The Top 10 Stories of January 19, 2012

By Duane Shank 1-19-2012

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Quote of the day.
“In recent months, the public have seen starkly different images of Christianity. On the one hand, there is the image of a church institution concerned with order and routine. On the other hand, there are Christians backing ''Occupy'' and planning a ring of prayer.” - Symon Hill, associate director of Ekklesia, an independent British, not-for-profit think tank which examines the role of religion in public life.

1. Advocates say tough new state laws make immigration reform more urgent.
"The repressive immigration law passed last year by the Georgia General Assembly, which The New York Times called 'one of the nation''s toughest,' was what brought Frank Mulcahy, executive director of the Georgia Catholic Conference, to Utah in mid-January."
(Catholic News Service)

2. Obama administration rejects Keystone XL pipeline.
"President Obama, denouncing a 'rushed and arbitrary deadline' set by congressional Republicans, announced Wednesday that he was rejecting a Canadian firm’s application for a permit to build and operate the Keystone XL pipeline, a massive project that would have stretched from Canada’s oil sands to refineries in Texas."
(Washington Post)

3. The Internet flexes its muscles.
"In cutting off access to thousands of websites for a day, the tech industry flexed its political muscle with a don't-mess-with-the-Web campaign that highlighted its vast reach and how indispensable the Internet has become."
(Los Angeles Times)

4. Pentagon budget feels pinch already.
"Overseas war funding will continue to fall under President Barack Obama’s new 2013 budget, and last summer’s debt agreement appears to be driving faster-than-expected cuts in core Pentagon appropriations."

5. Pakistan to re-open NATO route.
"Pakistan expects to re-open supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan, halted after a NATO cross-border air attack killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November, but will impose tariffs."

6. Taliban peace talks 'at risk' as Obama stalls on Guantánamo.
"The Obama administration is in danger of missing an historic opportunity for a peace settlement in Afghanistan if it does not act quickly to release prisoners in response to a Taliban offer to open talks."

7. In Syria, world inaction fuels armed revolt.
"Growing indications that a deeply divided international community is either unable or unwilling to intervene to halt the violence in Syria are fueling an armed rebellion that risks plunging the country, and perhaps the region, into a wider war."
(Washington Post)

8. Western support for Arab revolts could cause a 'big war.'
"Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, warned Wednesday that outside encouragement of antigovernment uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa could lead to 'a very big war that will cause suffering not only to countries in the region, but also to states far beyond its boundaries.'"
(New York Times)

9. Myanmar's Suu Kyi registers for April vote.
"Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi launched her historic bid for a seat in parliament Wednesday in the latest sign of change in the country after the end of decades of outright military rule."
(Al Jazeera)

10. Iran warns region against stance on Hormuz.
"Iran's foreign minister warned Arab neighbors on Thursday not to put themselves in a 'dangerous position' by aligning themselves too closely with the United States in the escalating dispute over Tehran's nuclear activity." 

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