A call to remember Tibet

In light of the Beijing Olympics commencement tomorrow, designers Jonathan Barnbrook and Pedro Inoue call for the creative arts world to play an active role in raising awareness of Tibet's struggle for independence.

8/8/08 is the day the world is waiting for the fireworks to launch the 29th summer Olympic Games , but at midnight on August 7th 2008, a different monumental event occurred. World renowned designers Jonathan Barnbrook and Pedro Inoue launched Remember Tibet.

They ask that amongst the hype of the olympics, do not forget Tibet's struggle for independence against the undemocratic government of China. At this moment, China is in the spotlight and for once cares about what the world thinks of it, so the time to act is now.

Remember Tibet asks "designers, animators, directors, artists, anybody to contribute copyright free artwork, animations, posters & t-shirt designs. We believe the creative arts will always have an active role in raising awareness and forcing an issue onto the mainstream political agenda"

In today's world, protest goes beyond borders. Whether it is the athletes themselves taking a stand for Tibet or people from every corner of the world contributing a powerful piece of artwork, the worldwide community has the valuable opportunity over the next two weeks to take non-violent action to stand up for human rights.

remembertibet.org 

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Jack

amidst the hype of remembering our mission to free tibet let's also not forget the grassroots initiative to return large portions of colorado, montana, and surrounding appalachia back to the indigenous native americans. these large plains were once bison grazing area, a food source crucial to their survival and an important part of their animistic native religion.

*looks around surprised, wide eyed, at all the hypocrisy*
*look of self consciousness*
*look of embarrassment*

[self censorship ensues]

sorry... didn't want to steal the tibetan thunder... i guess native americans just aren't exotic enough to be taken seriously anymore. :[ or i guess the rape of tibetan culture by the chinese hasn't been so utterly complete that their collective wills haven't been turned to dust already.

i'm putting together a healthy compromise for all parties involved in the tibetan conflict so the tibetans can be happy as well as the chinese. it's a proactive action plan that illustrates how we can gently erase the tibetans from international consciousness.

concessions for tibet:

1. tibetans receive new and improved anthrax laced monk robes courtesy of the CCCP

2. tibetans are given opium and taught how to make crystal meth to help them brave the harsh tibetan climes

3. chinese gov't will courteously dip into federal funds to hire afghani and russian mercenaries to help cull their population in case they overpopulate and threaten their *own* survival and as a cautionary measure against tibetans that might want to sexually assault chinese women

4. remaining tibetans will be given generous concessions such as crowded, squalid living conditions in blighted areas, these blighted areas are usually near areas where multinationals have offered naive chinese villagers sums of money to unload their industrial waste, giving tibetan children free access to all sorts of "knowledge-creating-"science"-chemicals" in place of actual schools

5. the tibetans will still be sovereign, but only given sovereignty over maybe, like a parking lot. oh but within the confines of the parking lot the tibetans can do whatever weird rain dances they feel like doing.

concessions for china:

1. china will be given free access to all of tibet's natural resources and the militarily strategic importance of tibetan's "buffer" against europe and western strategic military imperatives.

as you can tell there are actually more concessions given to tibet than there are for china. i hope all parties involve will seriously consider this peaceful resolution

wait... hold on... the chinese might be trying to control tibet because of strategic military and natural resource goals? the chinese aren't just some faceless monolithic evil unaccountable to the prosperity of its people?? who else is trying to secure natural resources right now with advanced military technology that is terrorizing a local populace?

i'm not sure which country that is... i mean... only a country as evil and as cruel as china could invade a sovereign country under shaky pretenses, mercilessly oppress a populace unable to fight back... in order to secure natural resources... i mean, even at the behest of the international community! no other country in this world is -that- evil. evil evil countries... evil dirty smelly countries with weird cultures and funny sounded languages... ew!!! i have to take a cold cold shower now.

