Geopolitics

More Than 20 Bodies Recovered After Landslide Buries Dozens Of Miners In Tibet

CHINA NATIONAL RADIO, XINHUA, CCTV (China), CENTRAL TIBETAN ADMINISTRATION

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LHASA – Rescuers have recovered 21 bodies three days after a massive landslide in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region that buried more than 80 mine workers, China National Radio reported on Monday.

The landslide occurred three days ago in Maizhokunggar County, about 68 kilometers from the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, reports Xinhua. The disaster stuck a workers’ camp of the Gyama mine, at about 6 a.m. on Friday. “Large swathes of rocks suddenly fell down from the mountaintop and the huge sound shook the whole valley. It was a terrible scene,” said a local villager.

Rescuers have been hampered by the huge amount of debris, the 4,600-meter altitude and snowy weather, said Xinhua. More than 3,500 rescuers, along with 10 sniffer dogs and 20 life detectors have been deployed at the site to find potential survivors of the 83 unaccounted miners.

The workers were mostly migrants from the southwestern Chinese provinces of Yunna, Guizhou and Shichuan. Pang Chunlei, a Tibetan rescue commander told Chinese state television broadcaster CCTV he wasn’t optimistic survivors would be found.

“The workers live in tents and have been buried by the landslide. We are digging but the collapsed area is just too huge. It covers the entire mountain gully,” Pang said.

In a statement, the Tibetan government in exile, based in Dharamsala, northern India, said “the tragic incident could be the result of aggressive expansion and large-scale exploitation of mineral in the Gyama Valley, a man-made phenomenon rather than a natural disaster.”

The Gyama mine is a large scale polymetallic deposit consisting of copper, molybdenum, gold, silver, lead and zinc with the potential to become the China’s biggest copper producer in the next 10 years. In the past decade, the mine has been a “major failure in terms of the social harmony and environmental protection in the area,” said the Tibetan government in exile’s statement.

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Iran To Offer Master's And PhD In Morality Enforcement

For those aiming to serve the Islamic Republic of Iran as experts to train the public morality agents, there are now courses to obtain the "proper" training.

Properly dressed in the holy city of Qom.

Iran will create new "master's and doctorate" programs to train state morality agents checking on people's public conduct and attire, according to several Persian-language news sources.

Mehran Samadi, a senior official of the Headquarters to Enjoin Virtues and Proscribe Vices (Amr-e be ma'ruf va nahy az monkar) said "anyone who wants to enjoin virtues must have the knowledge," the London-based broadcaster Iran International reported, citing reports from Iran.


The morality patrols, in force since the 1979 revolution, tend to focus mostly on young people and women, particularly the public appearance for the latter. Loose headscarves will send women straight to a police station, often in humiliating conditions. Five years ago, the regime announced a new force of some 7,000 additional agents checking on women's hijabs and other standards of dress and behavior.

A woman in Tehran walks past a mural of an Iranian flag

The traffic police chief recently said women were not allowed to ride motorbikes

Rouzbeh Fouladi/ZUMA

New academic discipline

Last week, for example, Tehran police revealed that they had "disciplined" agents who had been filmed forcefully shoving a girl into a van. Such incidents may increase under the new, conservative president, Ibrahim Raisi.

Speaking about the new academic discipline, Samadi said morals go "much further than headscarves and modesty," and those earning graduate degrees would teach agents "what the priorities are."

Iran's Islamic regime, under the guidance of Shia jurists, continuously fine tunes notions of "proper" conduct — and calibrates its own, interventionist authority. More recently the traffic police chief said women were not allowed to ride motorbikes, and "would be stopped," Prague-based Radio Farda reported.

Days before, a cleric in the holy city of Qom in central Iran insisted that people must be vaccinated by a medic of the same sex "as often as possible," and if not, there should be no pictures of mixed-sex vaccinations.

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