from FaithWorld:

Q+A – Does Dalai Lama meeting help or hurt Obama?

February 18, 2010

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Dalai Lama in a 11 Nov 2009 file photo in India/Adnan Abidi

U.S. President Barack Obama will meet the Dalai Lama on Thursday after avoiding a get-together before his China trip last year. The White House visit by the Tibetan Buddhist leader comes at a time of increased tension between the United States and China, which has warned that the session will hurt Sino-U.S. ties.

from FaithWorld:

GUESTVIEW: Faiths meet at Parliament of World Religions

By Guest Contributor
December 8, 2009

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The following is a guest contribution. Reuters is not responsible for the content and the views expressed are the authors’ alone. Paul Knitter is the Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture at Union Theological Seminary in New York.Matthew Weiner is Program Director at the Interfaith Center of New York.

from Changing China:

Quiz time for Obama in China

November 13, 2009

[A volunteer on the outskirts of Beijing in a campaign urging Obama to honour promises and ensure the U.S. plays a key role in climate change negotiations. Pic by Jason Lee.] 

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Mr. Lama, I can’t find your hotel…

October 8, 2009

Blog Guy, I see the Dalai Lama is in Washington, DC. He gets to meet all the biggies when he travels, right?

from Tales from the Trail:

The First Draft: David Letterman and the Dalai Lama

October 6, 2009

CANADA/This is one of those Washington days that seems to defy a theme. Consider:

Iran is the topic at the Senate Banking Committee, where officials from the State and Treasury departments are set to testify on economic sanctions against Tehran.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

As they say, foam is where the art is…

September 3, 2009

Blog Guy, I need your business advice, quickly! I know this is gonna sound like one of those people who see the Virgin Mary's face on a Ritz cracker or something, but...

from Changing China:

Dalai Lama’s laugh lines

September 3, 2009

Before the Dalai Lama spoke on the sober subjects of religion and the environment in Taiwan during a speech this week, he opened with a quip about his English.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

I’ve got something odd to ask, Your Holiness…

August 4, 2009

Blog Guy, I've watched patiently as you've provided fantasy shots for a lot of readers with very little imagination. Now I'm going to put you to the test.

from Global News Journal:

Dalai Lama in NY urges Americans to visit Tibet

May 3, 2009

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Sunday urged Americans to visit his homeland to disprove China's assertion that people are happy there.
 
Speaking in Manhattan, the Tibetan Buddhist, who fled his homeland in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, said Beijing insists, "Tibetans are very happy." 
 
"The Chinese government never admit, never acknowledged there is a problem," he said. "So now I think the world community has a responsibility to show the world there is a problem.
 
"If the majority of Tibetan people are happy, then our information becomes wrong, then ... we must apologize to the Chinese government," the Dalai Lama said to laughs from the audience of 1,500 people.
 
Noting China cast itself as a liberator of Tibet rather than as a colonialist, he said, "A liberator should not bring more misery.
 
"So please, you, non-Tibetans, go there ... and then you must show it to the world," he said, "I urge you, please go there."
 
On April 23, China urged the United States not to let the Dalai Lama, whom Beijing brands a separatist, visit the country. "We oppose the Dalai Lama going to any country to engage in splittist activities under any pretext," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu.
 
The Dalai Lama's Sunday event was a conversation with former Irish President Mary Robinson.
 
Robinson, also a former United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, called the lack of progress on human rights in Tibet, "heartbreaking from a human rights point of view."
 
The Dalai Lama replied, "I am happy, I hear also one splittist."
 
Beijing calls the Dalai Lama a reactionary who seeks to split off nearly a quarter of the land mass of the People's Republic of China. It has been using its diplomatic clout to try to block the pro-Tibetan message.
 
The 1989 Nobel Peace laureate denies the charge, saying he seeks greater rights, including religious freedom, and autonomy for Tibetans.
 
His week-long trip to the United States included a variety of events in California, Boston and New York but does not include a meeting with President Barack Obama.
 
The Dalai Lama, together with tens of thousands of exiled Tibetans, has lived in India since he fled Lhasa.

from The Great Debate:

Real-life spy thriller in cyberspace

April 1, 2009

ericauchard1-- Eric Auchard is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

Once in a while a good computer security scare comes along that has all the makings of a taut Cold War spy thriller and the latest news of a global computer espionage ring is one such story.