The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of September 26, 2012

Quote of the day.
"The right to vote is something that the African-American church has fought for for decades. To see policies put in place that could diminish someone's ability to be able to vote? This is a civil rights issue. This is a democracy issue. This is a human rights issue.” Rev. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, inviting ministers across the nation to find and register thousands of young voters before the Oct. 9 deadline.
(Chicago Tribune)

1. Obama uses UN speech to condemn extremism.
President Barack Obama today sought to reset U.S. relations with the Arab world in the wake of anti-American riots triggered by an amateur video insulting the prophet Mohamed, that led to the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens.
(Guardian)

2. Test for Obama as deficit stays over $1 trillion.
President Obama and Mitt Romney have very different ideas on reducing the budget deficit, but experts have doubts that either plan is up to the challenge.
(New York Times)

3. Pa. judge raises possibility he will move to block voter ID law.
With just six weeks until the presidential election, a judge raised the possibility Tuesday that he would move to block Pennsylvania's controversial voter ID law.
(Philadelphia Inquirer/McClatchy Newspapers)

4. How engineered corn saved some farmers from disaster.
Estimates suggest that drought-resistant corn might have diminished potential crop losses by one-quarter this year — a development with major implications for a hotter, more crowded world.
(Christian Science Monitor)

5. Former President Clinton gets $2 billion in pledges to tackle world's woes.
With its theme of "Designing for Impact" and an emphasis on improving the lives of women and girls in the developing world, heads of states, business leaders and humanitarians at the eighth annual Clinton Global Initiative made 150 new pledges valued at about $2 billion to tackle some of the world's woes.
(Chicago Tribune)

6. Guards killed in Syrian military HQ blast.
Syrian state television is reporting that four security guards have been killed in two explosions near the Damascus general headquarters of Syria's army. Wednesday's attack engulfed at least two floors of the building in flames and left 14 people injured.
(Al Jazeera)

7. Rubber bullets at Madrid rally.
Spanish police have fired rubber bullets and baton-charged protesters attending a rally against austerity. The clashes broke out as protesters tried to tear down barriers blocking access to the parliament in Madrid.
(BBC)

8. Athens descends into violence as 200,000 march against austerity.
Police fired tear gas at crowds throwing rocks and petrol bombs. The exchange disrupted an otherwise peaceful march through the capital by up to 200,000 demonstrators participating in a general strike, the first big confrontation with Greece's three-month-old coalition government.
(Guardian)

9. Climate change is already damaging global economy.
Climate change is already contributing to the deaths of nearly 400,000 people a year and costing the world more than $1.2 trillion, wiping 1.6% annually from global GDP, according to a new study.
(Guardian)

10. Ahmadinejad's last hurrah in New York.
He is loathed in the West and weakened at home, but Iran's outspoken president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seems intent on raising hackles one more time during his last official visit to the United Nations this week.
(Reuters)

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