Quote of the day.
"The family must release him so that God may have his own way. They must release him spiritually and put their faith in the hands of God. Once the family releases him, the people of South Africa will follow." Andrew Mlangeni, long-time friend and anti-apartheid freedom fighter, as Nelson Mandela is admitted to the hospital in "serious but stable" condition.
1. Senate digs in for long battle on immigrants.
After seven months of steadily building momentum, the push for a comprehensive overhaul of the immigration system enters its most crucial phase this week in the Senate, where Republicans remain divided over how much to cooperate with President Obama as they try to repair their party’s standing among Hispanic voters.
(New York Times)
2. Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations.
The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in U.S. political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. … The Guardian, after several days of interviews, is revealing his identity at his request.
3. From obscurity to notoriety, Snowden took an unusual path.
Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old National Security Agency contractor who admitted that he was behind recent leaks of classified intelligence, has vaulted from obscurity to international notoriety, joining the ranks of high-profile leakers such as Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame.
4. After drought, rains plaguing Midwest farms.
One of the worst droughts in this nation’s history, a dry spell that persisted through the early part of this year, has ended with torrential rains this spring that have overwhelmed vast stretches of the country, including much of the farm belt.
(New York Times)
5. In nation''s breadbasket, Latinos stuck in poverty.
California''s San Joaquin Valley is one of the richest agricultural regions in the world, with Fresno County farmers receiving a record $6.8 billion in revenues last year. But the region also consistently ranks among the nation''s most impoverished.
6. Obama and Xi try to avoid a Cold War mentality.
President Obama and Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader, emerged over the weekend in California from their first lengthy talks declaring their determination to keep disputes over cyberespionage and territorial claims in the Pacific from descending into a cold war mentality and to avoid the pitfalls of a rising power confronting an established one.
(New York Times)
7. Syria troops preparing for Aleppo assault.
Syrian government forces are reported to be preparing for a major offensive on rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo and its surroundings.
8. Outside Istanbul, Turkey’s protests have many demands.
From the laid-back Aegean coast to the plains of conservative Anatolia, anti-government demonstrations have rocked this country with a strength that few would have predicted just 10 days ago.
9. 2 out of 3 people face hunger as Haiti woes mount.
The hardship of hunger abounds amid the stone homes and teepee-like huts in the mountains along Haiti''s southern coast.
10. Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2012.
China led a rise in global carbon dioxide emissions to a record high in 2012, more than offsetting falls in the United States and Europe, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Monday.