now before all y'all go down to your art supply stores so you can start making straw men, here's the lesson of the satire as embodied by a quote from the Spielberg film, minority report: "dig up the past and all you get is dirty"

while the issue of oppression in tibet is of the utmost importance to preserving the symbol of freedom that allows people to hope, it is important not to forget the problems we may have at home. cleaning your side of the street gives you much more power and credence when battling anger, lies and hypocrisy. you can't build your truth on sand. what i am trying to illustrate is that there is no such thing as a "lost cause" either. just because we see "greater" oppression all around us, and the victims within our borders are quiet and subdued, doesn't mean that we can't uplift them and reach out to them. in fact it's stupid to think we wouldn't have more efficacy as citizens at HOME then in china. i mean come on people!

so what if i criticize the country i love? that's why our forefathers took musket balls to the face. so we could have the privilege of getting of our couches and raising an orange cheeto dusted fist in the air and say "this is bull shit! fuck the government! the government is full of goddamn bullshit!"

so, let us not forget the brutality of our own history... lest we drive another powerful government to even more vile acts of violence against a minority...

Jack

amidst the hype of remembering our mission to free tibet let's also not forget the grassroots initiative to return large portions of colorado, montana, and surrounding appalachia back to the indigenous native americans. these large plains were once bison grazing area, a food source crucial to their survival and an important part of their animistic native religion.

*looks around surprised, wide eyed, at all the hypocrisy*
*look of self consciousness*
*look of embarrassment*

[self censorship ensues]

sorry... didn't want to steal the tibetan thunder... i guess native americans just aren't exotic enough to be taken seriously anymore. :[ or i guess the rape of tibetan culture by the chinese hasn't been so utterly complete that their collective wills haven't been turned to dust already.

i'm putting together a healthy compromise for all parties involved in the tibetan conflict so the tibetans can be happy as well as the chinese. it's a proactive action plan that illustrates how we can gently erase the tibetans from international consciousness.

concessions for tibet:

1. tibetans receive new and improved anthrax laced monk robes courtesy of the CCCP

2. tibetans are given opium and taught how to make crystal meth to help them brave the harsh tibetan climes

3. chinese gov't will courteously dip into federal funds to hire afghani and russian mercenaries to help cull their population in case they overpopulate and threaten their *own* survival and as a cautionary measure against tibetans that might want to sexually assault chinese women

4. remaining tibetans will be given generous concessions such as crowded, squalid living conditions in blighted areas, these blighted areas are usually near areas where multinationals have offered naive chinese villagers sums of money to unload their industrial waste, giving tibetan children free access to all sorts of "knowledge-creating-"science"-chemicals" in place of actual schools

5. the tibetans will still be sovereign, but only given sovereignty over maybe, like a parking lot. oh but within the confines of the parking lot the tibetans can do whatever weird rain dances they feel like doing.

concessions for china:

1. china will be given free access to all of tibet's natural resources and the militarily strategic importance of tibetan's "buffer" against europe and western strategic military imperatives.

as you can tell there are actually more concessions given to tibet than there are for china. i hope all parties involve will seriously consider this peaceful resolution

wait... hold on... the chinese might be trying to control tibet because of strategic military and natural resource goals? the chinese aren't just some faceless monolithic evil unaccountable to the prosperity of its people?? who else is trying to secure natural resources right now with advanced military technology that is terrorizing a local populace?

i'm not sure which country that is... i mean... only a country as evil and as cruel as china could invade a sovereign country under shaky pretenses, mercilessly oppress a populace unable to fight back... in order to secure natural resources... i mean, even at the behest of the international community! no other country in this world is -that- evil. evil evil countries... evil dirty smelly countries with weird cultures and funny sounded languages... ew!!! i have to take a cold cold shower now.

now before all y'all go down to your art supply stores so you can start making straw men, here's the lesson of the satire as embodied by a quote from the Spielberg film, minority report: "dig up the past and all you get is dirty"

while the issue of oppression in tibet is of the utmost importance to preserving the symbol of freedom that allows people to hope, it is important not to forget the problems we may have at home. cleaning your side of the street gives you much more power and credence when battling anger, lies and hypocrisy. you can't build your truth on sand. what i am trying to illustrate is that there is no such thing as a "lost cause" either. just because we see "greater" oppression all around us, and the victims within our borders are quiet and subdued, doesn't mean that we can't uplift them and reach out to them. in fact it's stupid to think we wouldn't have more efficacy as citizens at HOME then in china. i mean come on people!

so what if i criticize the country i love? that's why our forefathers took musket balls to the face. so we could have the privilege of getting of our couches and raising an orange cheeto dusted fist in the air and say "this is bull shit! fuck the government! the government is full of goddamn bullshit!"

so, let us not forget the brutality of our own history... lest we drive another powerful government to even more vile acts of violence against a minority...

