ARAB TIMES, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012
World News Roundup
WASHINGTON, April 10, (RTRS):
turned 83 in February, but there was
little time for celebration.
On her birthday, as she sat in a
wheelchair recovering from sur-
gery, sheriffs’ deputies arrived to
evict her from the Miami home
where she has lived since 1966. A
year earlier her property had moved
into foreclosure after she defaulted
on a refinanced loan.
Robinson-Duvallon says she
would be homeless now but for the
about 40 mem-
bers of Occupy
a Florida branch
of the national
movement that is
ty and corporate
Davis greed. The group
took over her
lawn and house and even baked her
a birthday cake.
The deputies decided to let her
“I owe the Occupy people,” said
Robinson-Duvallon, who is now
challenging the eviction in court.
“This has all been so horrible, I
can’t tell you how many times I’ve
cried and cried.”
What happened in Miami is also
occurring in Cincinnati, Los
Angeles and Minneapolis, as local
Occupy groups pursue an issue they
believe has emotional resonance US President Barack Obama speaks as the Easter bunny listens during the 134th annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on April 9, in Washington, DC. (AFP)
among America’s struggling lower
and middle classes. Obama kicks off 134th annual Easter Egg Roll
Fighting foreclosures and evic-
tions, activists say, gives the dis-
parate movement a unifying focus In an annual family-friendly rite of daughters Malia and Sasha and the musical performances, cooking “Easter Parade.” and Sasha took turns reading from
and embodies its anti-Wall Street spring, President Barack Obama Easter Bunny. with celebrity chefs and clowns His first stop was the day’s center- “A Sick Day for Amos McGee” by
and his wife Michelle kicked off the “It’s a beautiful day — perfect galore. There was even a yoga gar- piece event, the egg rolling race. Philip C. Stead. The president fol-
message. It also has offered a way White House Easter Egg Roll on weather,” enthused Mrs Obama. den. Officials expected some Obama blew the whistle and joined in lowed with Maurice Sendak’s “Where
for Occupy — up till now a largely Monday, joining tens of thousands “There’s something for everyone. ... I 30,000 children and their parents to the cheers of parents as youngsters the Wild Things Are,” which he called
white, middle-class movement — of youngsters and their parents in a hope you put on your comfortable take part. scampered across the grass toward an “all-time classic,” and encouraged
to broaden its reach to minorities. day of racing, reading, sports and shoes.” After welcoming the throng, the a finish line a short distance away. his audience to join in the growling,
Fights crafts on a breezy, sun-splashed The annual event, first held in president and his family, including “We’ve got a winner over here,” he roaring and teeth-gnashing of the
Interviews with Occupy activists South Lawn. 1878 when Rutherford B. Hayes first grandmother Marian Robinson, shouted as one child finished the characters. “You guys were excellent
in 11 states show groups from coast “We are so thrilled all of you could was president, featured traditional Mrs Obama’s mother — set off to mix course. wild things,” he said, before excusing
to coast have taken up foreclosure join us,” Obama said from the South egg-rolling races — as well as and mingle as the president’s own He then joined the rest of his fami- himself. “I’ve got to go to work. I’m
fights through rallies, home occu- Portico, flanked by the first lady, their obstacle courses, book-readings, Marine Band played Irving Berlin’s ly on the book-reading stage. Malia gnashing my teeth.” (AP)
pations and court appearances.
Matt Browner Hamlin of occupy-
ourhomes.org, a national group
focused on this cause, counts “more
than 100 Occupy groups” that have
taken direct action or formed fore-
closure working groups.
Cheryl Aichele of Occupy Los
Angeles said activists there have
helped a dozen homeowners thus
‘It’s over for me’
far and have many more requests.
“This cause,” she said, “brings
together everything that we are
fighting against — corporate greed,
bank bail outs, a corrupt judiciary
and corrupt government.”
Santorum quits White House race
There is little evidence that the WASHINGTON, April 10, (AFP): a “difficult weekend,” and said while important voice in our party and in the He has also drawn suspicion
banking industry is taking notice, Rick Santorum Tuesday dropped his Bella was getting better, “it did cause nation,” Romney added. because of his Mormon faith.
