Wednesday, November 02, 2005

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News for the last two weeks was mostly a continuation of the same old stuff. I'm getting news fatigue. Hopefully, I will get back on track soon. Unfortunately, it will probably result from more unprecedented catastrophes:

U.N. Employee Claims Sexual Harrassment [FOXNews.com]
Cynthia Brzak says she was sexually assaulted by Ruud Lubbers, the former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees ...”
Despite an investigation showing a “...pattern of sexual harassment by Mr. Lubbers. “ which led to his resignation, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan claimed that Lubbers left because of news media pressure. Annan again moves to protect a high ranking wrongdoer in the U.N. power structure. Also, apparently depending on who one talks to, Brzak’s job either is or isn’t targetted for cuts.
What do we need the U.N. for, again? Role models for our public officials?

Egytian Muslims Riot Over Coptic DVD [CNN.com]
1 dead, 90 injured, 54 arrested in assault on an Egyptian Coptic church in Alexandria. More mystifying than the attacks is Muslim outrage over the DVD, which seems to have been more an apology for Islam than Christian evangelism.
I had associated the Copts with the monophysite heresy, but a glance at the Wikipedia entry on the Coptic Orthodox church shows that they have instead adopted a sort of intermediate position among the permutations of the competing heresies about Christ’s life and divinity. Otherwise, the doctrinal details seem to vary little from orthodox Catholicism.

Rosa Parks Honored at Funeral [FOXNews.com]
Thousands attended the funeral in Detroit for Rosa Parks, who helped trigger the American Civil Rights movement in the 1950’s by refusing to give her bus seat to a white male in Montgomery, Alabama.
(edited 11-14, JJR2)

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