23 Jul '11, 5am

Dalai Lama says he does not want ceremonial role like the British queen, says being figurehead is like being a 'puppet'

Dalai Lama says he does not want ceremonial role like the British queen, says being figurehead is like being a 'puppet'

The Dalai Lama is giving up his political duties as plans a shift to democracy. But one model he doesn't want to emulate is the British constitutional monarchy. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON - TIBET'S spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is giving up his political duties as he plans a shift to democracy. But one model he doesn't want to emulate is the British constitutional monarchy. 'A ceremonial role? I don't like it, to be like the British sort of queen,' the Dalai Lama told Rolling Stone magazine in an interview. 'Of course, I personally very much admire her. Wonderful. But the system? If you carry some sort of ceremonial head, then you should do something!' he said with a laugh. 'Otherwise, I would just be a figurehead. A statement is written by someone, then I just read? I know the word - a puppet,' he said. The Dalai Lama, who fled Chinese rule for India in 1959, announced in...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Asia/Story/STISt...

Tweets

@checkyesssh

mcdonalds.com.sg 04 Aug '11, 2pm

9 tips pilots want you to know - Mother Nature Network

9 tips pilots want you to know - Mother Nature ...

mnn.com 22 Jul '11, 2pm

8. Pilots—and airline staff—dislike gate changes and delays just as much as you do. Airline passengers aren’t the only one...

@jonathaneisaacs Here we go dear...

rolex.com 25 Jul '11, 3am

THE <br />WATCHES THE WATCHES DISCOVER THE YACHT-MASTER II EXPLORE THE COLLECTION MAY WE SUGGEST A WATCH? WOMEN'S<br />SEL...

@Pernisco Thats not too bad, get something that...

ebags.com 22 Jul '11, 1pm

Men's Bags also know as a "murse" or man bag, are very fashion forward and are being seen more and more, not only on the r...

@icebrat515 i like the black/white one

coach.com 22 Jul '11, 4am

{"isBVEnabled":true, "isFBEnabled":true, "disclaimer":null, "style":"17890", "isNew":false, "productName":"POPPY METALLIC ...

Fashionista @shalyn_xash tells us why she wants a @LoyarBurok t-shirt!

Fashionista @shalyn_xash tells us why she wants...

loyarburok.com 24 Jul '11, 1pm

Personally, I shy away from any form of article of clothing which promotes a particular cause or organization. This is sim...

'I will decide - no one else': Dalai Lama on China's 'ridiculous' plans to control the selection of his successor.

'I will decide - no one else': Dalai Lama on Ch...

straitstimes.com 19 Jul '11, 2am

Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has insisted that he will guide the choice of his successor, saying China's plans ...

Queen guitarist Brian May advocates to ban golf...

care2.com 23 Jul '11, 5pm

- Queen guitarist Brian May has joined with other animal advocates to call for a lifetime ban of Donald Forbes, 55 who bea...

Notable British artist Lucian Freud, grandson o...

todayonline.com 22 Jul '11, 8am

LONDON - British figurative painter Lucian Freud, whose uncompromising, fleshy portraits made him one of the world's most ...

Michelle Chong feels like she’s in love | SingaporeScene - Yahoo! News via @yahoosg

Michelle Chong feels like she’s in love | Singa...

sg.news.yahoo.com 21 Jul '11, 4pm

Michelle Chong is writer, director and actor in her upcoming debut film Already Famous. (Yahoo!/Alan Lim) By Karen Vera Te...

This Time Republicans Are Silent When A Congressman Says "Act Like A Lady" | Care2 Causes

This Time Republicans Are Silent When A Congres...

care2.com 20 Jul '11, 5pm

“Disrespectful.” “Demeaning to all women.” “Patronizing.” Those were just a few of the Republican responses when a congres...

China slams Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama

todayonline.com 18 Jul '11, 2am

BEIJING - China yesterday slammed the United States President Barack Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama as an act that ha...

China asks Obama not to meet Dalai Lama

channelnewsasia.com 16 Jul '11, 3am

BEIJING: China on Saturday asked US President Barack Obama to revoke his decision to meet the Dalai Lama and not to "inter...