` China Marks 25 Years Since Tiananmen Square Massacre ‘

#AceNewsServicesBEIJING – June 04 – China is marking 25 years since the suppression of pro-democracy protests on Wednesday under a cloak of security, Reuters reported.

Soldiers, police and security personnel enveloped Tiananmen Square, which was closed to foreign media.

The 1989 ‘counter-revolutionary’ demonstrations on Tiananmen Square, which spread to other cities, have never been publicly marked in mainland China.

Every year, there are commemorations in Hong Kong and in self-ruled Taiwan.

Several governments including the United States urged China to account for what happened on June 4, 1989, comments that riled China, which has said the protest movement was “counter-revolutionary”. Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama used the anniversary to call on China to embrace democracy.

China has never released a death toll for the crackdown, but estimates from human rights groups and witnesses range from several hundred to several thousand.

Troops shot their way into central Beijing after demonstrators had clogged Tiananmen Square in Beijing for about six weeks.

There were also protests in many other cities.

Taking no chances on Wednesday, police, soldiers and plain-clothes security personnel enveloped Tiananmen Square, checking identity cards and rummaging through bags looking for any hint that people might try to sneak onto the square to commemorate the day.

 Police escorted a Reuters reporter off the square, which was thronged with tourists, saying it was closed to foreign media. Police also detained another Reuters journalist for trying to report on the anniversary in one of Beijing’s university districts, releasing him after a few hours.

Public discussion of the crackdown is off-limits in China. Many young people are unaware of what happened because of years of government efforts to banish memories of the People’s Liberation Army shooting its own citizens.

 “They have covered up history. They don’t want people to know the truth of what they did,” veteran activist Hu Jia told Reuters from his home in Beijing, where he said police were present to prevent him from leaving.

 “Nobody would have confidence in them if they knew what they did… They should have fallen because of what they did,” he added, speaking by mobile telephone.

 Reuters – BBC News – China Daily

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US President `George W Bush ' Dabbles in a New kind of Oil this Time as a Portrait Artist'

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – April 05 – (VOA) – Former U.S. President George W. Bush has a new title to add to his resume: painter.

The subjects of his paintings? World leaders – a theme he knows well.

Bush’s portraits go on display in his presidential library and museum in Dallas, Texas Saturday.

The exhibit, titled “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy,” will feature his paintings of world figures he worked with during his presidency from 2001 to 2009, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (BBC)

Bush began his painting hobby two years ago. In an interview on NBC with his daughter Jenna Bush Hager, who works for the network,

Bush said although he does not think he is a great artist, “a whole new world has opened up” for him.

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” China requests `Barack Obama’ to cancel plans to meet Dalai Lama’

#AceWorldNews says China has requested US President Barack Obama cancel plans to meet with exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, saying the meeting would “seriously damage” China-US relations, according to Reuters.

The White House National Security Council said Obama is going to meet with the Dalai Lama at the White House on Friday to discuss China’s human rights record.

The meeting is a “gross interference” in China’s internal affairs, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement on the ministry’s website.

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`China requests `Barack Obama’ to cancel meeting with `Dalai Lama’ citing it would seriously damage China-US Relations’

#AceWorldNews says that China has requested US President Barack Obama cancel plans to meet with exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, saying the meeting would “seriously damage” China-US relations, according to Reuters.

The White House National Security Council said Obama is going to meet with the Dalai Lama at the White House on Friday to discuss China’s human rights record.

The meeting is a “gross interference” in China’s internal affairs, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement on the ministry’s website.

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Live webcasts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s four day teaching on Nagarjuna’s “Sixty Stanzas of Reasoning”

There will be live webcasts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s four-day teaching on Nagarjuna’s “Sixty Stanzas of Reasoning” & Tsongkhapa’s “Concise Treatises on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment” at the request of a group from Taiwan at the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamsala, India, on September 30th to October 3rd, 2013. His Holiness will speak in Tibetan with English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian language translations are available. Live webcasts can be viewed at http://dalailama.com/livewebAll times Indian Standard Time (IST = GMT+5.30)September 30th: 8:00am – 12:00noon IST
October 1st: 8:00am – 12:00noon IST
October 2nd: 8:00am – 12:00noon IST
October 3rd: 8:00am – 12:00noon ISTFor times in your region 8:00am IST on September 30th in Dharamsala, India is the same as 3:30am BST on September 30th in London, England; and 7:30pm PDT on September 29th in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at a question and answer session during teachings requested by a group of Buddhists from Taiwan at the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamsala, India on October 4, 2012. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)

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Live Webcasts – Dalai Lama – New York

Gendun Drup, 1st Dalai Lama

Gendun Drup, 1st Dalai Lama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There will be live webcasts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings and talk during his visit to New York City on October 18-20, 2013. English, Russian and Mandarin languages will be available. Live webcasts can be viewed athttp://dalailamany.org/livestream

All time Eastern Daylight Time (EDT = GMT-4.00)

October 18-19: Teaching
His Holiness will teach on The Heart Sutra, The Sutra of Truly Remembering the Sublime Three Jewels, and the Wisdom Chapter of A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, NY, USA.
Times: October 18: 9:30am – 11:30am & 1:30pm – 3:30pm EDT
October 19: 9:30am – 11:30am & 1:30pm – 3:30pm EDT

October 20: Public Talk
His Holiness will give a public talk on The Virtue of Nonviolence at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, NY, USA.
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm EDT

For times in your region 9:30am EDT on October 18th in New York City is the same as 7:00pm IST on October 18th in New Delhi; and 2:30pm BST on October 18th in London, England.

Photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama shaking hands with members of the audience at the conclusion of his public talk at the Convention Center in Zacatecas, Mexico on October 16, 2013. (Photo by Jeremy Russell/OHHDL

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