The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of April 4, 2012

Quote of the day.
“Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his “A Time to Break Silence” speech at Riverside Church on this date in 1967; one year later, on this date in 1968, he was assassinated.
(American Rhetoric)

1. Wisconsin family heartbroken after ICE deports father of four.
Jennifer Martinez waved in vain through tears of fear and frustration as the windowless white bus left the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation center in Chicago shortly after 7 a.m. March 23.
(Catholic News Service)

2. Romney sweeps: Wins Wisconsin, DC, Maryland.
Mitt Romney tightened his grip on the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, sweeping primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington D.C., with time left over to swap charges with President Barack Obama.
(AP/Chicago Sun-Times)

3. Obama calls House G.O.P. budget the work of rightist radicals.
President Obama opened a full-frontal assault on Tuesday on the federal budget adopted by House Republicans, condemning it as a “Trojan horse” that would greatly deepen inequality in the United States, and painting it as the manifesto of a party that has swung radically to the right.
(New York Times)

4. Oakland mourns victims of deadly campus shooting.
Civic and religious leaders pleaded for an end to violence in Oakland after seven people were gunned down at a small Christian college by a suspect who police say was angry about being expelled and teased for his poor English skills.

5. Motown hopes food revolution will spur rebirth.
Burdened with a reputation for crime, blight and political corruption, Detroit’s municipal leaders are hoping that a burgeoning food revolution will help the city stage a comeback and give people a reason to return.

6. U.S. Marines land in Australia.
The first rotation of United States marines has touched down in Australia to begin six months of training in the Northern Territory, cementing Australia's enhanced defence co-operation with the US.
(Sydney Morning Herald)

7. Deal close on Afghan night raids.
After years of insisting that American forces end covert nighttime raids on Afghan homes, President Hamid Karzai’s government was close to completing a deal that would give the Afghan authorities legal oversight of the raids, while allowing American forces to retain a guiding role in conducting them.
(New York Times)

8. Success of Annan's Syria plan hinges on Russia.
The success or failure of Kofi Annan's peace plan for Syria will depend largely on how willing Russia is to keep sustained pressure on a government that it is determined to protect. 

9. Mexican plan for Gulf deepwater wells sparks new worries.
Two years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, Mexico's state oil company is about to test its hand at drilling at extraordinary depths in the Gulf of Mexico.
(McClatchy Newspapers)

10. Anti-nuke activists barred from entry to South Korea.
The international environmental NGO Greenpeace is responding actively after group members were barred from entering South Korea as part of an anti-nuclear campaign.
(Hankyoreh, Seoul)


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