The Future of Tibet: Does It Have One?

In response to China's vigorous crackdown on Tibet (see this photojournalism account), a group of experts were convened to discuss Tibet and its future. The panelists included Robert Thurman (famed Buddhism scholar at Columbia University), John Kenneth Knaus (Harvard University), John Tkacik (Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation), and Amit A. Pandya (Henry L. Stimson Center). You can listen in on the discussion here -- MP3 - iTunes - Web Site.

On a related note, China shut down YouTube during its Tibetan crackdown, offering proof of a simple point made in MIT's Technology Review: "Web 2.0 tools can seem at times like vehicles for the self-absorbed, but the fear that they inspire in oppressive governments is a powerful demonstration of how useful and vital they can be."

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