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Dalai Lama to Open US Senate Session With Prayer.


The Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, will give the opening prayer on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Thursday, the first time he has done so, reports said.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, said he and his committee also would host the Dalai Lama on Thursday afternoon. The Tibetan holy man is expected to meet with House leaders as well, The Hill reported.

Senate Chaplain Barry Black usually opens the Senate session with a prayer.

The Dalai Lama, who first visited the United States in 1979, has been in the country for a few weeks, sparking a controversy along the way.

President Barack Obama met with the spiritual leader in the White House two weeks ago — their third talk in recent years, the Washington Post reported.

China, which angrily objected to the meeting, calls the Dalai Lama, who fled to India after a failed uprising in 1959, a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” who seeks to use violent methods to establish an independent Tibet.

The Dalai Lama, 78, says he wants autonomy for Tibet and denies advocating violence.

During the White House meeting, Obama reiterated the U.S. stance against an independent Tibet but encouraged dialogue between the two countries.

“The president commended the Dalai Lama’s commitment to peace and nonviolence and expressed support for the Dalai Lama’s ‘middle way’ approach,” the White House said of the meeting, The Hill reported.

The Dalai Lama has appeared on Capitol Hill before for meetings with congressional leaders, and was awarded Congress’ highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, during a 2007 ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in an event attended by President George W. Bush.

In 2009, he focused on compassion in an opening prayer for the New York State Senate.

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Democrats Invite The Dalai Lama To Invoke Pagan ‘Blessing’ Over US Senate.


“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” Psalm 14:1

HuffPost: The Dalai Lama will step in for Chaplain Barry Black to lead the U.S. Senate’s opening prayer on Thursday, March 6, 2014 according to the Chaplain’s office.

The Director of Communications for Chaplain Black’s office told The Huffington Post that Senator Reid nominated the Tibetan spiritual leader to lead Thursday’s prayer in the place of the chaplain, whose office regularly facilitates prayers by visiting religious leaders.

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The Dalai Lama believes that he is a god, and as such recognizes no gods outside of himself. When he prays before the US Senate, he will be giving his blessing as a god, and not asking for God’s blessing on our nation.

The Dalai Lama’s prayer has been pre-approved, the director said, and if it is similar to the one he gave in 2009 to the New York State Senate, he may highlight the need for compassion and an “inner peace of mind.” He will be continuing the Senate’s 207-year tradition of beginning each session with a prayer, a role Chaplain Black has fulfilled since 2003 when he was elected 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate.

Known for a firm commitment social activism, the 14th Dalai Lama is a controversial figure in China, where his relationship with the U.S. is regularly criticized. On February 21, the Dalai Lama met with President Obama for the third time prompting a reaction from the Chinese Foreign Ministry whose spokesperson called the meeting an “interference in China’s internal affairs.” source – HuffPost

by NTEB News Desk

Piers Morgan: Press ‘Quite Soft’ on Obama.


CNN’s Piers Morgan, who as a top tabloid newspaper editor in Britain for years had his reporters ask tough questions and write hard-hitting exposes, thinks the U.S. press has been too easy on the Obama administration.

“I would say actually they’ve been probably quite soft and could have gone harder. The financial crisis was inherited by the president, but he’s been there long enough to try to work it out himself. Unemployment’s still comfortably over 7 percent — really completely unacceptable,” said Morgan, 48.

Morgan — host of “Piers Morgan Live” — is the author of the justreleased book “Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney,” published by Gallery Books.

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“Issues like Benghazi have exposed some of the limitations of his leading from behind on foreign policy and a lack of attention to detail in protecting the American ambassadors and serviceman around the world. There needs to be more clarity from the president about what he really stands for, what he really wants to achieve.”

Morgan also says the United States is positioned to remain the great superpower it has been for years — but must now share the title and the responsibilities that come with it with other, fast-growing nations.

“I would never bet against America. America has been a great superpower and will continue to be a great superpower and one of the key players in the world. But unlike, say, 20 years ago, it’s not the only superpower in town,” Morgan told Newsmax TV.

“We have the emerging powers of China and India, Brazil — countries like this will get stronger economically and militarily, so America won’t be the only superpower out there.

“And with that comes a shared responsibility, which is good that America won’t have to be the sole global policeman that it’s had to be before. I’m sure that Americans will be relieved about that,” Morgan said.

“You’ve got to have a better-functioning political system. You can’t have this dysfunction in Washington that means that nothing ever gets done,” he said.

‘Ever since I’ve been on air at CNN in three years, it’s been one catastrophe and crisis after another down in D.C. and nothing ever seems to get resolved. Meanwhile, the national debt is $17 trillion, a third of which is owned by the Chinese.”

