The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of August 15, 2012

Quote of the day.
"When you cannot get people to come to church, the alternative is to bring the church to them." - Jack de Jarnette, a founding pastor of Worship at the Water, an outreach service of the Perdido Bay United Methodist Church, that worships Sunday mornings at the Flora-Bama Lounge in Perdido Key, Fla.
(Associated Press)

1. The No votes.
A nationwide USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll of people who are eligible to vote but aren''t likely to do so finds that these stay-at-home Americans back Obama''s re-election over Republican Mitt Romney by more than 2-1.
(USA Today)

2. Wildfires rage in West, destroy 60 homes in Washington state.
Firefighters battled wildfires across the West on Tuesday, including a massive out-of-control blaze that has destroyed at least 60 homes and burned more than 28,000 acres between two national forests in Washington state.
(Reuters)

3. Dry times pose tough questions.
In The Star’s travels through seven Midwestern states – call it the Drought Route – we met with those closest to the crisis: farmers, beef producers, worried weather experts, park managers, policy wonks.
(Kansas City Star)

4. 'Severe abnormalities' found in Fukushima butterflies.
Exposure to radioactive material released into the environment has caused mutations in butterflies found in Japan, a study suggests.
(BBC)

5. ‘Economic suicides’ shake Europe as financial crisis takes toll on mental health.
The double suicide, in a working-class neighborhood in the Greek capital in late May, is just one incident among thousands of suicides this year that have shaken European societies as mounting job losses, cutbacks in public services and shrinking government pensions due to the continent’s financial upheaval take a toll on mental health.
(Washington Post)

6. Sanctions on Syria and Iran are hindering opposition.
U.S. sanctions targeting Syria and Iran have inadvertently undermined the opposition movements they are intended to help, making it more difficult for those groups to access technologies that can evade electronic surveillance and censorship, according to security experts and activists.
(Washington Post)

7. Afghan attacks kill dozens in deadliest day for civilians this year.
Bombings and shootings took the lives of at least 43 Afghans on Tuesday in the deadliest day for civilians this year as insurgents struck while people were preparing for the Muslim holiday that ends the month of Ramadan.
(New York Times)

8. Deadly attack on Yemen's defence ministry.
Five people have been killed and at least nine have been wounded after hundreds of troops from Yemen's elite Republican Guard force attacked the headquarters of the defence ministry. The forces, who were later repelled, were led by the son of ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
(Al Jazeera)

9. Israel chief sees long war in case of Iran strike.
Israel's outgoing civil defense chief says an attack on Iran's nuclear sites would likely trigger a war that could last for a month and kill hundreds of Israelis.
(Associated Press)

10. Chile student protesters occupy high schools.
Hundreds of students have occupied high schools and blocked traffic in Chile's capital to demand education reform. Police in riot gear evicted students from several schools but at least seven remained occupied on Wednesday.
(Guardian/AP)

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