More news we might have missed while watching the funeral(s)
1. The unreported race riot in France
On March 8, tens of thousands of high school students marched through central Paris to protest education reforms announced by the government. Repeatedly, peaceful demonstrators were attacked by bands of black and Arab youths–about 1,000 in all, according to police estimates. The eyewitness accounts of victims, teachers, and most interestingly the attackers themselves gathered by the left-wing daily Le Monde confirm the motivation: racism.
2. In the “no sh*t, Sherlock” news, Annan says rights body harming UN
Annan has accused the UN Human Rights Commission of failing to uphold human rights and said a new, permanent body is needed.
Speaking in Geneva, Mr Annan said the commission was undermining the credibility of the entire UN.
So do money and corruption scandals, Kofi.
3. Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko adressed Congress yesterday: Ukraine asks for trade help: Yushchenko aims to bolster ties to U.S.
The Vatican is ready to make concessions on the appointment of bishops in China in order to establish diplomatic relations with Beijing, the head of the Hong Kong Catholic diocese said on Wednesday
Also don’t miss the NYSun editorial on the subject, A Beijing-Vatican Deal?
No one at the Vatican has stepped forward to confirm or deny the Bishop’s prediction. But it’s hard to imagine such a deal with the Chinese communists being hatched at a time when John Paul II was at the height of his powers. Indeed, it’s hard to see such a deal as anything but a repudiation of much of what he stood for. And it’s hard to imagine what the Vatican could be thinking it might get out of any deal with the communist camarilla in Peking.
5. China Daily reports that Ecuador military vows to support president