The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of March 5, 2012

Quote of the day.
"The authorities think progress is demolishing our community just so they can host the Olympics for a few weeks. But we’ve shocked them by resisting." - Cenira dos Santos, 44, who owns a home in Rio de Janeiro’s Vila Autódromo settlement, which the Brazlian government wants to tear down for the 2016 Olympics.
(New York Times)

1. Union's impact leads retired pastor to collective bargaining table.
"A retired Baptist pastor recently led to the collective bargaining table says 'a generation has forgotten' how labor unions helped improve conditions for workers in the United States."
(Associated Baptist Press)

2. From 'nominal Catholic' to clarion of faith.
"Over the past two decades,[Rick Santorum] has undergone a religious transformation that is now spurring a national conversation about faith in the public sphere."
(New York Times)

3. Holder set to explain rationale for killing U.S. citizens abroad.
"Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Monday plans to provide the most detailed account to date of the Obama administration’s legal rationale for killing U.S. citizens abroad, as it did in last year’s airstrike against an alleged al-Qaeda operative in Yemen."
(Washington Post)

4. Chicago police prepare for G-8, NATO demonstrations.
"At least two major demonstrations are planned for downtown, and organizers of both want to send crowds of marchers down Michigan Avenue in the middle of the day. And those are just the ones police know about because demonstration leaders sought city permits."
(Chicago Tribune)

5. In climate wars, risks of radicalization.
"Some researchers are taking on a greater public-advocacy role to confront what many of them consider an existential crisis. But this strategy carries inherent risks, since scientists’ influence stems from the public perception that their credibility is beyond reproach."
(Washington Post)

6. Obama tells Israel conference: 'too much loose talk of war.'
"Barack Obama has admonished Israel for ''too much loose talk of war'' with Iran and said the world has a responsibility to give sanctions an opportunity to discourage Tehran from pursuing a nuclear weapon."
(Guardian)

7. Elections favor Iran Ayatollah's allies.
"With the bulk of seats decided in Iran’s parliamentary elections, it appeared on Sunday that the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has gained the ironclad majority he needed not just to bring the country’s president to heel, but to eliminate the position entirely."
(New York Times)

8. UN official slams inaction over Syria.
"The president of the United Nations General Assembly has criticised the world body''s Security Council after its failure to agree to a resolution on Syria, as violence continues to escalate in the country."
(Al Jazeera)

9. Russian election 'skewed' in Vladimir Putin's favour.
"The Russian presidential election was ''clearly skewed'' in favour of Vladimir Putin, an international team of observers has concluded. Their report has fuelled opposition activists'' anger at Putin''s return to the presidency."
(Guardian)

10. China boosts military spending.
"China has announced that it will boost military spending by 11.2 per cent this year, in a move likely to cause concern about Beijing''s rapid military build-up and stoke regional tensions."
(Al Jazeera)

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