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World Says Fuck It! Soccer More Important Than Peace.

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fuckpeaceNew York Times: Organizers of a peace conference that was to have been attended by five Nobel Peace Prize winners in Johannesburg said Tuesday that they had canceled the conference after the South African government denied entry to the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader and one of the Nobel laureates.

Two of South Africa’s Nobel winners, Desmond Tutu, the retired Anglican archbishop, and former President F. W. de Klerk, condemned the government for giving in to pressure from China to block the Dalai Lama’s entry and said they would refuse to participate in the conference this Friday if he was not there. The executive director of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Geir Lundestad, also said he would stay away.

The government said Monday that the Dalai Lama would not be allowed to come to South Africa to attend the conference, meant to promote the 2010 World Cup, because his presence would have distracted attention from South Africa and drawn it instead to the contentious debate over the status of Tibet.

bspcommentYou have to admit things are pretty fucked up when the world leader of pacifism is not allowed into a country to attend a peace conference because it will distract from the “real” reason for the conference… to promote a FUCKIN’ SOCCER match! WTF!


Written by mattliving

March 24, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Posted in Peace, Politics

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