Quote of the day.
“Who’s talking about poor people? About working people? I hear people say we have a problem with youth apathy. It’s not a matter of apathy, to me. It’s a matter of youth recognition that the options are not sufficient.” Yasmin Kenny, Tampa, Fla., who earns $4.65 an hour as a server at a catering company, is one of millions of struggling working-class young adults who are up for grabs in this election.
(New York Times)
1. Many in GOP voted for forced budget cuts before being against them.
Republican congressional leaders are backing away from a trigger system of forced spending cuts that they hailed 13 months ago as a herald of fiscal discipline and for which GOP lawmakers voted by large margins.
2. Veteran benefits bill heads to vote.
Veterans groups and Democrats are urging Republican senators to put political bickering aside and stop blocking a bill which would help offset high unemployment rates among veterans.
3. Number of undocumented immigrants arrested and deported hits record high.
The report confirms numbers available separately at the ICE’s website, which shows that in 2011 the agency deported a record number of foreigners without documents: 396,906, most of them with criminal records.
4. Aung San Suu Kyi awarded U.S. congressional medal.
Aung San Suu Kyi has been presented with the US Congress' highest civilian honour at a ceremony in Washington, describing it as "one of the most moving days of my life."
5. U.S. war resister to be deported from Canada today.
An American soldier who sought refuge in Canada after she became disillusioned with the Iraq war has been ordered to leave the country by Thursday. Kimberly Rivera has said she will comply with the Canadian government’s deportation order and leave the country with her family,
(Globe & Mail)
6. Allies use power of purse against Syrian regime.
A coalition including the United States, the European Union and the Arab League met Thursday to plot new ways of isolating the regime of Syria's President Bashar Assad, as a Syrian opposition leader warned that sanctions alone won''t bring the regime down.
7. Women's participation in peace—how does it compare?
It may be International Peace day tomorrow but a study out today suggests women are being shut out of peace processes with low numbers of women participating in official roles.
8. Japan backs off goal to phase out nuclear power by 2040.
In an abrupt turnabout, the Japanese government on Wednesday stopped short of formally adopting the goal it announced just last week—to phase out nuclear power by 2040—after the plan drew intense opposition from business groups and communities whose economies depend on local nuclear power plants.
(New York Times)
9. New North Korea and Iran pact raises international concern.
North Korea and Iran appear to be deepening their nuclear technology relationship under a new agreement reached between the two nations that President Bush labelled part of an "axis of evil."
(Christian Science Monitor)
10. World Bank sees Palestinian fiscal crisis worsening.
A fiscal crisis facing the Palestinian Authority will deepen unless foreign donors increase their support and Israel lifts a web of restrictions in the West Bank that hinder private investment needed to drive economic growth, the World Bank said in a report released Wednesday.