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Dalai Lama–I’m A Marxist

The Dali Lama, who is noted for deep religious beliefs, shocked many members of the media by informing the world he was a Marxist, and he was not referring to the Marx Brothers comedy team. “I am a Marxist,” and he then proceeded to describe how Communist leaders had combined market economics with government programs in order to create a new version of the Marxist ideal of equality. Although, the Chinese Communist government regards him as an enemy of the state and leader of reactionary religious groups, the Dalai Lama most probably is referring to the humanist ideas of the young Karl Marx whose vision of a society based on egalitarian relationships is what the Tibetan leader means by his reference to Marxism.

The Dalia Lama emphasized that harmony must come out of the heart, not out fear. The young Marx also had such idealistic goals but believed they could only be attained by crushing not merely capitalism, but capitalist ways of thinking that emphasize greed and individualism.

Obama Meets Dalai Lama –To Send A Message?

Every few months the elusive figure of the Dalai Lama appears on the scene, angry words emerge from China, an American leader stands defiantly saying our president has the right to see whom he darn well desires, there are glares of hostility and quite often some minor action is taken by either the US or China. The ostensible reason for President Barack Obama to see the Tibet leader is to send a message. Is the message–we Americans intend to help the people of Tibet to do something? Of course, there is absolutely nothing American can do to help the Dalai Lama obtain anything except a few photo ops at the White House.

China is still angry over American arms sales to Taiwan and whenever the Dalai Lama appears in another country they issue some words of warning. Of course, they only send words and no action is intended. The entire process is akin to a Kabuki dance in which each plays a role and in the end–nothing changes. The reason is simple, no nation is going to risk war or military action on behalf of the people of Tibet.

I guess Barack is seeking the Tibet vote in the USA.

South Africa Still Dealing With Dalai Lama Incident

Nearly a half century has passed since the Dalai Lama established a Tibetan government in exile, but the issue of where does Tibet stand in the eyes of China and the world continue to be an important issue. The Chinese government, despite its efforts to portray the Dalai Lama as a feudal lord continue to confront anger and violence from Tibetans. It announced a new holiday, “Serf Liberation Day” to signify the end of monk rule in Tibet. Yesterday, there were reports of violence in northwestern China and police arrested 93 monks from the monastery at Rabgya. In South Africa there is still anger among many human rights activists over denial of a visa to the Dalai Lama who was attempting to attend a peace conference.

The Chinese government insists there is no room for compromise with the Dalai Lama. Only one who lives in fantasy believes Tibetans can drive out the Chinese. It is time for a sensible compromise which allows return of the Dalai Lama, restrictions on the power of monks to revert back to their former control of society, and creation of freedom of religion. Time will tell if Tibetans seek to retain their belief in the rule of monks.

South Africa Still Dealing With Dalai Lama Incident

Nearly a half century has passed since the Dalai Lama established a Tibetan government in exile, but the issue of where does Tibet stand in the eyes of China and the world continue to be an important issue. The Chinese government, despite its efforts to portray the Dalai Lama as a feudal lord continue to confront anger and violence from Tibetans. It announced a new holiday, “Serf Liberation Day” to signify the end of monk rule in Tibet. Yesterday, there were reports of violence in northwestern China and police arrested 93 monks from the monastery at Rabgya. In South Africa there is still anger among many human rights activists over denial of a visa to the Dalai Lama who was attempting to attend a peace conference.

The Chinese government insists there is no room for compromise with the Dalai Lama. Only one who lives in fantasy believes Tibetans can drive out the Chinese. It is time for a sensible compromise which allows return of the Dalai Lama, restrictions on the power of monks to revert back to their former control of society, and creation of freedom of religion. Time will tell if Tibetans seek to retain their belief in the rule of monks.

No Peace At South Africa Peace Conference

It was not a particularly controversial conference, just some people sitting down to discuss how to foster peace in the world. The conference was scheduled for South Africa and among prominent people, Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu were to appear. But, the South African government decided things were too peaceful so they denied Tibetan leader Dalai Lama from attending on the pretense it had something to do with causing controversy about the 2010 World Cup. It was simply a ploy to avoid angering China which is investing heavily in Africa and South Africa has a yen for the yen.

Irvin Khoza, who helped organize the event noted sorrowfully, “given that the purpose of the conference is peace… the convenors have decided in the spirit of peace to postpone the Peace Conference.

South Africa Denies Visa To Dalai Lama

The South African government has denied a visa to Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama on grounds, “it would not be in the best interests of South Africa.” The government claimed such a visit would detract from it being the host country for the 2010 World Cup. Of course, the denial of a visa has nothing to do with soccer or a World Cup, but it has everything to do with huge Chinese investments on the African continent and a desire to attract such investments to South Africa. The Nobel prize committee said it would not participate in a conference in South Africa unless the country reconsiders its decision to deny the 1989 peace prize laureate, Dalai Lama an entry visa. Several prominent South Africans such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu said they would not attend the conference in light of a visa denial for the Tibetan leader.

