Archive for September 25th, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

Global Affairs: Obama’s Mailbag

White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and María Otero, Under Secretary of Global Affairs, met the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala on September 13, according to the Chicago Sun-Times of September 14. The paper quotes the Dalai Lama’s office:

Ms. Jarrett discussed with His Holiness on the best way the United States could assist in the resolution for the Tibetan issue, particularly in the light of the first visit by President Obama to China in November. His Holiness conveyed to Ms. Jarrett the issues that he would like President Obama to take when he visits China. His Holiness also conveyed his strong belief that the United States and China need to have very good and principled relations.

Barack Obama will travel to China in November, and won’t meet the Dalai Lama during the latter’s visit to the U.S. in October. One of Ms Jarrett’s and Ms Otero’s objects during their visit to Dharamsala was to explain that because Obama is scheduled to pay his first visit to China in November, it would be better not to meet the Dalai Lama in October. Instead, they said, there could be a meeting after Obama’s China trip, writes the China Post.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Vote Casted

I’ll be out of town on Sunday, so I went voting in advance. I had no idea how this works, until arriving in that office room. Gave them my polling card and got a ballot paper, and a deposition paper (to confirm that it was me, that if it wasn’t my own vote, that I was entitled to vote on someone else’s behalf, and so on). Went into one of the polling booths, put the ballot paper into a small blue envelope and closed it, then put everything into a big red envelope, closed that one, too, and put it into the ballot box.

I skipped a few elections in the past, but didn’t want to this time, as I was sure which party I’d like to see in government. And I’m also very sure which parties I do not want to see in government.

And if shit happens anyway, it will be a better feeling to have voted otherwise myself.

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