The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of April 24, 2012

Quote of the day.
"I freeze. I have no idea where to even start with this. Part of me feels like I''m way too old to be flying by the seat of my pants like that." Paige Worthy, Chicago, has held at least six jobs since graduating from college in 2005, and is getting by with an unstable income and sporadic spending habits. Studies show that a majority of young people in the U.S. have poor financial literacy.
(USA Today)

1. Mexican immigration in reverse.
A four-decade tidal wave of Mexican immigration to the United States has receded, causing a historic shift in migration patterns as more Mexicans appear to be leaving the United States for Mexico than the other way around, according to a report from the Pew Hispanic Center.
(Washington Post)

2. 1 in 2 new graduates are jobless or underemployed.
Young adults with bachelor's degrees are increasingly scraping by in lower-wage jobs - waiter or waitress, bartender, retail clerk or receptionist, for example - and that's confounding their hopes a degree would pay off despite higher tuition and mounting student loans.
(Associated Press)

3. Occupy movement looks toward political conventions.
Every four years, the political conventions become magnets for mass protests, but this year the Occupy movement has added an unpredictable element to the mix.
(New York Times)

4. Will Obama's new atrocities board lead to more Libya-style operations?
President Obama Monday announced the creation of the Atrocities Prevention Board – an advisory panel dealing with potential genocides. The board is seen as a victory for the White House's ''interventionist'' wing.
(Christian Science Monitor)

5. Pentagon creates new espionage unit.
The newly created Defense Clandestine Service would work closely with the CIA — pairing two organizations that have often seen each other as rivals — in an effort to bolster espionage operations overseas at a time when the missions of the agency and the military increasingly converge.
(Washington Post)

6. North Korea's nuclear test ready soon.
North Korea has almost completed preparations for a third nuclear test, a senior source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing told Reuters, which will draw further international condemnation following a failed rocket launch if it goes ahead.
(Reuters)

7. Syrian troops 'kill dozens' in Hama.
Syrian troops have killed dozens of civilians in the city of Hama, activists have said, as UN military observers toured protest centres near the capital Damascus, and both Brussels and Washington imposed new sanctions.
(Al Jazeera)

8. Palestinian hunger strikes draw attention to Israeli detention practice.
Although Israeli officials say they are not considering policy changes and express confidence that the new campaign will not last, they acknowledge that it could force them to make uncomfortable decisions.
(Washington Post)

9. Sudan planes bomb South Sudan.
Sudan continued with its aerial bombardment of South Sudan on Tuesday, dropping eight bombs overnight, an official said, as South Sudan's president said the attacks amounted to a declaration of war by Sudan.
(Associated Press)

10. Japan struggles with nuclear decontamination.
Over a year after the nuclear accident triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami contaminated large swathes of land in northeastern Japan, the future of the largely agricultural area and those who have been evacuated from it remain uncertain.
(Al Jazeera)

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