The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of August 31, 2012

Quote of the day.
"Our vision is to bring all kids together, regardless of background, so they can have fun." Dani Steiner, camp director.of the Jordan River Village camp in Israel that brings Jewish and Arab children with serious illnesses together.
(USA Today)

1. Misery in La. as Isaac flooding leaves power out.
Isaac sloshed northwards into the nation''s midsection Friday after flooding stretches of Louisiana and knocking out power, leaving entire water-logged neighborhoods without lights, air conditioning or clean water.
(Associated Press)

2. Romney draws battle lines in GOP acceptance speech.
Mitt Romney claimed the Republican presidential nomination Thursday night with a promise to restore the nation’s economic strength and a critique of President Obama’s record, which he said has turned hope and change into failure and disappointment for the nation’s families.
(Washington Post)

3. Federal court strikes down Texas voter ID law.
In a resounding rebuke of Texas’ Republican leadership, a three-judge federal panel Thursday knocked down the state’s new far-reaching photo voter ID law, which the court said illegally suppressed Latino and African-American voters.
(McClatchy)

4. Iraq war resister Kimberly Rivera ordered to leave Canada by Sept. 20.
Canada Border Services Agency has ruled that an American soldier who has been living in Toronto because she didn’t want to serve in Iraq must return to the U.S.
(Globe & Mail)

5. Rebels, Syrian troops clash in Aleppo.
Syrian rebels have begun a major operation in the Aleppo region, aiming to strike at security compounds and bases around Syria''s largest city, activists said Friday.
(Associated Press)

6. Inspectors confirm new work by Iran at secure nuclear site.
Iran has installed three-quarters of the nuclear centrifuges it needs to complete a site deep underground for the production of nuclear fuel, international inspectors reported Thursday, a finding that led the White House to warn that “the window that is open now to resolve this diplomatically will not remain open indefinitely.”
(New York Times)

7. South African miners charged with murder of colleagues killed by police.
The 270 miners arrested during violent strikes in South Africa have been charged with the murder of their 34 colleagues who were shot dead by police.
(Guardian)

8. Amazon forest threat is greater outside Brazil.
Across this corner of eastern Bolivia, peasants torch the forest for subsistence crops, while soy producers clear trees to plant one of the world’s great cash crops. Their relentless push, much of it legal, has given Bolivia the highest rate of Amazonian deforestation and underscored a little-known trend that environmentalists say should be a wake-up call for the world’s greatest forest.
(Washington Post)

9. Court extends detention in Pakistan blasphemy case.
A Pakistani court Friday ordered a Christian girl accused of blasphemy to be held in prison for two more weeks as police finish their investigation and decide whether to charge her, her lawyer and police said.
(Associated Press)

10. Food prices jump will hit poor.
Global food prices have leapt by 10 percent in the month of July, raising fears of soaring prices for the planet''s poorest, the World Bank has warned.
(BBC)

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