Cold, coup, Koh, and COVID-19 trial
International | Winter weather turns disastrous in many parts of the world
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/17/21, 06:01 pm
SYRIA: Snow across the Middle East has grounded warplanes in Syria and left at least two Syrian refugees in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley dead. Much of the region lacks power and heat, and temperatures hover between 20 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s why you can’t cry in Damascus when it snows.
MYANMAR: A record number of protesters have turned out today in opposition to a Feb. 1 military takeover, determined not to back down despite the threats. In Karen state to the north, the army has continued attacks on ethnic minorities, dropping overnight mortar rounds (according to a report from Free Burma Rangers), blocking aid, and forcing more than 5,000 people to flee their homes.
GUINEA has declared a new Ebola epidemic.
UNITED STATES: Fallout overseas continues after Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) released a report last week finding extensive evidence of sexual misconduct—including sexual assault—by the global apologist who died last year.
- Its U.K. ministry offshoot, Zacharias Trust, announced it was severing all ties with RZIM and changing its name. The Trust also runs the Zacharias-founded Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics.
- HarperCollins announced it was pulling all of Zacharias’ books.
- In Australia, former RZIM head Dan Paterson said he regrets he didn’t “push harder against the tides of submissive loyalty to demand better answers earlier.”
- Several RZIM leaders overseas severed ties with the organization after an initial report confirmed sexual misconduct allegations in December. Overseas RZIM continues to operate Wellspring International.
BRITAIN: A London hospital will host the world’s first “human challenge trials,” which pay healthy volunteers to be infected with COVID-19 as a way to measure the long-term effectiveness of treatments and recovery.
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Mindy wrote WORLD Magazine's first cover story in 1986 and went on to serve as international editor, editor, and now senior editor. She has covered wars in Syria, Afganistan, Africa, and the Balkans, and she recounts some of her experiences in They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Mindy resides with her husband, Nat, in Asheville, N.C. Follow her on Twitter @mcbelz.