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Thank you for visiting sohnetwork.com. This is your host Catherine Hennessy for the News Desk of SOH Radio Network. Free Tibet Protest was held at down town Chicago at Water Tower Place and Chinese Consulate on March 18, 2008 to demonstrate their rising in solidarity with Tibet. This event is organized by the Tibetan Alliance of Chicago along with Wisconsin Tibetan Association, Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota, Regional Tebetan Youth Congress-Minnesota, Students for a Free Tibet-Chicago, Students for a Free Tibet-Minnesota, Students for a Free Tibet-Indiana, Minnesota Tibetan Women’s Association, and International Tibet Independence Movement. What are these 1,000 protesters trying to accomplish? The protesters are seeking help from the world to free Tibet and are asking the United States, the United Nation and International organizations to pressure China to meet the following demands:

1. Immediately withdraw all armed forces from the city limits of Lhasa and lift the virtual marshall law in Tibet.
2. Allow freedom of movement and communication in Tibet.
3. Release all political prisoners including those arrested on March 10, 2008
4. Allow international media to enter Tibet without restrictions.
5. Appoint an independent and international committee to investigate the cause of the protest and recommend solutions.
6. Urge the government of China to find reasonable and peaceful solutions to the problems through earnest and substantive negotiations with representatives of the Tibetan government in Exile.

Now, Let’s listen to the recordings of speakers Mr. Pema Prinzin and Mr. Lobsang Tenzin

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On the 10th of March, The Tibetans in Lhasa, the capital of Tebit, taking great risks to their lives, started a peaceful protest against China’s government. The protesters, when met with a brutal crackdown, erupted into a highly charged resistance against China’s presence in Tibet. This protest has since spread to other parts of Tibet resulting in unarmed Tibetans being killed. More than 100 Tibetans are reported to have died. In Lhasa, it has been documented that China has sent tanks and infantry into the so-called the rooftop of the world. China’s army is performing door-door searches and snatching up Tibetan protesters. The whereabouts and safety of thousands of Tibetans in Lhasa and all over Tibet are unknown. China has cut off or severely limited access to Lhasa and the surrounding areas. China has also sealed off the Mt. Everest region in preparation for the Olympic Torch Relay that is part of the Beijing Summer Olympics being held in August 2008. For the first hand vedio taken in ‘The Roof Top Of The World’ by Australian tourist Mr. Mike Smith please visit Youtube.com and search for Tibet.
http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=AHpHd2QuT3o This has been Catherine Hennessy reporting for SOH Radio Network.
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Let The Glass House Fall

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Let the Glass House Fall
By Email[Thursday, March 20, 2008 16:21]
By Josh Schrei

“When any government… undertakes to say to its subjects, ‘This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,’ the end result is tyranny and oppression. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything—you can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.”
—Robert A. Heinlein, writing nine years before the Chinese invasion of Tibet.

Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust only movement.
—Alfred Adler

“The Beijing Olympics will not be about sport, it will be about creating a superbrand called ‘China,’ and the brand essence is progress.”
—Anonymous China marketing expert speaking on Ogilvy-Mathers’ hiring as marketing firm on the Beijing Olympics account

When the last significant pro-independence protests and subsequent riots happened in Tibet nineteen years ago, the world was a very different place. There was no Internet. Very few in the western world knew where Tibet was, let alone anything of its tragic history. Lhasa, though militarily occupied, was still for the most part a Tibetan town. So back then, when the Chinese government responded to the pro-independence riots/protests in its typical manner — arbitrary arrests and detentions, forced confessions, coercion, intimidation, torture, and execution via bullet to the back of the skull — there were very few in the world who took note. At that point in history, the stakes were low for the Chinese government. Although it was 17 years after the great ‘opening of China’ in 1972, Deng Xiaoping was still flirting with how to proceed with China’s economic and political development, and the Chinese didn’t need international opinion on their side — they were a still a relatively isolated nation, a second tier economy, not quite part of the international community, and they certainly didn’t care what – if anything – the Western world had to say about how they managed their ‘internal affairs’ in Tibet. Even the sting of the Dalai Lama winning the Nobel Peace Prize later that year was tempered by a general attitude of indifference towards Western opinion.

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Welcome to Stages of the East. I’m your host Daniel Monaghan for the SOH Radio Network. And in this program we continue with our in depth coverage of the 2008 NTDTV/Chinese New Year Spectacular performance by the Divine Performing Arts at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. In the last episode we talked about the Chinese Proverb “ Better to light a candle than curse the darkness “. In today’s episode we will talk about the proverb “ A clear conscience never fears midnight knocking “. Understanding this quote can help you understand why the Chinese government has tried so hard to stop people from going to the New Years Spectacular. The Chinese Communist Party does not have a clean conscience, and not only do they fear midnight knocking, but morning, mid-day, and early evening knocking as well. The Chinese Communist Party is afraid of any type of knocking whatsoever! And why are they so afraid of the Shen Yun Chinese New Year Spectacular? Because the the New Year Spectacular highlights 5000 years of Chinese culture, and awakens in people around the globe the desire for a righteous and beautiful Chinese culture to exist again, and awakens in the hearts of mankind the most dangerous thing of all to the Communist Party……..hope Let’s hear what audience members have to say…..

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Well, I love hearing feedback from real people who have been to the show. I feel like I get to know them a little bit from hearing where they live , hearing the tones of their voices, their emotions and accents, and feelings about the show….Anyway, take care folks, and for more info about the show go to http://www.bestchineseshows.com. Thanks for tuning into Stages of the East on the SOH network.

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Welcome to Stages of the East. I’m your host Daniel Monaghan for the SOH Radio Network. And in this program we continue with our in depth coverage of the 2008 NTDTV/Chinese New Year Spectacular performance by the Divine Performing Arts at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. An ancient Chinese Proverb says “ Better to light a candle than curse the darkness “. And that’s exactly what the Shen Yun Chinese New Year Spectacular is doing, and what a candle it is! Weaving together 5000 years of Chinese culture with the wonderful lessons of History, heavenly costumes, and exquisite singing, the New Years Spectacular is letting the whole world know how divine and beautiful Chinese culture is, and helping people choose the China of the future. Let’s hear some feedback from some audience members.

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Thanks to all of them. I really enjoy their feedback and I hope you do too. To me, the best way to really learn about a show, besides seeing it, is to hear what the real audience members have to say. For more information about the show please check out http://www.bestchineseshows.com Thanks for tuning into Stages of the East on the SOH network

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