Dharamshala: The recent self-immolation of the young Tibetan monk Phuntsok and Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama's retirement announcement will probably lead to increased tension in Tibet, if the predictions of Robert Barnett, director of Modern Tibetan Studies at New York's Colombia University, prove correct.

London: - While countries such as Libya and Egypt fight to overthrow their leaders, Tibet are insisting theirs stays in power. The Dalai Lama has ruled longer than Colonel Gaddafi and Hosni Mubarak combined, yet His Holiness's dedication and compassion has left women crying in the streets and politicians pleading in parliament in the wake of his announcement of retirement.

Dharamshala: Ever since the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) victory in 1949 after years of civil war, the authoritarian one-party system imposed on a ‘united' China has met with public resistance, posing a threat to the ruling party's iron grip on power. China is currently facing a difficult time as it struggles with globalisation and opening up its society and economy to the world.

Indiana, US: - The death of Tibet freedom fighter Jigme Norbu once more raises the question "Independence or Autonomy?" Jigme Norbu aspired and fought for independence, as did his honorable father, Taktser Rinpoche, the older brother of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Dharamshala: In the midway results of the ongoing "Online Opinion Poll on 2011 Kalon Tripa Primary Election", 23 percent of participants responded "Yes" and 19 percent responded "Don't Know" to the concluding question, "As a result of the entire Kalon Tripa electoral process, do you believe we, as Tibetans, are more divided now than before?"

Dharamshala: Tibet sinks further into suffering and chaos, with Chinese military incursions increasing and nothing being done by the United Nations, United States or European Union or the African and Arab worlds. And with the rise of Hu Jintao in the Chinese government, the future looks even grimmer.

Dharamshala: China's forceful occupation and annexation of Tibet is a major crime against humanity yet it has faced neither global nor international challenge. I believe the issue must be brought before an international tribunal for crimes against humanity; for the ethnic cleansing committed by the communist thugs in China and the fact that no one on the United Nations Security council has come forth in support of this mission. The need to prosecute communist officials in China for crimes against humanity must now be brought to full international public attention.

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