The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of August 30, 2012

Quote of the day.
“My prayer will be an opportunity to share the spirit of the Sikh faith with the American people. The tenets of Sikhism - humility, equality, and justice  lie at the heart of the American ethic.” Ishwar Singh, president of the Sikh Society of Central Florida, who on Wednesday became  the first Sikh American to deliver the invocation at a national convention.
(CNN Belief Blog)

1. Swamped.
Hurricane Isaac began shedding some of its brute strength Wednesday, but the vast, slow-moving storm has enough muscle to batter the Gulf Coast region and beyond with drenching storms, blinding winds and torrential, widespread flooding for several more days.
(USA Today)

2. Ryan promises GOP ‘won’t duck the tough issues.’
Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin accepted the GOP nomination for vice president on Wednesday with a declaration that President Obama, who was elected four years ago on a promise of hope and change, has failed and his opportunity has been squandered.
(Washington Post)

3. Convention voices hope to add texture to Romney''s faith.
After years of largely resisting public discussion of his Mormon faith, Mitt Romney will embrace it on Thursday night when the Republican convention will stage a carefully chosen tableau of speakers who are expected to offer accounts of the candidate as a man of compassion, character and deep beliefs.
(New York Times)

4. In Arctic, Greenpeace picks new fight with old foe.
Employing the same daredevil tactics it has used against nuclear testing or commercial whaling, the environmental group is now dead-set on preventing oil companies from profiting from global warming by drilling for oil near the Arctic’s shrinking ice cap.
(AP/Boston Globe)

5. Pentagon fighting Taliban on social media front.
The U.S. military is ramping up efforts to counter the Taliban''s growing presence on social media sites by aggressively responding to falsehoods and reporting violations of the sites'' guidelines on violent threats, experts say.
(USA Today)

6. Morsi criticises Syria at Tehran meeting.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has said it is an "ethical duty" to support the Syrian people against the "oppressive regime" in Damascus. His speech at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran on Thursday prompted a walkout by the Syrians.
(Al Jazeera)

7. U.N. leader broaches delicate topics in meetings with top Iranian officials.
Making his first visit to Iran as United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon met with four members of the country’s hierarchy on Wednesday, including the supreme leader, in sessions that Mr. Ban’s spokesman described as “very serious meetings” that addressed the disputed Iranian nuclear program, the Syria conflict, human rights problems and what he called the leadership’s objectionable comments about Israel.
(New York Times)

8. Pakistan court postpones bail decision for girl accused of burning Quran.
A Pakistani court on Thursday postponed a decision on whether to grant bail to a Christian girl accused of burning pages of the Quran in a case that has heightened religious tensions in the capital, Islamabad.
(CNN)

9. World ''failing'' on Mali emergency.
The world has failed to respond to a growing emergency in Mali, where conflict has displaced nearly 500,000 people, UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says.
(BBC)

10. Powell was more skeptical about Iraq than previously thought.
Colin L. Powell, who as secretary of state famously made the case for war against Iraq in 2003 with an impassioned speech at the United Nations Security Council, was more skeptical about the evidence he used to justify the American-led invasion than previously known, according to a new memoir by Kofi Annan, the secretary general at the time.
(New York Times)

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