The Top 10 Stories of February 15, 2012

By Duane Shank 2-15-2012

Quote of the day.
"The Holocaust shows not only how low humanity can go, but also how high it can go. Someone in a camp who shares his last bread with a friend sheds new light on the word friendship." - Dorit Novak, director of the Yad Vashem Memorial and Museum’s International School for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem.
(New York Times)

1. Tennessee faith leaders: avoid immigration rhetoric.
"Tennessee faith leaders called on presidential candidates to refrain from negative campaign rhetoric regarding immigration leading up to the state’s March 6 Republican primary."
(Associated Baptist Press)

2. Obama shift on providing contraception splits critics.
"Leaders of several large Catholic organizations have welcomed the president’s plan on birth control coverage, but bishops have continued to voice strong objections."
(New York Times)

3. Chinese blocked visit by U.S. religious freedom envoy.
"Chinese officials denied a visa to a top State Department envoy and refused to meet with her to discuss issues of religious freedom days before this week’s high-profile visit to Washington by China’s vice president, according to rights advocates and others."
(Washington Post)

4. Deal would extend jobless benefits, prevent Medicare cut.
"One day after House Republican leaders made a major concession on the payroll tax cut, congressional negotiators struck a tentative deal that also would extend long-term unemployment benefits and prevent drastic reductions in doctors'' Medicare payments."
(Los Angeles Times)

5. Apple admits it has a human rights problem.
"Thousands of Chinese factory workers will be given the chance to detail the punishing conditions on assembly lines producing Apple iPads and iPhones, after the US company bowed to criticism and agreed to allow independent inspections of its supply chain."

6. Israel and Iran: at war in the shadows.
"An apparent attempted bombing in Bangkok Tuesday lent greater credence to the belief that Iran lies behind a wave of bombings apparently directed at Israeli targets."
(Toronto Globe & Mail)

7. Syria violence unabated as UN vote looms.
"Syrian government forces have launched an offensive in the city of Hama, as the shelling of opposition strongholds in the city of Homs continued, activists say."
(Al Jazeera)

8. After revolution in Egypt, women's taste of equality fades.
"Women were at the vanguard in the protests that ousted Hosni Mubarak. But long-held sexism has reasserted itself at the hands of the military and the Islamists."
(Los Angeles Times)

9. Greece stumbles defiantly toward default.
"Fears that Greece is heading towards the eurozone''s first sovereign debt default hardened when the country's EU creditors abruptly called off an emergency meeting that was supposed to agree a €130bn bailout."

10. Poor diet kills 2.6 million infants a year.
"Malnutrition is the root cause of the deaths of 2.6 million children each year, and the bodies and brains of 450 million more will fail to develop properly due to inadequate diet over the next 15 years unless immediate action is taken."

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