Robert Davis, executive vice long-shot White House bid, effective- us to think.” A devout Catholic, Santorum’s rad- Pressure will now build on former
president of an industry lobby In this photo taken March 19, 2012, ly handing Mitt Romney the “While this presidential race is over ical views on religion, women and House speaker Newt Gingrich to pull
group, the American Bankers US Republican Congressional candi- Republican party crown to challenge for me and we will suspend our cam- marriage played well with the party’s out and allow the party to heal from
Association, said, “It is unlikely date Tom Cotton, standing, greets President Barack Obama in November paign effective today, we are not done conservative base, but were alienating the divisive campaign and come
that protests are going to have any people in a Hot Springs, Ark, restau- elections. fighting,” he said. the all-important voting bloc of mod- together around Romney ahead of the
bearing on the court process” where rant. Cotton and one other “This presidential race is over for “We’re going to continue to fight erates and independents. November 6 presidential polls.
foreclosures often are challenged. Republican seeking the office in me,” Santorum told supporters in for the Americans who stood up and The 53-year-old former Gingrich, who has won just two
He said banks rely on law Arkansas’ 4th District are veterans of Gettysburg, in his home state of gave us that air under our wings that Pennsylvania senator was a virtual contests and is also lagging far behind
the war in Afghanistan. (AP) Pennsylvania. allowed us to accomplish things that unknown on the national scene when his rivals with his campaign mired in
enforcement to quash eviction
protests that constitute “unlawful Despite an upset victory when he no political expert would have ever he first threw his hat into the ring in debt, acknowledged Sunday that
occupation of a property ... They won the very first contest in the expected.” June to be the Republican nominee. Romney was his party’s “most likely”
need to be removed so the property Republican nominating race in Iowa in His surprise decision to quit the race Despite being written off early on, nominee.
can be sold.” January, Santorum has failed to build came just two weeks before a primary Santorum built his campaign state-by- But he insisted he was staying in the
In Cincinnati, a group called any momentum. vote in Pennsylvania, amid polls state, winning key successes in some race despite being far outpaced, after
Occupy the Hood has found the He has trailed a distant second in showing he could lose the state to of the southern conservative states. polls once had him as the leading
issue a rallying point in the city’s the battle to be the party’s contender Romney. His pro-life, anti-contraception, Republican to take on Obama.
East Price Hill neighborhood, an aiming to thwart Obama’s hopes of a With Romney enjoying a command- marriage-only-between-a-man-a- “I think you have to be realistic,
ethnically mixed, working-class second four-year term, outspent by ing lead in the delegates race that woman message gained traction with given the size of his organization,
area hard hit by the economic Romney’s deep war chest and out- determines the nominee, the party heartland evangelicals deeply skepti- given the number of primaries he’s
downturn. Average neighborhood organized by his extensive grass-roots establishment had been urging cal of Romney, who they view as a won. He is far and away, the most like-
home values have fallen 41 percent Obama Romney network. Santorum to step aside and allow the moderate disguised in conservative ly Republican nominee,” Gingrich
since 2002. Over the Easter weekend, the for- party to coalesce around one single clothing. told “Fox News Sunday.”
Amid chants of “Banks got mer Pennsylvania senator halted cam- candidate. Romney, the multi-millionaire for- If Romney gets the 1,144 delegates
bailed out, we got sold out,” Rigel paigning for four days after his Romney swiftly congratulated mer governor of the liberal East Coast to clinch the nomination at the party’s
Behrens and other activists in America youngest daughter, Bella, who suffers Santorum for being “an able and wor- state of Massachusetts, has also stirred August convention in Tampa, Florida,
Cincinnati recently conducted a from a rare genetic disorder, was hos- thy competitor” and for the campaign controversy, with many saying he is Gingrich said: “I’ll support him. I’ll do
“foreclosure tour,” visiting seven pitalized again. he had run. out of touch with ordinary people everything I can this fall to help him
boarded-up homes. Taxes at center of ‘fight’: With his Santorum acknowledged it had been “He has proven himself to be an struggling in the tough economy. defeat Obama.”
