January 31, 2005

News You Might Have Missed * January 19, 2005

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

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QUOTED: “[S]omeone made a conscious decision to expose us to this without telling us.”

–Robert Griffin, general manager of Ohio’s Little Hocking Water Association, on Teflon’s potential to cause cancer
(Story #19, below).

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Abu Ghraib abuse firms are rewarded”
[o2] “Iran rejects U.S. operations claims”
[o3] “Inaugural donors: It’s an investment”

WORLD
[o4] “China monitors Zhao mourning”
[o5] “Minister flays U.S. rights remark”
[o6] “Botswana Bushmen continue fight for ancestral land”
[o7] “Opposition to stage rival meeting in Nigeria”

NATION
[o8] “Brave new era for privacy fight”
[o9] “Job gender surveys may end”
[10] “Parents seen as key to war on gangs”
[11] “Democrats, Bush clash on private accounts”

WAR & TERRORISM
[12] “Villagers flee intimidation”
[13] “AWOL soldier cites Army inadequacies”
[14] “PHOTO GALLERY: Shooting in Tal Afar”
[15] “Threats hinder Iraqi candidates”

MILITARY PRISONS
[16] “‘Abuse’ soldier ‘obeyed orders'”
[17] “Supreme Court sidesteps Guantanamo Bay case”
[18] “White House fought new curbs on interrogations, officials say”

ENVIRONMENT
[19] “EPA charges DuPont hid Teflon’s risks”
[20] “Hungry for hemp”
[21] “Russian space agency denies causing sickness among local children”
[22] “L’Oreal, Revlon bow to Bay Area pressure”

VIEWPOINT
[23] “Remitting disaster”

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TOP STORIES

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[o1]

“Abu Ghraib abuse firms are rewarded”
Guardian (U.K.), January 16, 2005

Two U.S. defense contractors accused of inciting abuse at Abu Ghraib have won new Pentagon contracts worth $180m.

[o2]

“Iran rejects U.S. operations claims”
BBC, January 18, 2005

Iran denied reports that American spies had infiltrated the country, but said it was prepared for any attack.

[o3]

“Inaugural donors: It’s an investment”
Dallas News, January 17, 2005

Texan oil and gas executives who will benefit from a second Bush term are donating large sums to his inauguration party.

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WORLD

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[o4]

“China monitors Zhao mourning”
BBC, January 19, 2005

Plainclothes police and detentions have marked funeral observances for a critic of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

[o5]

“Minister flays U.S. rights remark”
Gulf News (United Arab Emirates), January 16, 2005

A United Arab Emirates minister said any U.S. statements about labor rights there were undermined by the Abu Ghraib scandal

[o6]

“Botswana Bushmen continue fight for ancestral land”
South African Press Association, January 15, 2005

200 Botswana Bushmen are suing the government after being evicted from their ancestral land.

[o7]

“Opposition to stage rival meeting in Nigeria”
Agence France-Presse, January 15, 2005

Nigerian opposition groups say the government’s planned constitutional reform conference will be a sham.

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NATION

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[o8]

“Brave new era for privacy fight”
Wired.com, January 13, 2005

Privacy activists are preparing to fight the government over Patriot Act enhancements and corporate data-mining.

[o9]

“Job gender surveys may end”
Washington Post, January 12, 2005

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is intending to eliminate gender from its payroll survey, worrying some women’s groups.

[10]

“Parents seen as key to war on gangs”
Los Angeles Wave Newspapers, January 12, 2005

The LAPD may soon begin arresting parents of gang members in an effort to stem gang violence in Los Angeles.

[11]

“Democrats, Bush clash on private accounts”
San Francisco Chronicle, January 12, 2005

Democrats have criticized Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security without offering an alternative.

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WAR AND TERRORISM

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[12]

“Villagers flee intimidation”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, January 14, 2005

Hundreds have fled their homes in northern Afghanistan, citing intimidation after voting for Hamid Karzai.

[13]

“AWOL soldier cites Army inadequacies”
Los Angeles Times, January 12, 2005

An Army National Guard soldier went AWOL rather than ship to Iraq with a faulty weapon and poor training.

[14]

“PHOTO GALLERY: Shooting in Tal Afar”
BBC, January 19, 2005

A Getty Images photographer captured the accidental shooting of an Iraqi family by U.S. troops fearing an insurgent attack.

[15]

“Threats hinder Iraqi candidates”
Christian Science Monitor, January 18, 2005

“Nationwide Iraqi polls impossible — Allawi”
Agence France-Presse, January 11, 2005

Attacks against Iraqi candidates and civilians alike have made a free and fair election in Iraq an impossibility.

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MILITARY PRISONS

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[16]

“‘Abuse’ soldier ‘obeyed orders'”
BBC, January 19, 2005

“Alleged prisoner abuse near Basra”
The Guardian (U.K.), January 19, 2005

Britain faces its own version on the Abu Ghraib scandal, as a series of 22 photos detail explicit and oft bloody acts against prisoners.

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“Supreme Court sidesteps Guantanamo Bay case”
USA Today, January 19, 2005

The Supreme Court declined to make an early decision on an appeal by a man accused of being Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard.

More from NEWSESK.org on GUANTANAMO LAWSUITS

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“White House fought new curbs on interrogations, officials say”
New York Times, January 12, 2005

The Bush administration put pressure on Congress to scrap legislation preventing the use of “extreme interrogation measures.”

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ENVIRONMENT

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“EPA charges DuPont hid Teflon’s risks” Chicago Tribune, January 19, 2005

Perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, is now found in human blood worldwide. The EPA says DuPont covered up the cancer risk.

[20]

“Hungry for hemp”
The News Tribune (WA), January 12, 2005

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration quietly dropped its longtime campaign to ban hemp seed and oil in food products.

[21]

“Russian space agency denies launch site causes sickness among local children” Agence France-Presse, January 13, 2005

Russia’s space agency denies that a rocket launch site in Kazakhstan is harming the health of local children.

[22]

“L’Oreal, Revlon bow to Bay Area pressure”
San Francisco Chronicle, January 15, 2005

L’Oreal and Revlon will remove carcinogenic chemicals from their products after a campaign by the Breast Cancer Fund.

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VIEWPOINT

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[23]

“Remitting disaster”
Reason Magazine, January 14, 2005

A Cato Institute analyst has a suggestion to help Tsunami victims — let them work in the U.S. and send home remittances.

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Editors: Julia Scott, Josh Wilson

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