nevver: very cool statement + photo of it
shortformblog: who doesn’t like the pope in a sombrero? i mean really? who?
First Mexico, then Cuba: Pope Benedict was well-received in Mexico, where almost 350,000 people attended his Sunday Mass. But Cuba’s a bit of a challenge: Focusing less on his mass appeal there, the Pope hopes to use his trip to unite the world’s Catholic countries with those considered to be less Catholic. And Cuba, which until recently was an officially atheist nation, is certainly “less Catholic.” Smaller crowds were expected to attend his services in Cuba — despite the government providing transportation and a paid day off of work. Pope Benedict said last week that he hopes the people of Cuba can move away from Marxism to “find new models, with patience, and in a constructive way.” Hopefully he helps them along while wearing funny hats. source
Germany finds itself back in power in Europe: Germany is the unquestioned boss amid Europe’s debt crisis and economic woes. But the turnaround has inspired discomfort among its neighbors and among Germans.
The leadership role thrust onto Germany is turning out to be a minefield in many ways, complicated by the nation’s past. Berlin is caught in a classic damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t position, its every move fodder for critics eager to spot signs either of Teutonic belligerence or a failure to exercise power responsibly.
Photo: German Chancellor Angela Merkel casts her vote on the Greek bailout fund in Parliament in Berlin. Potentially the fate of the global economy now lies in Germany’s hands as it heads the effort to keep heavily indebted Greece from going under. Credit: Michele Tantussi / Bloomberg
|—||More than 7,500 people have died in Syria since security forces launched a crackdown on dissent last March, Under-Secretary-General for political affairs Lynn Pascoe said after a meeting of the UN Security Council. (source)|
|—||Sen. Olympia Snowe • Discussing why she’s not seeking re-election in 2012. Snowe, a fairly popular figure in her home state of Maine, was considered a shoo-in to win, but now the seat is more likely to go to a Democrat. She found herself in the middle of the polarization wars more than a few times, as a moderate Republican who once voted in favor of Obama’s health care bill while it was still in committee (though she voted against the final bill). We’re not saying her decision isn’t bad for her party (especially since it comes roughly two weeks before the filing deadline in Maine, putting her party in a bad spot) … but we understand why she’s dropping out. Snowe joins fellow moderates Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) in the retirement column. (via shortformblog)|
|—||Democrat says he “felt a little dirty” voting for Santorum (The Washington Post)|
Hundreds silently protest the Virginia bill that would force women to undergo involuntary vaginal penetration before receiving an abortion.