17-Oct-11 World View — Tension Growing In China Over Self-Immolation Of Tibetan Monks

This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com.

* Tension growing in China over self-immolation of Tibetan monks

* Toothless Arab League fails to suspend Syria’s membership

* Kenya sends troops into Somalia in major policy shift

Tension growing in China over self-immolation of Tibetan monks


Site of Tibetan self-immolations (BBC)
Site of Tibetan self-immolations (BBC)

A former Buddhist monk set himself on fire Sunday to protest Chinese rule in Tibet, shouting “Tibet needs freedom!” Police put out the fire and carried the man off. Alarm is growing in Beijing and among Tibetans of the growing trend of self-immolations by Tibetan monks — eight so far this year, with at least four deaths. In the last two weeks alone, there have been five self-immolations in the town of Aba, site of the Kirti monastery, in Sichuan province. The protests have not yet spread to Tibet province. Chinese officials are reacting to the deteriorating situation by making numerous arrests and turning the monastery into a virtual prison. AP and Telegraph

According to Tibetan sources in the Sichuan province of China, leaflets in the Tibetan language have been circulating in the Tibetan areas of the province calling for a day of protests and fasting on Wednesday, October 19 to condemn the continued oppression of the Tibetans by the Chinese and the military detention of a large number of Tibetan monks of the Kirti monastery in the province since March following the self-immolation of a young monk. South Asia Analysis Group (SAAG)

Toothless Arab League fails to suspend Syria’s membership

With the regime of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad continuing to massacre innocent Arabs, the Arab league met on Sunday to discuss a motion to suspend Syria’s membership. After meeting for several hours, the members failed to agree on a suspension, with opposition from Sudan, Algeria, Lebanon and Yemen. Instead, they asked Syria to stop the massacres within 15 days, and if Syria failed to meet that deadline, then they threatened to hold another meeting. AP

Kenya sends troops into Somalia in major policy shift

In a major policy shifts, Kenya’s troops are invading the territory of Somalia to pursue militant al-Shabab groups who have been launching attacks onto Kenya’s soil. This follows numerous recent attacks and threats from al-Shabab. Though Kenya has one of the largest militaries in East Africa, second only to Ethiopia, its Army has very little battlefield experience, and would face substantial challenges in Somalia. Somalia’s government is protesting the invasion. CS Monitor

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