From Democracy Now:
Report: 4 Children Killed in Night Raid by Afghan, International Forces
Afghan woman: "I have lost my two sons and my husband in the operation. Also my house is totally destroyed."
Faqir Mohammad: "From 9 o’clock at night until 5 o’clock in the morning, our houses were under mortar attack. And this massacre you see is done by Afghans and Americans. This has been done by Americans."Afghan officials said 23 members of the Taliban were also killed in the attack. A spokesperson for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force told AFP it was "aware of the allegations of civilian casualties," but said foreign troops were "not directly involved."
Cyprus Banks Reopen with Tight Restrictions
Mathew Elefteriou: "I think we should leave the troika and do this on our own, because they forced us to take these austerity measures, and the people has done, in my opinion, nothing wrong. The banks, the banks should pay, not the people."
Supreme Court Justices Appear Skeptical of Defense of Marriage Act
Edie Windsor: "Today is like a spectacular event for me. I mean, it’s a lifetime kind of event. And I know that the spirit of my late spouse, Thea Spyer, OK, is right here watching and listening and would be very proud and happy of where we’ve come to. Thank you all."
Thousands Protest School Closings in Chicago
Phil Cantor: "CPS has been closing schools for about 12 years now. Closing schools to save them is not a way to improve schools. Now they’re closing 54 or more in one year. It’s outrageous. It’s not going to help our students. It’s not going to help our schools. It’s going to destroy neighbors. We’re doing civil disobedience because we have to stand up. We cannot just keep letting these things happen without reacting."Some 30,000 students will be impacted by the closings. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former chief of staff, has defended the closings, saying he does not want students trapped in failing schools.
U.S. Flies Nuclear-Capable Bombers over South Korea
Turkish Police Fire Tear Gas at Syrian Protesters in Refugee Camp
Report: Official Promoted to Top CIA Post Linked to Black Sites, Destruction of Torture Tapes
Priest Denies Role of Pope Francis in His Imprisonment During Military Junta
Horacio Verbitsky: "I talked with him, and he confirmed the story, but he didn’t want to be mentioned in my piece, because he told me that he preferred to not remember this sad part of his life and to pardon. And he was for oblivion and pardon. That he was, during a lot of years, very resented against Bergoglio, but that he had decided to forgot and forget."
50,000 Activists Gather for World Social Forum in Tunisia
Algerian Activists Barred from Traveling to World Social Forum in Tunisia
Outcry Grows over "Monsanto Protection Act" Weakening Regulation of GMO Crops
Wal-Mart Sues Groups over Protests at Stores
Arkansas Senate Overrides Veto of Voter ID Bill
Brazil Forcibly Evicts Indigenous Group to Prepare for World Cup
Anti-Keystone XL Protester Climbs Flagpole to Denounce Tar Sands Oil
Perry Graham: "By taking action today, I hope to call people to action. We just had a week of action where we saw over 55 actions across the country and over 60 people get arrested, sending a clear message to anyone who hopes to invest in tar sands that resistance will only continue if they do try to profit off other people’s suffering."