The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of January 10, 2013

Quote of the day.
“The moment I feel like I can move, I will go back to the mountains, rearm myself and fight you again.” Eidi Mohammed, a former Taliban commander who renounced violence and sought amnesty under the Afghan government’s reconciliation program, but is now jobless and losing hope he will ever find work.
(New York Times)

1. Biden''s gun panel meets with faith leaders.
Vice President Joe Biden and officials on his gun violence committee held an unannounced meeting Wednesday evening with a group of 12 national faith leaders.

2. New York is moving quickly to enact tough curbs on guns.
New York State is nearing agreement on a proposal to put what would be some of the nation’s strictest gun-control laws into effect, including what Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vowed on Wednesday would be an ironclad ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines,
(New York Times)

3. Mayor Menino declares public health emergency in Boston.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino declared a public health emergency Wednesday morning because of the expanding flu outbreak. …  The city has 700 confirmed cases of flu so and four flu-related deaths.
(Boston Globe)

4. For Americans under 50, stark findings on health.
Younger Americans die earlier and live in poorer health than their counterparts in other developed countries, with far higher rates of death from guns, car accidents and drug addiction, according to a new analysis of health and longevity in the United States.
(New York Times)

5. State of the Union may outline immigration reform.
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday hinted that President Obama could outline his proposal for immigration reform in his State of the Union address.
(The Hill)

6. Syria and Iran swap prisoners.
Syria has released 2,130 opposition prisoners in exchange for 48 Iranians who were abducted while apparently on a pilgrimage in Damascus five months ago.

7. South African medical school seeks to combat shortage of rural doctors.
A South African medical school has become the first in Africa to address the continent''s chronic shortage of rural doctors by sending students to spend their final year among the vineyard workers and fruit-pickers of the Western Cape.

8. Hamas and Fatah agree on unity deal.
The leaders of the rival Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas have agreed in Cairo to renew efforts to implement a two-year-old unity deal.

9. Harper’s meeting with chiefs on verge of collapse.
Direct talks between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and first nations leaders are near collapse before they have even begun. A chief whose hunger strike has made her a hero of the native protest movement urged fellow chiefs on Wednesday to join her in a boycott of the event. 
(Toronto Globe & Mail)

10. Venezuelans reflect as inauguration postponed.
With Venezuela''s Hugo Chavez postponing his presidential inauguration which had been set for Thursday, analysts across the oil-rich nation are reflecting on the benefits and drawbacks of his 14 years of populist governance. 
(Al Jazeera)

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