The Top 10 Stories of March 16, 2012
Quote of the day.
"There will be efforts to paint him as a rogue soldier rather than focusing on how we treat GIs in general or whether we should be over there to begin with." - John Henry Browne, attorney for the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghans.
1. Rowan Williams resigns as archbishop of Canterbury.
"He is to step down as archbishop of Canterbury at the end of 2012 to take up position at Cambridge University."
2. House G.O.P. hesitates on birth control fight.
"House Republicans, unsure how to proceed, have slowed their efforts to overturn a federal rule requiring employers, including religious institutions, to provide female employees with free health insurance coverage for contraceptives."
(New York Times)
3. National 'coming out of the shadows' day.
"In an effort to put a face on the need for comprehensive immigration reform, a group of college-age immigrant youths publicly declared themselves to be undocumented at a rally here on Saturday."
(National Catholic Reporter)
4. Economic, political pressures alter dream of homeownership.
"Economic, political and cultural trends are challenging the conventional wisdom, embraced for decades, of homeownership being the American Dream for all. Its benefits to the nation are no longer a no-brainer."
5. Goldman resignation tip of iceberg.
"While Greg Smith's public resignation has attracted media attention, regulators and Wall Street insiders say Goldman Sachs'' problems come as no surprise."
(Christian Science Monitor)
6. Double blow to Nato.
"The west's strategy in Afghanistan has been thrown into disarray after the Taliban said they had suspended preliminary peace talks with the US, and the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, called for coalition troops to retreat to their bases and end patrols through Afghan villages."
7. Syrian opposition calls for fresh protests.
"Syria's opposition has called for fresh protests to press for foreign military intervention in the country even as Kofi Annan, the UN and Arab League's special envoy, prepared to brief the Security Council on his efforts to bring both sides to the negotiating table."
8. Global network expels as many as 30 of Iran’s banks.
"A global communication network vital to the banking industry announced on Thursday that it was expelling as many as 30 Iranian financial institutions — including the Central Bank — crippling their ability to conduct international business and further isolating the country from the world economy."
(New York Times)
9. U.S. says North Korea satellite plan highly provocative.
"North Korea has announced its first satellite launch in three years, throwing into doubt a recent deal with the US that had aimed to end years of tension. The US state department said the trial was 'highly provocative' and would breach North Korea's international obligations."
10. Firing saga looks far from over in China.
"This week’s spectacular firing of Bo Xilai, a Communist Party 'princeling' long seen destined for a seat in the country’s all-powerful Standing Committee of the Politburo, has delighted the country’s liberals."
(Toronto Globe & Mail)