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Dalai Lama cancels trip to SA

“Even though China is our biggest trading partner, we should not exchange our morality for dollars or yuan,” — Cosatu’s Western Cape leader Tony Ehrenreich.

Today, the Dalai Lama, an international symbol of peace and human rights, decided to cancel his trip to South Africa for Desmond Tutu’s birthday — as he was not offered a visa to enter South Africa or even the courtesy of a response to his application (SAPA).

Particularly on a day when the NY Times reported on the future cuts to American foreign aid, this news signals where the balance of international influence in Africa is headed…

About Evan Lieberman

I am a Professor of Political Science at MIT, and I conduct research, write, and teach about development, ethnic politics, and research methods.

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