Two Tibetan documentary filmmakers held for past six months in Tibet

first_img News Follow the news on China Reporters Without Borders calls on the Chinese authorities to release Dhondup Wangchen (picture), who made a documentary about Tibet, and Jigme Gyatso, his friend and camera assistant. They have been unjustly detained since March 2008 for filming interviews with Tibetans, above all in the Amdo region of Tibet Receive email alerts China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders calls on the Chinese authorities to release Dhondup Wangchen, who made a documentary about Tibet, and Jigme Gyatso, his friend and camera assistant. They have been unjustly detained since March 2008 for filming interviews with Tibetans, above all in the Amdo region of Tibet”The case of Wangchen and Gyatso is a tragic example of what happens when Tibetans take the risk of trying to interview people about the situation in the province,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Chinese government decided to reopen Tibet to foreign tourists, and now it must show clemency towards those who have been detained solely because of what they or others said.”Wangchen’s wife, Lhamo Tso, told Reporters Without Borders that she still does not know exactly why they are being held. A resident of the northern Indian city of Dharamsala, Tso said her husband was reticent about the purpose of his proposed long trip when he set off for Tibet in October 2007. After losing touch, she was told at the end of March that Wangchen and Gyatso were arrested on 23 March in the Siling area.The film produced from what Wangchen and Gyatso filmed is a 25-minute documentary entitled Leaving Fear Behind (www.leavingfearbehind.com). It shows Tibetans in the Amdo region expressing their views on the Dalai Lama, the Olympic Games and Chinese legislation. Wangchen managed to send his videocassettes out of Tibet before he and Gyatso were arrested. Neither of their families has had any news of them for the past five and a half months.Wangchen was born in the Amdo region in 1974. A Buddhist monk, Gyatso is from the Kham region.Tso told Reporters Without Borders that her husband has always been “a very active man who has always wanted to do something for Tibet.” Before his arrest, Wangchen said: “It is very difficult for Tibetans to go to Beijing and express themselves freely. This is why we decided to show the real feelings of the Tibetan people in a documentary.”Screened for foreign journalists in Beijing during the Olympic Games, the documentary shows Tibetans expressing their disillusionment with the erosion and marginalisation of the Tibetan language and culture, the destruction of the nomadic lifestyle by forced resettlement, the lack of religious freedom and attacks on the Dalai Lama, and the Chinese government’s broken promises before the Olympic Games to improve the situation in Tibet.In Dharamsala, Tso has to take care not only of her four children but also her husband’s parents. “I get up in the night to bake bread which I myself then sell,” she said. “I feel the pressure mentally more than physically (…) I have to cope with a lot of difficulties but the biggest problem is the fact that my husband is in prison.”Tso said her husband was aware of the risks he was running when he made the documentary. “Yes, he knew,” she said. “But that does not mean he does not love his family and his parents. He did it for the Tibetan people and Tibet.”Ngawang Choephel, a Tibetan ethnomusicologist and documentary filmmaker, was released on “medical grounds” from Chengdu prison in China in 2002 after being held for six years. He had been given an 18-year-sentence on charges of subversion, spying and counter-revolutionary activities. ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Help by sharing this information News News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more September 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two Tibetan documentary filmmakers held for past six months in Tibetlast_img read more

[The Source Podcast] Global Partner Summit APJ Breakout

first_imgThe general session at the 2018 Global Partner Summit at Dell Technologies World provided a perfect stage to showcase our channel executives as they highlight the Dell Technologies vision, and partner enablement programs.The Global Partner Summit also provides an opportunity to address the specific needs of a global organization.  The regional/international breakouts are designed to address those specific needs.I sat down with Tian Beng (@Tian_Beng_Ng), senior vice president and general manager APJ Channels, to get an international perspective of the conference, our channel partners and customers.Ng talks about the “extraordinary year” celebrated by the APJ team in 2017 and looks forward to 2018.  With over 500 partners making the trip from APJ to Las Vegas, Ng was more than happy to share the excitement and opportunity ahead for Dell Technologies and our partners.Get Dell EMC The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Dell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

Egypt’s goalkeeper thrilled as World Cup record looms

first_imgYekaterinburg, June 14: Egypt’s goalkeeper Essam Al-Hadary on Thursday said he would be thrilled to be the oldest player to ever take part in the FIFA World Cup, when the Pharaohs take on Uruguay.At 45 years and 151 days, Al-Hadary would break the record for the oldest player to compete in the tournament, presently held by Colombia’s Faryd Mondragon (43 years and three days), if he plays against Uruguay on Friday in the Egyptian national team’s first Group A match.”(If I play) I will be the happiest man in the world. I have played a lot of matches and have achieved many victories at the international level,” Al-Hadary said at a press conference. “Reaching the World Cup after 25 years of hard work is incredible. We tried it every four years, and did not make it. I always worked hard … and we hope to win.” IANSlast_img read more

