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Lobsang Sangay Campaign: "Fighting Misinformation and Negative Campaigning" + TPR Editors' Note

posted Dec 27, 2010, 8:05 AM by The Tibetan Political Review   [ updated Feb 24, 2011, 5:16 AM ]
 
From the unofficial Lobsang Sangay Campaign Website
To promote transparency, TPR invites campaign updates from all candidates.

Editors' Note: The unofficial Lobsang Sangay campaign website wrongly asserts that TPR is an "Online Journal lobbying for Tenzin Namgyal Tethong la."  In this case, apparently, the Sangay campaign is unhappy about two letters submitted to TPR and published (here and here) .  TPR has published letters and articles about all candidates, including ones favorable to Sangay and ones criticising other candidates; we do not censor based on viewpoint.  

The Sangay campaign neglects to mention that TPR delayed publication of the letters regarding Sangay's IC and China travel to allow Sangay to have a simultaneous response included.  The Sangay campaign also neglects to mention that a TPR editorial calls the dispute over Sangay's Green Book, IC, Fulbright, etc. as "baseless" and "ridiculous" -- as the TPR editors told Sangay directly. 
 
Short of not publishing material critical of their candidate, it is unclear what the Sangay campaign's objection is to TPR.  We hope that the Sangay campaign has not decided to turn TPR -- a free political forum -- into an election-year scapegoat.
 
Moreover, we hope that the Sangay campaign focuses back on the issues that are important for the future of the Tibetan people.  As part of this focus, we respectfully remind Sangay that he has not yet responded to the questions raised by several TPR editorials and the "questions for the KT candidates" that came from TPR's readership.   We hope that Sangay's genuine supporters, who are involved in his unofficial website, cease this counterproductive finger-pointing and instead focus on the qualities based on which they support Sangay.

[Update 12/27/10 8:30p.m.: The Sangay campaign website has removed the wrongful assertion about TPR referred to above.  However, the website still implies that TPR endorsed the letter, and still neglects to mention the points discussed above.]


 ORIGNAL VERSION 12/27/10 11:00a.m. (Eastern US Time)


 Fighting Misinformation and Negative Campaigning

The team of Kalon Tripa for Tibet, is now launching a series of infomercials to tackle misinformation and negative campaigning in the wake of coming elections. We are doing this without attacking other candidates. We believe in defending our candidate, as our moral obligation and responsibility. We will remove any misconceptions, misinterpretations, misrepresentation with solid grounded evidence. Although it is unnecessary to clarify baseless allegations, however it is our goal to leave no room for groundless speculations and misinformation tactics.
 
 
Green Book Payments allegations:
 
Following two documents in english and Tibetan, clearly put to rest any questions about Dr Lobsang sangay and his spouse's green book payments. It does not leave any room for any further misinterpretation. Kindly read the provided documents by the Office of Tibet. Dr.Lobsang sangay was the only candidate asked about his and his wife's green book payments, we hope other candidates show the same openness as Dr.Lobsang Sangay and provide documentary evidence of the candidate's and his near family green book payments.
 
Link to the documents
 
 
 
 
Full-bright Waiver:
 
Many have questioned Dr Lobsang Sangay about his stay in the US, after completion of his education. Following documents clear any doubt with respect to this issue. The documents provided by ''High level Scholarship Committee'' and the State department, even recognize his efforts and further legitimize his stay in the US.
 
Links to the documents
 
 
 
 
Nature of Dr Lobsang Sangay's designation at Harvard University:
 
Following is a letter from Harvard Law School that explains not only the designation held by Dr Lobsang Sangay, but also speaks of his impeccable record both as a scholar and as a person.
 
Link to the document:
 
 
Note: There is confusion about his doctoral degree SJD being not a PhD level qualification. We would not like to disrespect the general knowledge of anyone raising such questions, but kindly look online or some other source of information to enlighten oneself.
SJD (Doctorate in Juridical Sciences) is equivalent to a Phd. Kindly look online for further technical details.
 
 
 
Contrary to many skeptics, Dr Lobsang Sangay still carries his IC and travels on IC. If he ever wanted to stay in the US forever and get settled with a well paid job, he would have done it long time back. He has been in the states for over 15 years, and would have been a citizen by now. But he decided to carry an IC, knowing well enough that one day duty might call him back, to serve his fellow countrymen.
 
