More prayer manuscripts from a Buddhist temple, Tibet, 18th-century.
It seems South Africa has forgotten its painful lessons of apartheid. Apparently bowing to pressure from China, the South African government has blocked the Dalai Lama from attending a peace conference. The Dalai Lama was to have joined Nobel Peace Prize laureates Desmond Tutu, Martti Ahtisaari and FW de Klerk, as well as Norway’s Nobel Peace Committee, at a conference March 27th.
Both Tutu and de Klerk have indicated they'll boycott the conference, if the Dalai Lama is not permitted to attend. Dai Bing, speaking for the Chinese Embassy in Pretoria, told reporters his government appealed to the South African government to prevent the Dalai Lama from entering the country, as "this would harm bilateral relations."