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The loud sucking noise you hear? That’s President Barack Obama kissing up to the Chinese.

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It’s the first time in ten visits to the US in 18 years that the Dalai Lama has failed to meet with the American president. The political and diplomatic slight to the man widely admired in the US as brought forth a volley of criticism against Obama, hitherto hailed a champion of human rights.

“We regret that despite escalating human rights violations in Tibet, the White House has chosen not to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama…preferring a time that will be less irritating to the Chinese government and after the president’s own trip to China. We are concerned that this time may never come,” says Katrina Lantos Swett, whose late father Tom Lantos led the move to present the Tibetan leader with a Congressional Gold Medal in 2007, awarded by then President Bush at a bipartisan ceremony.

The Dalai Lama is scheduled to receive a human rights award in the US Capitol on Tuesday given by the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is a long time admirer of the Tibetan leader. President Obama is also very much in the capital. But there will be no meeting.

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  2. Though I’m not a follower of the Dalai Lama, I’m a Nichiren Buddhist, I find it very sad that Obama chooses to coddle the fragile sensibilities of the Chinese instead of extending the simple courtesty of meeting with the Tibetan leader. But hey, looks like the rest of the world is back to admiring the U.S., so perhaps simple acts of kindness, or even basic hospitality are no longer as necessary as they once were…

    Maybe if the blowback is strong enough, Obama may realize how ridiculous this policitcal calculation seems…

    • Edger on October 7, 2009 at 1:13 am

    “any of the above” choice?

    • Diane G on October 7, 2009 at 2:16 am

    that they pander to China, who have abused Tibetans and others for years. Oh wait, who holds our morgage is our master. Ethics has nothing to do with our government.

    shakes head in shame.

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  4. Thanks, but, personally, I’m not sure as to languages, but what I think should be AN ABSOLUTE in our system of teaching is that we are ALL part of this universe, that our needs are universal and that we should ALL learn to share — give a little, take a little!

    Since I was a little girl, I never felt very good about seeing anyone suffering for the very basics, no matter where in this world.  Everything that is born strives to survive.  For so many in this world, it has been more of a “horror” experience, and unless, we find a way to genuinely CHANGE things in our very own country, it is and will remain a “horror” experience here, as well.

    Thanks, LL!  🙂

    • Miep on October 7, 2009 at 4:33 am

    Rio gets the Olympics, so Obama disses the Dalai Lama.

    Well, yes it’s obviously about the debt. But I can easily buy into cranky-ass mean-spiritedness, too.

    I mean, why not? Lot of it going around, y’know.

    Good job LL.

  5. Im no wonk! And I cant really explain in a wonky way, so I do my own way.

    But… with all due respect to His Holiness, what its really about, of course, is the fact that China prednisone 2.5mg owns us. And they are gonna go to link quanto costa viagra generico 100 mg in farmacia bury us. (Unless we just bury ourselves first.)

    The kids need to be learning Chinese.  

    • TMC on October 7, 2009 at 5:20 am

    Language? Why not two? English and the student’s choice. Do they teach grammar anymore in the schools? I remember having to diagram a sentence into its parts and being graded for my penmanship, too.

  6. … we need to live in our neighborhood. Spanish, French and Portuguese will take you quite a way through North America, South America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Maybe a bit of Lingala and kiSwahili as well.

  7. The loud sucking noise you hear? That’s President Barack Obama kissing up to the Chinese.


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