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    Australian University Cancels Dalai Lama Talk

    Petition Drive as Australian University Cancels Dalai Lama Talk
    Parameswaran Ponnudurai
    2013-04-19


    The Dalai Lama speaks at the University of Ulster Magee Campus in Derry, Northern Ireland, April 18, 2013.

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    The University of Sydney, one of Australia's top institutions of higher learning, has canceled a scheduled talk by Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, apparently due to pressure from China, triggering a global petition drive by a Tibetan students group to get the university to reverse the decision.

    The university's Institute for Democracy and Human Rights had organized the on-campus talk by the Dalai Lama during his visit in June but decided recently to move the event off campus.

    The move came after the university warned the organizer against using its logo or allowing media coverage or entry to the event by Free Tibet activists, according to reports.

    "The university 'withdrew its support,' I think are the words that are used," Stuart Rees, emeritus professor at the University of Sydney, told Australia's national public broadcaster ABC News.

    "Now whether they withdrew their support because they didn't think he was an appropriate person to have intellectually or politically or whether they withdrew their support because of outside pressures, I'm not sure," he said.

    ABC said it had obtained emails from the head of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights to the university's vice chancellor, Michael Spence, confirming the decision "to withdraw our support for hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama's planned speech at the university on June 18th."

    "It will be moved to an off-campus location and no member of staff or associate of the IDHR will formally be involved in organizing that event."

    The vice chancellor's reply exuded a sense of relief, according to ABC, saying the university has close ties with China.

    'Financial ties'

    Sydney University said in a statement it had never received an official request for the Dalai Lama to speak on campus.

    The Australian newspaper quoted New South Wales Greens MP John Kaye as saying that the Dalai Lama had agreed to speak at the prestigious university during his June visit to Sydney.

    But the university canceled the event “to protect its financial ties with the Chinese government,” Kaye said.

    One report said the university canceled the visit to avoid damaging China ties, including funding for its cultural Confucius Institute.

    "The only explanation for this shocking decision is that the University has caved in to pressure from China," Students for a Free Tibet, an advocacy group, said Friday as it launched a worldwide petition drive calling on the university and the Institute of Democracy and Human Rights "to immediately rectify their mistake."

    The Dalai Lama, a Nobel laureate, gives numerous public speeches and university lectures every year.

    "It's common knowledge that the Chinese government routinely tries to coerce these institutions into canceling the event and blocking the Dalai Lama," Tendor, Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet, said in a statement.

    "While most refuse to kowtow to China's pressure in order to maintain their commitment to academic freedom, the University of Sydney appears to have caved in," he said.

    "A university without academic freedom is not a university at all. In stopping this talk, Sydney University has put the interest of the Chinese government over that of its students and stakeholders.”

    China calls the Dalai Lama a dangerous separatist, or "splittist," and frowns on overseas travel by the spiritual leader, who fled Tibet to India after a failed national revolt against Chinese occupation in 1959.

    The Dalai Lama, who is currently on a visit to Northern Ireland, said Friday that peace and reconciliation remain critical for a resolution to the Tibetan issue.

    To a suggestion at a forum that people can become tired of working for peace and reconciliation, the Dalai Lama said "this kind of work is not a matter of choice, but something we have to do," according to a report on his personal website.

    "As he frequently tells Tibetans, in the long run the people we are in conflict with are the people we have to live with side by side, so we have to find a peaceful solution," the report said.

    "In such situations, resorting to violence is like suicide. Taking a more realistic and holistic view can give us a more positive perspective, whereas getting caught up in the destructive emotions of anger, hatred and fear create unhappiness and bring nothing positive."

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    Money talks.

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    ^correct

    Education is an export industry in Aussie and China is the biggest customer. It is hard enough to get them to come over here with the high dollar. The Dalai Lama will have to wait (with the patience of Buddha) for more politically amenable global economic circumstances.

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    Soft fucks! Aussie bends over again and takes a good screwing from their Asian neighbours. What are the University teaching then? How to be a sell out? How to break you morals for cash? That integrity is not worth the hassle? They should be ashamed and this should be a national outcry.
    Originally Posted by bsnub "No wonder I drive a tesla"

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    ^ U iversities are commercial institutions. Why shouldn't the protect their interests?
    There are non commercial Unis the Dalai can visit and he's always welcome on Masterchef.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Soft fucks! Aussie bends over again and takes a good screwing from their Asian neighbours. What are the University teaching then? How to be a sell out? How to break you morals for cash? That integrity is not worth the hassle? They should be ashamed and this should be a national outcry.
    The national outcry.
    Indifference to corporate masters.

    That should be the shame.

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    I want Chinese students in my accommodation so the Dalai Lama can stay at home until the Aussie dollar is on more favourable export trading terms.

    Yes I am bending over and taking it from premier Li Keqiang.

    Yes premier harder...

