Notice sent out by CTMA this morning (click to enlarge).
Surrounded! Everest has been closed on the Chinese side and in Nepal, revolutionary Maoists are reportedly leading elections. (Click to enlarge).
As China uses internet for massive propaganda, Tibetan monks are left to scribble notes and pass them to tourists. Image courtesy of Phayul.com.
Two Chinese officials photographed observing the Kathmandu police. One of the officials spat on the American who took this photo. The Chinese officials yelled in English to the Nepalese police to apprehend the American and take the camera away, which the Nepalese police did not act upon. (Photo: ICT)
People send images over mobile phones from Lhasa to outfox the current media blackout in the city. Image from Lhasa today courtesy of gangkyi.com.
In April 1998 Thupten Ngodup self-immolated as protest against the lack of international attention to the plight and suffering of Tibet and the Tibetan people under Chinese occupation.
With sole control over state, party and military in China - Hu Jintao has the world's largest standing army, and around 200 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles capable of hitting US, Russia and Europe. He also says that he dislikes Tibet.
Tibet TV via Reuters Television footage shows riot police standing in line behind arrested protesters at an unknown location March 20, 2008.
The prisoners are shot.
Photos of the rioters posted on Yahoo and MSN. French Observer24 blurred out the faces.
Prachanda during a press conference (left), and a Maoist cadre chasing Kathmandu residents after the locals objected Maoist pressure to provide them with free food and shelter. Images courtesy of Mercantile Communications Pvt. Ltd. / Nepal News (click to enlarge).
ExplorersWeb image of a trekker's Maoist receipt. The maoists extorted climbers, and beat up a few trekkers who refused to pay. Alex Abramov and his guide were attacked and injured by Maoist hand grenades.
Chinese millitary checking Everest south side late last month (click to enlarge).
Image of Chinese visit at Everest BC with MI 17 helicopter (click to enlarge).
Snipers in EBC south are now packing up to go home (click to enlarge).
Scanned press article about the American climber sent to ExWeb from Nepal this morning (click to enlarge).
Image of Everest jet storm, ExplorersWeb files.
Close up of sign telling climbers to stay away from the Lhotse wall (leading to C3 and above). Image courtesy of Peak Freaks (click to enlarge).
The Olympic games in Beijing were attended by most heads of states and business celebrities such as President Bush and Bill Gates. Putin was there too, mostly busy sending troops to Georgia.
Inaki Ochoa, one of the few mountaineers who took a clear stand against the Olympics in Beijing lost his life on Annapurna. A few months later, Pavle Kozjek - the first mountaineer to send pictures from Nangpa La - perished on Trango Tower. Luis Benitez, who blew the whistle on the Cho Oyu shootings, was forced out from Himalaya by his guiding peers. Yet already, new climbers are speaking up for Tibet.
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Influence of politics was so massive on mountaineering this year we had to lift Everest out of the regular Year in Review. Yet the events were so remarkable they should not fall into oblivion. Here thus an ExWeb 2008 YIR second edition, with focus Everest, Tibet and China. Regural WIR will resume next Sunday.We have ommited most names to protect climbers from reprisals. This story is further not about individuals but about issues affecting us all. Olympic promisesIn order to get the Olympic Games, China had promised to...