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Latest update : 2010-02-17

Bloggers feel hopeful about Barack Obama meeting with the Dalai Lama

In this edition : Thursday’s planned meeting between Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama stirs up much reaction online. The web celebrate two years of Independence for Kosovo. And a site inviting web users to bet on the news.

 

CHINA-US TENSIONS
 
On Thursday, the American president, Barack Obama, is due to meet the Dalai Lama who arrived in the US on Tuesday. Beijing is angered by the meeting, but a large portion of the blogosphere feel hopeful about it.
 
According to this web site which campaigns for a Free Tibet, this meeting is an historic opportunity to show that the United States supports the combat of the Tibetan people. It hopes that the meeting will produce concrete solutions to find a peaceful end to the 50 year conflict between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese authorities. 
 
This Tibetan blogger is hoping for the same thing. He thinks the meeting show that Obama is accepting responsibility of his position as leader of the free world and this could result in a rise in popularity in his country and abroad. But he does reproach the American president however for not having accepted to receive the Dalai lama in the famous Oval office.
 
And as this survey which is available online, shows, a large percentage of American citizens support the president’s decision to meet with the Buddhist spiritual leader. 64 % of them approve. 
 
But in China, Obama’s decision to meet with the Dalai Lama is not going down well. This site says that Beijing sees such a meeting as an interference in it’s foreign affairs.
 
And Chinese bloggers are mobilising and are quick to discuss provocation. Calls to boycott products and services from American companies are multiplying on forums.
 
Chinese web users are also broadcasting this video over and over again on sharing sites. Made by the channel Russia Today, it’s an interview with Webster Tarpley, an American conspiracy theory follower, who states that the Dalai Lama is in reality a CIA agent who is trying to destabilize the Chinese regime on behalf of the United States.
 
KOSOVO: TWO YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE
 
On the 17th February, Kosovo will celebrate two years of independence. Whilst part of the blogosphere is celebrating the anniversary with great pomp and circumstance, Serbia refuses to accept it’s independent status and believes this province still belongs to them.
 
This site created especially for the occasion, explains that the Kosovan people want to let bygones be bygones and look to the future. As this video illustrates, many young Kosovans believe that the future should involve the country’s integration into the European Union. 
 
Many citizens of the world have wanted to show their support to the people of Kosovo. Dozens of videos like these ones, from the US, Israel, Venezuela and also European countries, have poured in to different sharing sites to wish Kosovo a happy Anniversary.
 
Some Kosovans, like the creators of this web site, have decided to congratulate the 65 countries who have officially recognized their independence so far. The site identifies all the foreign declarations of recognition and addresses a message of gratitude to each one of these countries in their own language. Web users are invited to participate on a virtual “wall of independence” where they can leave messages of solidarity for the people of Kosovo.
 
But this blogger believes that more than just the independence, there is another reason to be happy on this anniversary: the few cases of violence between Serbs and Kosovans in the past 2 years, despite the negative predictions made by many experts of this region. A relative calm which he believes is down to Belgrade’s desire to join the European Union and it doing everything possible to avoid any potential outbursts.
 
BET ON THE NEWS
 
Who will succeed Raymond Domenech as manager of the French national football team? Will Madonna get a boyfriend before May 2010? Or will talks between Syria and Israel take up again before the end of March? If you think you know the answers to all these questions, then the site pariactu.com should be your cup of tea. A free site, on which you can bet on the news.
 
ITUNES: 10 BILLION DOWNLOADS
 
Apple’s online music shop, i-Tunes is approaching it’s 10 billion legal downloads andhas just launched a Countdown promotion. The lucky buyer of the ten billionth download will win a gift card worth 10 000 dollars to spend in the online music store. So if you want to try your luck, you can fill out the form on the apple website.
 
VIDEO OF THE DAY
 
The makers of this humorous video claim that we will soon walk with our bodies bent at a 6 degree angle, allowing to see the world through different eyes and take a step back from things. Rest assured, none of this true … it’s actually a viral campaign put together by a television manufacturer, televisions which are adjustable.
 

 

By FRANCE 24

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