A moral compass is not just for history

For Europeans who know what it is like to be Tibetan, an unwillingness to meet the Dalai Lama is more than cowardice.

The Dalai Lama is visiting Europe this August. The continent’s senior politicians are not exactly jostling to see him. His website shows only a few public talks (in Toulouse and Copenhagen, if you’re interested). That’s not new. The website also shows a depressingly sparse series of official engagements in 2010: one meeting with the Slovenian government minister dealing with the diaspora; another with the speaker of the Swiss parliament. 

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