ACLU director speaks at Gould about civil liberties

first_imgDavid Cole, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, visited the USC Gould School of Law on Thursday to speak about the future of civil liberties in the midst of the Trump administration.Formerly a professor of law at Georgetown University, Cole was named as the new national legal director for the ACLU in January. He replaced Steven R. Shapiro, who served as legal director for the ACLU from 1993 to 2016. Cole will now oversee the work of nearly 300 lawyers and lead the ACLU’s efforts in the Supreme Court. For the past 96 years, the ACLU has been involved in nearly every landmark Supreme Court case regarding political expression, freedom of speech or press and the separation of church and state.Professor Nomi Stolzenberg, who has been teaching at the USC Gould School of Law since 1988, moderated the discussion.Stolzenberg said that the executive orders signed by President Donald Trump have the potential to undo Obama administration policies. She asked Cole for the top issues on ACLU’s list.Cole explained that the ACLU will deal with many issues, including reproductive freedom, national security and voting rights. However, immigration will be a priority.Cole discussed Trump’s immigration ban, the legality of the executive order and the ACLU’s plans to fight it. Cole explained that the ACLU is looking to focus on aiding immigrants and those affected by Trump’s executive order. He sees the ban as religious favoritism — or “dis-favoritism” — which he claims is nonsensical in the context of the Constitution’s establishment clause, which prohibits the government from favoring any one religion.Cole believes that the federal court can only do so much. The true work of the reform, he said, lies with the citizens who are impassioned by the issues and want to see change. Some part of this change comes from supporting organizations like the ACLU.Over the course of a decade, the ACLU has grown to over one million members. Since Trump’s election, it has received one million online donations that average about $79 each.“People want to engage,” Cole said.The only viable way to stop Trump’s series of executive actions, Cole believes, is for citizens to band together and continue the activism shown at the women’s marches and airport protests nationwide.“There is a broad swath of people who are showing their concern, and that plays a role in how the courts react,” Cole said.Cole acknowledged that the Trump administration will present many challenges. But public opposition has left him optimistic about the future.“The real moving force of constitutional law is the people, organized through institutions that care about particular constitutional values,” Cole said.last_img read more

Graham Mertz: The answer at quarterback?

first_imgPlaying quarterback for the University of Wisconsin Badgers is a good gig.Fans will treat any completed pass like they are playing with house money, and they get to stay nice and safe behind the perennially talented offensive line. Perhaps this is what led four-star recruit Graham Mertz to commit to Wisconsin back in October. The Badgers landing a four-star player is news, but a quarterback? Times are changing in Madison.Football: Wisconsin ends 2017 regular season undefeated, brings axe home to MadisonPaul Bunyan’s axe is returning to Madison after the University of Wisconsin football team trounced the Minnesota Golden Gophers during Read…Not only is Mertz the ninth-ranked professional-style quarterback in the national class of 2019 according to 247 Sports, but since committing to Wisconsin, he has received offers from countless elite schools. The University of Michigan, The Ohio State University and the University of Georgia have all offered the 6-foot-4 Kansas native a chance to reconsider, though Mertz remains Madison-bound as of now.Mertz was recruited by the Badger’s newly minted quarterback coach Jon Budmayr. Budmayr was in Mertz’ shoes only about 10 years ago. He was recruited as a three-star quarterback to play for Wisconsin back in 2008, though injuries derailed his career. This season as a junior, Mertz started his first varsity games for the Blue Valley North High School Mustangs and immediately shined.Football: Wisconsin ends 2017 regular season undefeated, brings axe home to MadisonPaul Bunyan’s axe is returning to Madison after the University of Wisconsin football team trounced the Minnesota Golden Gophers during Read…His touchdown-interception ratio of 45-6 on the season compliments his 62 percent completion rate, which may have something to do with the Mustangs taking home their first ever state championship this season. In the state championship game, Mertz sealed the title with a 15-yard touchdown run with just under a minute remaining in the game. Not to mention the 462 yards Mertz notched on 24 completions in 30 attempts. It’s obvious Mertz has no problem with the spotlight. His game tape shows a confident, polished field general with a strong arm and a smooth delivery. Although he’s listed as a pro-style quarterback, Mertz has shown a superb ability to make plays on the run, tossing long bombs while avoiding rabid defenses. Still, Mertz can step up in the pocket and nail receivers across the middle without hesitation. His height surely doesn’t hurt — he can see the whole field as well as any quarterback in the nation, and it shows in his decision making.CTE puts players, future of football in dangerThe NFL has a problem —  Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. CTE, a degenerative brain disease, is linked to repeated head trauma, Read…It will be interesting to see the state of quarterback affairs ongoing in the Badger locker room by the time Mertz makes his way to Madison in 2019. By then, Alex Hornibrook will be a senior and Jack Coan will be a junior. Along with 2018 recruit Chase Wolf, the quarterback situation of the future in Madison looks to be teeming with competition.The possibilities for the future of Wisconsin football seem endless if one of these quarterbacks can break out. Jonathan Taylor already ran amuck this season with inconsistent, but improved play from Hornibook. The ceiling for a Badger team with a true dual-threat offense to accompany their recurrent defensive greatness is higher than ever.last_img read more

Peru Break New Zealand Hearts To Secure Last World Cup Place

first_imgRelatedPeru Keep World Cup Hopes Alive After Huge Result At New ZealandNovember 11, 2017In “FIFA”Denmark Join France In Last 16 With First Goalless Draw As Peru End 40-Year Wait For VictoryJune 26, 2018In “FIFA”Jedinak Hattrick Sends Australia To The World CupNovember 15, 2017In “FIFA” Peru have secured the final place at next year’s FIFA World Cup following their 2-0 win over ‘dogged’ New Zealand in Lima in what was the second leg of their intercontinental playoff tie.Both sides played out a goalless draw in the first leg prompting Peru to start the second leg with the ‘favourite’ tag and they didn’t disappoint at all as goals from forward Jefferson Farfan and defender Christian Guillerme Ramos either side of halftime broke New Zealand’s resolve to help the South American nation seal the last Russia 2018 spot with a 2-0 aggregate victory.The win means Peru will return to the World Cup finals’ stage for the first time in 32 years (since 1986) for what would be their 5th appearance (1930, 1970, 1978 and 1986).last_img read more