Everything I Knew About Tibet I Learnt From The Beastie Boys

newspaperJust about everything I ever knew about Tibet I learnt from the Beastie Boys. I doubt I'm alone.

I was (and am) a big Beastie Boys fan, and back in 1994 they sampled Tibetan monks on Ill Communication. The Milarepa Fund fund was created to disperse royalties to these monks and in 1996 the first Tibetan Freedom Concert was held. Adam Yauch used his band to support the cause of Tibetan independence and increase awareness and it certainly worked on me.

The recent unrest in Tibet is huge news right now, especially with the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing mere months away. As always with events in China, information is difficult to attain and believe. On March 16, for example, the Chinese government says at least 22 people died in Lhasa violence. Tibetan rights groups say nearly 140 Tibetans were killed that day. There's a Wikipedia page tracking the unrest.

As if we needed another reason, this crackdown on Tibet has people considering a boycott of the 2008 Summer Olympics. The Polish government has already decided to boycott the opening ceremonies. That's a start.

When I think back to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, the overuse of capital punishment, the treatment of Falun Gong practitioners, the deadly pollution crisis and the overall suppression and oppression of Chinese citizens, and now this recent Tibet unrest, I hate the idea of rewarding the Communist Party of China with an Olympic Games. Isn't it time we enlightened nations sent a message that these practises aren't acceptable?

And to think all this awareness started with the album that brought us "Sabotage".


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Argie

Wow Mike! I’m impressed. Finally a political entry that doesn’t bash Bush or Catholics. Thanks You.

This column says it all.

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=402256

March 27, 2008 @ 1:37 PM

Jason | GetYourOJ.com

Mike:

There's a petition I have been pimping out that might now do a lot, but it has reached it's goal of 1 million names.

That said, The Beastie Boys have mailed me a few things on Tibet recently, and it's no secret that one of the Beastie Boys (one of the Adams, in particular) are huge into Buddism and this cause.

I don't understand how years and years ago I think we all boycotted the olympics in Germany because of the holcaust yet a country that kills people for meditating (Google Falun Gong), a country that sells the organs of people THEY killed on the black market is awarded the Olympics..

Personally I stopped watching the olympics years ago, which isn't hard to do if you'r enot much of a sports fan... but the point it is I just don't understand how this can happen in 2008.

That said, I know damn well why but I'm not going to elaborate here...

March 27, 2008 @ 2:10 PM

Toronto Mike

My struggle is that I love the Olympics and I enjoy posting about every medal Canada wins, but I hate to give that kind of attention to this event in China at this time.

The Vancouver / Whistler games will be much more fun to cover. My conscience won't be as bothered.

March 27, 2008 @ 2:16 PM

Jason | GetYourOJ.com

I sent you the petition.

err.. What nation is enlightened?

March 27, 2008 @ 2:19 PM

Jason | GetYourOJ.com

Vancouver/Whistler.. well I lived in Vancouver when they were awarded the olymppics and please don't think everyone was happy.. Gordon Campbell is a tool.. Fred might like him.. heh.. but I would like to think that a premier should deal with his starving and homeless before bidding on the Olympics... which will put Vancouver into debt.. and if memory serves me, only 53% said yes to the Winter games... & as far as Whistler goes I don't think anyone asked them at all..

Oh... one other thing... the world will be Vancouver... well... keep them away from Main and Hastings because I don't think Canada wants to show off the fact that we host the poorest zipcode in North America..

Maybe we can show off our safe injection houses and underage prostitutes...

Priorites people!!

Would you rather spend money on getting people fed, educated, and adjusted or spend it on the Olympics, which is beyond tainted now anyway?

March 27, 2008 @ 2:25 PM

Andrew

The Olympics are bad and I would love Canada to boycott. I don't think it would make much of an impact but I would want it done.

The Olympics are beyond corrupt and the money spent could be put into so many other programs. I have never seen what good the athletes that win medals return for our country. Some have done some good things but where is the love from Lennox Lewis and others?

The horrors that China has been doing ia a tragedy. Unfortunately protests in the streets won't help. Governments need to help force change. Not by invasion but by diplomacy.

March 27, 2008 @ 3:33 PM

Toronto Mike

Sigh... the spirit of the Olympic games is so awesome, but they've become so corrupt the spirit is buried by filth.

I would embrace a Canadian boycott of these games, in fact it would be a relief, but this isn't going to happen.

March 27, 2008 @ 3:36 PM

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