December 1, 2004

News You Might Have Missed

QUOTED: “The country is destroyed. The new reality is mud. People living in the mud. Children living in the mud. With the pigs.”
— Haitian human-rights activist Jean Claude Bajeux supported Aristide’s overthrow, but laments his country’s decline (story #10, below).

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “U.S. under pressure to sign landmines pact”
[o2] “FOCUS: Faith & Politics”
[o3] “U.S. accused of ‘torture flights'”

AMERICA’S SOLDIERS
[o4] “National Guard troops allege shabby treatment”
[o5] “Families endure private war”

WAR & TERRORISM
[o6] “Bereaved father to sue over jihad call”
[o7] “U.S. group urges Rumsfeld war crimes probe in Germany”
[o8] “U.S. failing to persuade Muslims, panel says”
[o9] “Redgraves launch human rights party of ‘Peace and Progress'”

HAITI
[10] “Anarchy reigns in streets of Haiti”
[11] “U.S. expels Haitian trying to stay”
[12] “Haiti’s wounds overwhelm a suffering hospital”

WORLD
[13] “Karzai grills British officials over ‘illegal’ poppy crop spraying”
[14] “New law sounds death knell for Harare media”
[15] “Rights groups condemn Ukraine media attacks”
[16] “Thousands stage protest at Brazil’s Central Bank”
[17] “Pinochet torture victims angry at pension”

GAY ISSUES
[18] “Bishops OK initiative on marriage”
[19] “Williams calls for healing in gay rift”
[20] “Political battles over gay marriage still spreading”

VIEWPOINT
[21] “Blogging as typing, not journalism”

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TOP STORIES

[o1]

“U.S. under pressure to sign landmines pact”
The Standard (Kenya), November 30, 2004

The U.S. does not intend to sign the land mine ban treaty, and did not attend this week’s international land mine summit in Kenya.

[o2]

“FOCUS: Faith & Politics”
Newsdesk.org Weblog, November 30, 2004

“Values voters” have made religion the hot political topic, from creationism and home schooling to state-sponsored spirituality.

[o3]

“U.S. accused of ‘torture flights'”
Sunday Times (U.K.), November 14, 2004

The U.S. is accused of using private jets to fly prisoners of war to countries with lenient torture laws.

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AMERICA’S SOLDIERS

[o4]

“National Guard troops allege shabby treatment”
Los Angeles Times, November 26, 2004

National Guard reservists training for deployment to Iraq claim they are treated like prisoners.

[o5]

“Families endure private war”
Chicago Tribune, November 29, 2004

Shell-shocked soldiers returning from Iraq struggle to re-acclimatize to family life; many marriages are ending in divorce.

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WAR & TERRORISM

[o6]

“Bereaved father to sue over jihad call”
Guardian (U.K.), November 22, 2004

The father of a young Saudi killed in Fallujah is suing 26 Saudi scholars for influencing him with calls to jihad.

[o7]

“U.S. group urges Rumsfeld war crimes probe in Germany”
Reuters, November 30, 2004

The U.S. Center for Constitutional Rights and four Iraqis charged Donald Rumsfeld with war crimes for the Abu Ghraib scandal.

[o8]

“U.S. failing to persuade Muslims, panel says”
New York Times, November 25, 2004

An independent Pentagon panel says the U.S. is not gaining support in Muslim societies for its military and diplomatic goals.

[o9]

“Redgraves launch human rights party of ‘Peace and Progress'”
Press Association (U.K.), November 27, 2004

Actress Vanessa Redgrave and her brother Corin have founded a political party devoted to human rights.

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HAITI

[10]

“Anarchy reigns in streets of Haiti”
Miami Herald, November 29, 2004

Haitian gangs and police “death squads” murder and maim civilians every day; poverty and malnutrition are widespread.

[11]

“U.S. expels Haitian trying to stay”
Miami Herald, November 30, 2004

A prominent Haitian refugee has been deported after spending two years in detention.

[12]

“Haiti’s wounds overwhelm a suffering hospital”
New York Times, November 30, 2004

Haiti’s hospitals are disastrously understaffed and lack basic equipment, contributing to a one-in-three child mortality rate.

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WORLD

[13]

“Karzai grills British officials over ‘illegal’ poppy crop spraying”
Independent (U.K.), December 1, 2004

Afghan opium farmers are sick from aerial herbicide spraying; Britain and the U.S. deny responsibility.

[14]

“New law sounds death knell for Harare media”
Cape Argus (South Africa), November 29, 2004

Zimbabwe will likely pass a law prohibiting any member of the public or media from criticizing President Mugabe.

[15]

“Rights groups condemn Ukraine media attacks”
Guardian (U.K.), November 30, 2004

Ukrainian journalists face censorship and physical attacks if they are deemed supporters of opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko.

[16]

“Thousands stage protest at Brazil’s Central Bank”
Reuters, November 25, 2004

Brazil’s Landless Movement protested delays in reassigning land to peasants, and threatened a massive ‘land grab’ next year.

[17]

“Pinochet torture victims angry at pension”
Independent (U.K.), November 30, 2004

Victims of torture under Chile’s Pinochet regime will receive small pensions; some say it is poor compensation.

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GAY ISSUES

[18]

“Bishops OK initiative on marriage”
Boston Globe, November 18, 2004

U.S. Catholic Bishops voted to take a political, hard-line approach to gay marriage in the coming years.

[19]

“Williams calls for healing in gay rift”
Telegraph (U.K.), November 29, 2004

The Archbishop of Canterbury wrote a letter to Church leaders asking for unity and civility around the issue of homosexuality.

[20]

“Political battles over gay marriage still spreading”
Christian Science Monitor, November 29, 2004

Gay rights advocates are rethinking their strategy ahead of a dozen state ballot measures on gay marriage expected in 2006.

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VIEWPOINT

[21]

“Blogging as typing, not journalism”
November 8, 2004

A retired “mainstream-media journalist” says that bloggers turned out to be rank amateurs on November 2.

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Intern: Allison Bloch

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