South African Shame

A meeting of major peace actavists and the Nobel Peace committee associated with the South African World Cup was postponed when the South African Government denied the Dalai Lama a visa. It is reported that due to presure China put on S. Africa the president decided to not allow his Holiness into the country. Many South African citizens are dismayed and upset.

The German publication DW-World writes:

The peace conference was meant to be a platform to discuss how to use soccer as a way to fight racism in the run up to the World Cup which will be held in South Africa in 2010.

The Dalai Lama’s chief negotiator, Lodi Gyari, said China had only damaged its own attempts at closer ties with Africa by pressuring South Africa into refusing to allow the Tibetan spiritual leader to enter the country.

It’s a real shame that political powers are preventing this peace meeting from taking place, espcially in a place with a history like S. Africa.

An editor and blogger from a S. African newspaper has an interesting post.

Here is a picture of Mandela and the Dalai Lama together in 1996.


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5 Responses to “South African Shame”

  1. Marty (Dad) Says:

    World Peace is certainly an all-important impossible goal! (The Dalai Lama once said something to the effect, “I don’t do anything for peace; I just talk about it all the time.”) World Peace just doesn’t seem to be the trend, the direction in which the world is heading, and a dispassionate examination of the environmental/political issues growing graver every day doesn’t warrant hope. A famous poet named William Shakespeare wrote, in one of his history plays, “So foul a sky clears not without a storm.” I think he hit the nail on the finger there! “Hope for the best, expect the worst” applies to many situations we find ourselves in, probably a situation many of you reading this are in right now! Good luck!

  2. shankarwolf Says:

    Hello Marty (Dad), I am tired of this doomsday outlook you seem to enjoy spouting. There can be no harm done by talk of peace. I guess you are stating that peace does not seem to be on the horizon and this S. African episode is another example of that. Oh well, maybe the world is going to hell in a handbasket.

  3. Marty (Dad) Says:

    Certainly no harm done by talking about peace! How could that be a harm? You have voiced the possibility that the world is going to hell. And as a matter of fact many people feel that way. Certainly a reading of that excellent magazine, National Geographic, which keeps an eye on all the environmental damage in the world, suggests that scenario. The Age of Extinction was a phrase I read there! But none of this means we should just give up! We must carry on, guided by a vision of an emancipated future, and hope for the best. To this end, I suggest that you subscribe to Resurgence, a British magazine devoted on every page to saving the world. Brilliant writers, broad approach, positive outlook. I believe I referred you to it in an email not long ago.

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