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Top News Stories 2008-03-18 07:00:13

Front Page: Dalai Lama Might Quit, 52 Dead in Iraq, Florida

  • Moments ago, the Dalai Lama said he would resign as leader of Tibet’s government-in-exile if his stepping down would help quell the violence erupting in Tibetan protests. Earlier, the Chinese government blamed the Dalai Lama for orchestrating the demonstrations. Saying that he would stand behind only nonviolent quests for greater Tibetan autonomy, the Dalai Lama criticized China pointedly indicating that though they had met three out of four conditions to be a “superpower” — the world’s largest population, military prowess, and a fast-developing economy — he said, "Fourth, moral authority, that’s lacking.”
  • The death toll in yesterday's bombing in Karbala has risen to 52. The bomb exploded near the shrine of Imam Hussein, a pilgrimage centre for Shia Muslims, and is thought to have been detonated by a female suicide bomber. Overshadowing Vice President Dick Cheney's visit to Iraq, the incident was the deadliest of a number of recent violent attacks in which at least 78 Iraqis have died. Officials suspect al-Qaeda insurgents were responsible for the the bombing which occurred 50 miles south of Baghdad, but no group has stepped forward.
  • Florida has abandoned its plans for a mail-in primary reprise. Florida's Democratic Party said yesterday it would no longer advocate for a rerun of the state's invalid primary election and leave the decision on Florida's delegates up to the national party. Thousands of voters have sent in messages expressing this preference, leading the chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party to say, "The consensus is clear: Florida doesn't want to vote again. So we won't."
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remedios remedios 9 years
stupid Florida and their stupid governor.
bluesmile bluesmile 9 years
the problems in Tibet is very complex, i think people have to look at both side before they talk about it.
ami_z ami_z 9 years
The Dalai Lama has long wanted the Government in Exile to be more democratic. The problem with the Dalai Lama (by which I mean the position, not His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso) being the political head of Tibet is that the Dalai Lama is not an elected post, and is therefore not a democratic figure. Moreover, the Chinese have named a fake Panchen Lama after they kidnapped the current Panchen Lama Gedhun Choeki Nyima. The Panchen Lama is the person who is to pick the next Dalai Lama when a current one passes on. Therefore the Chinese puppet Panchen Lama would be the person to pick a Dalai Lama after Tenzin Gyatso passes on. It is ridiculous (and, sadly, business as usual) that the Chinese government, instead of negotiating with His Holiness (who has offered them countless concessions), chose to use ridiculous and inflamatory rhetoric to avoid dealing with the fact that they have engaged in a genocide of the Tibetan people (including not only the current suppression in Lhasa, but forced sterilization and forced repopulation).
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
The U.S. won't anything about China we need their money and goods
nancyvan nancyvan 9 years
Americans need to care about Tibet and the Dalai Lama. This situation just highlights how the Chinese government is a repressive regime that hates religion. Why are we letting the Chinese get such a hold in our own country? We are letting them buy our debt with money we have given them to buy cheap trinkets made my slave labour. Don't we stand for anything any more? The Dalai Lama has encouraged non violence in Tibet for all the years that he has been in exile in India. The Chinese hate him with a passion. The Chinese government would allow journalists into Tibet if they were telling the truth about the Dalai Lama's followers. We all need to be very concerned about China and their growing power.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
The Dalai Lama is both the political and the religious leader of Tibet (Tibet's Government in Exile), along with the Panchen Lama (who was kidnapped as a child years ago and is still Chinese political prisoner). If only China were a person so I'd punch him in the mouth for Tibetans everywhere.... (I'm not Buddhist, obviously.) Agreed with Zahara Pitt on the Florida situation. I'm over it. Florida is in a budget crisis, enough with the games.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I understand that Florida doesn't have the money to hold a "regular" primary, but it was my understanding that that was the reason for the mail-in primary. And yes, the DNC told Florida Democratic officials that their votes wouldn't count, but I don't think it's reasonable to punish all Florida Democrats because the officials moved up the primary.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
were would Florida get the money to revote again... Florida is suffering as it is, we don't need more oft his shit... The DNC told them that their votes wouldn't count if they moved up their primary... the RNC only awarded the rep. half of the Florida delegates... am so over this crap
stephley stephley 9 years
Dalai Lama's spokesperson cleared up the resigning question: "If the Tibetans were to choose the path of violence he would have to resign because he is completely committed to nonviolence," Tenzin Taklha said. "He would resign as the political leader and head of state, but not as the Dalai Lama. He will always be the Dalai Lama."
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I find it hard to believe that people in Florida don't want to vote again. I don't know a ton about it, but it just doesn't make sense that they wouldn't want to be heard.
nola45 nola45 9 years
The Dalai Lama can't quit! He is the Dalai Lama by birth (or identification from the prior religious leaders), not by election. I don't understand what this means except that he wants his followers to understand that he is not in accord with the protests. He is in favor of nonviolence. And he probably knows that the Chinese can always quell the revolts because of their power.
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