Self Immolation

The Brian Lehrer Show

Tibet Today

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Joshua Eaton, a journalist who has been covering Tibet from the U.S., explains the reasons behind the recent uptick in self-immolation incidents there and the goals of these protests.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The State of Things

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Fred Kaplan of Slate talks about his new book on David Petraeus and continues the discussion on President Obama's picks for his next national security team, including Chuck Hagel. Plus: Analysis of Governor Christie's State of the State address; reaction to yesterday's federal ruling that limits NYPD stop-and-frisk procedures; and background on Tibet's recent increase in self-immolation protests.

The Takeaway

The History and Power of Self-Immolation

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Self-immolation is the act of committing suicide by setting oneself on fire, and there has been a flurry of this suicidal act happening in the Arab world in the past couple of weeks. Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest in Tunisia last month, which led to a revolt in the country. And yesterday, an Egyptian protestor set himself on fire, according to Egyptian officials. This recent event follows a slew of other self-immolations in Egypt, Algeria, and Mauritania.