The Top 10 Stories of September 17, 2012
Quote of the day.
“I so strongly believe that the great religions of the world are stronger than any insults. They have withstood offense for centuries. Refraining from violence, then, is not a sign of weakness in one’s faith; it is absolutely the opposite, a sign that one’s faith is unshakable.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in a recent speech on religion in response to violence in the Muslim world.
1. Mayor will go to court to end Chicago teachers strike.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is threatening to go to court today to end the Chicago teachers strike after union delegates decided to extend the walkout at least two more days while they review a tenative deal.
2. Panetta: Curbing suicides is a top goal.
"Enormous stresses" created by more than a decade of war are key factors behind an unprecedented rate of military suicide, and combating it will be a top Pentagon priority, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says.
3. U.S. nuclear arsenal is overdue for overhaul.
The U.S. nuclear arsenal, the most powerful but indiscriminate class of weapons ever created, is set to undergo the costliest overhaul in its history, even as the military faces spending cuts to its conventional arms programs at a time of fiscal crisis.
B61 bomb offers a case study in needs, costs.
On the outskirts of New Mexico’s largest city, a team of engineers at Sandia National Laboratories is engaged in a long-running treasure hunt to make sure the oldest weapon in America’s nuclear arsenal, the B61 bomb, remains safe for deployment.
4. Myanmar's Suu Kyi begins landmark US visit.
Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be honored in Washington this week and presented Congress's highest award, the latest milestone in her remarkable journey from political prisoner to globe-trotting stateswoman.
5. Pope asks Christians to work towards peace.
Pope Benedict XVI has called on Middle Eastern Christians to work towards peace and reconciliation, stressing again the central theme of his visit to Lebanon, whose neighbour Syria is engulfed in a civil war.
6. Thousands protest around Muslim world.
Fresh protests are taking place around the Muslim world over an amateur anti-Islam video produced in the U.S.
7. U.S. is preparing for a long siege of Arab unrest.
After days of anti-American violence across the Muslim world, the White House is girding itself for an extended period of turmoil that will test the security of American diplomatic missions and President Obama’s ability to shape the forces of change in the Middle East.
(New York Times)
8. NATO disasters stack up in Afghanistan.
In a disastrous day for the NATO force in Afghanistan, four American troops were gunned down Sunday by Afghan police, a U.S. airstrike killed eight Afghan women foraging for fuel on a rural hillside, and military officials disclosed that a Taliban strike on a southern base had destroyed more than $150 million worth of planes and equipment.
(Los Angeles Times)
9. Iran confirms it has forces in Syria.
Iran has confirmed for the first time that forces from its revolutionary guards corps (IRGC) are in Syria helping Bashar al-Assad's government crush rebels, and warned that it would get involved militarily if its Arab ally came under attack.
10. Arctic expert predicts final collapse of sea ice within four years.
In what he calls a "global disaster" now unfolding in northern latitudes as the sea area that freezes and melts each year shrinks to its lowest extent ever recorded, professor Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University calls for "urgent" consideration of new ideas to reduce global temperatures.