Alisa. 37. New Hampshire. Married for almost three years to this wonderful, funny, smart guy. Previously married. Went through in-vitro fertilization to have my five year old magical son Keegan. Stepmother to the charming Isabelle (6). Gushingly in love with our baby boy Harper(1). Policy Wonk and dreaded bureaucrat. Lover of fine cuisine, honeybees, truly romantic moments and the underdog.
Curried Beef Short Ribs

Note: I found this was more realistically four servings.

Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors.

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 teaspoons canola oil
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Bad Karma

Tom gave me a heads up on this article. Pay attention to the last paragraph. It's short one, I'll wait here while you read it.
Are you back? Good. I'll admit it. I didn't know very much about Tibet up until a few years ago. And I watched Seven Years In Tibet more for Brad Pitt than anything. But I did learn what China did there and how the occupation and religious persecution continues to this day.
"Since the revolt against Chinese rule in Tibet that began in 1956 and through the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976, an estimated 1,200,000 Tibetans were killed and more than 6,000 religious sites were destroyed. In 1959, 1960, 1964, and 1997 the International Commission of Jurists examined Chinese policy in Tibet, violations of human rights in Tibet, and the position of Tibet in international law. The International Commission of Jurists found that the People's Republic of China had committed `acts of genocide . . . in Tibet in an attempt to destroy the Tibetans as a religious group' and that Tibet was at least `a de facto state' prior to 1951."
Meanwhile, apart from lip service supporting the Dalai Lama, the U.S. government has stood by and done nothing. I can see you are shocked.
On top of all that the Chinese government is telling them who their next spiritual leader is. All while they took the child the Dalai Lama identified as the divine reincarnation and who knows what they have done with him.
This would be like the Italian government telling Catholics who will be pope. Or more aptly if George Bush picked the next Messiah. Scary. No one would stand for it. But we do nothing.
I have a degree in political science so I get that global issues are complicated. There are various economic and historical factors. But wouldn't it be nice if for once we could do something for the right reasons? Because when a nonviolent people need help, it's the right thing to do.
I know I rarely discuss political issues here. Which is interesting because I am a political and opinionated person (just ask my friends). It is just that I find a blog to be unsatisfying when it comes to debate. I'd much rather do it in person.
So I am not asking you to specifically do something. I just wanted to make you aware. So when you see a "Free Tibet!" bumpersticker (and it might be mine) you'll know where it's coming from.

PS To read an overview of the Chinese invasion of Tibet go here.

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