vBlog: Blaine Drain

vBlog for 05/09/06 on David Blaine and CNN, jounalists and Ahmadinejad’s Letter to Bush, and the growing crisis in Darfur. See below for link to my vBlog entry and the related links.

CNN.com – David Blaine out of hospital – May 9, 2006

Rescue divers jumped into the 2,000-gallon saltwater tank Monday night and hauled up the magician as he struggled to break a breath-holding record of 8 minutes, 58 seconds. Blaine, who had spent some 177 hours under water, went without air for 7 minutes, 8 seconds as a finale to his endurance stunt.

Ahmadinejad’s Letter to Bush

Mr. President,

You might know that I am a teacher. My students ask me how can these actions be reconciled with the values outlined at the beginning of this letter and duty to the tradition of Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him), the Messenger of peace and forgiveness?

There are prisoners in Guantanamo Bay that have not been tried, have no legal representation, their families cannot see them and are obviously kept in a strange land outside their own country. There is no international monitoring of their conditions and fate. No one knows whether they are prisoners, POWs, accused or criminals. . .

. . . I could not correlate the abduction of a person, and him or her being kept in secret prisons, with the provisions of any judicial system. For that matter, I fail to understand how such actions correspond to the values outlined in the beginning of this letter, i.e. the teachings of Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him), human rights and liberal values.

VOA News – Top UN Envoy Paints Grim Picture After Darfur Visit

On Monday, the U.N. official left the Kalma camp for internally displaced Dafuris when residents began attacking U.N. vehicles. Residents later hacked to death a translator from the African Union peacekeeping force. Despite the problems, Egeland said there is still hope for peace in the region following the signing of a peace agreement between Darfuri rebels and the Sudan government last week.

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