The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of April 23, 2012

Quote of the day.
"Most people were spanked when they were kids, and they think that's the proper way to discipline. They make the erroneous correlation that spanking equals good discipline and if a child isn't behaving, he must not have been spanked enough -- that's fallacious." George Holden, a Southern Methodist University psychology professor, is chairman of the 2011 Global Summit on Ending Corporal Punishment and Promoting Positive Discipline.
(USA Today)

1. Passing: Charles Colson has died at 80.
He was described as the "evil genius" of the Nixon administration, and spent the better part of a year in prison for a Watergate-related conviction. But Charles "Chuck" Colson spent the next 35 years steadfast in his efforts to evangelize to a part of society scorned just as he was. And he became known perhaps just as much for his efforts to minister to prison inmates as for his infamy with Watergate.

(Associated Press)

2. Nobel peace laureates gather in Chicago.
As the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates gets under way in Chicago on Monday, some of the world's most distinguished human rights advocates will turn their attention toward bridging the cultural gaps between young people across the globe.
(Chicago Tribune)

3. Neighborhood watch shooter released from Fla. Jail.
In a low-key event, George Zimmerman was released from a Florida jail on $150,000 bail as he awaits his second-degree murder trial in the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.
(Associated Press)

4. Justices to rule on role of the states in immigration.
[T]he Supreme Court hears arguments on Wednesday on the bitterly disputed immigration enforcement law that was passed two years ago in Arizona, inspiring the Georgia statute and similar ones in Alabama, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah.

(New York Times)

5. UN to investigate plight of US Native Americans for first time.
The UN is to conduct an investigation into the plight of US Native Americans, the first such mission in its history.
(Guardian)

6. U.S. commits to Afghanistan security pact.
The U.S. and Afghanistan reached a deal Sunday on a long-delayed strategic partnership agreement that ensures Americans will provide military and financial support to the Afghan people for at least a decade beyond 2014, the deadline for most foreign forces to withdraw.
(AP/Chicago Sun-Times)

7. Fears of extremism taking hold in Syria.
As Syria’s revolution drags into its second year amid few signs that a U.N.-mandated cease-fire plan will end the violence, evidence is mounting that Islamist extremists are seeking to commandeer what began as a non-ideological uprising aimed at securing greater political freedom.

(Washington Post)

8. Iranians say they took secret data from drone.
Iran claimed on Sunday to have extracted secret intelligence information from an advanced American drone aircraft that crashed in the country in December, seeking a propaganda victory over what has been an embarrassing intelligence failure for the Central Intelligence Agency.
(New York Times)

9. N Korean military warns of 'special actions' soon.
North Korea promised Monday to reduce South Korea's conservative government "to ashes" in less than four minutes, in an unusually specific escalation of recent threats aimed at its southern rival
(Associated Press)

10. Thousands displaced by Sudan border clash.
The entire population of the Heglig area has fled a military standoff between Sudan and South Sudan, leaving thousands of civilians displaced without shelter, the United Nations has said.
(Al Jazeera)

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