    You are big boss number one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    ^ U iversities are commercial institutions. Why shouldn't the protect their interests?
    There are non commercial Unis the Dalai can visit and he's always welcome on Masterchef.
    So I assume you and your fellow citizens will tell kids to boycott that institution because clearly it is nothing more than a sociopath farm as opposed to institute of higher learning?

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    I cannot think of anything more politically foolish and cowardly than inviting the dali lama to talk or for a meeting than then backing down when china gets upset.... as if that would be a surprise. Either don't deal with him in the first place or tell china to gets stuffed.... one or the other.

    When the dali lama has died and been replaced by a secular leadership; I think china will learn the hard way the opportunity they are currently throwing away and what people who a prepared to burn themselves alive are capable of when they decide to go on the attack

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    1. Please stop putting a capital U when typing 'uni' or 'university'. It's kindergarten stuff.

    2. They didn't cancel the talk, just moved the venue. Simple problem solving.

    3. His Holiness, the 'spiritual leader' blah, blah, blah... another religious nutter says "Do as I say", while globetrotting around the world sampling all that the Marriotts and Hiltons have to offer, as his homeland remains democratically leaderless.
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    University has change of heart on Dalai Lama visit

    The University of Sydney is set to host a lecture by the Dalai Lama in June, ending a dispute over whether he would be welcome on campus.

    In a statement, Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (IDHR) director John Keane said the university was looking forward to hosting the Tibetan spiritual leader at a lecture for students.



    "The University of Sydney and IDHR remain firmly committed to the principle that academics are free to invite to our campus anyone who has a legitimate contribution to make to public debate," Professor Keane said.

    "It is hoped the mid-June event will form part of a determined commitment of the University of Sydney to develop a constructive dialogue on matters concerning Tibet and the wider region."

    Campus authorities ticked off on the Dalai Lama's visit in January and the IDHR began to organise the event at the Seymour Centre.

    But an investigation by the ABC's 7.30 program revealed the university, which has close links to China, had gone to great lengths to wash its hands of the iconic monk.

    Students say they were told of strict conditions, including that the university logo could not be used and media could not be present, before the event was cancelled on April 2.

    Last week, 7.30 revealed emails between Professor Keane and vice-chancellor Michael Spence discussing the event.

    University has change of heart on Dalai Lama visit - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)





    I will be organising a street march and demonstration to have the Dalai Lama's talk postponed until the Aussie dollar is back under US 85c

    Who does this 'holy man' think he is toying with the welfare and returns on investments of honest hard-working Australians like my good self.

    I am putting a 'No Tibetans' sign on rental advertisement tomorrow as an economic sanction until his holiness caves in.

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    ^ implement eye gouging and disembowelment for late rent paying Tibetans. The DL would be much in favour of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper

    The University of Sydney is set to host a lecture by the Dalai Lama in June, ending a dispute over whether he would be welcome on campus.
    Sanity

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    The Dalai Lama to speak at the University of Sydney this June


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    DHARAMSHALA, April 23: The University of Sydney is set to hold an on-campus lecture by Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama in mid-June reverting an earlier decision to cancel the event.

    In a public statement issued by Professor John Keane, Director of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, University of Sydney, he said the University and the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Australia “agreed to host an on-campus lecture for students at the University of Sydney in mid-June 2013.”

    “The IDHR looks forward to hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama under the theme 'Education Matters,'” Prof Keane said in the statement. “It is hoped the mid-June event will form part of a determined commitment of the University of Sydney to develop a constructive dialogue on matters concerning Tibet and the wider region."

    Earlier this month it was reported that the University, which has close links with China, had cancelled the Tibetan Nobel Laureate's talk.

    Last week, Australian Broadcasting cooperation obtained emails exchanged between Prof. Keane and the University's Vice-chancellor, Michael Spence, which confirmed the decision to withdraw the Dalai Lama’s lecture.

    "This is to confirm that the decision was taken to withdraw our support for hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama's planned speech at the University on June 18th," Prof. Keane's email said. "I am of course happy to talk with you further about the reasons why we have taken these difficult decisions."

    The cancellation of the talk raised many serious questions and students and politicians blamed the University of having compromised its integrity to uphold warm financial relations with the Chinese government.

    “This is an insult to the students and it also direct hit on the university's reputation for independence and for its capacity to exercise intellectual leadership," John Kaye the New South Wales Greens Parliamentarian had said reacting to the cancellation.

    "I've never seen a university try to give up, and try to share with other universities, a jewel like having the Dalai Lama coming. People are very keen to see this man - a significant intellectual and political figure of the 21st Century."

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit Australia from June 14-23 and give a series of public talks and teachings in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Darwin.

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    Curses on that meddling monk



    I ask you - Is it right that a spiritual leader should abuse his position for territorial/political ends?

    I say no!

    What about all the buddhists who may disagree that Tibet has any justifiable claim to independent nationhood since they were beaten fairly and squarely by the chinks?

    Are they to be cast out and shunned from the congregation?

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    ^ And he can't do Kung fu.

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