Quote of the day.
"Silent Spring is such a watershed event. Very few books have had the same impact on public policy." William Souder, author of On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson. 50 years ago today Carson published Silent Spring, widely credited with spurring the modern environmental movement, prompting grass-roots activism that led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970.
1. Efforts to provide mental health care for war veterans falling short.
Too many service members suffering from mental health problems still are not being identified until they get into trouble. Suicides are climbing. Commanders struggle with the twin demands of monitoring the mental health of their soldiers while maintaining focus on their core mission of training for war.
(Stars & Stripes)
2. 'That's slavery.'
Though the scope of the problem remains uncertain — no national statistics for the number of U.S. victims exist — the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says at least 100,000 children across the country are trafficked each year.
3. Corporate America sweats as fiscal cliff nears.
Top executives have less confidence in the business outlook now than at any time in the past three years — and a key reason is fear of gridlock in Washington over the fiscal deficit and tax policy.
4. Pew report shows increase in those with student debt.
Nearly one in five (19%) households in 2010 had outstanding student debt or loans in deferment, up from 15% in 2007, and more than double the number two decades earlier, says the Pew Research Center in a report released Wednesday.
5. Cyberwarfare emerges from shadows for public discussion by U.S. officials.
For years, even as the United States carried out sophisticated cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear program and the Pentagon created a Cyber Command, officials have been hesitant to discuss American offensive cyberwarfare programs openly.
(New York Times)
6. Clinton suggests link to Qaeda offshoot in deadly Libya attack.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday suggested there was a link between the Qaeda franchise in North Africa and the attack at the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the American ambassador and three others. She was the highest-ranking Obama administration official to publicly make the connection.
(New York Times)
7. Why Europe is looking like a mess (again).
European stock markets tumbled Wednesday amid unrest on the streets of Madrid and Athens and new doubts about the path forward for the continent.
8. Egyptian PM Mohamed Morsi to U.N.: conflict in Syria is 'tragedy of our age.'
Mohamed Morsi, addressing the United Nations as the first democratically chosen leader of Egypt, called the Syrian war "the tragedy of our age" for which the whole world was responsible — and accused the Assad regime of "killing its people night and day."
9. Sanctions against Iran are having dramatic impact.
An internal Foreign Ministry document maintains that the additional sanctions imposed on Iran in recent months have caused far more damage to the Iranian economy than previous believed and have sparked additional domestic criticism of the regime.
10. Two Sudans 'reach oil agreement.'
Sudan and South Sudan have reached a deal on border security and oil production that will allow oil exports from South Sudan through Sudan to resume, say spokesmen for both sides.