Link to a copy of IC
 
 
 
 
This was one of the worst allegations first raised in TPR ( An Online Journal lobbying for Tenzin Namgyal Tethong la) by a source that was not authenticated by TPR and still they allowed such questions. It was another fabrication to once again mislead the public and taint Dr.Lobsang Sangay as a Chinese Sympathiser or even a Spy.
 
However, recent comments by our current prime minister, Prof.Samdhong Rinpoche at a talk in Minnesota, US, clearly removed all doubts and once again proved, as to how low would some people stoop in politics by raising such questions. We do not just say it, but we are providing the video for all to watch and judge.
 
Following is the video in which Prof.Samdhong Rinpoche clearly vouches for Dr Lobsang Sangay's Trip to China and futher clarifies his fullbright waiver. He clearly states that, Dr.Lobsang sangay, consulted the Kashag before and after his academic trip to China.
 
Link to the Samdhong Rinpoche Video. [unavailable as of 12/27/10]
 
Source: http://www.kalontripafortibet.org/

 

REVISED VERSION 12/27/10 8:30p.m. (Eastern US Time)


Fighting Misinformation and Negative Campaigning

The team of Kalon Tripa for Tibet, is now launching a series of infomercials to tackle misinformation and negative campaigning in the wake of coming elections. We are doing this without attacking other candidates. We believe in defending our candidate, as our moral obligation and responsibility. We will remove any misconceptions, misinterpretations, misrepresentation with solid grounded evidence. Although it is unnecessary to clarify baseless allegations, however it is our goal to leave no room for groundless speculations and misinformation tactics.

Green Book Payments allegations:

Following two documents in english and Tibetan, clearly put to rest any questions about Dr Lobsang sangay and his spouse's green book payments. It does not leave any room for any further misinterpretation. Kindly read the provided documents by the Office of Tibet. Dr.Lobsang sangay was the only candidate asked about his and his wife's green book payments, we hope other candidates show the same openness as Dr.Lobsang Sangay and provide documentary evidence of the candidate's and his near family green book payments.

Link to the documents


1) Green Book Letter in English
2) Green Book Letter in Tibetan


Fulbright Waiver:

Many have questioned Dr Lobsang Sangay about his stay in the US, after completion of his education. Following documents clear any doubt with respect to this issue. The documents provided by ''High level Scholarship Committee'' and the State department, even recognize his efforts and further legitimize his stay in the US.

Links to the documents


1) High level scholarship committee letter in Tibetan and State department letter.

2) High level scholarship committee letter in English (Translation).

Nature of Dr Lobsang Sangay's designation at Harvard University:

Following is a letter from Harvard Law School that explains not only the designation held by Dr Lobsang Sangay, but also speaks of his impeccable record both as a scholar and as a person.

Link to the document:


1) Letter from Harvard Law School.

Note: There is confusion about his doctoral degree SJD being not a PhD level qualification. We would not like to disrespect the general knowledge of anyone raising such questions, but kindly look online or some other source of information to enlighten oneself.
SJD (Doctorate in Juridical Sciences) is equivalent to a Phd. Kindly look online for further technical details.



Dr Lobsang Sangay IC

Contrary to many skeptics, Dr Lobsang Sangay still carries his IC and travels on IC. If he ever wanted to stay in the US forever and get settled with a well paid job, he would have done it long time back. He has been in the states for over 15 years, and would have been a citizen by now.

Link to a copy of IC


1) Dr Lobsang Sangay IC
2) Dr Lobsang Sangay IC


Allegation about Dr Lobsang Sangay's trip to China

This was one of the worst allegations first raised in TPR(Tibetan Political Review) by a source that was not authenticated by TPR and still they allowed such questions. It was another fabrication to once again mislead the public and taint Dr.Lobsang Sangay as a Chinese Sympathiser and create unnecessary suspicion.

However, recent comments by our current prime minister, Prof.Samdhong Rinpoche at a talk in Minnesota, US, clearly removed all doubts and once again proved, as to how low would some people stoop in politics by raising such questions. We do not just say it, but we are providing the video for all to watch and judge.

Following is the video in which Prof.Samdhong Rinpoche clearly vouches for Dr Lobsang Sangay's Trip to China and futher clarifies his fulbright waiver. He clearly states that, Dr.Lobsang sangay, consulted the Kashag before and after his academic trip to China.He even recognises and commends Dr.Lobsang Sangay in doing a Good JOB with respect to his efforts in the dialogue between Chinese and Tibetans.

Link to the Samdhong Rinpoche Video.

YouTube Video



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