This blog was knocked out of the worldwide web for a whole week due to technical difficulties. I have learned that some of you have become overly dependent on this site as a source for what is happening in the world. (I appreciate the sentiment, but you might want to broaden your web-surfing!) Still, lots of things happened this past week that I wanted to bring to your attention but couldn’t.
We had posted about Chinese pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng, who escaped from house arrest in the provinces and made it to Beijing, hundreds of miles away, even though he was blind. He took refuge in the American embassy. But he was sent away–whether voluntarily, because he was talked into it, or because China reneged on a deal worked out by American diplomats is not completely clear–and he is now in Chinese custody. Diplomatic efforts continue in an effort to protect Mr. Chen and his family (which had been threatened). He may end up coming to the USA, which China has found is a good way of removing their dissidents from influence in the country.
In political news, Newt Gingrich dropped out, leaving Mitt Romney triumphant, with only one other candidate, Ron Paul, still in the race. Though Paul has no chance for the nomination, his supporters have been maximizing their presence among convention delegates, especially in caucus states. They put themselves forward as being willing to go to the convention, and though they have to vote as directed, usually for Romney, on the first ballot, they will be exerting their influence on the party platform and in other ways.
We blogged yesterday about the European anti-austerity elections and President Obama’s announced support for gay marriage.
So what else happened while this blog was away? What else occurred that you had wished we could discuss?