The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of August 7, 2012

Quote of the day.
"Never before has the entire nation turned its attention on the Sikh community. This is unprecedented, which means we have an unprecedented opportunity for people to learn about Sikhs and reach out to their Sikh neighbors." - Valarie Kaur, an interfaith activist and maker of "Divided We Fall," a film that documents hostility toward Sikhs immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks.
(Christian Science Monitor)

1. Wisconsin killer was fueled by hate-driven music.
Mr. Page, 40, had long been among the hundreds of names on the radar of organizations monitored by the Southern Poverty Law Center because of his ties to the white supremacist movement and his role as the leader of a white-power band called End Apathy.
(New York Times)

2. Missouri mosque destroyed in second fire in a month.
A mosque in Joplin, Missouri, was burned to the ground early Monday, just over a month after an attempted arson at the Islamic center.
(CNN)

3. Mars rover landing miracle of engineering.
NASA scientists hailed the Mars rover Curiosity's flawless descent and landing as a "miracle of engineering" on Monday as they scanned early images of an ancient crater that may hold clues about whether life took hold on Earth's planetary cousin.
(Reuters)

4. Battles over state voting laws head to court.
In the swing state of Ohio, some groups are challenging a rule that says provisional ballots filed in the wrong precinct won't be counted — even if the mistake is a poll worker’s fault.
(Washington Post)

5. County jails face bigger load in California.
Ordered by the United States Supreme Court to reduce severe overcrowding in its prisons, California began redirecting low-level offenders to local jails last October in a shift called realignment.
(New York Times)

6. More Syrians flee to Turkey as fighting spreads.
More than 1,300 Syrians fled to Turkey overnight to escape growing violence in their country as rebels try to expand their hold inside Syria''s largest city despite two weeks of withering counterattacks by President Bashar Assad's troops.
(Associated Press)

7. Sinai attack presents dilemma for Israel.
The cross-border attack on Israel by militants in the Egyptian Sinai was a highly ambitious and well-planned assault that has left Israeli authorities more certain than ever that the area is out of control – but also with a major dilemma over how to respond.
(Guardian)

8. Afghan citizens mount anti-Taliban campaigns.
Local communities in eastern Afghanistan that are tired of both Taliban harassment and government inaction are increasingly mounting spontaneous campaigns of resistance against insurgents who burn down schools, shut health clinics and threaten the local population.
(USA Today)

9. Violent clashes continue in Sudan's Darfur.
Four people have been killed after gunmen attacked a market and set fire to a police station during several days of violence in Sudan''s Darfur region, international peacekeepers have said.
(Al Jazeera)

10. Morales vows to fight Bolivia poverty.
Bolivian President Evo Morales has called for the complete eradication of extreme poverty in his country by 2025, in an address marking his country's Independence Day.
(Al Jazeera)

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