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Friday, January 27, 2006

This Is Google





Any question as to whose side they're on?

Take action and tell Google's CEO Eric Schmidt to end their partnership with China and to stop spreading propaganda as if it were truth. Click here to go to Student's for a Free Tibet's Action Network and tell Google "Don't be evil!"

10 Comments:

  • At 4:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    this has nothing to do with the current google issue.. but i was just looking for something in google today and came across a long article by a chinese american, about the Tibet issue and the methods of propaganda used by our organisations like SFT.. so just postin this here.. and hoping someone would give a better answer to that. http://journeyeast.tripod.com/methods_of_propaganda.html

     
  • At 7:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    the google management has decided to side with the chinese communist party and its version of history and justice. hyprocrites. sell-outs. what they have done is completely antithetical to everything they claim that google represents. i hope they lie awake at night sweating and wondering where along the line they lost their integrity.

     
  • At 7:15 PM, Anonymous jimmy jam said…

    Nice logo jam SFT!

     
  • At 7:32 AM, Anonymous tselama said…

    Never expected that Google 's people will run after MONEY like joinning with CHINA. It was microsoft and now google. STOP THIS

    tselama
    dokpo.com

     
  • At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Basically I read most of his argument from the "methods of propaganda" page. I'm not an expert, I don't claim to be one. But this is my take on it. What it always boils down to in simplest terms is in order to look at the issue of Tibet the problem becomes a problem of history. We become divided into three groups, those who believe Tibet was always an independent nation with certain diplomatic ties to China; those, like this gentleman, who "know" that Tibet
    was always apart of China; those, like in the American media who say Tibet is a contentious issue, still up for debate. As long as there is a debate- as long as nation-states like the U.S. and other western countries don't officially recognize Tibet to have been separate from China there is a big problem. And we have to ask ourselves why that is? And of course the U.S. government supported governments that are anti-Communist. Remeber, the domino effect theory? We give aid all around the world. Sometimes, unfortunately, we have aided despotic right wing regimes just to overthrow "anti-democratic" communist regimes. But now our economic interests are elsewhere-namely in the form of trade with China. So he really shouldn't feel so bad about giving $2 million a year to the government in exile. It's a pittance compared to the amount of trade we do with PRC. Of course we use propaganda, but propaganda does not necessarily equate out right lies or misleading the public. Propaganda can mean facts. Facts about the number of deaths the Tibetan occupation has caused. Facts about the number of Tibetan political prisoners the Chinese government imprisoned for peacefully protesting. Facts about the number of Tibetan women who were sterilized or forced to have abortions. And so on. We are not any more misleading than the Chinese government who pays off Google to not allow the free flow of information among all its people and then let them decide what is true or not true.

    -Liz F. RU SFT

     
  • At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh, I should elaborate about the pittance of $2 million of aid to govt-in-exile versus the trade with China. He shouldn't complain because we're in so much debt to China from what I understand that is much more of a worrying situation for any taxpaying citizen. To know that your American dollars are essentially being sucked out of the country and are held overseas by Chinese communist leaders. In turn they keep our interest rates artificially low for the time being.

    Take a look...
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/5/20/62118/0515

    -liz f. rusft

     
  • At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks Liz for the answer. The same thought popped in my mind too when he mentioned the US $ 2 million given annually by the US Govt. to the Tibetan Govt. In Exile as a compensation for the CIA case. I am a Tibetan SFTer, though I don't think I understand a lot about our issue. I am still learning and that article was a bit disturbing. Anyways this blog is really helpful and please keep posting. Hope to learn a lot from all the true SFTers here.. Peace

     
  • At 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Your welcome. Like I said I'm no expert at all. Just read as much as you can, get involved as much as you can (within reason of course).

    Another thing I didn't mention-you may or may not know this- as far as debunking this guy's webpage is if he knows Tibet was always apart of China then why did they have to forcefully invade (unprovoked mind you) in 1949-50? He doesn't address that at all. To take Tibet after they already had a completely independent government and system in place from 1911 (the time of the expulsion of the Qing dynasty) to the time of the invasion would not qualify as "always"? It's this sort of absurd logic you have to look out for. Regardless if you agree ideologically with the type of government or system they had (let's say you don't like the fact that it was a theocracy or as the Chinese like to say "we saved Tibet from feudalism"), does not discredit the legitimacy of Tibet's government (did they have treaties, trade, currency, consent of the people, recognized borders, etc?) and the illegitimacy of the invasion, coercion, and undeniable destruction thereafter.

    No system of government is perfect, not the communist, not the old Tibetan, no one's is. However, that did not give the PRC the right, in my humble opinion to invade a virtually unarmed independent country and annex it as its own. This many people from mainland China cannot own up to sadly.



    a good page to look at is http://www.studentsforafreetibet.org/article.php?id=422

    Like I said before it's a complicated debated situation but to just outright say "I know it was always this way" is so extremist that it is stupid.

    Anyway, I'm procrastinating from writing my column for the school paper about this whole Google debacle. I will definitely post it on Thursday.

    -liz f. rusft

     
  • At 3:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Anyways, it shouldn't matter whether or not Chinese people think Tibet has always been a part of China -- the Tibetan people don't, and the international community has recognized self-determination as a central principle of just and democratic governance since at least 1919.

    If the governed don't consent to your government, your government is a tyrany. Period.

     
  • At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    apparently, dissenting opinions about the FREE TIBET movement will be automatically dismissed as communist propaganda. So, where is the sense of balance and fairness here? It's more of 'you're either with us and the GodKing or you're against us'- a la George Bush.

    Sure, returning land to rightful occupants is nobel. But what are you folks going to do when native Americans, Hawaiians,Palestinians or Maoris demand their territories back?

     

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