The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of July 5, 2012


Quote of the day.
"We decided as solidarity that the Muslim youth will provide a vigilante service to the churches not only in Garissa but in any other places that the Christians may deem fit."

Adan Wachu, head of the Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims, which has agreed to form self-defence groups to protect churches following a deadly attack on Sunday.

1. Obama honors new citizen soldiers.
President Barack Obama, speaking at a July Fourth White House citizenship ceremony Wednesday for 25 immigrants who are serving in the military, called foreign-born citizens critical to American success and made another pitch for comprehensive immigration reform.

2. Searing sun and drought shrivel corn in Midwest.
Across a wide stretch of the Midwest, sweltering temperatures and a lack of rain are threatening what had been expected to be the nation’s largest corn crop in generations. Already, some farmers in Illinois and Missouri have given up on parched and stunted fields, mowing them over.
(New York Times

3. Japan nuclear crisis ''was man-made.''
The crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant was "a profoundly man-made disaster." a Japanese parliamentary panel has said in a report. The disaster "could and should have been foreseen and prevented" and its effects "mitigated by a more effective human response,"

4. Bolder protests against pollution win project’s defeat in China.
China has long been known as a place where the world’s dirtiest mines and factories can operate with impunity. Those days may not be over, but a growing environmental movement is beginning to make the most polluting projects much harder to build and operate.
(New York Times

5. Iran ''ready to fire missiles at U.S. bases.''
Iran is prepared to launch missiles at U.S. bases throughout the Gulf within minutes of an attack on the Islamic Republic, according to a commander of the country''s Revolutionary Guards.

6. First NATO truck crosses Pakistan border.
The first truck carrying supplies to American and NATO troops in Afghanistan has crossed the Pakistani border after a seven-month closure of the supply routes by Pakistan ended earlier this week.
(Associated Press)

7. Northern routes out of Afghanistan.
Even with the reopening of critical supply routes through Pakistan, the U.S. military confronts a mammoth logistical challenge to wind down the war in Afghanistan, where it must withdraw nearly 90,000 troops and enormous depots of military equipment accumulated over the past decade.
(Washington Post

8. U.N. commander says Syria violence is ‘unprecedented.''
The officer commanding United Nations monitors in Syria said on Thursday that violence there has reached "unprecedented" levels, making it impossible for his unarmed observers to resume their mission, which was suspended last month.
(New York Times

9. Israeli settlements ''jeopardizing'' Palestinian prosperity.
The economic potential of Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley area of the West Bank is being jeopardized by Israeli settlement activity, a report by the UK charity Oxfam says.

10. Local wars blur al Qaeda''s threat to West.
Spinoff groups from al Qaeda have become increasingly engrossed in insurgencies in Africa and the Middle East, inflicting death and mayhem on local communities. But this emphasis on the pursuit of the enemy nearby has cast doubt on their commitment, in practice, to bin Laden''s war on the "far enemy" - the West and the United States in particular.

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