According to the Associated Press, the Dalai Lama has accused Chinese government authorities of trying to kill him by poisoning hair follicles on the heads of Tibetan women upon whose heads he would lay his hands as a blessing.Creative Commons: Takuya74
The Chinese government, not surprisingly, has denied the charge and has offered charges of their own to the effect that the Dalai Lama is fomenting separatism and revolution in Tibet, where he is still considered a spiritual leader though he has been in exile for several decades. The Chinese point out that if they wanted him dead, they could have killed him at any time. The Dalai Lama lives in a heavily secured area in Northern India where he receives thousands of pilgrims every year.
The idea of death by poisoned hair follicle is certainly a creative one, though it raises the question how the owner of the hair avoids getting poisoned. It goes right up there with strange assassination plots.
For instance, the UK Guardian reported on a number of plots by the CIA and Cuban exiles to do away with Fidel Castro. The most famous plot involved an exploding cigar, which was supposed to take off his head after he lit it. Another plot, which never got beyond the drawing board, involved an exploding mollusk which would have destroyed the Cuban dictator while on a scuba diving jaunt.
In an eerie foreshadowing of the 9/11 attacks, a deranged man named Samuel Byck plotted to hijack a plane and fly it into the White House in Feb, 1974. Byck actually was able to force his way on board a Delta Airlines flight at National Airport in Washington D.C., killing two people, before being wounded and then killing himself.
In a commentary of how Russian politics have taken the paranoid style to a new level, the Global Post reports the wide spread belief that a recent plot to kill Russian President Vladimir Putin was concocted by Putin and his cronies himself as a means to garner votes in the recent Russian elections. While there are certainly plenty of people who want Putin dead, this story is widely believed by his political opponents.
The Dalai Lama is in his late 70s and thus nature will do whatever work that the Chinese might desire to do anyway soon enough. According to Buddhist tradition, the Dalai Lama would be reincarnated. It is feared that the Chinese will interfere in the identification of the reincarnated cleric and will set up its own puppet.