Tibet is a popular cause in the West with the Dalai Lama often revered as a wise elder. But in reality Tibet was a feudal society and oppressive religious hierarchy long allied with the U.S. against China. And in the 1950s the U.S. went so far as to train violent Tibetan extremists to break away from China.
To discuss this forgotten history, Rania Khalek was joined by Ken Hammond, Professor of East Asian and Global History at New Mexico State University and an activist with the organization Pivot to Peace.
This clip is from a longer interview with Ken about Taiwan. You can watch the full episode here.
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Rania Khalek is a Middle East-based journalist for Breakthrough News. Her work has also appeared at The Grayzone, The intercept, Truthout, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, Al Jazeera, The Nation, Salon, AlterNet, Vice and more.