söndag, mars 30, 2008

An England Story

Sedan både Andres Lokko och Mattias Ahlen vurmat för denna skiva blev jag nyfiken och lyckades hitta den på ett av de ställen på Internet där man till glädje för sina medmänniskor delar med sig av bra musik. Detta är vekligen en "buyer" men det får vänta till London om en månad. Men gilllar man reggae och den brittiska varianten kan jag bara rekomendera köpet. Surfa in på Souljazzrecords och lyssna på första låten, är ni inte fast - surfa vidare!

På vår bakgård

Typ 20.15 igår kväll. Syns inte så bra men det är MÅNGA lampor tända.

onsdag, mars 26, 2008

Letter From Tibet

ICT Press Release, March 25, 2008

Despite the crackdown on the Tibetan plateau, many Tibetans are engaging in
new protests and risking their lives and freedoms to convey information to the
outside world about the unfolding situation. The following letter, from a Tibetan
in Lhasa, reached ICT today and is published below in full.The letter, which
represents one educated Tibetan's view on the situation, confirms that many
Tibetans in Tibet have well informed views on the current situation, and are deeply
frustrated by the narrowing lack of political space to express these views.

Voice of a Tibetan on March 14 unrest in Lhasa.

Voice of a Tibetan on March 14 unrest in Lhasa
"With recent unrest in Lhasa, there has been massive coverage on international and domestic medias, but none of these trying to give a truthful and clear picture of the causes that contribute to these events, As a Tibetan who has been living and working in Lhasa, I believe it is important to consider the following factors that I believe led to the recent unrest in Lhasa

1) Han immigration to Tibet
* Most of the business opportunities are taken by Han Chinese - 70% of business are owned and operated by the Han. * No true autonomous policy exists in Tibet. Whereas other autonomous counties, prefectures, and provinces in China have adopted policies that ensure benefits to local people, no such policies seem to exist in the TAR. Local officials within the TAR are afraid that they will be branded as Tibet sympathizers and loose their positions if they try to instigate any such policies. * While the government promised that the new railway to Lhasa would bring prosperity, tourism, and cheaper goods to the region, the reality is that it has brought so many new settlers to Lhasa that the demand for, and consequently the price of, everyday commodities has sharply risen. Meanwhile, the benefits from the increase in tourism go mainly to Han immigrants because Han tourists prefer to travel with Han guides and companies. More than 70% of hotels, restaurants, shops, tourist vehicles, and travel agencies are owned and operated run by Han immigrants. Levels of unemployment amongst Lhasa Tibetans remain high due to the increase in migration to Tibet.

2) Religious Freedom
* Despite Beijing's claims that religious freedoms are granted in Tibet, what exists is little more than a facade designed to fool tourists to the area. Students, government employees, and Tibetan Communist Party members are forbidden to visit monasteries and attend religious ceremonies and festivals - there are even cases of government employees being fired from their jobs for visiting monasteries. * All materials related to the Dalai Lama are forbidden in Tibet. This is the rough equivalent of forbidding Catholics to have anything pertaining to the Pope. These rules are enforced by random inspections and searches of houses and stores, looking for objects such as pictures, books, recording and other materials that could be associated with the Dalai Lama. * Monks are forced to write denouncements of the Dalai Lama and attend classes in patriotic and political education. * The number of the monks is very tightly controlled by a government branch called the 'religious affairs department.' To be admitted in a monastery one needs a recommendation letter from one's own township, county government and permission of religious affair department. Even worse, Beijing has recently put a new law on the books, which states that all high lamas must be approved by a government committee in Beijing. Think of this as the rough equivalent of the US government appointing the leaders of churches. * Beijing even installed their own "Panchen Lama," after making the Tibetan chosen child and his family mysteriously disappear. The true Panchen Lama and his family have never been seen again. Tibetans of course have no faith in Beijing's chosen Panchen Lama, who has himself denied being an incarnate lama. The government then made it compulsory for each family to send at least one member to attend the welcome ceremony upon his visit to Lhasa. Those who did not send at least one member of the family to pledge their respect were fined. * Monks are always discriminated and targeted as the primary danger to the state, and any religious activity carried out without prior government approval is handled exceedingly harshly. For example, in 2007 two statues were built without permission of the government near the sacred Mt. Kailas. The army was later sent to destroy them, and those who constructed them were punished.

