December 23, 2004

News You Might Have Missed

Important but underreported news from around the world — and your own backyard

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QUOTED: “[Y]ou have to sleep to stay alive, whether there’s a bed for you or not.”

–Activist Larry Milligan, on San Diego’s practice of issuing tickets to homeless people sleeping outdoors.
(Story #9, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Have lessons of the Gulf been learned?”
[o2] “Millions ‘to lose textile jobs'”
[o3] “Inuit group seeks link between rights, climate change”

UPDATES
[o4] Military Prison Abuse
[o5] Election 2004
[o6] Faith & Politics

NATION
[o7] “Bleary Days for ‘Eyes on the Prize'”
[o8] “Nicaraguan leftists screened out of entry to U.S.”
[o9] “Can a city ticket its homeless?”

WORLD
[10] “Canadian detainees hope British decision helps them”
[11] “Mutineers claim to have beaten back government troops in eastern DRC”
[12] “Nepal’s Maoist chief says will destroy polls: report”
[13] “India’s troubling truants: teachers”

MEDIA
[14] “Lebanon mulls reprisals against French, U.S. media”
[15] “Reporter convicted in Russia passport case”

ENVIRONMENT
[16] “River inter-linking would bring disaster: Bangladesh”
[17] “New power for ‘Old Europe'”
[18] “Clean energy experiment surges forward”

VIEWPOINT
[19] “Fuel for nought”
[20] “Rolling over, again?”

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TOP STORIES

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“Have lessons of the Gulf been learned?”
Daily Press (VA), December 17, 2004

Many Gulf War vets were neither informed of the dangers of depleted uranium, nor tested for it upon returning from battle.

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“Millions ‘to lose textile jobs'”
BBC (U.K.), December 16, 2004

A WTO-mandated change in trade laws could decimate the Bangladeshi textile industry, but create new jobs in India and China.

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“Inuit group seeks link between rights, climate change”
Canadian Press, December 17, 2004

A group representing Inuit populations worldwide asserts that inaction on global warming amounts to a human rights violation.

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UPDATES

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Military Prison Abuse
Newsdesk.org, December 22, 2004

-“Ex-military lawyers object to Bush cabinet nominee”
-“Documents: Detainee abuse widespread”
-“Abuse inquiries were cut short”

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Election 2004
Newsdesk.org, December 22, 2004

-“Feeney implicated in vote fraud”
-“Ohio recount stirs trouble”
-“Timeline of events in the Washington governor’s race”
-“Washington governor’s race could swing after hand recount‰

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Faith & Politics
Newsdesk.org, December 22, 2004

-“Initiative could open state funds for religious schools”
-“Tiny Christian college nets generous federal funding”
-“Christians protest downplay of Christmas’ religious nature”
-“School yuletide observances shift into neutral”
-“Carolers protest religious-music ban”

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NATION

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“Bleary Days for ‘Eyes on the Prize'”
Wired News, December 22, 2004
Copyright problems mean that a documentary on the civil rights movement can no longer be screened or broadcast.

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“Nicaraguan leftists screened out of entry to U.S.”
December 22, 2004

Immigration officials say they are not specifically targeting Sandinistas.

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“Can a city ticket its homeless?”
Christian Science Monitor, December 20, 2004

Nine homeless people are suing the San Diego Police Department after being cited for sleeping in public.

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WORLD

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“Canadian detainees hope British decision helps them”
CBC News (Canada), December 16, 2004

Jailed Canadian terror suspects hope a ruling giving British detainees access to the courts will set a precedent for their cases.

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“Mutineers claim to have beaten back government troops in eastern DRC”
Agence France-Presse, December 16, 2004

The DR Congo has accused Rwanda of backing rebel troops, as ongoing clashes threaten millions of refugees.

[12]

“Nepal’s Maoist chief says will destroy polls: report”
Reuters, December 20, 2004

Nepal’s Maoist rebels, will disrupt upcoming legislative elections unless the government agrees to abolish the monarchy there.

[13]

“India’s troubling truants: teachers”
Christian Science Monitor, December 20, 2004

One in four teachers is absent from India’s schools on a given day; the nation is home to 34 percent of the world’s illiterates.

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MEDIA

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“Lebanon mulls reprisals against French, U.S. media”
Agence France-Presse, December 19, 2004

Lebanon is upset with the decision of U.S. and French governments to ban broadcasts by the pro-Hezbollah television station Al-Manar.

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“Reporter convicted in Russia passport case”
Associated Press, December 17, 2004

A Russian journalist alleges he was stripped of his passport because his reporting angered authorities.

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ENVIRONMENT

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“River inter-linking would bring disaster: Bangladesh”
Press Trust of India, December 18, 2004

Bangladesh warned that connecting rivers flowing through India would cause mass migrations and social upheaval.

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“New power for ‘Old Europe'”
The Nation, December 9, 2004

An E.U. directive that would take hazardous chemicals off the shelves within a decade spells trouble for U.S. chemical manufacturers.

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“Clean energy experiment surges forward”
City Limits (NY), December 13, 2004

A first-ever attempt to generate power from underwater ‘windmills’ in the East River is gaining momentum.

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VIEWPOINT

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“Fuel for nought”
Guardian (U.K.), November 23, 2004

Relying on biofuels to replace petrochemicals would unsustainable and environmentally disastrous, claims a columnist.

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“Rolling over, again?”
Columbia Journalism Review, December 11, 2004

A media critique targets news outlets for failing to scrutinize President Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security.

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Editors: Erica Junghans, Julia Scott, Josh Wilson

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