Morgan’s advice to lawmakers is to “stop the squabbling, come together and sort it out.”

He said the same solution applies to the gun debate, which has pitted gun advocates and the National Rifle Association against the Obama administration and lawmakers who want further firearms restrictions.

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“You have such incendiary, extreme positions on both sides but nothing ever gets resolved, and what you need is consensus,” he said.

“You need old-fashioned politicians that can get in a room and start pump-thumping each other and get stuff done that actually suits the American national interest.”

Morgan’s book — a memoir about his career as a newsman and interviewer of some of the world’s most powerful leaders, compelling newsmakers, and top celebrities — came about thanks to a detailed journal he kept after his start at CNN, where he replaced Larry King.

“[I wanted] to put people into my shoes, really, of anchoring a cable news show in America — and indeed around the world — on some of the biggest breaking-news nights that America’s seen in a very long time, whether it was the death of Osama bin Laden, the Arab Spring, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, right up to the financial crisis and of course the horrendous mass shootings that America’s had.”

One of the more defining moments of Morgan’s time at CNN was his anti-gun stance in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

But Morgan says he is not opposed to law-abiding citizens who carry firearms.

“There are already numerous restrictions on the kind of guns that Americans can have. My argument has not been against law-abiding Americans who want to have a handgun at home to protect themselves,” he said.

“My main issue has been with the proliferation of mass shootings in America in the last six, seven years. There are many more than there used to be, the scale of them is much higher than it used to be, the ferocity is much worse.

“Sandy Hook and Aurora were two of the worst mass shootings in American history and came within a few months, and to me, it’s unconscionable the way that America, this great superpower, a country that I love, full of people that I love, just turns a blind eye to this kind of atrocity, and the politicians in Washington simply do nothing about it to try to stop it from happening again.”

Morgan said former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stands a good chance of capturing the White House should she become the Democratic nominee for president in 2016.

“She can be a very formidable candidate if she runs. I’m sure that she will. She’s very impressive,” he said.

“But, at the same time, if she runs on a ticket of eight years of Democratic rule where you still have unemployment at very high levels, many people suffering extreme financial hardship in America, a dysfunctional Washington, a confused foreign policy, then you’ve got an opportunity on the Republican side to win an election.”

If Republicans want to have a shot at the presidency, they must be able to stem the burgeoning civil war between the tea party and the moderates.

“Can they work out a consensus within themselves driving forward to take on the Democrats and actually win an election?” he said.

“Because, if they can’t, and they’re still split come the next election, and we’ll get a taste of this in the midterms, then I see no hope of success for Republicans. They’ve got to be united.”

Morgan said his book will give people a taste of the world’s most well-known names, both on- and off-camera.

As far as his favorite interview, it would be the Dalai Lama.

“There’s a man who’s 75, he looks 50, and one of the reasons may be he’s never taken drugs, never smoked a cigarette, never had an alcoholic drink, never had sex, doesn’t watch television, doesn’t watch movies, doesn’t listen to music,” Morgan said.

“He just meditates and prays and that’s about it, and he looks damn well on it. So, maybe the rest of us should take a lesson from the Dalai Lama: less self-abuse, more meditation.”

Morgan said he has a slightly off-kilter question he enjoys throwing at his nightly guests: How many times have they properly been in love?

“It often engenders a really good reaction. Oprah Winfrey revealed that she’d been properly in love twice . . . two people had broken her heart. And one of them, she actually kept his love letters in a safe to this very day, which was fascinating,” he said.

“But also, you can get a most surprising, if not ridiculous, response. So when I asked Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, when he was still ruling Iran, I said, how many times have you been properly in love, Mr. President? He looked at me and said, after a few seconds of contemplation, I am properly in love with the whole of humanity.”

But when the question of love is turned on him by Newsmax, the twice-married Morgan isn’t quite as forthright.

“Everyone asks me that question, and like a good British gentleman, I always tap-dance the answer away,” he demurred.

“They know who they are, but I don’t really want to embarrass, perhaps, some of the ladies in my past who maybe thought they were one, but weren’t.”

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By Bill Hoffmann and Kathleen Walter

Nobel Peace Prize Summit To Discuss Creating A One World Religion.


AFP – Polish Nobel peace laureate Lech Walesa on Monday called for a new “secular Ten Commandments” to underpin universal values, addressing a summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners in Warsaw.

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“We need to agree on common values for all religions as soon as possible, a kind of secular Ten Commandments on which we will build the world of tomorrow,” he said in an opening speech kicking off the three-day summit.

Walesa won the Nobel 30 years ago for leading Poland’s Solidarity trade union, which negotiated a peaceful end to communism in Poland in 1989.

