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By Samuel Burke, CNN
Austerity, debt, taxes growth – those aren’t just the words to describe the eurozone crisis, they’re the critical issues driving the U.S. Presidential campaign
President Obama tried an age-old Washington D.C. trick to break the political logjam in 2010: he appointed a commission called "Simpson Bowles," – after its bipartisan chairmen – to come up with a proposal to balance the budget and cut the debt. And they did. But it went nowhere when it came to implementation. And the only thing both political parties agree on is that it's the other's party’s fault.
On Wednesday night Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan said, “[Obama] created a bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing.”
Ryan failed to mention he served on the Simpson Bowles Commission and voted against the plan. The failure to act on the proposal is symbol of the incredible partisanship in Washington D.C. FULL POST
Everything's just fine in Syria, at least according to President Bashar al-Assad, who appeared in an extensive interview on Syrian television Wednesday.
Assad looked relaxed as he sat down with a reporter from a pro-regime network, Al Addounia, which means "the world."
He gave the impression that despite the ongoing violence, he and his regime have everything under control. FULL POST
“Republicans are for getting government out of the board room, so they should be for getting the government out of the bedroom,” says Ann Stone from the floor of her party’s convention in Florida. She is the chairwoman of a group called Republicans for Choice.
Talking with CNN’s Ali Velshi about abortion on Wednesday, Stone said, “If we really, truly believe [in] individual rights, this is a position that is totally antithetical to everything else the Republican Party stands for.”
The subject of abortion blew the doors off the American presidential race last week, when Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin laid out his thoughts about abortion in the case of rape. Akin said, “If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Akin comments reverberate worldwide
“That man is a class in and of himself,” Stone says dismissively. “This is not real science. And Akin actually believes this stuff.” FULL POST
From Frederik Pleitgen, CNN
Haifa, Israel (CNN) - Nine years after an American activist was crushed by an Israeli army bulldozer, an Israeli civil court ruled Tuesday that Rachel Corrie's death was an accident.
Corrie, 23, was killed in 2003 while trying to block the bulldozer from razing Palestinian homes.
Her parents filed suit against Israel's Ministry of Defense in a quest for accountability and sought just $1 in damages. But Judge Oded Gershon ruled
Tuesday that the family has no right to damages, backing an earlier Israeli investigation that cleared any soldier of wrongdoing.
"I believe this was a bad day not only for our family, but a bad day for human rights, for humanity, for the rule of law and also for the country of Israel," her mother, Cindy Corrie, said after the verdict. FULL POST
Mitt Romney’s coronation as Republican candidate for U.S. President is going ahead as planned, with a nationally televised acceptance speech Thursday night.
But observers outside the United States have fundamental questions about the Republican candidate – best summed up the cover of this week's Economist magazine with the headline, "So Mitt, what do you really believe?"
Gergen: Election a stark choice on America's future
The Financial Times’ Washington bureau chief, Ed Luce, has been wrestling with that question for his readers around the world. You can watch an interview with him from the Florida convention site, in the video above.
What do you think Mitt Romney's foreign policy priorities are? Use the comments section below to share your thoughts and read opinion from other users around the globe:
There have already been several massacres in Syria this year, but the latest mass killing appears to be on a whole new scale. This time it's in the Damascus suburb of Daraya – a mostly poor and largely Sunni area, with a population of about 150,000.
Opposition activists say government forces murdered at least 320 people, many shot in the head, execution style. Most of the victims appeared to be men; but women and children were also targeted.
CNN has obtained an extraordinary account of life in the Damascus suburb of Daraya over the last two weeks, just before the neighborhood was overrun by Syrian government troops. The Syrian government has said it targeted Daraya to cleanse terrorist cells from the town but this report shows the townspeople had only just begun to rebuild their lives after the last Syrian Army offensive nearly two months ago. Some of the images in this report are graphic and not appropriate for all viewers. For safety reasons, we are not naming the journalist. You can watch her report in the video above.
By Tim Hume, for CNN
(CNN) - With horrors emerging from Syria's civil war with numbing regularity, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that the uprising has not been waged only with guns.
A creative and resolutely non-violent form of opposition to Bashar al-Assad's regime has taken hold in Syria, as the country's artists respond to the crisis with newfound boldness and purpose, despite the clear dangers in doing so.
"Since the uprising, the artists have broken through the wall of fear in Syria and are thinking in another way," said Syrian journalist Aram Tahhan, one of the curators of an exhibition on Syria's creative dissent - Culture in Defiance - currently on display in Amsterdam. <<READ FULL POST>>
CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour travels to six countries on four continents to examine the intersection between religion and politics and the effects of Christianity, Islam and Judaism on politics, culture and public life. For the first time the reports, God's Jewish, Muslim & Christian Warriors, are available online:
Christiane Amanpour travels to Iran, the country where America first experienced Islamic fundamentalism in 1979.
Christine Amanpour explores the influence of Egyptian author Sayyid Qutb who has inspired the likes of Osama bin Laden.
Christiane Amanpour explores how Iranian women welcome Islam in their political lives, but reject fundamentalism.
Christiane Amanpour looks back at the 1967 Six Day War that put the heartland of biblical Judaism under Israeli control.
The U.S. claims Jewish settlements are an obstacle to peace, but continues to give Israel generous foreign aid.
Christiane Amanpour examines how influential Evangelical Christians have transformed U.S. politics.
Christiane Amanpour speaks with influential pastor Greg Boyd who wants to separate church and politics in the U.S.
CNN's Christiane Amanpour looks at how Christians and Jews have joined forces to influence America's foreign policy.
God's Warriors: God's Christian & Jewish Warriors Unite. CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour travels to six countries on four continents to examine the intersection between religion and politics and the effects of Christianity, Islam and Judaism on politics, culture and public life. Click here to visit the original website that accompanied the documentary or watch the report 'God's Christian & Jewish Warriors Unite' on the videos below:
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