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The Southern Leyte Mudslide

After 10 days of heavy rains and a minor earthquake, a cliff face in the Southern Leyte province of the Philippines collapsed, initiating the world's deadliest single landslide in nearly two decades. More than 1,100 people were killed when a torrent of rocks, mud, and debris buried the village of Guinsaugon. The international community quickly came to the aid of the island nation, but difficult conditions hampered the relief effort. What do some believe also contributed to the deadly landslide?



Franz Rosenzweig's The Star of Redemption

Rosenzweig was a Jewish philosopher who almost converted to Christianity before immersing himself in the Hebrew classics. His major work, The Star of Redemption, described the relationships between God, humanity, and the world, as they are connected by creation, revelation, and redemption. When diagrammed, the six concepts form a Star of David. In 1929, just eight years after publishing The Star of Redemption, Rosenzweig died. What were his last words—and how did he express them?

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Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer

One of the best 19th-century lyric poets, Bécquer was a Spanish poet and writer of romantic tales. Orphaned by 11, unhappily married, and living in poverty for most of his brief life, he became lonely and introspective. His celebrated suite of poems, Rimas, is characterized by the melancholy and resigned bitterness of the romantics. He was moderately well known during his life but gained wider acclaim following the posthumous publication of many of his works. What caused his early death?

Last updated on Monday, 17th February 2014

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