For English 102 I've been working on a research project. I promised I wouldn't post until I got that paper handed in. Okay, so the event of John Ashcroft's resignation was the only slip-up...but the paper is done and handed in. YIPPEE!! Here are a few of the stories I've been working on, but haven't been able to post on until now (and it was just killing me!):
Arafat dies in Paris hospital, Buried in Ramallah--
In the last several weeks we had heard that Yasser Arafat, the controversial Palestinian leader was dying of some mysterious disease. He was admitted to a Paris hospital and it was announced that he was in the final hours of life.
There were stories of a Palestinian uprising if Arafat were to die, there were bizarre statements by Arafat's wife that they were killing him and that they were going to bury him alive as he wasn't really dying, and then of course the burial that had to be done within 24 hours of his death...
Arafat died Thursday (3:30 am Paris time) at the hospital in Paris. He was buried today in Ramallah after a funeral in Cairo. He wasn't buried where he wanted to be, he wasn't buried alive, and he was not buried quietly. No, quiet is definitely not what happened. I was watching the funeral at 4 this morning and I was amazed at the unbelievable amount of tension and the huge amount of people.
It was definitely an experience of a lifetime. The last big funeral I watched was Reagan's---what a vast contrast!
Cat Stevens Receives Peace Award--
Former Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev awarded Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) with the "Man for Peace" prize at a global meeting for Nobel Peace Prize laureates on Wednesday. How ironic...
If you remember in September, the flight from London Stevens was on to America was grounded and he was deported back to London for being on the Homeland Security Department's no-fly list. (Also remember I was a bit irritated.) I just don't understand how you can tie Cat Stevens to terrorism. He's a peace activist for crying out loud! But as Gorbachev stated,"Cat Stevens' life has not been simple. Every person who takes a critical stance to make the world a better place...has a difficult life." Let him in America.
His recent award only strengthens my belief that Yusuf Islam is not a terrorist-- and never was. I bought a Cat Stevens CD today...
Scott Peterson Found Guilty--
Now there's some good news. The biggest trial of my life next to the trial of O.J. Simpson (and with a much better outcome than that of O.J.) neared an end today as Scott Peterson was convicted of 1st degree murder for the killing of his wife Lacey and 2nd degree murder for the killing of their unborn child.
Peterson faces the death penalty in the state of California...something I am quite against, but I'm pleased that he was not only found guilty, but found guilty for both murders. That is a huge accomplishment for the judicial system.
Better late than never. It has been two years since Lacey Peterson disappeared. Justice was served today.
Okay, so that's the rundown for the week. There are some promising stories coming up about the Bush administration cabinet changes, but for the moment I don't know anything solid. (I'm expecting the departure of Rod Paige, Tommy Thompson, and would expect some sort of plan regarding Colin Powell soon.) I'll keep you posted.