Quote of the day.
"We're much safer than we were before. That's now a proven fact." Linda Jackson, president of the Lower 9th Ward Homeowners Association in New Orleans, on weathering Hurricane Isaac behind new floodwalls built since Hurricane Katrina.
1. South Carolina's voter ID case could close with legal fireworks.
Closing arguments Monday about South Carolina’s voter ID law will cap an extraordinary case that already has seen charges of racism directed at the law’s author as well as federal judges’ open frustration over state officials’ changing stances on how they would enact the law.
2. America's hidden unemployed: too discouraged to count.
Economists, analyzing government data, estimate about 4 million fewer people are in the labor force than in December 2007, primarily due to a lack of jobs rather than the normal aging of America's population. The size of the shift underscores the severity of the jobs crisis.
3. Obama to urge UN to confront roots of Muslim rage.
Campaign politics shadowing every word, President Barack Obama on Tuesday will challenge the world to confront the root causes of rage exploding across the Muslim world, calling it a defining choice "between the forces that would drive us apart and the hopes we hold in common."
4. German Catholics criticize sanctions for those who opt out of 'church tax.'
Bishops issued the decree on Friday, warning Catholics who stop paying the tax they would be excluded from all religious activities, including working in a church, becoming a godparent or taking part in parish activities.
5. Spain recoils as its hungry forage trash bins for a next meal.
Such survival tactics are becoming increasingly commonplace there, with an unemployment rate over 50 percent among young people and more and more households having adults without jobs.
(New York Times)
6. Drones in Pakistan traumatize civilians.
Civilians are being "terrorised" 24 hours a day by CIA drone attacks that target mainly low-level militants in north-west Pakistan, a US report says. Rescuers treating the casualties are also being killed and wounded by follow-up strikes.
7. Syrian war's spillover threatens a fragile Iraq.
The civil war in Syria is testing Iraq’s fragile society and fledgling democracy, worsening sectarian tensions, pushing Iraq closer to Iran and highlighting security shortcomings just nine months after American forces ended their long and costly occupation there.
(New York Times)
8. Damascus bombing targets military base.
Bombs planted by rebels have exploded at a school building occupied by security forces and pro-government militias in Damascus, in yet another strike near the center of President Bashar al-Assad's power.
9. Obama’s Iran policy has mixed results.
President uses diplomacy, pressure to put into place tough sanctions, but Iran’s nuclear program advances.
10. China's first carrier goes into service.
China says its first aircraft carrier — a refurbished Soviet ship — has entered into service, expanding its ability to defend its sovereignty.