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Obama Snubs the Dalai Lama

Ken Bingham, Dalai Lama, Barack Obama, China, human rights, Tibet, free Tibet

In a move that would make Neville Chamberlain proud President Barack Obama has become the first President to snub the Dalai Lama to appease Communist China. The Dalai Lama is visiting Washington and was scheduled to meet with the President but in a stunning move The White House, under pressure from China, abruptly canceled the visit. This from a President who has bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, shook hands with Hugo Chavez, counts among his admirers as Daniel Ortega, Moammar Kadafi, and Fidel Castro.

From the BBC Obama ‘snubs’ Dalai Lama meeting

US President Barack Obama has been accused of bowing to Chinese pressure by delaying a meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

Mr Obama has said he will not meet the Dalai Lama, who is currently in the US, until after visiting China in November.

China is becoming our largest creditor and Obama needs their money to help fund his pet projects, particularly health care. China is buying our treasury notes in the trillions putting the United States in bondage to a country who abhors freedom and human rights. China has become a super-power and the United States is the only thing standing in its way to becoming the dominant super-power. Many in this country dream of the day when the United States loses its super-power status, but do you think the cause of human rights and freedom will be advanced with China being the dominant power? Our growing dependency on China will hasten this disastrous scenario.

The White House says they are only delaying the visit till after Obama meets with the Chinese Government but the fact he postponed the visit at the bidding of the Chinese Government speaks volumes about who is in charge.

Do we dare say the Manchurian President?

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Video: Obama nominates Huntsman for ambassador

“This ambassadorship is as important as any in the world.” I think Utahns who have criticized Huntsman for his moderate positions should be impressed and proud that our governor has the sensitivity and diplomacy skills needed for this post. Even though I did not vote for Huntsman, I do think he has been a good governor and he will represent our state well in this new role.

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Guv Huntsman resigning for China ambassadorship.

NO SPECIAL SESSIONChannel 4 News (also heard on Channel 2) reports that Governor Jon Huntsman has been offered and will accept the ambassadorship to China. The announcement is to be made tomorrow from the White House.

The good guv has been under a lot of criticism lately for being a no-show at some important R Party events in Utah. This might explain why he has been occupied elsewhere. Now I’m thinking about the implications of being appointed to this slot by a Democratic president. Local Repubs will make the most of it for certain, but it may be a big asset to Huntsman if he decides to run for president in 2012, as he seems to be one of the only in his party who gets it, that the country has moved to the center — including Republican voters.

The question now is whether Lt. Governor Gary Herbert will serve out Huntsman’s term or if there will be a special election. As we recall when Governor Leavitt resigned to fill a Bush cabinet spot, the Lt. Gov can serve in an interim period, but it seems there isn’t an automatic transfer of power. Maybe some of our readers have more knowledge of this process.

Huntsman was scheduled to visit China with other governors later this month, but the trip was canceled because of the swine flu outbreak.

UPDATE 8:30 pm: The Salt Lake Tribune now has the story up. As does the DesNews. UPDATE: Now on KSL. I was feeling a little unsure of the sources earlier, but feel more confident now.

The Deseret News also offers a little more insight about succession and a special election.

The appointment of Huntsman would mean that Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert would take over as the state’s chief executive. A special election for the governor’s office would be held in 2010, under a new state constitutional amendment.

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The World Watches Bejing Olympics as China Continues its Violations of Human Rights

During the time leading up to the Bejing Olympics, the Chinese government assured the world that the development of human rights would be strengthened. However the Chinese government continues to restrict its citizens’ fundamental rights, including freedom of expression, freedom of association, and freedom of religion. Labor rights, Children’s rights, Women’s rights, and access to health care to patients with HIV/AIDS, a very serious health issue in China, all are also compromised by the restrictions on the people living under the Chinese regime.

Yesterday the Olympics opened in Bejing, amongst its visitors diplomats from around the world, but not without protest.

Imagine the situation: The heads of democracies swarmed to Beijing to participate in opening ceremonies which took place under martial law.
– Yang Jianli, Harvard scholar and Chinese Dissident prevented from returning to China for the event

I’ve referenced more articles and videos in a post today at my Live Journal Blog



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