days ago in Ngaba (AFP)

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