Crunching the thesis down to 3 minutes or a haiku

The knotty business of knowledge, complexity and language Russell Smith at the Globe & Mail in Canada writes about the many curious aspects of our culture(s) such as “Who would have thought reality TV could spawn so much junk”. His latest, “Complex ideas can’t always be made simple” offers reflections on how well a competition […]

Himalayan earthquake toll fears rise, at least 70 dead

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Concern is growing, say UN and national authorities in three countries after a 6.9 earthquake shook remote Himalayan areas in India, Nepal and Tibet Sunday. The regions hardest hit by the earthquake that was centered in the northern Indian state of Sikkim are difficult to reach and mountain roads have been blocked […]

Zurich woman wins “Miss Tibet” title in India

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Tenzin Yangki, 19 and a student in Zurich, was crowned “Miss Tibet” in Dharamshala, India, home to the Dalai Lama and his Tibetan government in exile. The Times of India reports that her reply to the judges’ question of how she would “contribute to the cause of Tibet” [ed. note: no clarification […]

Exiled Tibetans move politics from Dalai Lama to Harvard man

Exiled Tibetans, 49,000 of them worldwide, gave 55 percent of their vote to a Harvard professor, Lobsang Sangay, making him their new prime minister. The movement’s political responsibilities thus shift from the Dalai Lama, who remains their spiritual leader, to the 43-year-old professor of international law, signalling a shift in leadership to a younger generation. […]

Dalai Lama puts date on relinquishing power

The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibetans, said Thursday 10 March from Dharmsala, India, that  he will propose amendments to the exile constitution, later in March. He has said for years that he will give up political power to an elected representative, but this is the first time he has  put a date on actions […]

All roads lead to Tibet, or many more soon will


The Chinese government is using the March anniversary of the Tibetan uprising in 1952 to underscore its commitment to better connecting the distant western province to the rest of the country by detailing its transport plans. A new rail line, as part of the 2011-2015 Five Year Plan, will link Golmud in northwestern Qinghai Province […]

22 die in Nepalese aircrash

All 22 passengers and crew on board a Twin Otter aircraft have been found dead in the remote Okhaldhunga district in eastern Nepal, after the plane went missing 15 December on its return to Kathmandu. The US embassy in Kathmandu has confirmed that one passenger was a Tibetan with US nationality. Passengers were initially believed […]

Tibet’s far west gets airport

The city of Ngari, at 4,274 metres altitude in western Tibet, now has the world’s third highest airport, after those in Bamda Airport in Qamdo in eastern Tibet and Kangding Airport in Sichuan Province in China, reports Xinhua. An inaugural flight to the new airport from Chengdu took place Thursday 1 July. Air China will […]

Dalai Lama offers media long session, charms followers in Lausanne


Update 14:20  Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Sellout crowds of 12,000 for two days of conferences offered by the Dalai Lama, in Lausanne and briefly in Geneva 5-6 August, heard the Tibetan spiritual leader talk about “Understanding our minds and the causes of happiness” but he reserved for the media, whom he met with at length, […]

Interview: Swiss student gives Chinese TV crowds a taste of their country


Update: Liam won third place in the 2010 competition Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Liam Bates arrived home to the Lake Geneva region in Switzerland from China 28 July with more than the six-month scholarship he won from the Chinese government as a finalist in its international university competition for Mandarin speakers: he had a broken […]