From Peyton Manning's new NFL team to Julian Assange's decision to run for Australian Senate, here are the top 10 stories to read on your lunch break:
(1) Over the weekend, New York City police arrested dozens of people in lower Manhattan, as the Occupy movement attempted to re-occupy Zuccotti Park on the six-month anniversary of protests. This video is going viral:
(2) In an op-ed in the New York Times, Andrew Beinart endorses a limited divestment movement in Israel-Palestine. "Israel systematically oppresses West Bank Palestinians ... Boycotts could help to change that." He writes, "We should lobby to exclude settler-produced goods from America’s free-trade deal with Israel. We should push to end Internal Revenue Service policies that allow Americans to make tax-deductible gifts to settler charities. Every time an American newspaper calls Israel a democracy, we should urge it to include the caveat: only within the green line."
(3) Rand Paul will outline a new budget tomorrow, which will propose major changes to Medicare and Medicaid. Paul tweeted: "@RepPaulRyan: Coming this week: a budget that tackles our generation's defining challenges & doesn't hide from tough decisions." The GOP believes that they will win independents' support for being willing to tackle the country's budget woes.
(4) Graphic of the day: March Madne$$: The School Tuitions Of the NCAA Bracket:
(5) WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to run for the Australian Senate next year, despite being under virtual house arrest in the UK and facing extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations. "We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained. Julian has decided to run," Wikileaks said in a posting on the social networking site Twitter.
(6) See the trailer for "We Are Legion: The Story of Hacktivists," a documentary investigating Anonymous and hacktivist culture:
(7) Al Jazeera has obtained secret Syria files which provide an insight into President al-Assad's strategy to suppress anti-government protests. "The documents, running into hundreds of pages, point to a government desperate to keep control of the capital Damascus and include clear orders to stop protesters from getting into the city. They also revealed detailed security plans for crushing protests in the cities of Aleppo and Idlib. One leaked paper spelled out clear orders to top officials to give financial and moral support to Assad's supporters in Aleppo, the second major city." More here.
(8) According to the Financial Times, Gaddafi's son Hannibal was building himself a cruise ship with a shark tank, Bond style. "Replete with marble columns, gold-framed mirrors and huge statues, the Phoenicia was to have included a 120-tonne tank of seawater for two sand tiger sharks, two white shareks and two blacktip reef sharks. Four resident biologists would have tended to the animals. The shars' nutritional needs mandated a dedicated food store." The Arabist reports.
(9) Four years after Obama's history race speech, what has changed? March 18 marked the fourth anniversary of Obama's speech on race which he delivered in the midst of controversy surrounding his one-time pastor Jeremiah Wright. "The Obama era has fundamentally changed how those inside and outside the black community view themselves. And yet, so much about race has remained the same. The wealth gap between whites, blacks and Hispanics has widened to record levels since the bursting of the housing bubble and the onslaught of the Great Recession. Black unemployment remains at double the national rate."
(10) Sorry, Tim Tebow. Peyon Manning will become the next quarterback of the Denver Broncos. The team will try to trade Tebow, according to sources.
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