Quote of the day.
"She is wondering if she can get up, or if she will fall down. Women in Afghanistan need to be careful with every step they take." - Shamsia Hassani, 24, one of Afghanistan's first street artists to use graffiti to chronicle violence and oppression, describing a drawing of a distraught woman in a burqa slumped on a cement stairwell.
1. 10 things to watch on Super Tuesday.
"Will Mitt Romney smack down Rick Santorum in Ohio, or will it go the other way around? Will Newt Gingrich be relegated to the status of regional candidate with a single-state win in Georgia? Does anyone remember Ron Paul’s caucus strategy?"
2. Study shows deep racial divide in U.S. schools.
"Black and Latino students across the United States are far more likely to be suspended than white students - and far less likely to have access to rigorous college-prep courses, according to a sweeping study released today by the U.S. Department of Education."
3. White House moves G-8 summit to Camp David.
"In a surprise turnaround, the White House announced Monday afternoon that Chicago won’t be hosting the controversial G-8 summit after all."
4. President may order killing of American terrorists.
"The president has legal authority to target and kill American citizens working with Al Qaeda and its allies overseas, according to Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., who declared that when such people pose a threat to the country and cannot be captured, 'we must take steps to stop them.'"
(Los Angeles Times)
5. Obama presses Netanyahu to resist strikes on Iran
"With Israel warning of a possible military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, President Obama urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Monday to give diplomacy and economic sanctions a chance to work before resorting to military action."
(New York Times)
6. Fresh Iran nuclear talks agreed.
"Six major world powers and Iran are to hold fresh talks on Tehran's nuclear programme... Iran had earlier said it was prepared under certain conditions to grant inspectors from the UN''s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to the key military site of Parchin."
7. Syria faces outrage.
"Syrian President Bashar al-Assad faced growing Western anger Tuesday for preventing aid from entering a devastated district of Homs and over accusations of human rights abuses, including pictures said to show torture victims at a hospital in the city."
8. The PR challenge in Afghanistan.
"Military leaders' unflinching public optimism is perhaps as old as war itself. With Afghanistan largely ignored in the United States, many of the military''s utterances have long gone unquestioned. But the violent protests – continuing today with a suicide bombing outside a US base – underscore declining confidence on both sides and increasing doubt that the war is still worth fighting."
(Christian Science Monitor)
9. Leadership rift Emerges in Pakistani Taliban.
"The Pakistani Taliban faced the prospect of a damaging leadership rift on Monday when the abrupt dismissal of a senior commander provoked an angry reaction in the militants’ ranks."
(New York Times)
10. World Bank data shows poverty in retreat.
"Global poverty in 2010 was half its level from 1990, indicating that the Millennium Development Goal of reducing world poverty by half by 2015 had been met in advance of the deadline, according to the World Bank."