“Abandoned homes are the most Republican opponent now almost certain
obvious, physical manifestation of to be Mitt Romney, a multi-millionaire,
what is wrong with our system,” President Barack Obama is trying to put pendents” in the poll. foreboding economic news elsewhere. election for Obama and hiring slowed in “President Obama and his team are des-
said Behrens. fairer taxes at the center of his re-election Obama’s renewed focus on tax rates High gasoline prices hovering near $4 a March, though the unemployment rate perate to avoid talking about last Friday’s
Shutdowns campaign, but a new poll suggests the comes as the White House stares down gallon are set to remain a hurdle to re- dipped to 8.2 percent from 8.3 percent. incredibly weak jobs report, which is why
Those who have watched the message may fall flat in swing states. they create sideshows to distract people
Occupy movement since its Obama was to talk about taxes in Florida from what really matters,” said Andrea
September beginnings say the fore-
closure focus may help it recover
on Tuesday when he delivers a speech in
support of the “Buffett Rule,” a measure to Healthcare law Saul, a spokeswoman for Romney.
“Apparently, the only job the White
insure a 30 percent tax on income over $1 House is interested in saving belongs to
from a slump that followed forced
shutdowns of encampments in New million earned by wealthy Americans.
Vice-President Joe Biden will travel to
may hike deficit Obama. Everyone else will have to con-
tinue to suffer. Mitt Romney is running
York, Washington and other cities.
“The Occupy movement seems the battleground state of New Hampshire on WASHINGTON, April 10, for president to put America back to
Thursday also to discuss taxes. The Obama (RTRS): US President Barack work,” she added.
to have lost some of its punch,” said campaign sees the issue as a weak point for Obama’s healthcare law could Taxes for America’s highest earners
Susan MacManus, a University of Romney, a former private equity executive have fallen sharply since 1995, according
South Florida political science pro- sharply exceed its cost-savings
and ex-governor of Massachusetts. targets and add up to $530 bil- to a White House report on Tuesday,
fessor. “Focusing on an issue that “Middle class families are taking it on released ahead of a speech by Obama on
affects the working class and leaves lion to the federal budget deficit,
the chin right now and they don’t see oth- a leading authority on US gov- fairness in the tax code that is a key part
people feeling alienated is poten- ers doing their fair share,” Wisconsin ernment benefit programs said of his campaign for reelection.
tially a good strategy. If they can Democratic congresswoman Tammy on Tuesday. The White House estimated the 400
make it work.” Baldwin said in a conference call set up A study by Charles Blahous, highest income households in the country,
Activists in Cincinnati and else- by the Obama campaign. a George Mason University who all earned over $110 million, paid an
where say foreclosures are a serious But Obama’s push on tax fairness may be research fellow and the average of 18.1 percent of their income in
political issue in minority neighbor- falling on deaf ears in the swing states where Republican trustee for the federal taxes in 2007, well down for 29.9
hoods, where the five-year-old the Nov. 6 election will likely be decided. Medicare and Social Security percent those households paid in 1995.
housing crisis cast a long shadow. In 12 battleground states, 80 percent of entitlement programs for the One of the richest men to ever seek the
Housing counseling groups have independent voters lacking strong views elderly, challenges the adminis- White House, Romney paid an effective
cataloged how black Americans on either Obama or Romney said they tration’s contention that the tax rate of 13.9 percent in 2010 on more
and Hispanics — even those with prefer a candidate who focuses on creat- 2010 law would better keep than $21 million in income. Obama’s
good credit — were more likely to ing economic opportunity rather than This file image released by Bath Iron Works shows a rendering of the DDG- healthcare costs in line. campaign is anxious to paint him as elitist
end up victims of predatory lenders. reducing income inequality, according to a 1000 Zumwalt, the US Navy’s next-generation destroyer, which has been Known as the “Affordable Care and out of touch with ordinary Americans.
Millions of Americans lost their poll by the moderate Democratic group funded to be built at Bath Iron Works in Maine and at Northrop Grumman’s Act,” or “Obamacare,” the meas- “Of millionaires in 2009, a full 22,000
homes in the downturn and around Third Way released on Monday. shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. The enormous, expensive and technology- ure to expand health insurance households making more than $1 million
one in four American homeowners All the same, Obama leads probable laden warship that some Navy leaders once tried to kill because of its cost is for millions of Americans is con- annually paid less than 15 percent of their
is “under water” — owing more Republican presidential candidate now viewed as an important part of the Obama administration’s Asia-Pacific sidered Obama’s signature income in income taxes,” the White
than their homes are worth. Romney by 35 percent to 29 percent strategy, with advanced technology that the Navy’s top officer says represents domestic policy achievement. House report said, citing date from the
among the same group of “swing inde- the Navy’s future. (AP) Internal Revenue Service. (RTRS)