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ds to focus on the economy of tomorrow, he said.

“That’s definitely neither communism nor capitalism as we have it today,” said the former shipyard electrician, who became Poland’s first post-war democratic president.

The Dalai Lama, Iranian human rights advocate and 2003 Nobel winner Shirin Ebadi and Ireland’s 1976 laureate Betty Williams are taking part in the summit. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who launched the summits in 2000, said he could not attend.

Hollywood star Sharon Stone is to receive the gathering’s Peace Summit Award for her anti-AIDS campaigning. The first eight summits were held in Rome. Since 2008, they have taken place in Berlin, Paris, Hiroshima and Chicago. source – France 24.

by NTEB News Desk

Walesa Wants New Secular ‘Ten Commandments’.


Polish Nobel peace laureate Lech Walesa on Monday called for a new “secular Ten Commandments” to underpin universal values, addressing a summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners in Warsaw.

“We need to agree on common values for all religions as soon as possible, a kind of secular Ten Commandments on which we will build the world of tomorrow,” he said in an opening speech kicking off the three-day summit.

Walesa won the Nobel 30 years ago for leading Poland‘s Solidarity trade union, which negotiated a peaceful end to communism in Poland in 1989.

Besides universal values, the international community needs to focus on the economy of tomorrow, he said.

“That’s definitely neither communism nor capitalism as we have it today,” said the former shipyard electrician, who became Poland’s first post-war democratic president.

The Dalai Lama, Iranian human rights advocate and 2003 Nobel winner Shirin Ebadi and Ireland’s 1976 laureate Betty Williams are taking part in the summit. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who launched the summits in 2000, said he could not attend.

Hollywood star Sharon Stone is to receive the gathering’s Peace Summit Award for her anti-AIDS campaigning.

The first eight summits were held in Rome. Since 2008, they have taken place in Berlin, Paris, Hiroshima and Chicago.

 

© AFP 2013

Source: NEWSmax.com

PDP: A Party’s Journey To Political Oblivion By Ogunjimi James Taiwo.


By Ogunjimi James Taiwo

“Dangerous consequences will follow when politicians and rulers forget moral principles.” – Dalai Lama

The case of the crises in the Peoples Democratic Party is a case of their long series of illegality coming back to haunt them. I said it sometime ago that when you see a person(s), group or platform that lays claim to democracy and yet makes a mockery of it like the PDP does, it’s only a matter of time, its consequence will come back to haunt them. And that is the exact decipher of the political mess PDP is enmeshed in.

First we were hit with the Nigeria Governors Forum crisis where the PDP-led FG recognised Governor Jang of Plateau state who had 16 votes over Governor Amaechi of Rivers state who had 19 votes. It will be recalled that this kick-started the conflagration that has now engulfed the PDP. It led to an arrant disrespect of a serving governor by the first lady (an unconstitutional entity), and the Minister of State for Education, Barrister Nyesom Wike. The response of PDP as all these went on was anything but democratic; it was a continuation of their regular acts of forcing their way through. Wike left his duty post and ‘re-located’ to Rivers State where he promised to cause mayhem in the state, that nobody will be able to sleep with their eyes closed; a threat he fulfilled well with the full backing of the Presidency. If history has taught us anything, it’s that bullying your way out of every situation in a democracy always backfires. The PDP is learning that lesson the hard way now.

As the face-off between the Presidency and Governor Amaechi continued, we were hit with yet another FG-sponsored brouhaha at the Rivers state house of assembly where 5 people attempted to impeach the Speaker. And yet, the new ‘speaker’ was recognised.

You see, the problem with PDP is that they have a twisted understanding of the word democracy. Democracy isn’t about forcing your views and wishes down the throat of others; it’s about respecting the views of the party majority enough to bow to it. It isn’t about forcing your way out of every situation; it’s about learning to embrace dialogue as a means of conflict resolution. It’s not about flinging insults and talking non-stop on the pages of newspapers; it’s about sitting down to listen to the yearning of the people. It’s not about suspending and disciplining people who differ from your point of view or challenge the status quo; it’s about having the moral courage to accept criticism and difference of opinion.

The factionalisation of the PDP didn’t just happen; it has come on the heel of a long string of irregularities sponsored and tolerated in different sectors of the country. The Student arm, NANS has been hijacked, the Youth arm, NYCN, hijacked, Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, hijacked. With all these high-profile hijacking that the PDP has masterminded, it was only a matter of time before they faced the backlash of their actions. So the split in PDP has been a long time coming.