JohnnyChavista

Just curious but what would Tibet be if they had independence tomorrow.Another Theocracy?What was Tibet pre-China like?Im not ProChina or AntiTibet just curious,just trying to think....critically Imagine a world with No Religion of any kind,what would it look like-China?USA? When Bush the Lesser condemns China for Human Rights violations doesnt it sting...a little?

JohnnyChavista

Just curious but what would Tibet be if they had independence tomorrow.Another Theocracy?What was Tibet pre-China like?Im not ProChina or AntiTibet just curious,just trying to think....critically Imagine a world with No Religion of any kind,what would it look like-China?USA? When Bush the Lesser condemns China for Human Rights violations doesnt it sting...a little?

Anonymous

Friendly Feudalism: The Tibet Myth

http://michaelparenti.org/Tibet.html

Oh wait, that breaks this zero sum game argument of good vs. evil.

Anonymous

Friendly Feudalism: The Tibet Myth

http://michaelparenti.org/Tibet.html

Oh wait, that breaks this zero sum game argument of good vs. evil.

Jack Lin

First.I am Chinese. TiBet is China domain.Every one is can't to change.

We are shoes fastory from China.and them are top quality ,good price.please choose your in our website: www.changkiangtrade.com
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Jack Lin

First.I am Chinese. TiBet is China domain.Every one is can't to change.

We are shoes fastory from China.and them are top quality ,good price.please choose your in our website: www.changkiangtrade.com
MSN/Mail: [email protected]
Yahoo: [email protected]
Skype: changkiangtrade

steve

I often wonder how many people who are so anti china have visited this land.
Tibet is a "Sexy!" issue see Jack's blog.
What about human rights and the USA.
I don't see major rock stars and the liberal elite coming out and saying
"I will boycott he USA and not allow my music, or goods associated with a country that rapes and tortures men and women in Iraq, or who bombs to death innocent men, women and in Afghanistan.9 what about their human rights)

Fact: Historically the Chinese view Tibet as part of China, where the people have become enslaved by a King namely The Dalai Lama.

Fact: Millions of Chinese people now enjoy a better standard of living than they did 10 years ago.

Fact: China is investing vast sums of money in its infrastructure such as High speed rail, and other modern transportation transportation systems, as well as seeking alternatives to coal burning power stations.

Fact: America has more people in jail per capita than China.

Fact: China is no longer an emerging economy. For young people living today , they will see in their lifetime China economically eclipse the USA.

Unless you have spent an extensive amount of time in China you do not know what you are talking about.

steve

I often wonder how many people who are so anti china have visited this land.
Tibet is a "Sexy!" issue see Jack's blog.
What about human rights and the USA.
I don't see major rock stars and the liberal elite coming out and saying
"I will boycott he USA and not allow my music, or goods associated with a country that rapes and tortures men and women in Iraq, or who bombs to death innocent men, women and in Afghanistan.9 what about their human rights)

Fact: Historically the Chinese view Tibet as part of China, where the people have become enslaved by a King namely The Dalai Lama.

Fact: Millions of Chinese people now enjoy a better standard of living than they did 10 years ago.

Fact: China is investing vast sums of money in its infrastructure such as High speed rail, and other modern transportation transportation systems, as well as seeking alternatives to coal burning power stations.

Fact: America has more people in jail per capita than China.

Fact: China is no longer an emerging economy. For young people living today , they will see in their lifetime China economically eclipse the USA.

Unless you have spent an extensive amount of time in China you do not know what you are talking about.

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