June 7, 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:
- Al Qaeda commander killed (BBC)
- Europe mulls major step toward “fiscal union” (Reuters)
- Plane crash in Nigeria kills all 147 on board (Reuters)
- Romney aversion to wind power is alienating some Republicans (Bloomberg)
- Diamond Jubilee Thames pageant for Queen Elizabeth cheered by crowd (BBC)
- Fever during pregnancy doubles autism risk, study finds (California Watch)
- Unions suffer blow in Wisconsin recall defeat (The Hill)
- In Wisconsin, reports of voter suppression (CBS)
- An Open Letter to President Obama from tribal leaders (Indigenous Reflections)
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Al Qaeda commander killed (BBC)
June 5, 2012 -- Senior al-Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan on Monday, US officials say.
US officials said Libi was the target of an attack which hit a volatile tribal area of Pakistan's north-west, killing 15 suspected militants.
Europe mulls major step toward “fiscal union” (Reuters)
June 3, 2012 -- When Jean-Claude Trichet called last June for the creation of a European finance ministry with power over national budgets, the idea seemed fanciful, a distant dream that would take years or even decades to realize, if it ever came to be.
Plane crash in Nigeria kills all 147 on board (Reuters)
June 3, 2012 -- A passenger plane crashed into a densely populated part of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial hub, on Sunday, killing all 147 people on board, the airline said.
Romney aversion to wind power is alienating some Republicans (Bloomberg)
June 4, 2012 -- Mitt Romney’s opposition to tax breaks for wind farms puts him at odds with conservative support for renewable energy in states such as Iowa and Texas that have built the largest wind industries with taxpayer help.
Diamond Jubilee Thames pageant for Queen Elizabeth cheered by crowd (BBC)
June 3, 2012 -- More than one million rain-soaked people have watched the Queen's 1,000-boat Diamond Jubilee pageant weave its way along the Thames, organisers say.
The Queen's barge travelled among the flotilla of tugs, steamers, pleasure cruisers, dragon boats and kayaks.
Fever during pregnancy doubles autism risk, study finds (California Watch)
June 1, 2012 -- A new study from UC Davis researchers found that women who ran a fever during pregnancy had twice the risk of having a baby with autism. The study offered an easy fix, too: Women who controlled the fever with Tylenol or a similar fever-reducing medication eliminated the risk.
Unions suffer blow in Wisconsin recall defeat (The Hill)
June 6, 2012 -- Organized labor suffered a crushing blow with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) victory in Tuesday’s recall election, a possible sign of their fading power and a worrying result for union supporters ahead of November’s presidential election.
In Wisconsin, reports of voter suppression (CBS)
June 5, 2012 -- As voters head to the polls Tuesday todecide the fate of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, reports out of the state suggest that robocalls are being placed informing voters, falsely, they don't have to vote if they signed the recall petition.
An Open Letter to President Obama from tribal leaders (Indigenous Reflections)
Dear President Obama,
I hope this message finds you and your family well. Unfortunately, I write to you with heavy heart about an important issue that I seek your assistance on. As I type this letter, an important part of the spiritual ancestry of some of the Tribal Governments in Southern California is being desecrated with heavy machinery, all in the name of renewable energy. These same Tribal Governments have sought counsel with your administration. Unfortunately, these efforts did not produce any meetings or dialogues between your staff in Washington and the elected representatives of these Indian Nations. I write to see if you would come to the table and meet with these Native officials.