Echoes of Soviet collapse in Mideast revolt

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press Gregory Katz, Associated Press – Sun Feb 6, 6:07 am ET LONDON – Tunisia. Egypt. Yemen. The astounding pro-democracy domino effect in the Arab world evokes the shock waves of 1989 that toppled communism in Eastern Europe and eventually brought down the Soviet Union. Two figures who helped shape the Soviet collapse — former…

Vatican Plans Colloquia, Party for Nonbelievers

VATICAN CITY, JAN. 26, 2011 (Zenit.org).- As part of a new initiative to promote dialogue between believers and nonbelievers, the Pontifical Council for Culture is planning three colloquia and a youth party in Paris. A Vatican communiqué announced the launch of the “Courtyard of the Gentiles,” an initiative proposed by Benedict XVI in an address to the…

Sunday alcohol sales proposal heads to Ga. Senate

ATLANTA (AP) — The hot topic of Sunday alcohol sales in Georgia is headed to the Senate floor after a proposal to let local voters decide the matter breezed through committee Wednesday. Religious groups consistently oppose the idea and former Gov. Sonny Perdue vowed to veto any law allowing it. But none of the 11…

Sunday sales and a different kind of GOP conservatism

It would be more than fair to say that Georgia has moved a grocery aisle closer to the package sale of beer, wine and liquor on Sunday. After decades of failure, a bill to legalize such purchases whipped through a Senate committee on Wednesday like a moonshiner down Erskine Caldwell’s dirt road, with only one…

Church must make women bishops, say MPs

By Jonathan Wynne-Jones, Religious Affairs Correspondent 10:00AM GMT 30 Jan 2011 A group of influential MPs will tomorrow call for Parliament to intervene over the historic reform as fears grow that the Church will reject plans allowing female bishops. The cross-party group, including former ministers Frank Field and Stephen Timms, and Simon Hughes, the deputy…

World food prices at fresh high, says FAO

World food prices rose to a record high in January, according to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). The FAO Food Price Index, which measures the wholesale price of basic foods within a basket, averaged 231 points last month – its highest level since records began in 1990. It was up 3.4% from December,…

Obama: Those Who Question My Faith Are “Sustaining” Me

Obama: Those Who Question My Faith Are “Sustaining” Me “My Christian faith then has been a sustaining force for me over these last few years. All the more so when Michelle and I hear our faith questioned from time to time. We are reminded that, ultimately, what matters is not what other people say about…

IMF, warning of war, says ready to help Egypt

International Monetary Fund stands ready to help riot-torn Egypt rebuild its economy, the IMF chief said Tuesday as he warned governments to tackle unemployment and income inequality or risk war. Dominique Strauss-Kahn also said rising food prices could have “potentially devastating consequences” for poorer nations, and warned that Asia’s fast-growing economies faced a risk of…

After failed Iran nuclear talks: What now?

By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press George Jahn, Associated Press – Sat Jan 22, 1:17 pm ET ISTANBUL – The collapse of another attempt at international outreach to Iran on Saturday has left world powers with few options except to wait — and hope that the bite of sanctions will persuade Tehran to reconsider its refusal to stop activities that…

Arab League to members: Economic conditions fueling ‘unprecedented’ anger

Arab League to members: Economic conditions fueling ‘unprecedented’ angerArab League secretary-general Amr Mussa urged member states to quickly confront their economic and social problems. Mussa warned that unrest was reaching unprecedented levels throughout the Middle East. “The Arab citizen has entered a stage of anger that is unprecedented,” Mussa said. The warning was issued amid…