January 26, 2012 -- (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:
- State of the Union: Obama calls for tax fairness (BBC)
- Starbucks pro-gun policy prompts gun victims’ advocate group to announce nationwide boycott on Valentine’s Day
- Army says suicides down, but violent crimes up (MSNBC)
- Senate Dems make Mitt Romney the poster boy for tax reform (The Hill)
- Wisconsin recall petition of Gov. Walker gets 1 million signatures (Washington Post)
- South Carolina primary: Newt Gingrich defeats Mitt Romney (ABC)
- Obama launches swing state tour (CNN)
- Santorum hails delayed Iowa win as huge upset (CNN)
- Bain Capital owns Clear Channel:
- Romney parks millions in Cayman Islands offshore tax haven (ABC News)
- Ex-wife claims Gingrich sought open marriage, Gingrich says allegation false (Fox News)
- Perry drops out, endorses Gingrich (CNN)
- Navy Seal raid frees Somali hostages (BBC)
- Israel rattled as hackers hit bourse, banks, El Al (Reuters)
- The secret document that transformed China (NPR)
- Recent attacks by radical Islamist sect in Nigeria (San Diego U-T)
- Afghan asylum bids hit 10-year high (San Diego U-T)
- Blind can see again: First patients seen to improve with stem cell tissues (Reuters)
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State of the Union: Obama calls for tax fairness (BBC)
January 25, 2012 -- US President Barack Obama has attacked income inequality as he set the tone for his re-election bid in his third State of the Union speech.
Mr Obama emphasised the importance of an economy that works for everyone, in the nationally televised address to Congress.
Starbucks pro-gun policy prompts gun victims’ advocate group to announce nationwide boycott on Valentine’s Day
Army says suicides down, but violent crimes up (MSNBC)
January 19, 2012 -- The number of suicides among soldiers has been leveling off but there's been a dramatic jump in domestic violence, sex crimes and other destructive behavior in a force that has been stressed by a decade of war, a new Army report said Thursday.
Senate Dems make Mitt Romney the poster boy for tax reform (The Hill)
January 25, 2012 -- Senate Democratic leaders will peg their 2012 legislative agenda to President Obama’s State of the Union address and make Mitt Romney the centerpiece of their push to raise taxes on the wealthy.
Wisconsin recall petition of Gov. Walker gets 1 million signatures (Washington Post)
January 18, 2012 -- Wisconsin Democrats furious with Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) policies have collected more than double the signatures necessary to force a recall election. As Rachel Weiner reported:
South Carolina primary: Newt Gingrich defeats Mitt Romney (ABC)
Rick Santorum will place third and Ron Paul will be fourth first-in-the-South contest.
Obama launches swing state tour (CNN)
January 25, 2012 -- President Obama got to work selling his State of the Union economic proposals to the public Wednesday, beginning a five-state tour to urge that manufacturing jobs be brought back from overseas.
Santorum hails delayed Iowa win as huge upset (CNN)
January 19, 2012 -- Rick Santorum finished the Iowa Republican caucuses 34 votes ahead of Mitt Romney, but results from several precincts are missing and the full actual results may never be known, according to a final certified tally released Thursday by the Iowa GOP.
The new numbers show 29,839 votes for Santorum and 29,805 votes for Romney, according to the party.
Bain Capital owns Clear Channel:
Romney parks millions in Cayman Islands offshore tax haven (ABC News)
January 18, 2012 -- Although it is not apparent on his financial disclosure form, Romney has millions of dollars of his personal wealth in investment funds set up in the Cayman Islands, a notorious Caribbean tax haven.
Ex-wife claims Gingrich sought open marriage, Gingrich says allegation false (Fox News)
January 20, 2012 -- Newt Gingrich's second ex-wife told ABC News that the Republican presidential candidate sought an "open marriage" and that his campaign positions do not coincide with what she saw during their 18 years of marriage.
Perry drops out, endorses Gingrich (CNN)
January 19, 2012 -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry suspended his struggling presidential campaign Thursday and threw his support to Newt Gingrich, a development that could alter the dynamics of the Republican race just two days before the tightening South Carolina primary.
"I believe Newt is a conservative visionary who can transform our country. We've had our differences, which campaigns will inevitably have, and Newt is not perfect, but who among us is?" Perry said at a press conference in Charleston, South Carolina.
Navy Seal raid frees Somali hostages (BBC)
January 25, 2012 -- Two foreign aid workers kidnapped in Somalia three months ago have been freed in a US military raid.
US officials have confirmed that elite US Navy Seals were dropped into Somalia to carry out the overnight operation, which resulted in a shoot-out.
Israel rattled as hackers hit bourse, banks, El Al (Reuters)
January 16, 2012 -- Hackers disrupted online access to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, El Al Airlines and three banks on Monday in what the government described as a cyber-offensive against Israel.
The secret document that transformed China (NPR)
January 20, 2012 -- In 1978, the farmers in a small Chinese village called Xiaogang gathered in a mud hut to sign a secret contract. They thought it might get them executed. Instead, it wound up transforming China's economy in ways that are still reverberating today.
Recent attacks by radical Islamist sect in Nigeria (San Diego U-T)
January 21, 2012 -- A look at recent major attacks in Nigeria attributed to the radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram:
- Jan. 20: Boko Haram claims responsibility for a series of coordinated bombings and gun battles around the city of Kano that kill at least 143 people.
Afghan asylum bids hit 10-year high (San Diego U-T)
January 21, 2012 -- More Afghans fled the country and sought asylum abroad in 2011 than in any other year since the start of the decade-long war, suggesting that many are looking for their own exit strategy as international troops prepare to withdraw.
Blind can see again: First patients seen to improve with stem cell tissues (Reuters)
January 23, 2012 -- Before treatment, the 51-year-old graphic artist was legally blind, unable to read a single letter on a standard eye chart. She has suffered from Stargardt's disease, the most common form of macular degeneration in young patients, since she was a teenager, and it was getting progressively worse.
A second patient, aged 78, suffered from dry macular degeneration - the leading cause of blindness in the elderly -and could not even see well enough to go shopping.