Tuesday, March 17, 2009

On March 17

On this day in ...
... 1969 (40 years ago today), a native of Kiev, then part of the Russian Empire, who had already served as Minister of Labour and Foreign Minister, Golda Meir, was elected Prime Minister of Israel. Meir (far right) held the position till 1974, and remains the only woman so to serve, although the outgoing Foreign Minister and Kadima Party leader at center right, Tzipi Livni, would like to become the 2d.
... 1959 (50 years ago today), amid an anti-Chinese uprising in Tibet, the Dalai Lama escaped the capital city Lhasa along with 20 others. Their whereabouts would remain unknown for the more than 2 weeks it took them to traverse the Himalayas (below left) and seek refuge in India. (photo credit) The New York Times reported that just last Tuesday the Dalai Lama, now 73 and still in exile a half-century after the failed uprising,
delivered one of his harshest attacks on the Chinese government in recent times ... saying that the Chinese Communist Party had transformed Tibet into a 'hell on earth' and that the Chinese authorities regarded Tibetans as 'criminals deserving to be put to death.'
'Today, the religion, culture, language and identity, which successive generations of Tibetans have considered more precious than their lives, are nearing extinction.'
(Prior March 17 posts are here and here.)

2 comments:

Judith Weingarten said...

Golda Meir was certainly born in Kiev, but she and her family moved to Wisconsin in 1906 (when she was 8 years old). Her education was American. In 1921, she and her husband left America for Palestine.

The American interlude is rather important, and it doesn't do justice to her story to fast-forward from the Ukraine to Israel; does it?

Diane Marie Amann said...

Hi, Judith. Good to hear from you.
We told Meir's full story a while bacl; see http://intlawgrrls.blogspot.com/2008/05/on-may-3.html.
Best, Diane