On 20 September, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, speaking at the Mayor’s office in Heidelberg, Germany, said: 

“I always emphasize that all seven billion inhabitants of our planet are emotionally, mentally and physically alike. We all want to live a happy life and do not want suffering. We are endowed with an amazing brain - an invaluable tool for analysing and investigating reality. Our intellect is capable of both giving us peace of mind and destroying it.

 

 At the widely published press conference, held in June 2007 in the small German city of Heiligendamm, a Der Spiegel reporter asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to comment on the statement of former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who called him a pure democrat. 

"Of course, I am a pure democrat," he replied. "But do you know what the problem is? The tragedy is that I'm such a one. The problem is that I’m all alone, the only one of my kind in the whole wide world. There is no one to talk to since Mahatma Gandhi died."

 

Presidential elections in the International Amateur Boxing Association, AIBA, which will be held on 3 November in Moscow, are expected to be one of the most intriguing and intense in recent years. It is the result of the conflict between the acting head of AIBA Gafur Rakhimov and the International Olympic Committee.
IOC strongly recommended the Uzbek functionary, who is under the US sanctions, to withdraw his candidacy, warning him that otherwise boxing could lose its place on the Olympic programme. But Rakhimov has denied any wrongdoing.

PoliticsRussian Buddhists, whose number is estimated at 1.3 million, pray for the pastoral visit to our country of the spiritual leader of Buddhists, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. And it is understood. Many Hollywood stars, leading politicians and businessmen are eager to meet with him. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and other high awards. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, the embodiment of great compassion, the Great Teacher.

 

 

On 11 September, The Remembrance ceremony in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack took place at The National September 11 Memorial & Museum located at the rebuilt World Trade Center in New York.
It was on this day 17 years ago when two aircraft flying to Los Angeles were captured by terrorists, and then deliberately crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre. Both Twin Towers collapsed within two hours.

It seems to be unwise to refuse to cooperate with such a powerful ally as the Dalai Lama, who is known by his positive attitude towards Russia and its policy.

However, what about China? Its authorities disapprove the Dalai Lama’s visits to any country to the extent of official meetings cancellation and freezing of economic cooperation. Is it worth to risk good relations and important projects for the sake of supporting one of the world's religious leaders?

At the end of August, Internet forums of Buryatia, Kalmykia and Tuva discussed the news that FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, during a recent meeting with the 14th Dalai Lama, conveyed to His Holiness the request of Kalmykia Buddhists to consecrate the main Buddhist Khurul "Golden Abode of the Buddha Shakyamuni".

The Buddhists of Russia took this message as an opportunity for a visit to Elista by the 14th Dalai Lama. Khurul "Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni", built in 2005 with the blessing of His Holiness and on the personal funds of the First President of Kalmykia, FIDE head Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, became the hallmark of Elista - the capital of this steppe region.

Spiritual Leader of Buddhists His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama spoke of Russia's leading role in the world and his admiration for Vladimir Putin. The President of the International Chess Federation, FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with the 14th Dalai Lama in India a few days ago.

"I have always considered Russia as a leading world power," His Holiness said in a conversation with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. "Putin is very active; he visits many countries of the world. It causes me to admire him and I appreciate his efforts."

- Does politics interfere with chess often?

You can recall the fight between Bobby Fisher, who was the personification of capitalism, and a representative of communist ideology Boris Spassky. It was supposed to show if capitalists were smarter then communists. And from recent history, you can recall Saddam Hussein. In 1996, he proposed to hold the World Championship in Baghdad and was ready to provide a prize fund. Exactly at that time, the match between Anatoly Karpov and Gata Kamsky was suspended. Karpov agreed to go to Baghdad and Kamsky was willing to play, but the Americans said he would be in trouble if he went to Iraq. Sanctions against Iraq were already in force.

Sudanese authorities will start training chess in the country’s kindergartens and schools in September. Arrangements were made on this score between Sudan government and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. One of the goals of the new project is prevention of religious radicalism in the youth Muslim milieu.
FIDE President arrived in Sudan from Tunis in the morning of January 23. "During the talks with Minister of Youth and Sports Dr Abdul Karim Musa, we discussed the project of building a national chess academy in Khartoum," Ilyumzhinov told NG. "Country's leadership showed interest in this and a plot of land is allocated in the heart of the city – in the new stadium. It’s a pleasant place close to the Nile. The Academy's construction project involves building of a modern tournament hall suited to host prestigious international competitions."

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