But there’s one thing Nigerians must be wary of; we must not be naïve enough to think that the breakaway faction of the PDP is breaking out because they care about the plight of ordinary Nigerians and abhor the fact that the Tukur-led PDP has absolutely no plan to lessen the burden of the Nigerian masses; No, they are breaking away because they have lost relevance in the Tukur-led PDP and want a PDP of their own where they can command enough authority to pacify their bloated egos. A look at the breakaway faction and their actions in the different posts they hold or have held, tells us everything we need to know about them. We must never allow ourselves to be so delusional that we begin to see the breakaway faction as our saviours; they are not and they never have been.

As PDP takes its final steps into political oblivion, we owe ourselves the duty of watching out for whatever party touts itself as our salvation and look deeply to see if they exhibit any of the traits that we’ve had to put up with in PDP’s 14 years of political rape of the Nigerian masses; if any of the party(s) show even the slightest of traits that characterised PDP’s 14 years of nothingness, we must ignore them, regardless of their power of oratory or political stature. We have been trapped for 14 years in PDP’s web of lies, we must not walk ourselves into yet another web of deceit. The onus lies on us to awake to the urgency of now and open our eyes enough to recognise lies when we see one.

God bless Nigerians!

Ogunjimi James Taiwo
Ogun State, Nigeria
September 2013.

Follow me on twitter: @hullerj or email me: hullerj@yahoo.com

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

World reaction to Barack Obama’s victory.


  • Indian students react in front of photographers next to a cardboard cutout of President Barack Obama after he was projected as the winner of the U.S. presidential election during an event organized by the U.S. Embassy at the landmark Imperial Hotel in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. Obama captured a second White House term, blunting a mighty challenge by Republican Mitt Romney as Americans voted for a leader they knew over a wealthy businessman they did not. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

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President Barack Obama’s re-election in the United States elicited strong feelings — from optimism to skepticism — around the world. A sampling of global reaction:

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“One of the first things I want to talk to Barack about is how we must do more to try and solve this crisis (in Syria). Above all, congratulations to Barack. I’ve enjoyed working with him, I think he’s a very successful U.S. president and I look forward to working with him in the future.”— British Prime Minister David Cameron, on a visit to Syrian refugees on the Jordanian border.

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“Your re-election is a clear choice in favor of an America that is open, unified, completely engaged in the international scene and conscious of the challenges facing our planet: peace, the economy and the environment.” — French President Francois Hollande.

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Pope Benedict XVI sent a message to Obama expressing hope that “ideals of liberty and justice, which guided the founders of the U.S.A., may continue to shine on the road ahead for the nation.” — Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi.

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“When you were elected in 2008, you inspired the world with a call to take responsibility for the problems we face as global citizens. Since then, you have made earnest efforts to live up to that great hope and trust placed in you by the American public. I believe you have been re-elected now in recognition of that effort.” — the Dalai Lama.

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“The bond between Europe and North America, based upon the shared values on which our alliance was founded over 60 years ago, remains as strong, and as important to the preservation of Euro-Atlantic peace and security, as ever. President Obama has demonstrated outstanding leadership in maintaining this vital bond.” — NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

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“I will continue to work with President Obama to preserve the strategic interests of Israel’s citizens.” — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has had a strained relationship with the American president over Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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“During the last four years when Obama was U.S. president, no breakthrough happened in relations between Iran and the US. At the beginning of his first term the situation was a bit better, but as he went on the relations got much worse, with the sanctions being imposed. So I think the outcome of the elections that was just held will not make any difference for Iran.” — Amir Karimi, a resident of the Iranian capital, Tehran.

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“As a mother and as a grandmother who raises boy children, I think that the symbolism of having a black man occupy the highest office is something that can make my children very aspirational to know that this is possible, you know, in their lifetime” — Zindzi Mandela, daughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

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“If both parties try to overcome the accumulated distrust and turn over a new leaf, if America comes to realize that it needs to work with Vladimir Putin instead of thinking that it doesn’t like the Russia that we live in, then we could achieve results.” — Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the Russian Duma’s foreign affairs committee, calling for a new start to U.S.-Russia relations.

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“Sandy was a climate change warning. Obama must now take the stage and fulfill the promise of hope the world needs.” — Kumi Naidoo, international executive director of Greenpeace.

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The trust that the American people wanted to renew in you will allow the international community, Europe and Italy to benefit from your leadership without interruptions. … With your confirmation at the White House, Italy knows it can count on a strong and united America.” — Italian Premier Mario Monti.

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“I think Obama is a man eminently capable of building bridges between the Democrats and Republicans. And if you look at the challenges ahead for America — bringing down unemployment, getting the economy going again, strengthening the political and trade relationships with Europe and Asia — there are plenty of reasons to do so.” — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Source: YAHOO NEWS.

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