Canada & South Africa: Scratching the Giants’ Prickly Backs

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Two countries that one expects openness to most political and cultural views have shown a special narrow mindedness in the past few days.

Canada banned the British politician George Galloway and South Africa, surprise, surprise, refused a visa to the Dalai Lama.  Canadians are apparently angered by their government’s actions, and the State of Israel must be having a party.

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South Africans still have no idea why their supposedly democratic ANC-led government claimed that the Dalai Lama would detract from the promotion of the 2010 Soccer.  I listened to the radio this morning and struggled to make sense of the sophomoric spin the spokesman for the current, temporary President was trying to mutter.  Guess who’s also having a party?

Canada and South Africa are scratching the prickly backs of giants.  It seems countries with atrocious human rights records against its own population and/or its neighbours need this special treatment.

One wonders what’s under the tables.

ps News just in:  the new Health Minister – much admired because of her progressive stance on health issues – who spoke against the ruling party’s decision to ban the Dalai Lama has been reprimanded.  Wonder what’s next.

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About matangmanok

Jim Pascual Agustin writes and translates poetry. Sometimes he tries his hand at essays and stories. In 2011 the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in Manila released BAHA-BAHAGDANG KARUPUKAN (poems in Filipino) and ALIEN TO ANY SKIN (poems in English). The same publisher released his most recent poetry collections SOUND BEFORE WATER and KALMOT NG PUSA SA TAGILIRAN. In 2015 a new poetry collection in English, A THOUSAND EYES was released. His first collection of short stories in Filipino, SANGA SA BASANG LUPA, was released in 2016. UK publisher The Onslaught Press launches his latest poetry collection, WINGS OF SMOKE, worldwide in February 2017. View all posts by matangmanok

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