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April 14, 2008


The article that I'm using for this weeks analysis entry comes from CNN. The article is about an Ohio state trooper who was photographed wearing the costume or uniform of a Ku Klux Klan member, although the trooper was not a member of the KKK and claimed that it was a joke, he was still suspended without pay.

What is interesting about the article is it exposes different attitudes about race. Where as one group of people may see the KKK as a joke and feel it is alright to dress up as for ironic purposes, others may find nothing funny about it at all. The fact that this was a state official, who was wearing his uniform despite the hooded mask, makes it an even more complex issue. An issue that races the fairness of our law enforcement officials.


Pope to visit White House

For the second time in history a Pope will be visiting the White House in Washington D.C., reports CNN.

Pope Benedict XVI will be a guest of President Bush's while on his visit to the U.S. this week. The first, and only other time a Pope was a White House guest was in 1979 when John Paul II visited then President Jimmy Carter.

The White House is expecting large crowds, around 12,000 when the Pope visits on Wednesday. This is a larger crowd than Queen Elizabeth II received on her visit to the White House last Spring.

While on his visit at the White House the Pope will be treated to a large dinner in the East Room.



April 13, 2008

Governor vistis National Guard troops

Governor Tim Pawlenty is on a trip this weekend to visit Minnesota National Guard troops currently serving overseas in Kosovo, reports the Star Tribune.

The governor left Minnesota Friday, in secret for his protection, to visit over 400 of Minnesota's National Guards soldiers who are in Kosovo on a peacekeeping mission.

"We're here to let them know Minnesotans are thinking of them," Pawlenty said in a conference call with the Star Tribune on Saturday.

The troops were deployed to Kosovo in October as part of the United Nations' international peacekeeping mission in the country.

In February Kosovo declared it's independence from Serbia in what some consider a controversial move.



Desmond Tutu visits Twin Cities

Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited several Twin Cities locations this week for a PeaceJam conference, reports the Star Tribune.

Tutu spoke to a group of youths Saturday at Minneapolis' North High School, which is in one of the more troubled urban areas of the Twin Cities.

The night before Tutu spoke at the Minneapolis Convention Center, bringing a message of peace and need from human connection, “I wouldn’t know how to be human except by learning it from other human beings.? (Quote from African Path.

Tutu spoke as part of Metropolitan State University President's Lecture which is run by a nonprofit youth organization known as "youthrive."



American Airlines returns to business as usual

Following a week in which over 3,000 flights were canceled, American Airlines is returning to it's normal routine, reports CNN.

American Airlines canceled almost 3,300 flights this week to hold inspections to ensure that the planes met with FAA standards and safety regulations.

The cancellations began on Tuesday with 300 of American's jets being grounded for inspection regarding wire bundles. The bundles needed to be wrapped so to bee the FAA's safety requirements and prevent potential fires on board the aircraft.

Two weeks ago American Airlines had to cancel 400 flights for repair work.



Iran postpones nuclear talks

Iran has postponed talks with the United Nations nuclear watchdog group, reports the BBC on Sunday.

The meetings between Gholamreza Aghazadeh, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator and the head of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency, headed up by Mohamed ElBaradei, were supposed to take place Monday in Vienna.

No reason was given by IRNA, which is Iran's official news agency.

The talks were about the U.N.'s concerns over Iran's uranium enrichment programs, which according to Reuters, was announced this week to be expanding.

The United Nations and many western countries in general are concerned that Iran may be pursuing the technology to create nuclear weapons.

Meetings between the IAEA and Iran have not yet been rescheduled.