In the News, August 29th

With Syria still on the forefront of everyone's minds Drew Christiansen, S.J., wrote a piece on this blog about what the international community should do next. A Syrian born patriarch spoke with Catholic News Service and said he believes that intervention will spread like a world war. The United Kingdom's Labour Party is challenging prime minister David Cameron to show compelling evidence that the Syrian government is behind the alleged chemical attack before the U.K. intervenes, while France begins to tone down its rhetoric on Syria. Speaker John Boehner is urgining President Obama to firmly define our mission in Syria and to seek congressional authorization.  

In more uplifting news today, a Jewish surgeon from New York helped a 13-year-old Palestinian girl to breathe more easily after she was paralyzed from injuries sustained when a missile hit her home in 2006. 


Those celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington shared with Catholic News Service stories of the progress and challeges surrounding issues of race in the United States since 1963. 

U.S. fast food workers are planning a nationwide strike, demanding fair wages. 

It was reported that Kim Jong Un's ex-girlfriend was executed recently for having appeared in pornography. 

Almost 9 million adults in the United States use prescription sleeping pills, according to the first government study of its kind. 

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