The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of April 30, 2012

Quote of the day.
"When stresses in the home increase because of unemployment and other hardships, domestic violence increases. We see it on the street." - Scott Thomson, police chief in Camden, NJ, on a national survey of law enforcement agencies finding more domestic violence related to the economy.
(USA Today)

1. Growing divestment campaign among churches targets banks.
Religious congregations have withdrawn about $40 million nationwide from the country''s largest banks, including Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Citigroup.
(Catholic News Service)

2. Evangelicals condemn burning of Qurans by Florida pastor Terry Jones.
Evangelical leaders strongly condemned the burning of Qurans by Florida Pastor Terry Jones on Saturday in protest of Iran''s continued imprisonment of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani.
(Christian Post)

3. Push for tough state immigration measures could spread.
Emboldened by signals that the U.S. Supreme Court may uphold parts of Arizona’s immigration law, legislators and activists across the country say they are gearing up to push for similar get-tough measures in their states.
(Washington Post)

4. White House reversal on child farm-labor rules draws fire.
The Obama administration’s move to scrap a plan that would prevent some children from working in dangerous farm jobs drew sharp rebukes Friday from child-welfare advocates who claim the president caved in to election-year pressure from farmers and Republicans.
(Washington Post)

5. CIA drone strikes resume in Pakistan.
CIA drone missiles hit militant targets in Pakistan on Sunday for the first time in a month, as the United States ignored the Pakistani government’s insistence that such attacks end as a condition for normalized relations between the two perpetually uneasy allies.
(Washington Post)

6. Experts believe Iran conflict is less likely.
After a winter of alarm over the possibility that a military conflict over the Iranian nuclear program might be imminent, American officials and outside analysts now believe that the chances of war in the near future have significantly decreased.
(New York Times)

7. U.S. eyes testy China talks.
The United States faces a tense week in China as high-level talks on trade and global hot spots like Iran and North Korea open in the shadow of a blind Chinese activist's bold escape from house arrest to seek U.S. protection in Beijing.
(Reuters)

8. Support from Islamists for liberal upends race in Egypt.
Egypt’s most conservative Islamists endorsed a liberal Islamist for president late Saturday night, upending the political landscape and confounding expectations about the internal dynamics of the Islamist movement.
(New York Times)

9. U.S. special forces help in hunt for warlord Kony.
Deep in the jungle, this small, remote Central African village is farther from the coast than any point on the continent. It's also where three international armies have zeroed in on Joseph Kony, one of the world's most wanted warlords.
(Associated Press)

10. Sudan declares emergency on border with south.
Sudan has declared a state of emergency along its border with South Sudan, in a move that imposes a trade embargo on the South and suspends the constitution, SUNA, the official news agency, said.
(Al Jazeera)

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