Tibet Today

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A Chinese military officer visits the square near the Potala Palace in Lhasa, western China's Tibet
Province, July 28, 2007. Tibet's history is steeped in dispute.

Modern Political History of Tibet

In the popular consciousness, Tibet is a mystical, spiritually and culturally rich land of sublime natural beauty, beset with social unrest and political turmoil. And its exiled leader, the 14th Dalai Lama, is of the world’s most charismatic and influential social activists. Learn about the modern political history of Tibet, the debate surrounding Tibetan freedom and the future of Tibet.

History of Tibet

Tibet was once a great military power that “carved for itself a huge empire in Central ... read more »

Chinese Annexation of Tibet

In the early 1950s, China invaded Tibet, enforcing its claim to ownership of the region. The ... read more »

Tibet Today

Protests surrounding the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games brought renewed attention to Tibet, and China’s human rights record there. In the months preceding the games, images of torch relays interrupted by protests, violent demonstrations on the streets of Lhasa and the Chinese military against a Himalayan backdrop made newspapers worldwide. Learn more about these protests, as well as where to find the latest news on events of Tibet today.

Top Sites for Tibet Today

The New York Times has a Tibet homepage on which readers will find the latest Times articles about the country, as well as highlights from the paper’s archive. In addition, the page hosts multimedia features, an overview of Tibet and a timeline of Tibetan protests.

The Guardian aggregates the latest news from Tibet. In addition to a list of the most recent Guardian headlines on the country, the Guardian offers useful links, Tibet-related blog posts, multimedia and interactive guides.

Phayul.com is a Tibet news site operated by Tibetans in exile. The site provides news, opinion and press releases, along with audio and video content, and discussion forums.

The China Internet Information Center is an “authorized government portal site to China … published under the auspices of the State Council Information Office and the China International Publishing Group in Beijing.” It can be searched for the latest information on Tibet, as presented by the People’s Republic of China.
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Free Tibet Movement

The Dalai Lama and advocates of Tibetan political sovereignty maintain that since the 1951 invasion ... read more »

The Future of Tibet

Activists advocate for Tibetan sovereignty, and the Chinese government argues that life for ... read more »

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