Los Angeles Times Beijing bureau chief; author Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

As the Dalai Lama celebrates his 80th birthday, Tibetans look to the future

startribune.com — To hear the Dalai Lama laugh, his face lighting up in a beatific smile, it is easy to forget the cascade of disasters endured by the Tibetan Buddhist movement over the course of his life. Yet the list is long, and growing longer, as an ascendant China consolidates control over Tibet.

Dalai Lama's 80th birthday forces Tibet to confront a future without him

smh.com.au — The Dalai Lama celebrates his 80th birthday today. Photo: Danish Siddiqui Dharamasala, India: To hear the Dalai Lama laugh, it is easy to forget the cascade of disasters endured by the Tibetan Buddhist movement over the course of his life. Yet the list is long, and growing longer, as an ascendant China consolidates control over Tibet.
Jul 05, 2015

Happy 80th birthday to the @DalaiLama (met him in Ulaanbaatar in 1991 - humourous and wise) smh.com.au/world/dalai-la… pic.twitter.com/jklCOEGEN9

Sunday, Jul. 5, 2015

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Dalai Lama's 80th birthday invites celebration and contemplation

latimes.com — To hear the Dalai Lama laugh, his face lighting up in a beatific smile, it is easy to forget the cascade of disasters endured by the Tibetan Buddhist movement over the course of his life. Yet the list is long, and growing longer, as an ascendant China consolidates control over Tibet.
Jul 04, 2015

RT @latimes: As the Dalai Lama turns 80, a look at the slowly strangling movement for Tibetan independence lat.ms/1HDuZZw pic.twitter.com/S06ke2Pi9L

Jul 04, 2015

RT @latimes: As the Dalai Lama turns 80, a look at the slowly strangling movement for Tibetan independence lat.ms/1HDuZZw pic.twitter.com/S06ke2Pi9L

Jul 05, 2015

The Dalai Lama turns 80 with celebration and trepidations as people wonder what comes next. lat.ms/1Cdztpd

Jul 05, 2015

'Free Tibet'? As Dalai Lama turns 80, Tibet's future looks more and more like it's Chinese. lat.ms/1HDuZZw ow.ly/i/bEN75

Jul 05, 2015

RT @latimesworld: 'Free Tibet'? As Dalai Lama turns 80, Tibet's future looks more and more like it's Chinese. lat.ms/1HDuZZw ow.ly/i/bEN75

Kim Jong-un Kills the Old

newyorker.com — North Korea, under its thirtysomething Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, is no country for old men. The latest casualty in Kim's ongoing purge of the senior military command was the defense minister, Hyon Yong-chol, who reportedly committed the classic old man's offense of falling asleep in a meeting.
May 15, 2015

North Korea is no country for old men-- Kim Jong Un purges his elders. nyr.kr/1KS5X7B

May 15, 2015

RT @BarbaraDemick: North Korea is no country for old men-- Kim Jong Un purges his elders. nyr.kr/1KS5X7B

May 15, 2015

RT @BarbaraDemick: North Korea is no country for old men-- Kim Jong Un purges his elders. nyr.kr/1KS5X7B

May 15, 2015

"Of the 7 men who carried Kim Jong-il’s coffin, 5 have been fired, retired, demoted, or killed." ow.ly/N0t8O

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How Not to Get Kicked Out of China

newyorker.com — Last Wednesday, the Times published a front-page story about the movie and real-estate mogul Wang Jianlin, who is the richest man in Asia, worth an estimated thirty-five billion dollars.
May 05, 2015

RT @nxthompson: The China story that caused all that trouble at Bloomberg just ran in the NYT. #backstory ow.ly/MywVI

May 06, 2015

Fascinating story about the @nytimes, @Bloomberg and Chinese President Xi Jinping. nyr.kr/1GO6zYL

May 06, 2015

Disappointing that major US news outlets are not standing together in China, by @BarbaraDemick newyorker.com/news/news-desk…

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Life in North Korea

newyorker.com — Growing up half-Korean in Canberra, Australia, the photographer Lee Grant knew little of her mother's upbringing in South Korea. "I was raised in Australia at a time when cultural assimilation was more prevalent than ethnic pride," she told me in an e-mail.

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A North Korea Watcher Watches "The Interview"

newyorker.com — For a North Korean watcher, seeing "The Interview" is like seeing an earnest endeavor reflected back through a freak-show mirror. But, behind the silliness and the smut, the penis and butthole jokes, the filmmakers get a lot right about North Korea. In the opening scene, an angelic schoolgirl with rouged cheeks sings, "Die, America, die.
Jan 02, 2015

The Interview: @NickKristof hates it. @BarbaraDemick says it "gets a lot right" about NK. What do others think? newyorker.com/news/daily-com…

Jan 02, 2015

The @newyorker got @BarbaraDemick to watch The Interview and she thought it a rather accurate portrayal of N Korea: newyorker.com/news/daily-com…

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Amazing if Luddite N. Korea hacked Sony

stripes.com — North Korea has discovered that not only is the pen mightier than the sword, but malware may be more powerful than its nuclear deterrent. For decades, North Korea's propaganda machine (nicknamed by a colleague of mine, Aidan Foster-Carter, the Great Vituperator) has churned out warnings of impending catastrophe and obliteration.
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Jul 28, 2015

RT @isaacstonefish: When you google image search 'Jews' in Chinese, of the first five photos, three are Hasids, one is Hitler, and the final one is Greenspan.

Jul 27, 2015

In North Korea, there's a new growth industry: statues of Kim Jong Il bit.ly/1D5uUxJ

Jul 24, 2015

Don Oberdorfer, longtime diplomatic correspondent for The Post, dies at 84 -- a loss for Korea watchers as well. bit.ly/1KoPKI5

Jul 24, 2015

Via @NPR: Obama Says His Biggest Frustration Has Been Inability To Pass Gun Laws n.pr/1Oq0EhJ

Jul 23, 2015

Taylor Swift 1989 clothing line risks row with Chinese govt. (hah, China govt thinks TS stands for Tianamen Square) bit.ly/1Jick6L

Jul 21, 2015

RT @dhpierson: Made-in-China movie draws fire as a copycat of Pixar's 'Cars' fw.to/80fbjQk by @JulieMakLAT

Jul 19, 2015

The making of a dissident: She was a quiet commercial lawyer. Then China turned against her. bit.ly/1fW12tq @annafifield

Jul 18, 2015

RT @JanePerlez: My review of two North Korea books, one revealing, easy to read; other disappointing via @nytimes nytimes.com/2015/07/19/boo…

Jul 18, 2015

Genghis Khan doc may have been cause of tourists’ arrest in China. Local officials called it "terrorist propaganda." bit.ly/1OmfdU2

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