The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of July 15, 2013

Quote of the day.
"Low-income folks will often buy foods that are calorie-dense. We want to try to nudge them in the direction of farmers markets and purchasing healthy, less-processed foods. This is part of that strategy." Kevin Concannon, undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services at the USDA, on efforts to provide farmers markets with wireless debit card machines so they can accept SNAP cards.
(USA Today)

1. Rallies, marches follow Zimmerman verdict.
Thousands of demonstrators from across the country — chanting, praying, and even fighting tears — protested a jury's decision to clear neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager while the Justice Department considered whether to file criminal civil rights charges. 
(Associated Press)

2. U.S. budget cuts fall heavily on American Indians.
Legislation specifically exempted many programs that benefit low-income Americans, but virtually none aiding American Indians were included.
(New York Times)

3. New evidence that IRS targeted progressive groups.
The House Oversight committee’s top Democrat on Friday will release new evidence that the Internal Revenue Service targeted both progressive and conservative groups for extra scrutiny during the 2010 and 2012 election cycles.
(Washington Post)

4. Guantánamo officials accused of 'cheating' over hunger strike numbers.
Guantánamo guards have been accused of using the Muslim holy month of Ramadan to massage hunger strike numbers, after the U.S. military claimed Sunday that less than half of the inmate population are now on strike.
(Guardian)

5. Israel increases pressure on U.S. to act on Iran.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Obama administration must show the new Iranian government that a military option “is truly on the table.”
(New York Times)

6. A month after U.S. pledged more help, Syrian rebels in worse shape.
A month after the Obama administration pledged stepped-up support for Syria’s armed opposition, the government of President Bashar Assad’s position has improved, with U.S. assistance to the rebels apparently stalled and deadly rifts opening among the forces battling to topple the Assad regime.
(McClatchy News)

7. U.S., Egypt talks to begin as protests planned.
The first senior U.S. official to visit Egypt since the army toppled the country's elected president will hold high-level talks on Monday in Cairo, where thousands of supporters of the ousted Islamist leader are expected to take to the streets.
(Reuters)

8. Congolese influx to Uganda reaches 60,000.
At least 60,000 refugees from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have now arrived in neighbouring Uganda after fleeing a rebel attack on a town near the border, Red Cross officials said.
(Al Jazeera)

9. U.N. peacekeepers killed in Darfur ambush.
Seven United Nations peacekeepers were killed and 17 were injured in an ambush in the Darfur region of western Sudan, U.N. officials announced Saturday.
(McClatchy News)

10. In liberated Libya, women struggle to raise their hand.
Debate over women’s role in a new Libya is currently focused on a proposed female quota for a committee to draft a new constitution, but that is only the latest front in a larger campaign by some women to challenge what they describe as a deep-rooted and prevailing mentality.
(Christian Science Monitor)

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