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[asset|aid=859|format=image|formatter=asset|title=cape-town-university.jpg|width=242|height=151|align=right|resizable=true]The student protests and revolutions that swept across the world in 1968 and 1969 still have a powerful effect on the people and institutions we live with and within today. In Cape Town, South Africa, it is no different. From Cape Argus [emphasis mine]:
The University of Cape Town is awash with nostalgia this week as it pays tribute to a student protest that shook the campus exactly 40 years ago, after a black academic was prevented from taking up a post there during apartheid.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how disappointed I was that Paris Hilton's case was getting more attention that news regarding issues like living wages. Just when I had found a certain level of peace with the situation (since Paris turned herself in a couple of days early), I am shocked to learn that she will now be serving her sentence...guess where....at home. Wow. That's some sacrifice.
...I did not know about the second one.
Oh wait. You haven't heard about the second part of that question, right? So how in the world are you supposed to be informed about it? It definitely did not hit the airwaves from where I'm from. Have you heard the fact that Gov. Kulongoski of Orgeon has just signed legislature allowing a Domestic Partner Law for his state? Well, perhaps you have or perhaps you haven't, but I know that I did not get that news from flipping the channels on my television.
But you know what I'm quite sure of though? I'm pretty sure that everybody has read about why Paris might spend a couple nights in a not so luxurious setting. You probably have a lot more details than I do. She claims that she was misinformed about what she can and cannot do with her suspended license. That's a great first step. Blame someone else right? I'll be optimistic here and pretend that it really was his fault for not knowing the state or the conditions that she has to abide by when it's her very own license that's suspended. Fine, it's his fault. But then the question of "Why was she caught?" comes up. There has to be a reason why she was pulled over in the first place, right? Surely the police officer did not have a device capable of seeing through the car, her purse and wallet to reveal that her license is suspended.