2) Dilution of Tibetan Culture and Identity
* Due to policies encouraging massive immigration to Tibet, Tibetans have become a minority in their own land. * Most of the subjects in school are taught in Chinese only. Tibetan language is taught only up to middle school. Nowadays it is even impossible to post a letter with an address written in Tibetan. * Young people and office workers are encouraged to use Chinese language instead of Tibetan, so the younger generation is starting to lose their own language and culture. Many young, urban Tibetans are ashamed to speak Tibetan, prefering to speak Chinese as a sign of their education. Even for those who wish to study Tibetan language and culture, there are virtually no resources available to do so. * Any person who starts a Tibetan language center or school is constantly under suspicion and surveillance by the government. Such institutions are frequently shut down ostensibly due to their association with foreign organizations. According to the law of the People's Republic of China, all 56 minorities in China are entitled with the rights to preserve their own language and culture. But, in Tibet, any efforts at doing this result in suspicion and repression from the government.

3) Provocative Propaganda in the media
* Official Chinese media is always childish with their false accusations of the Dalai Lama. They try to claim he is responsible for a situation which has been entirely created by the government. The government should look to the Dalai Lama for a peaceful solution to the problem. The only reason why there is even a semblance of control in Tibet is because the Dalai Lama has requested that people remain calm and not commit violence. If the Dalai Lama instigated these riots, I can confidently say that the situation would be much, much worse. The Chinese media may fool their own population, which has no source of news other than the government, but the rest of the world is not fooled, as information is available everywhere. * Tibet has become a proving ground of sorts for Chinese officials looking for further promotion. Those who promote very harsh policies in Tibet are often posted to higher positions--current President Hu Jintao is a classic example. After a reign of terror in Tibet, the communist party promoted him straight to President. * The government constantly promotes the image of the Communist Party as the saviors of the poor Tibetan people from serfdom and slavery, condemning the old society of Tibet. If this were truly the case, people would of course be loyal to the government. The fact that people are unhappy enough to rise up and riot should be a clear indication of how people truly feel about the policies imposed on the Tibetan people.

4) Unrestricted Exploitation of the Natural Resources of Tibet
* With fast economic growth and ever increasing demands for energy, Tibet's resources have been exploited without proper rules and regulations. The beneficiaries of this environmental exploitation are all wealthy business groups from eastern China, especially Hong Kong. Meanwhile, the nomads and farmers whose land and water are destroyed receive virtually no compensation. Even worse, they do not understand the health risks of drinking contaminated water from mining sites. There have been several incidents where nomads' animals died after drinking such water. * Deforestation is occurring on a massive scale in Gonpo area, where it contributes to downstream flooding on the Brahmaputra River. Ironically, this area has been dubbed the 'Grand Canyon Nature Reserve,' even while huge swathes of forest are being cut down. * Local culture, faith and lifestyles are not considered by the government when approving mining projects. Last year, the government approved a mining project on one of the nine sacred mountains, leading to a demonstration and ultimately a riot. In Chamdo, huge copper mines have dislocated nomads from their traditional pastoral lands with no compensation. * The government is forcing over 100,000 nomads to give up their traditional way of life and move into rows of housing that the government has built. They claim they are protecting the sources of the 'Great Rivers', but this couldn't be less true. The Chinese should look for the sources of pollution further downstream, where they support the industry on which the Chinese economy is built. The nomads near the sources of these rivers have been there for thousands of years, and the rivers were always fine. Only with China's economic boom have they become so polluted as to no longer support aquatic life.
Above are some of the main causes that contribute to the dissatisfaction and unrest in the Tibetan community. Instead of simply blaming the unrest on the Dalai Lama, the government should look closely at the situation with an open mind and enter into negotiations with Dalai Lama. What we are seeking is a genuine degree of autonomy (not to be confused with an independent Tibet), where Tibetans have the right to govern themselves within the Chinese system and preserve their own cultural and religious identity, while having equal economic opportunities to those afforded to the Chinese. As long as Tibetans can live happy, prosperous lives, we don't care what flag what we do it under. (Lhasa, XXXX xxx Mar 22, 2008)"

söndag, mars 16, 2008

Stöd Team Tibet

Medan vittnesmålen om våldet och oron i Tibet strömmar in ber vi var och en som tror på sanning och rättvisa att anmäla sig som medlemmar i Team Tibet och hjälpa oss att växa till en världsomspännande Tibetrörelse. Trots blodspillan i Tibet pressar Kina på med sina syften att utnyttja de olympiska spelen till att få omvärldens godkännande för sin politik. Så gå med i Team Tibet om du inte redan gjort det: http://www.teamtibet.org/supporter/new

