The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of August 6, 2013

Quote of the Day:
"The values of The Post do not need changing. The paper’s duty will remain to its readers and not to the private interests of its owners. We will continue to follow the truth wherever it leads, and we’ll work hard not to make mistakes. When we do, we will own up to them quickly and completely." Jeff Bezos, in a statement to Washington Post employees after purchasing the paper

1. U.S. and Britain withdraw personnel from Yemen.
After days of alarms and embassy lockdowns, the United States and Britain on Tuesday stepped up security precautions in Yemen, with Washington ordering “nonemergency” government personnel to leave and the Foreign Office in London saying it has withdrawn its diplomatic staff in the capital Sana “due to increased security concerns.”
(New York Times)

2. Sikh temple shooting anniversary marked by gun-control advocates.
It was a shooting that in many ways received less publicity than others that took place last year in Aurora, Colo., and Newton, Conn. But for the Wisconsin community that lived through the rampage at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, it is a tragedy that will never be forgotten.
(Los Angeles Times)

3. Japan marks anniversary of Hiroshima bombing.
Japan marked the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima with pledges to seek to eliminate nuclear weapons. About 50,000 people gathered Tuesday in Hiroshima''s peace park near the epicenter of the 1945 blast that killed up to 140,000 people. The bombing of Nagasaki three days later killed tens of thousands more, prompting Japan''s surrender to the World War II Allies.
(Los Angeles Times)

4. Gunman kills three at Pennsylvania town meeting.
A Pennsylvania man killed three people at a municipal meeting – including at least one town official – before being tackled and shot with his own gun. The man first fired through a wall into the room and then barged in, fatally shooting three people and wounding others, before he was tackled by a local official who turned the gun against the attacker.
(Guardian)

5. In Afghanistan, a second Guantanamo.
Of all the challenges the United States faces as it winds down the Afghanistan war, the most difficult might be closing the prison nicknamed “The Second Guantanamo.” The United States holds 67 non-Afghan prisoners there, including some described as hardened al-Qaeda operatives seized from around the world in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. More than a decade later, they’re still kept in the shadowy facility at Bagram air base outside Kabul.
(Washington Post)

6. Suspected U.S. drone kills 4 in Yemen.
A suspected U.S. drone killed four alleged al-Qaida members in Yemen on Tuesday, as the U.S. and British embassies evacuated staff amid reports of a threatened attack by al-Qaida that has triggered temporary shutdowns of 19 American diplomatic posts across the Muslim world.
(Associated Press)

7. Amid mediation, Egypt decries ''foreign pressure.''
The spokesman for Egypt''s interim president is decrying "foreign pressure" in a strongly worded message that appears to indicate Cairo''s uneasiness toward a flurry of visits by American, European, and Gulf envoys aimed at mediating a standoff with supporters of the ousted president.
(Associated Press)

8. Immigration bill critics focus on health law delay.
For many House conservatives, President Barack Obama''s decision to delay a central provision of his health care law has emerged as a major arguing point — not against that law but in opposition to immigration legislation.
(Associated Press)

9. A mogul gets a landmark in the capital.
The purchase price of $250 million is a pittance for a man who ranked 19th on Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires, with an estimated fortune of more than $25 billion. But the deal was still an astonishing move for a magnate who has kept a low profile in politics and has said almost nothing about his interest in newspapers, except that he reads them.
(New York Times)

10 Inquest: 6 killed by Thai soldiers during protests.
Six unarmed people killed at a Buddhist temple during a military crackdown on anti-government protesters in Thailand''s capital three years ago were slain by bullets fired by Thai soldiers, an inquest found Tuesday.
(Associated Press)

Sojourners relies on the support of readers like you to sustain our message and ministry.

Like what you're reading? Get Sojourners E-Mail updates!

Sojourners Comment Community Covenant

I will express myself with civility, courtesy, and respect for every member of the Sojourners online community, especially toward those with whom I disagree, even if I feel disrespected by them. (Romans 12:17-21)

I will express my disagreements with other community members' ideas without insulting, mocking, or slandering them personally. (Matthew 5:22)

I will not exaggerate others' beliefs nor make unfounded prejudicial assumptions based on labels, categories, or stereotypes. I will always extend the benefit of the doubt. (Ephesians 4:29)

I will hold others accountable by clicking "report" on comments that violate these principles, based not on what ideas are expressed but on how they're expressed. (2 Thessalonians 3:13-15)

I understand that comments reported as abusive are reviewed by Sojourners staff and are subject to removal. Repeat offenders will be blocked from making further comments. (Proverbs 18:7)