The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of March 26, 2012

Quote of the day.
“We can’t stay at home any longer; we want to come to school, to learn. I’m fed up. I want to be in school.” - Aruna Mustapha, 16, who lives in a town in Nigeria where a violent insurgent group is burning school buildings.
(New York Times)

1. Christians, pastors wear hoodies to church and speak out for Trayvon.
Christians across the country went to church on Sunday wearing hooded sweatshirts to show solidarity with Trayvon Martin, who wore one when he was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida.
(Christian Post)

2. Tens of thousands gather for pope's Mass in Mexico.
Tens of thousands of people gathered Sunday to attend the highlight of Pope Benedict XVI''s visit to this violence-troubled country.
(AP/USA Today)

3. Five things to watch in health law oral arguments.
The Super Bowl for Supreme Court watchers kicks off this week as the justices hear three days of oral arguments in what could be the blockbuster case of a generation: whether President Barack Obama’s signature law overhauling the American health care system is constitutional.
(Politico)

4. Recall vote against governor brings big-money fight to Wisconsin.
Millions of dollars are pouring into Wisconsin from wealthy conservatives nationwide, and labor unions are preparing to pump resources into the campaign of whichever Democrat faces off against Gov. Scott Walker.
(Washington Post)

5. Woman beaten in San Diego attack to be buried in Iraq.
The body of an Iraqi-American woman who was found beaten unconscious in her home next to a note that said "go back to your country, you terrorist" will be flown to Iraq for her funeral.
(Guardian)

6. Obama for world without nuclear weapons.
Barack Obama, the US president, has said that he is pushing for "a world without nuclear weapons" and is committed to deterring nuclear proliferation, while on a visit to Seoul for a two-day 53-nation nuclear summit that is under way.
(Al Jazeera)

7. U.S. and Turkey to step up ‘nonlethal’ aid to rebels in Syria.
Turkey and the United States plan to provide “nonlethal” assistance, like communications equipment and medical supplies, directly to opposition groups inside Syria, and will urge other allies to do so as well.
(New York Times)

8. Islamists assert strength in Egypt.
As Egypt’s ruling generals near the end of their formal reign, the country’s main Islamist party is asserting increasing authority over the political system and openly confronting the powerful military.
(Washington Post)

9. Pakistan parliament debates U.S. ties.
Pakistani legislators have resumed debate on revising the rules of relationship with the US, about four months after 24 of its soldiers were killed in an American air raid along the Afghan border.
(Al Jazeera)

10. Arab League summit arrives on a sea of troubles.
The Arab League summit that opens in Baghdad tomorrow is the first since the Arab spring revolts began in Tunisia more than one year ago, and the first to be hosted by Iraq for more than 20 years. The much-delayed meeting is likely to be dominated by Syria, whose embattled president is not invited.
(Guardian)

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