Team Tibet må inte vara representerade i Beijing-OS, men med din hjälp, kommer så många röster att höjas till stöd för det tibetanska folkets kamp under de få månader som återstår till OS att den kinesiska regeringen inte kommer att kunna tvivla på att tiden har kommit när de måste ändra sin politik i Tibet.

När du har anmält dig till Team Tibet, skicka vidare detta korta meddelande till vänner och bekanta i dag och be också dem att med några snabba tangentklick anmäla sig som TeamTibet-medlemmar och därigenom uppmana den kinesiska regeringen att ändra sig.

Visa ditt stöd för Tibet

Måndagen den 17 mars kl 17.00 vid kinesiska ambassaden.
Pekingregimen har gett de protesterande tibetanerna en tidsfrist till midnatt på måndag. Om inte protesterna slutat då kommer man att ta till ännu kraftigare våld.
Över hela världen kommer solidaritetsmanifestationer med det tibetanska folket att äga rum när denna tidsfrist löper ut, dvs kl 17:00 svensk tid.
Kom och ge ditt stöd för det tibetanska folkets rättmätiga kamp för frihet och mänskliga rättigheter!
Sprid gärna detta budskap vidare!
Arrangörer: Tibetan Community in Sweden och Svenska Tibetkommittén Den kinesiska ambassaden ligger intill Etnografiska museet på Gärdet i Stockholm

London Calling

Har fått en släng att anglofilsjukan och bestämde mig för en resa över för att kolla Millwalls sista hemmamatch, och då får verkligen hoppas att de har klarat kontraktet eller har chans att klara det fortfarande för annars blir det som att åka på en begravning. Men nu har vi minst 4p ner till strecket. Två bortasegrar och sedan en hemmaförlust igår. Man vet inte hur det går men det är klart att de blir League One även nästa säsong. Resan över blir i alla fall den 24-28 vilket innebär fre-lö-sö i London. Så igår började jag planera lite för kvällarna och dagarna. Lördagen är vikt för SE London och Millwall. Började kolla efter något att titta på kvällen. För ett par dagar sedan fick jag en länk till en nedladdning av en nytt hypat band från Manchester. Lyssnade på dem igår samtidigt som jag surfade efter gig och hittade The Courteeners hemsida och får se att de spelar på Astoria på lördagskvällen och det finns biljetter så nu är hela lördagen klar. Fredagen ska börjas ute vid The Den med biljettköp och ett besök till supportershoppen sedan besök på Boots åt Susanne med kvällen är öppen, eller jag har hittat ett gig på Oh bar med Moralsoul, men vi får se. Kul ska det bli i alla fall.

Do the Test!


Ställ upp

Kom till Medborgarplatsen i Stockholm söndagen den 16 mars kl 14.00!
Situationen i Tibet är allvarlig. Ditt stöd behövs!
Sprid gärna detta budskap vidare!
Talare från Sveriges riksdag, Svenska Tibetkommittén & Tibetan Community
Arrangörer: Tibetan Community in Sweden och Svenska Tibetkommittén

tisdag, mars 04, 2008

Dagens dl

Eller gårdagens men dagens lyssning. På tåget idag hade jag sällskap av Chralatans nya platta som de ger iväg gratis genom XFM eller något liknanade. Jag fick tag på mitt ex här en blogg som framförallt ger besökaren möjlighet att få ta del av en MASSA Weller material, och det är ju trevligt. Charlatans spelade hela vägen till Norrköping och jag måste erkänna att jag gillade. Har en lång realtion med bandet, har ett par skivor men kan bara nynna EN låt, så mycket har de fastnat. Och igår när jag hade laddat en skivan i ipodden kollade jag genom bibklioteket och såg att jag hade ett par till plattor så jag plockade ävem med singelsamlingen, och den fick förgylla min hemresa. Många svängaiga, en del tråkiga men framförallt My Beautiful Friend - vilken låt.

Se, lyssna och njut!

Faan The Charlatans svänger!