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    Moral integrity for sale.

    A nation's integrity is for sale.
    Sorry - make that sold!

    To refuse the Dalai Lama entry into the country for a peace conference... How do you justify that?
    The government's decision to deny the Dalai Lama an entry visa into the country may well have cost the country its peace conference.

    On Tuesday, conveners of the peace conference hastily postponed the event indefinitely because of the controversy around the government's decision to bar the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.

    This means South Africa's Hollywood princess and newly appointed UN Peace Ambassador, Charlize Theron, will not be visiting the country.

    The Dalai Lama - the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize laureate - was among the international dignitaries billed to attend Friday's peace conference in Johannesburg. The conference had the backing of South African laureates Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and F W de Klerk.

    Tutu and De Klerk have said they will boycott the event if the Dalai Lama is not given a visa.

    A visibly disappointed Chief Mandla Mandela, who is Mandela's grandson, lashed out at the government for treating the Tibetan leader as if he were persona non grata in the country. "To deny someone like the Dalai Lama, whom all other laureates hold in high esteem, is sad," said the chief, who is one of the aborted conference's organisers, with Premier Soccer League chairperson Irvin Khoza.

    Thabo Masebe, speaking for President Kgalema Motlanthe, reiterated the government's position that the Dalai Lama's visit would not be in the best interests of the country.

    Meanwhile, China's ministerial counsellor at its embassy in Pretoria, Dai Bing, was quoted on Tuesday as saying his government had urged Pretoria to bar the Dalai Lama, or risk damaging relations between his country and South Africa.
    full story from IOL here
    In an unusual break in ranks, even Health minister Barbara Hogan has publicly criticised the decision.

    I guess the IOU on the ANC's funding from China has been called.
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    Thabo Masebe, speaking for President Kgalema Motlanthe, reiterated the government's position that the Dalai Lama's visit would not be in the best interests of the country.
    What really bugs me.. and IT REALLY BUGS me is when something clearly is a stuff up like this, they just talk absolute cuck. It's so frustrating
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    I will only say this: Peace is not profitable but war is very profitable. So what do you do? Make sure the peace talks are ineffective... The story speaks for itself.

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    Barbara Hogan

    "The fact that the government has refused entry to the Dalai Lama is an example of a government who is dismissive of human rights," she said before adding that the government ought to apologise to South African citizens.
    10 bucks she gets rapped over the knuckles for this for "not understanding politics"
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    Quote Originally Posted by garthu View Post
    10 bucks she gets rapped over the knuckles for this for "not understanding politics"
    I'm telling you the ANC have a tiger by the tail with Barbara Hogan. She doesn't seem the type to quietly toe the party line on moral issues.
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    NICE! About time...
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    There we go
    "At the moment, she must be called to account for her conduct. We can't have an organisation in which anarchy reigns where people just wake up and say whatever they want to say," Godongwana said.
    Anarchy?? Thats pretty strong. Quite clear you may not have your own opinion in the ANC. Called for her to resign. Anyway, i dont think she'll go down without a fight as you say
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    1) We cannot upset China by allowing the Dalai Lama to visit SA. I mean really, what were you thinking????!!!!!

    2) Barbara Hogan has just been promoted to Minister of Garden Services and Other Ancillary Services.

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    I urge you all to read a book titled Wild Swans 3 daughters of China by Jung Chang. This country is in deep trouble. The parallels are uncanny. The ramifications earth shattering. I feel sickened as we have been violated as a nation.
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    Barbara Hogan for President!
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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