Sunday News and Notes

Russia throws another wrench into Syrian crisis
Another news cycle begins – again – with reports of an attack on rebel forces by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The latest assault on Homs resulted in an estimated death toll of 100.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov is insisting that all parties be involved in resolving the crisis in Syria – including Iran. This is certain to complicate matters for the United States as it comes on the heels of the failure of negotiations between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over Iran’s nuclear policy.  The recent actions taken by Russia, particularly in Syria, is seen by some analysts as increasingly risky.

Former Obama State Department official contends intervention in Syria is justified.

Chinese Economy
Recent economic data showed that both exports and imports increased in May and inflation has slowed, which the Wall Street Journal sees as positive signs. However, market analysts are cautious considering China exerienced a second straight month of slowing growth.

The Philadelphia Experiment

Can a city’s efforts to eradicate food deserts really work? And, more importantly, does a lack of access to supermarkets result in higher obesity rates? A University of Washington analysis provides an interesting answer.

Islamic militant group launches another attack in churches in Africa

Gunmen and a suicide bomber loyal to the militant group Boko Haram launched another attack on Nigerians churches on Sunday morning.

Despot Watch
Deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is reportedly in critical condition, while Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez says he will run for re-election despite his battle with cancer.

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