Africa is moving ever steadily into the economic sphere of the Chinese. They are investing huge amounts of money and linking their economy with raw materials from Africa. As the United States fights in Iraq and Afghanistan, China uses the opportunity to move into Africa and South America. George Bush has proven to be a savior for Chinese economic expansion.

A Chinese Version Of Tibet

As Tibet commemorates the events of last year in which many people expressed their opposition to the Chinese occupation of their nation, the Chinese government made clear it has a different version of the events. Once upon a time the people of Tibet were serfs and slaves who obeyed religious leaders until Chinese soldiers arrived to end their feudal lives and grant all people freedom. Naturally, the reactionary forces of the Dalai Lama tried to halt the spread of democracy but the people of Tibet would not back down on their desire for the freedom that was brought to them by Chinese soldiers. The version has some elements of truth since there is no question feudal ideas were still prevalent in Tibet and religious leaders wielded power. But, for most Tibetans, the arrival of Chinese occupation forces was not a welcome change in their lives.

The Chinese government has an incredible ability to shoot themselves in the foot of publicity. Their press releases still claim the Dalai Lama wants Tibet to secede from China and is trying to use force to accomplish his goals. The Dailai Lama is a realist who understands the solution must be political and entail maintenance of being part of China. If Chinese leaders had any sense of public relations they would welcome the Dalai Lama and invite him to work for creation of a compromise that keeps Tibet as part of China but allows the flexibility that was given to Hong Kong.

China Continues Denying Dalai Lama

The Chinese Communist government’s greatest fear is any evidence that separatist feeling is present in their nation. They rule over a multicultural society containing people of many religions and ethnic groups so the very thought that one region might harbor thoughts about breaking away is enough to send Communist leaders into a state of terror. The nation is approaching the anniversary of a Tibetan protest which garnered world wide interest and anger at the Chinese government’s brutal suppression of those participating in riots. Tibet’s official Buddhist association called on lamas and nuns to reject any connection with separatist groups or with the exiled Dalai Lama. Naturally, in a communist society their comments to the public reflected a “unanimous” view of those in the organization. It asked monks to “see clearly that the 14th Dalai Lama is the ringleader of the separatist association which seeks Tibet independence.”

Actually, the Dalai Lama has repeatedly rejected calls for separatism and stressed his belief in working with government officials to ensure the people of Tibet had greater local autonomy. Unfortunately, he is attempting to deal with paranoid Chinese communists who believe there is a plot by capitalists to destroy their nation. There is no such plot.

China Still On Talk With Dalai Lama Is Provocative

The Chinese Communist government view of the world is that any nation which speaks to the Dalai Lama is, by definition, interfering in the internal affairs of the Chinese republic. President Sarkozy met with the Dalai Lama over the weekend, and, most probably, urged him to work for peace with the Chinese government. But, the mere fact, Sarkozy dared to speak with someone classified by the Chinese as an “unspeakable one” means France is on the road to destroying its relations with China. “The Chinese government firmly opposes and strongly protests to the action.” Of course, the “action,” consisted of speaking with someone. According to the Chinese version of events, they had good relations with France until Sarkozy began his hostile actions by having a speaking engagement with the Dalai Lama.

The Chinese government still does not grasp that in the modern world, no nation can tell other nations who they can speak with and who they can not speak with. One doubts if China will give President Sarkozy a veto on which nations China is allowed to trade with or receive delegations from to its country. The Dalai Lama wants peace with China, he accepts the concept China will govern his land, but only asked for extended local autonomy.

China Rejects Dalai Lama’s Proposals!

Surprise, surprise, the Chinese government has flatly rejected proposals from the Dalai Lama aimed at resolving problems between the people of Tibet and Chinese leaders. In a statement issued on Monday, the government said, “the unification of the motherland, territorial integrity and the national dignity are the greatest interests of the Chinese people.” It made clear no concessions will ever be offered to Tibetan leaders. Chinese officials said there had been no progress with Tibetan representatives because “the Dalai Lama said on many occasions that when the People’s Liberation Army entered Tibet, Tibet was an independent country and that now Tibet is still an independent country which was illegally occupied.” It insists the Dalai Lama is defying China by refusing to accept that Tibet was never an independent nation and that Communist troops never invaded Tibet because that entity was always part of China.

The Dalai Lama has repeatedly indicated he has NO desire to fight for an independent Tibetan nation. He has repeatedly stated his willingness to have Tibet remain part of China but seeks greater local autonomy and respect for the traditions and values of the people of Tibet. One can argue endlessly if Tibet in the past was independent, but Tibetans are willing to accept the current status quo.