The Top 10 Stories of August 9, 2012

By Duane Shank 8-09-2012

Quote of the day.
"We must all do something for peace. We must stop this insanity of worshipping the gods of metal. We must take a stand against evil and idolatry. This is our destiny at the most critical time of human history. But it’s also the greatest opportunity ever offered to any group of people in the history of our world—to save our world from complete annihilation." - Father George Zabelka, a Catholic chaplain with the U.S. Air Force who served as a priest for the airmen who dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, in a 1985 speech. Today is the anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing.
(The Plough)

1. Nuns meet to weigh their reply to the Vatican.
With their leaders saying that they stand at a historic crossroads, more than 900 Roman Catholic nuns have gathered for a four-day meeting to decide how to respond to a biting Vatican assessment that cast them as disobedient dissenters and ordered three American bishops to overhaul the nuns’ organization, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
(New York Times)

2. Missouri voters OK 'right to pray' amendment.
The measure — Amendment 2 — says Missourians’ right to express religious beliefs can’t be infringed. It protects voluntary prayer in schools and requires public schools to display a copy of the Bill of Rights.
(Kansas City Star/McClatchy Newspapers)

3. Ariz. immigration checks could start.
A central part of Arizona's law cracking down on illegal immigration could take effect shortly, after a federal appeals court Wednesday formally cleared the way for the first enforcement of a controversial provision requiring police to conduct immigration checks on people they stop, question or arrest whom they suspect are in the country illegally.

4. Census seeks changes in how it measures race.
To keep pace with rapidly changing notions of race, the Census Bureau wants to make broad changes to its surveys that would treat "Hispanic" as a distinct category regardless of race, end use of the term "Negro" and offer new ways to identify Middle Easterners.
(Associated Press)

5. White House adviser defends Yemen strategy.
President Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser on Wednesday defended the administration’s strategy to stem the growth of al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, saying its use of targeted killing is part of a wider approach that includes humanitarian, development and military assistance.
(Washington Post)

6. Floods submerge most of Philippine capital.
Emergency workers and troops have rushed food, water and clothes to nearly 800,000 people displaced and marooned from deadly floods spawned by more than a week of southwest monsoon rains that soaked the Philippine capital and nearby provinces.
(Al Jazeera)

7. Clashes rage in rebel bastions of Syria's Aleppo. 
Clashes between government troops and rebels raged Thursday in opposition bastions of the besieged city of Aleppo as President Bashar Assad's key state backer Iran prepared to host a gathering of allies for talks on how to end the conflict.
(Associated Press)

8. Egypt's president fires intelligence chief.
Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi has fired his spy chief Murad Muwafi in a major shake-up of military and intelligence ranks extending to the head of the Republican Guard and the governor of North Sinai.
(Al Jazeera)

9. Plots are tied to shadow war of Israel and Iran.
Analysts say the shadow war pitting Israel against Iran and Hezbollah has more in common with the cloak-and-dagger maneuverings of the C.I.A. and the K.G.B. during the cold war than the publicity-hungry terrorism campaign of Al Qaeda.
(New York Times)

10. Potential grows for food crisis as prices surge.
The world could face a food crisis of the kind seen in 2007/08 if countries restrict exports on concerns about a drought-fuelled grain price rally, the U.N.'s food agency warned on Thursday, after reporting a surge in global food prices in July.

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