We have confidence in London. We put on the Olympics, so we can do this.London Marathon observer Nicola Selwood • Discussing the London Marathon, taking place less than a week after the Boston Marathon bombing incident. Despite this, the incident is going on as planned, though with higher security. As part of the event, a campaign among runners is picking up steam, recommending that, as runners cross the finish line, they put their hands over their hearts.
You vacillate, ambivalent about the role you wish to perform – the disciple of David or Nero. With such a contradiction between your statements and actions, on what basis can you expect anyone – Christians in particular – to trust or respect you?Joseph Devine, the Bishop of Motherwell • Ripping British Prime Minister David Cameron for his supportive stance on gay marriage, and calling Cameron “out of his depth” for his stance on the issue — as well as his lack of support on moves by Christians approaching the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to demand their right to wear the cross. “So far as the Roman Catholic Church … is concerned, you are out of your depth. We will take no finger-prodding lectures from anyone or any group devoid of moral competence,” Devine said. That last statement is odd: Devine is significantly more out of his depth than Cameron is.
I would expect it will be significant, which means thousands, not hundreds, but I would not expect it to be the majority.British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond • Discussing the planned troop withdrawals out of Afghanistan next year. Roughly 500 troops will get removed by the end of 2012, leaving about 9,000 still in the country — so based on Hammond’s statement, as many as 4,500 troops will get withdrawn in 2013.
I don’t want to judge allegations that have not been proven and would not, in any case, be considered a felony in Latin American, too. It has never been the intention of the Ecuadorean government for Julian Assange not to respond to those allegations.Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa • Agreeing with many critics of Ecuador, following the country’s decision to grant political asylum to Julian Assange, that the Wikileaks founder should face the allegations of rape which have been leveled against him. While Correa agrees that Assange should not flee from authorities, he also restated his belief that Ecuador’s diplomatic sovereignty should continue to be respected the United Kingdom and other countries. Some inside of Ecuador have accused Correa of grandstanding, by offering asylum to a known whistleblower in an effort to deflect criticism he faces for closing several radio and television networks across Ecuador, ahead of presidential elections this fall. source (via • follow)
If the measure announced in the British official communication is enacted, it will be interpreted by Ecuador as an unacceptable, unfriendly and hostile act and as an attempt against our sovereignty. It would force us to respond. We are not a British colony.Ricardo Patino, Foreign Minister of Ecuador • In a televised statement, confirming reports that UK officials have threatened to storm the Ecuadorian embassy in London to arrest Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. A UK Foreign Office spokesman did not confirm or deny the allegations, instead choosing to reiterate the UK’s legal obligation to extradite Mr. Assange. “Throughout this process we have drawn the Ecuadorians’ attention to relevant provisions of our law… [including] the legal status of diplomatic premises in the UK,” said the spokesman, adding, “We are still committed to reaching a mutually acceptable solution.” source (via • follow)