Morning Brief: Tibet’s somber anniversary

Top Story Tibetans are marking the 50th anniversary of the Tibet’s anti-communist uprising and the beginning of the Dalai Lama’s exile. Large pro-Tibet demonstrations have already been held in cities throughout Asia and more are planned in West today. Taking an unusually harsh tone, the Dalai Lama attacked China for making Tibetan lives “hell on ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.
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DHARAMSALA, INDIA - MARCH 10: His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks during a press conference on the 50th anniversary of exile on March 10, 2009 in Dharamsala, India. His Holiness the Dalai Lama marks 50 years of exile today in Mcleod Ganj, the seat of the exiled Tibetan government near the town of Dharamsala. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Top Story

Tibetans are marking the 50th anniversary of the Tibet's anti-communist uprising and the beginning of the Dalai Lama's exile. Large pro-Tibet demonstrations have already been held in cities throughout Asia and more are planned in West today.

Taking an unusually harsh tone, the Dalai Lama attacked China for making Tibetan lives "hell on Earth" for the last 50 years and said that Tibetan culture was "nearing extinction." 

Top Story

Tibetans are marking the 50th anniversary of the Tibet’s anti-communist uprising and the beginning of the Dalai Lama’s exile. Large pro-Tibet demonstrations have already been held in cities throughout Asia and more are planned in West today.

Taking an unusually harsh tone, the Dalai Lama attacked China for making Tibetan lives “hell on Earth” for the last 50 years and said that Tibetan culture was “nearing extinction.” 

His anger was likely provoked by a security clampdown by Chinese authorities in Tibet and neighboring regions ahead of the anniversary, part of what Chinese President Hu Jintao called a “Great Wall for combating separatism and safeguarding national unity.” 

The widespread protests that followed last year’s anniversary led to nearly 7,000 arrests, but this year, China’s harsh security crackdown seems to have scared most Tibetans away from demonstrating.

Middle East

Dozens were killed in a suicide bombing attack on a reconciliation conference in Baghdad.

Opposition leader Mohammed Khatami has lost one of his key allies in the upcoming presidential elections.

Palestinian political leaders are meeting in Cairo for talks to form a unity government.

Asia

The U.S. is accusing China of violating international maritime law after a confrontation between ships from the two navies over the weekend.

Fourteen people were killed by a suicide bomber attack in southern Sri Lanka.

Vice President Joe Biden warned that an unstable Afghanistan threatens its entire region.

Europe

Northern Ireland’s violence continues as splinter group, the Continuity IRA claimed responsibility for the fatal shooting of a policeman on Monday night.

European finance ministers have no plans to add to recent stimulus packages despite U.S. grumbling.

Germany, the world’s largest exporter, saw exports fall by a fifth in January.

Africa

The IMF warned that Africa is particularly at risk from this year’s expected global economic contraction.

A march in protest of police brutality in Nairobi, Kenya turned ugly.

U.S. government officials confirmed that a truck operated by a USAID contractor caused the crash that injured Zimbabwean PM Morgan Tsvangirai and killed his wife.

Americas

President Obama is having a hard time winning over top congressional Democrats to his budget.

Cuba’s new foreign minister may signal a shift in tone toward the United States.

Bolivia’s Evo Morales expelled another U.S. diplomat, accusing him of conspiracy.

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Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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