Monday, March 23, 2009

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Banned from South Africa Peace Conference

The world has gone flippy floppy. Words have no meaning anymore. Peace now means "not pissing off your major trading partner." In other words, it has nothing to do with stopping violence and oppression. The Associated Press reported:

South Africa barred the Dalai Lama from a peace conference in Johannesburg this week, hoping to keep good relations with trading partner China but instead generating a storm of criticism.

Friday's peace conference was organized by South African soccer officials to highlight the first World Cup to be held in Africa, which South Africa will host in 2010.

What's odd is the colonial nature of the Chinese African relationship. Africa supplies raw materials and China returns finished products.

China's exports to Africa last year rose 36.3 percent from 2007 to $50.8 billion, while imports of African goods rose 54 percent to $56 billion, according to customs data reported by Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency.

Critics say China's investment in and aid to Africa, ranging from building presidential palaces and sports stadiums to rail and road projects, aims to secure access to the continent's natural resources.

Apparently trade is a reason to exclude a world leader for peace. It would help if China didn't repeatedly produce dangerous products to maximize profits. It seems world bleeders may still be in charge.