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Hounded By Chinese Regime, Tibetans Make Perilous Himalayan Crossing To Nepal

Tibetan refugees continue to brave harrowing journeys across the Himalayas to Nepal and beyond. Back home Chinese repression has triggered a new wave of self-immolations. But in Nepal too, “pressure from China is visible,” says one Tibetan refugee.

Tibetan students protesting in Chabcha against the use of Chinese in school in 2010 (SFTHQ)
On the road to Kathmandu (ilkerender)
Vanessa Dougnac

KATHMANDU The man, Tashi, wears earrings and his hair in a braid with a horn comb. The woman, Nima, has cheeks browned by the sun and gnawed by the cold. They are among seven Tibetans who have just spent two months trekking across the Himalayas to reach Nepal. "We were so frightened," says Nima.

Still, they were among the lucky ones. They didn't lose fingers to frostbite. Nor were they shot at by Chinese patrols as they crossed the arid, mineral-rich landscape from their starting point in Kham, in the province of Sichuan.

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As Iran Protests Spread, Regime Is Busy Clinging To Power

Facing resurgent protests in several provinces, Iran's clerical regime now relies on two defenses: brute force and Western appeasement. But its days may be numbered as younger Iranians are increasingly emboldened to demand a different future.

A man repairs a carpet in Tehran, Iran

Elahe Boghrat

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Governing ordinarily consists of assuring the security and welfare of a population or nation, within a state or territory. Take away one element from that equation and the government in question begins to move toward failure, defeat, and perhaps its downfall.

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