24 Mar

Events of Interest and Analyses

Irish bishop quits over abuse case

Pope accepts resignation of bishop accused of mishandling child sex allegations.
Pope ‘truly sorry’ over Irish abuse
Full text of Pope’s letter to Irish Catholics
Church abuse victims demand action
Pope responds to child abuse row


New building clouds Israel-US talks

Approval for yet more settler homes comes as Netanyahu meets Obama at White House.

The Government of Israel continues to insult our President and our Country.


US Panel Debates Drone Legality

John Terret reports from Washington, where a US congressional committee has been held to debate the legality of UVA’s usage in conflicts.

Inside Story

Dissecting the day’s top story – a frank assessment of the latest developments


The Independent

Court backs lesbian student in prom dispute

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

A US school district violated a lesbian student’s rights by banning her from bringing her girlfriend to the prom, a federal judge ruled, but he stopped short of forcing the district to hold the event.

Obama wanted to stop the lobby, too

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Lobbying in the US is as old as the republic, its function enshrined in the first amendment to the constitution guaranteeing the right of the people “to petition the government for a redress of grievances”. The petitioning has turned into a massive industry that, like it or not, is an integral part of today’s Washington politics. Like many of his predecessors, President Obama came to office vowing to clamp down on the lobbyists to “clean up government”. Experience suggests he is unlikely to succeed.


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