China says “Jump!” South Africa asks, “How high?”

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In case you doubted that the world is forever locked in a state of contradiction, cast your eyes towards South Africa’s banning of the Dalai Lama from a peace conference in Johannesburg. When I first heard about it two words came immediately to mind: “Irony” and “Idiocy.”That the government of a people who fought so long and so hard to rid themselves of colonial suppression would ban the world’s

In case you doubted that the world is forever locked in a state of contradiction, cast your eyes towards South Africa’s banning of the Dalai Lama from a peace conference in Johannesburg. When I first heard about it two words came immediately to mind: “Irony” and “Idiocy.”That the government of a people who fought so long and so hard to rid themselves of colonial suppression would ban the world’s



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