January 12, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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QUOTED: “[S]tudents often do not even have notebooks and they arrive without having eaten. They talk about a school snack — it consists of single cookie.”

–Sergio Rivera, leader of a teachers’ union in Honduras, on the aftermath of a massive strike last summer
(story #07, below).

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Mysterious jet tied to torture flights”
[o2] “Brown’s African crusade begins in continent’s biggest slum”
[o3] “New Zealand confirms supplying Agent Orange in Vietnam War”

NATION
[o4] “Tort reform begins in court”
[o5] “Hybrid drivers told no carpool lane yet”
[o6] “Drug firms lagging on openness”

WORLD
[o7] “Futile strike?”
[o8] “Endangered bananas”
[o9] “A factory owner rallies his workers — and reopens doors in Sri Lanka”

IRAQ: THE PEOPLE
[10] “Displaced Kirkuk Kurds demand vote”
[11] “In Iraq, a winter of discontent”

IRAQ: THE WAR
[12] “F-16 mistakenly bombs house south of Mosul”
[13] “U.S. soldiers blamed for destruction in Fallujah”
[14] “Deploying soldiers taught how to talk to reporters”

ENVIRONMENT
[15] “Poachers bleaching Kashmiri trout to death”
[16] “Will toxic sludge have a silver lining?”
[17] “Cruise ship critics say industry pollutes, exploits foreign workers”
[18] “In shadows of Coronet, questions on health persist”

VIEWPOINT
[19] “Fighting the wrong war”
[20] “Investigate alleged violations of law in Fallujah attack”
[21] “Turkey at the gates”

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TOP STORIES

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[o1]

“Mysterious jet tied to torture flights”
Chicago Tribune, January 8, 2005

A jet owned by one Leonard T. Bayard — who may not even exist — has been tied to the secret transport of al-Qaida suspects.

[o2]

“Brown’s African crusade begins in continent’s biggest slum”
The Press Association (U.K.), January 12, 2005

Britain ushers in its leadership of the G8 and E.U. by calling for debt relief and billions to fight African poverty.

[o3]

“New Zealand confirms supplying Agent Orange in Vietnam War”
Agence France-Presse, January 9, 2005

New Zealand admitted sending dioxin, the chemical used in Agent Orange, to the U.S. for use in the Vietnam War.

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NATION

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[o4]

“Tort reform begins in court”
Los Angeles Times, January 9, 2005

The Bush administration’s case for tort reform will see an important test in two lawsuits the Supreme Court is considering this week.

[o5]

“Hybrid drivers told no carpool lane yet”
San Bernadino County Sun, January 1, 2005
Congress is “stalling” its approval of a California bill giving hybrid vehicles access to the carpool lane.

[o6]

“Drug firms lagging on openness”
Boston Globe, January 9, 2005

Drug companies have not made their trial results public information, despite promises to the contrary.

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WORLD

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[o7]

“Futile strike?”
Latinamerica Press (Peru), December 23, 2004

Honduran schoolteachers led a two-month strike for wages and materials in May, but little has changed since.

[o8]

“Endangered bananas”
Latinamerica Press (Peru), December 23, 2004

Panama’s banana industry is under threat due to fungus infestations and heavy E.U. tariffs.

[o9]

“A factory owner rallies his workers — and reopens doors in Sri Lanka”
Christian Science Monitor, January 10, 2005

A Sri Lankan garment factory owner sheltered his employees and promised to rebuild their houses at no cost.

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IRAQ: THE PEOPLE

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[10]

“Displaced Kirkuk Kurds demand vote”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, January 7, 2005

Kurds who are returning to ancestral homelands will not be permitted to vote in Iraq’s upcoming elections.

[11]

“In Iraq, a winter of discontent”
Christian Science Monitor, January 10, 2005

Lack of security in Iraq has deeply affected people’s ability of provide for themselves.

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IRAQ: THE WAR

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[12]

“F-16 mistakenly bombs house south of Mosul”
F-16.net, January 10, 2005

A U.S. fighter jet accidentally dropped a 500-pound bomb on a home in Mosul, killing at least five people.

[13]

“U.S. soldiers blamed for destruction in Fallujah”
Associated Press, January 13, 2005

The Defense Department blames destruction in Fallujah on the “foreign fighters” of Iraq’s insurgency, but residents link it with the U.S.

[14]

“Deploying soldiers taught how to talk to reporters”
Associated Press, January 10, 2005

U.S. soldiers are being sent into combat in Iraq with a list of talking points for encounters with reporters.

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ENVIRONMENT

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[15]

“Poachers bleaching Kashmiri trout to death”
Indo-Asian News Service, January 9, 2005

Trout poachers in Kashmir poison large pools to catch the fish, threatening the local species with extinction.

[16]

“Will toxic sludge have a silver lining?”
The Saratogian (NY), January 9, 2005

General Electric will begin removing PCBs from along the Hudson River, but doesn’t want to pay for all of it.

[17]

“Rough passage: While cruise ships become more popular, critics say industry pollutes, exploits foreign workers”
The Register-Guard (OR), January 9, 2005

Royal Caribbean Cruises has paid millions in settlements for dumping sewage and abusing employee overtime pay.

[18]

“In shadows of Coronet, questions on health persist”
Tampa Tribune, January 10, 2005

Conflicting allegations abound in a low-income Florida community where residents are suing over phosphate pollution.

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VIEWPOINT

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[19]

“Fighting the wrong war”
The Weekly Standard, January 17, 2005

Donald Rumsfeld had the power to equip the military to win the Iraq war, but chose not to spend the money, says a conservative columnist.

[20]

“Investigate alleged violations of law in Fallujah attack”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 11, 2005

A congressman and a group of medical workers say the U.S. assault on Fallujah illegally targeted hospitals and water facilities.

[21]

“Turkey at the gates”
WorldPress.org, December 31, 2004

European newspapers are split on whether the EU ought to welcome Turkey as a member, a sampling of articles reveals.

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Editors: Julia Scott, Josh Wilson

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