The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of April 5, 2012

Quote of the day.
"Life is short. You have the power to correct a lot of wrong. Never think a person in prison is lost." - Juan Rivera, who spent nearly 20 years in prison before his murder conviction was overturned by an Illinois appeals court.
(Chicago Tribune)

1. Liberating the truth.
Christianity, like the prophetic Judaism with which it is inextricably linked, is rooted in the idea of liberation, and I have long seen the Exodus and Easter as twin narratives involving a release from oppression and the victory of freedom. 
(E.J. Dionne, Washington Post)

2. U.S. growth of distant suburbs falls to historic low.
Stung by high gasoline costs, outlying suburbs that sprouted in the heady 2000s are now seeing their growth fizzle to historic lows, halting American city dwellers'' decades-long exodus to sprawling homes in distant towns.
(Associated Press)

3. Finance expert says speculators are behind high oil and gasoline prices.
Financial speculators are gambling on oil the same way they gambled on the housing market a few years ago — a frightening prospect for the fragile economy, a Democratic congressional committee was told Wednesday.
(McClatchy Newspapers)

4. World food prices rise further.
Global food prices rose in March for a third straight month with more hikes to come, the UN''s food agency said on Thursday, adding to fears of hunger and a new wave of social unrest in poor countries.
(Reuters)

5. Iran's efforts to stir Afghan violence worry U.S.
Just hours after it was revealed that American soldiers had burned Korans seized at an Afghan detention center in late February, Iran secretly ordered its agents operating inside Afghanistan to exploit the anticipated public outrage by trying to instigate violent protests.
(New York Times)

6. Clashes as U.N. team visits Syria.
Syrian troops have launched fresh assaults on rebels, activists say, as an envoy of UN mediator Kofi Annan  arrived in Damascus to discuss implementing a ceasefire plan.
(BBC)

7. Burma sanctions will be eased, says Hillary Clinton.
The package Clinton unveiled on Wednesday reflected a modest first step toward lifting the complex web of US sanctions that have contributed to the country''s isolation for decades.
(Guardian)

8. Sudanese jets attack oil pipeline.
An oil pipeline has been attacked, apparently by Sudanese fighter jets, in the latest outbreak of violence on the volatile border between Sudan and South Sudan.
(Al Jazeera)

9. A taste of hope in Somalia's battered capital.
Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, which had been reduced to rubble during 21 years of civil war, becoming a byword for anarchy, is making a remarkable comeback.
(New York Times)

10. Israeli police evict Jewish settlers from house in Hebron.
Israeli police evicted Jewish settlers Wednesday from a house in this volatile West Bank city, heading off what they feared was an attempt to expand settlement enclaves here.
(McClatchy Newspapers)

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