Quote of the day.
“It doesn’t matter that Pope Francis doesn’t use the expression ‘theology of liberation.’ What is important is that he speaks and acts on behalf of the liberation of the poor, the oppressed, and those who have suffered injustice. And that is what he has done, with indubitable clarity.” Leonardo Boff, theologian and former Franciscan priest who in 1985 was ordered not to write or speak publicly for a year because of his views, now emeritus professor of the philosophy of religion at the state university in Rio de Janeiro.
(New York Times)
1. Across U.S., people rally for 'Justice for Trayvon.'
Crowds chanted "Justice! Justice!" as they rallied in dozens of U.S. cities Saturday, urging authorities to change self-defense laws and press federal civil rights charges against a former neighborhood watch leader found not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.
2. Ex-city workers on edge in Detroit.
The battle over the future of Detroit is set to begin this week in federal court, where government leaders will square off against retirees in a colossal debate over what the city owes to a prior generation of residents as it tries to rebuild for the next.
3. Immigration faces critical weeks.
August is certain to become a storm of dueling town halls, rallies, and lobbying efforts on both sides, so how lawmakers handle the next two weeks will be critical. Three factions are emerging that could help decide what — if anything — the House does on immigration.
4. Strain on military families felt by young children.
At a time when the U.S. military has the highest number of parents among its active-duty service members and is engaged in the longest sustained military conflict in history, in Iraq and Afghanistan, new research is showing that the strain on military families is being felt acutely by even its youngest members, children under the age of 6.
5. In climbing income ladder, location matters.
The study — based on millions of anonymous earnings records and being released this week by a team of top academic economists — is the first with enough data to compare upward mobility across metropolitan areas.
(New York Times)
6. New frontiers for U.S. military spy drones.
As the Obama administration dials back the number of drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen, the U.S. military is shifting its huge fleet of unmanned aircraft to other hot spots around the world.
7. Pakistan battles polio, and its people's mistrust.
Anger … over American foreign policy has led to a disastrous setback for the global effort against polio. In December, nine vaccinators were shot dead here, and two Taliban commanders banned vaccination in their areas, saying the vaccinations could resume only if drone strikes ended.
(New York Times)
8. Unexploded ordnance killing Afghan civilians as bases abandoned.
The U.S.-led coalition is failing to clear unexploded munitions from the Afghan bases it’s demolishing as it withdraws its combat forces, leaving a deadly legacy that has killed and maimed a growing number of civilians, United Nations demining officials charge.
9. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks' resumption put in doubt by both sides.
Moves towards a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were mired in rumours, rebuttals, criticism, and confusion on Sunday in an indication of the political and diplomatic swamp facing key negotiators and their mediator, the U.S. secretary of state, John Kerry.
10. Passing: Pioneering reporter Helen Thomas aged into legend.
Covering 10 presidents over five decades, Helen Thomas aged into a legend. She was the only reporter with her name inscribed on a chair in the White House briefing room — her own front row seat to history. Starting as a copy girl in 1943, when women were considered unfit for serious reporting, Thomas rose to bureau chief.