The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of August 6, 2012

Quote of the day.
“I firmly believe that the demand for freedom from nuclear weapons will soon spread out from Hiroshima, encircle the globe, and lead us to genuine world peace.” - Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima, Japan, at ceremonies marking today’s 67th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of that city.
(Washington Post/AP)

1. Gunman kills 6 at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee.
The priests had gathered in the lobby of the sprawling Sikh temple here in suburban Milwaukee, and lunch was being prepared as congregants were arriving for Sunday services. Instead of worshipers, though, an armed man stepped through the door and started firing.
(New York Times)

2. NASA rover Curiosity lands on Mars.
In a show of technological wizardry, the robotic explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of Mars, steering itself to a gentle landing inside a giant crater for the most ambitious dig yet into the red planet''s past.
(Associated Press)

3. In historic shift, women take lead role in Olympics.
More than one week into the Summer Olympics, the headlines of the Games have had a certain "girl power" ring to them.
(USA Today)

4. States passing fewer immigration laws in 2012.
U.S. state legislatures passed fewer immigration measures this year because lawmakers'' priorities shifted to balancing budgets and U.S. courts were weighing how much authority states have to enforce immigration laws,
(Chicago Tribune/Reuters)

5. Study ties heat waves to global warming.
Twenty-four summers ago, NASA scientist James Hansen first warned the world about what he called the dangers of global warming. … Now, a study released this weekend by Hansen, the dean of climate scientists, concludes that the recent heat waves and extreme summers likely were caused by climate change.
(USA Today)

6. Syrian prime minister joins opposition.
Riad Farid Hijab, the Syrian prime minister, has joined the opposition, he has announced, after state television reported that he was sacked this morning.The former prime minister arrived in Jordan after being smuggled across the border,
(Al Jazeera)

7. City overrun by death is told the worst is yet to come.
Despite launching a mission to reclaim Aleppo eight days ago, regime troops have so far failed to break through the opposition lines in the suburb of Salheddine or at the city's Iron Gate. There has, however, been a gathering of President Bashar al-Assad's forces, and threats from Damascus that a furious assault is impending.
(Independent)

8. Egypt to impose 'full control' over Sinai.
Egypt will impose full control over the Sinai, its new president has pledged, as the Israeli government warned of a deteriorating security situation after gunmen killed around 15 Egyptian border guards and hijacked armoured vehicles to launch an attack across the border in Israel.
(Guardian)

9. Karzai 'accepts' dismissal of key ministers.
Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, says he has accepted the parliament's decision to dismiss the country's interior and defence ministers over continued cross-border shelling incidents with Pakistan, but that the two will continue to work in acting roles until he has appointed replacements.
(Al Jazeera)

10. India targets the traffickers who sell children into slavery.
Up to 200,000 children a year fall into the hands of slave traders in India, many sold by their poverty-stricken parents for as little as £11. Now a group of activists has set out to rescue them from a life in the sweatshops of Delhi.
(Guardian)

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