The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of May 9, 2011

Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail »

Related Reading

Take Action on This Issue

Circle of Protection for a Moral Budget

A pledge by church leaders from diverse theological and political beliefs who have come together to form a Circle of Protection around programs that serve the most vulnerable in our nation and around the world.

Quote of the day.
"We're an Army that's in uncharted territory here. We have never fought for this long with an all-volunteer force that's 1% of the population." - Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Army vice chief of staff, on a new study concluding that U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan are experiencing some of the greatest psychological stress and lowest morale in five years of fighting.
(USA Today)

1. Faith-based disaster relief.
"When it comes to disaster relief, the link between church and state has never been stronger than during the most recent storms in the South, say federal officials and the leaders of faith-based disaster relief work."
(New York Times)

2. Muslim-Christian violence in Egypt.
"Muslim-Christian sectarian violence intensified in Egypt this weekend, spurring an emergency meeting of the Cabinet and public exhortations from Coptic Christians for international protection."
(CNN Belief Blog)

3. Obama security team divided on raid.
"President Obama faced sharply divided counsel and, to his mind, barely better-than-even odds of success when he ordered the commando raid last week that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the president said in an interview broadcast Sunday."
(Washington Post)

4. Taliban considering options.
"The U.S. killing of the Al Qaeda leader may give the Afghan militants incentive to negotiate. But the aftermath of his death could just as easily embolden them in their war against the West."
(Los Angeles Times)

5. Afghanistan-attack on Kandahar.
"Security forces said to be close to quelling Taliban assault that has left at least 22 people dead in Kandahar city."
(Al Jazeera)

6. Border crossing by cellphone.
"Guides still accompany the bulk of the migrants crossing the border, activists and Border Patrol agents say. Those guides are in regular radio contact with confederates, who warn of trouble ahead. But the Border Patrol has been noticing cases of migrants crossing alone but in cell contact with guides."
(New York Times)

7. Syria escalates crackdown.
"A military crackdown on Syria's seven-week uprising escalated Sunday, with reinforcements sent to two cities, more forces deployed in a southern town and nearly all communications severed to besieged locales."
(New York Times)

8. Libya-supplies low in Misurata.
"Food and fuel supplies are running low in the besieged western Libyan city of Misurata, where government shelling and rocket strikes on the port have slowed humanitarian deliveries."
(Los Angeles Times)

9. Mississippi flood to crest Monday.
"Forecasters say the Mississippi River could crest late Monday at Memphis -- hours sooner than previously predicted -- but the mayor says the city's ready for it."
(Chicago Sun-Times/AP)

10. Japan closes nuclear reactors.
"A Japanese utility agreed Monday to shutter three nuclear reactors at a coastal power plant while it builds a seawall and improves other tsunami defenses there."
(Associated Press)

Sojourners' Daily Digest is a compilation of the top news related to our commitments of life and peace, economic and racial justice, and care of creation, with a special focus on news of the engagement of faith in public life.

Sojourners relies on the support of readers like you to sustain our message and ministry.

Related Stories

Resources

Like what you're reading? Get Sojourners E-Mail updates!

Sojourners Comment Community Covenant

I will express myself with civility, courtesy, and respect for every member of the Sojourners online community, especially toward those with whom I disagree, even if I feel disrespected by them. (Romans 12:17-21)

I will express my disagreements with other community members' ideas without insulting, mocking, or slandering them personally. (Matthew 5:22)

I will not exaggerate others' beliefs nor make unfounded prejudicial assumptions based on labels, categories, or stereotypes. I will always extend the benefit of the doubt. (Ephesians 4:29)

I will hold others accountable by clicking "report" on comments that violate these principles, based not on what ideas are expressed but on how they're expressed. (2 Thessalonians 3:13-15)

I understand that comments reported as abusive are reviewed by Sojourners staff and are subject to removal. Repeat offenders will be blocked from making further comments. (Proverbs 18:7)