The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of October 12, 2012

Quote of the day.
“The niqab and the prayer room are pretexts. The aim is another vision of society.” Habib Kazdaghli, dean of the arts, letters and humanities faculty at the University of Manouba, Tunisia, on the issues ultra-conservative student protestors are demanding. 
(Washington Post

1. Question on Catholicism, abortion, makes for dramatic moments in debate.
It was the first-ever debate between two Roman Catholics vying for a White House perch, and in Thursday’s face-off between Vice President Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, the question was put plainly: How does your faith shape your position on abortion? 
(CNN Belief Blog)

2. Biden, Ryan clash on economy, foreign policy.
Vice President Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) tangled fiercely and noisily here Thursday night over the economy and foreign policy in a spirited debate that underscored the vast differences between the Democratic and Republican tickets on virtually every issue in the presidential campaign.
(Washington Post)

3. Most Americans believe warming is tied to extreme weather events.
The majority of Americans think global warming is not only affecting weather but is also worsening extreme weather events, including record-high summer temperatures and the Midwest drought, a new survey released today (Oct. 9) finds.
(LiveScience/Huffington Post)

4. Group asks AP to stop using ‘illegal’ label.
A Christian social-justice organization [Sojourners] has called on the Associated Press to stop labeling undocumented immigrants “illegal” in the Associated Press Stylebook, a Bible for reporting and editing decisions used by news media across the United States.
(Associated Baptist Press)

5. Protecting U.S. jobs in trade pact could hurt global AIDS fight.
If drug companies working in North Carolina and elsewhere get their way in protecting brand-name drugs in a new international trade deal, critics fear that millions of people with AIDS in poor countries will go untreated, losing access to cheaper generics that could keep them alive.

6. Nobel Peace Prize awarded to European Union.
The European Union has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for six decades of work in advancing peace in Europe. The committee said the EU had helped to transform Europe "from a continent of war to a continent of peace."

7. Malala Yousafzai: Pakistan observes day of prayer.
On Friday, school children dedicated prayers to her recovery in morning assemblies and she was also remembered during weekly prayers at mosques across the country. Many prayer leaders condemned the attack, including the chief cleric of Pakistan''s largest mosque, Shahi Masjid, in Lahore.

8. U.N. poised to adopt military plan for Mali.
French officials say U.N. Security Council will vote to pass a resolution allowing for military intervention in Mali.
(Al Jazeera)

9. Drone downed by Israel sent by Hezbollah.
The leader of the Lebanese movement Hezbollah has said that his organisation launched an Iranian-built drone that was shot down in Israeli airspace last week.
(Al Jazeera)

10. Iran sea trade buckles under Western sanctions.
Iran''s vital seaborne trade is collapsing under the weight of Western sanctions, deepening hardship for a population deprived of basic imports and heaping intense pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.

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