The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of September 5, 2012

Quote of the day.
“The huge populations in West Africa have disappeared, and those in the center and east are going rapidly. The question is: Do you want your children to grow up in a world without elephants?” Andrew Dobson, an ecologist at Princeton, speaking of the mass slaughter of African elephants for their ivory tusks, which is putting the survival of the species at risk.
(New York Times)

1. Where religion and politics meet.
Five prominent religious leaders debated the role of religion in politics Tuesday night at the first installment of the 2012-13 Notre Dame Forum, "A More Perfect Union: The Future of Americas.
(South Bend (IN) Tribune)

2. First lady: Obama''s life makes him understand.
First lady Michelle Obama did for Democrats Tuesday exactly what the Republicans wanted Ann Romney to do: Humanize her husband, making him more appealing and accessible to voters whose connection has wavered.
(Politico)

3. Party platforms are poles apart in their view of the nation.
Voters are forever being told that they face stark choices. But the platform that Democrats approved Tuesday at their convention in Charlotte, N.C., was, in areas from social issues to entitlements, a mirror image of the platform that the Republicans adopted last week in Tampa, Fla.
(New York Times)

4. Judge rules against Florida policy linking tuition to parents’ immigration status.
A federal judge in Miami has ruled the state is discriminating against potentially thousands of U.S. citizens who live in Florida, by charging them higher out-of-state tuition as nonresident students simply because their parents may lack legal U.S. residency.
(Miami Herald/McClatchy)

5. U.S. details "gross negligence" by BP.
The U.S. Justice Department is ramping up its rhetoric against BP PLC for the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, describing in new court papers examples of what it calls "gross negligence and willful misconduct."
(Reuters)

6. Quebec election victory ends in tragedy.
A historic Quebec election that returned the Parti Québécois to power ended in tragedy Tuesday when a gunman killed one person and wounded another, then tried to start a fire at the Montreal venue where PQ Leader Pauline Marois was celebrating her minority mandate.
(Globe & Mail)

7. Prevalence of malnutrition in southern Afghanistan ''shocking.''
Around a third of young children in southern Afghanistan are acutely malnourished, with a level of deprivation similar to that found in famine zones, a government survey has found, despite the hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid that has been poured into the region.
(Guardian)

8. Iran supplying Syrian military via Iraqi airspace.
Iran has resumed shipping military equipment to Syria over Iraqi airspace in a new effort to bolster the embattled government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, according to senior American officials.
(New York Times)

9. Strikers march at S. Africa''s platinum mine.
More than 1,000 striking South African miners have demonstrated at Lonmin''s Marikana mine, where police shot dead 34 of their colleagues last month.
(Al Jazeera)

10. Eurozone demands six-day week for Greece.
Greece''s eurozone creditors are demanding that the government in Athens introduce a six-day working week as part of the stiff terms for the country''s second bailout.
(Guardian)

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