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Fighting continued Friday between Israel and Palestinian militants. There have been more than two dozen casualties in the last 48 hours. And aggression seems to have intensified, with rocket attacks into Gaza, and the military wing of Hamas launching rockets into the city of Jerusalem. Appeals for restraint have gone unheeded. And a proposed ceasefire when Egypt's prime minister visited Gaza - never happened. CNN Senior International Correspondent Ben Wedeman says there are more political minefields for Israel to deal with since the Arab Spring, and the last major violence in the region in 2008:
"It's a much, much more volatile region that Israel has to face, and the Israeli leadership has to realize the volatility of its neighbors could easily spill-over. Not necessarily militarily, but politically and make this current situation even more complicated."
On Monday, Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. President to visit Myanmar. It's been only recently that the nation emerged from a half-century of rigid military rule. And it's a country that's long been criticized for a poor human rights record. But in her visit to Myanmar last year, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised normalized relations is democratic changes took hold. And that's something that gives an Atlanta-area Myanmar refugee, Hzir Tluangpuii, hope:
"Now the big man, Obama, is going to our country, so I really hope and pray."
The Dust Bowl of the 1930's is called the worst ecological disaster in U.S. history. The destructive and deadly storms that swept the Great Plains killed people and livestock, buried farm equipment in massive sand dunes, and gutted families' financial futures. Dayton Duncan, producer/writer of a new PBS series on the disaster, says it can teach us an important lesson for today:
"We need to resist the impulse to say 'because I desire this so much, I will try to make nature conform to me'. It doesn't work that way."
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