Quote of the day.
"In America a lot of people have lost their jobs. But also in Europe and in Berlin, times are tough. This song is for all those who are struggling." - Bruce Springsteen, during a concert at Berlin's Olympiastadion, introducing his song, “Jack of All Trades,” an attack on bankers that includes the lyrics: "The banker man grows fat, working man grows thin."
1. North Carolina network has eyes to see region’s poor.
The result is the Eastern North Carolina Poverty Network, an affiliation of churches and non-profit groups pooling their money and ministry resources into a multi-county, multi-denominational effort to serve the working poor.
(Associated Baptist Press)
2. In Greece, church’s tangled ties with government raise questions.
The Greek Orthodox Church has long been not just a religious force but also an economic one, with a stake in the Greek National Bank, landholdings second only to the Greek government and a clergy bankrolled by the state.
3. Attorney General Holder attacks voter ID laws in speech to black churches.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation's top law enforcement officer, told a gathering of black church leaders on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., that laws requiring citizens to show a photo I.D. before voting were a threat to voting rights
4. Students press for action on immigration.
Young illegal immigrants, saying President Obama has done little to diminish the threat of deportations they face despite repeated promises, have started a campaign to press him to use executive powers to allow them to remain legally in the country.
(New York Times)
5. More urgency needed to help homeless veterans.
The secretaries of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development argue for more urgency and funds to meet the White House’s goal of ending veterans’ homelessness by 2015.
6. Israeli official weighs an imposed Palestinian border.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday that Israel should consider imposing the borders of a future Palestinian state, becoming the most senior government official to suggest bypassing a stagnant peace process.
(New York Times)
7. Image shows clean-up work undertaken at Iran military site.
U.N. nuclear inspectors displayed new satellite imagery on Wednesday indicating that some small buildings had been dismantled and other possible clean-up work undertaken at an Iranian military site they want to visit.
8. Tens of thousands flee 'extreme violence' in Congo.
Villagers and townspeople in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are facing "extreme violence" with atrocities including mass executions, abductions, mutilations and rapes being committed almost daily, according to aid workers in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province.
9. Exit Kofi Annan – with Syria still massacring its people and Russia still blocking international action.
Kofi Annan flew out of Damascus yesterday amid news of fresh atrocities on the ground and as the Syrian opposition accused Russia of encouraging the regime to commit “savage crimes” against its people after Moscow ruled out supporting any new action at the UN.
10. Euro setup is unsustainable.
The setup of the 17-country euro currency union is unsustainable, the head of the European Central Bank has told EU leaders, warning they must quickly come up with a broad vision for the future to get the bloc through the current financial crisis.