The Top 10 Stories of September 12, 2012
Quote of the day.
“We were there not to commit a crime, but to prevent one.” Brian Terrell, a member of the Catholic Worker Movement from Maloy, Iowa, one of two anti-war activists convicted in federal court of trespassing at central Missouri's Whiteman Air Force Base to protest the use of unmanned military drones.
(Kansas City Star/AP)
1. U.S. ambassador to Libya killed in Benghazi attack.
The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff were killed in a rocket attack on their car, a Libyan official said, as they were rushed from a consular building stormed by militants denouncing a U.S.-made film insulting the Prophet Mohammad.
2. US consulate attack in Libya underlines threat of fundamentalists.
Radicals who were kept at bay or in prison under dictators such as Gaddafi and Mubarak are now free to pursue their agendas.
3. U.S. poverty rate unchanged; record numbers persist.
The Census Bureau reports the number of Americans in poverty stood at 15 percent in 2011. About 46.2 million people, or nearly 1 in 6, were in poverty. That is not statistically different from the 15.1 percent who were impoverished in 2010.
4. Teachers strike enters its 3rd day with two sides ‘kilometers apart.’
While Mayor Rahm Emanuel suggested there were only two major issues remaining to work out, union President Karen Lewis noted they had agreed on only six of nearly 50 issues.
5. GOP infighting as farm bill suffers.
With farmers rallying at the Capitol Wednesday and the Senate showing no appetite for disaster aid substitutes, divisions are surfacing more among House Republicans over their leadership’s decision to block action on a five-year farm bill.
6. Quick start to program offering immigrants a reprieve.
One month after the Obama administration started a program to suspend deportations of young illegal immigrants, more than 72,000 of them have applied for the temporary reprieve, senior immigration officials said on Tuesday, and this week the first approvals have been granted.
(New York Times)
7. Israel-US spat: A help to Iran?
A day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s unusually caustic criticism of the US, Israel’s most important ally, tensions between the two nations have risen as the feud spilled into the media.
(Christian Science Monitor)
8. Relief crisis grows as refugees stream out of Syria.
International relief officials reported an increasingly grim aid crisis stemming from the Syria conflict on Tuesday, with two million people there not getting desperately needed help, and a sudden acceleration of refugees overwhelming the ability of neighboring countries to absorb them.
(New York Times)
9. Western support for Afghanistan war collapsing.
Large majorities in Europe and US favor withdrawal or troop reduction, according to transatlantic trends survey.
10. South Africa mine unrest spreads to new site.
Rioting South African miners blocked access to shafts of platinum giant Amplats as officials sought to prevent the widening strike movement from spiralling into a nationwide revolt.