BLOGWATCH: Tibetan riots

  • Talk of boycotting Olympics doesn’t add up: Black and White Cat
    Why, exactly, would the British government talk of an Olympic boycott when it was Tibetan rioters who were beating and killing non-Tibetans in Lhasa? Yes, it can be argued that the riots are reaction to decades of occupation (an idea that most Chinese would strongly reject) but that occupation existed before the riots. If it was not a reason to boycott the Olympics before, why would it be now?
  • Engaging the Chinese online. John Kennedy, Global Voices Online
    Davesgonechina at Tenement Palm continues his translation roundups of microblog posts on the situation in Tibet which people continue to put onto sites like Fanfou and Jiwai; on the latest batch he has now written:

Special Note: This is the perfect opportunity for Tibet internet activists like Oxblood Ruffin and concerned netizens everywhere to engage Chinese people on the Internet in discussions about what is going on. As I previously outlined in a primer to engage Chinese people, these are channels where one can register a free account and launch dialogues with Chinese individuals about Tibet. Many of the people I’ve included below are neither kneejerk nationalists or xenophobes, and some of them know some English too. It wouldn’t hurt to try. You can respond by clicking on the username link at the beginning of each tweet, sign up, and talk back.

STATE OF THE PLANET:

  • Storm clouds post-Kyoto and pre-Bangkok: AFP

    The world’s top 20 greenhouse gas emitters agreed Sunday to work together to draft a successor to the Kyoto Protocol but rich and developing nations remained divided on their roles. Envoys from the 20 countries, which are together responsible for 80 percent of the world’s emissions blamed for global warming, were trying to bridge gaps on what to do after Kyoto’s obligations expire at the end of 2012. “We reconfirmed the principle of common but differentiated responsibility in negotiating the next deal for 2013 and onward,” said Japan’s Environment Minister Ichiro Kamoshita, the co-chair of the weekend talks in suburban Tokyo.

  • UN: World’s glaciers could disappear within decades: VOA News

  • Study: Efficient buildings could produce 70% less emissions: BBC News

  • 30 days to a greener diet: The Daily Green

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