January 31, 2005

News You Might Have Missed * Jan. 20-26, 2005

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

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QUOTED: “[T]he sad thing is we have created what the administration claimed we were intervening to prevent — an Iraq-Al Qaeda linkage.”

–A senior U.S. intelligence officer on the Bush administration’s Iraq policy
(Story #o9, below).

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ASSOCIATED PRESS MANAGING EDITORS
[o1] “Readers Speak: The power of a picture”

TOP STORIES
[o2] “U.S. in danger of losing the war”
[o3] “Bush rewarded by black pastors’ faith”
[o4] “Military offers special perks in bid to retain special forces”

NATION
[o5] “Governors hope to guide Democratic Party”
[o6] “President lacks broad support, poll suggests”
[o7] “Clear Channel rolls out more liberal talk radio”
[o8] “Most Indians say ‘thumbs up’ to second Bush term”

WAR AND TERRORISM
[o9] “Get out the vote: U.S. forecasts for Iraq are grim”
[10] “Ex-rebels concerned by composition of U.N. force in Sudan”
[11] “15 killed in fight over water, land”

MONEY & POLITICS
[12] “Central bankers shifting funds from U.S. to Eurozone”
[13] “Bolivian province wants independence”
[14] “Chase apologizes over use of slaves as collateral”

IRAN: FREE SPEECH
[15] “Iran attempts to pull plug on Web dissidents”
[16] “U.S. ‘terminates’ Iranian website”

PUBLIC HEALTH
[17] “U.S. anti-bioterrorism effort stumbles”
[18] “Vitamin users in last-ditch bid to stop ban on supplements”
[19] “City gains weapon in air quality fight”

VIEWPOINT
[20] “Rethinking recounts”

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AASSOCIATED PRESS MANAGING EDITORS

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[o1]

“Readers Speak: The power of a picture”
APME/Spokane Spokesman-Review, January 24, 2005

A survey of newspaper readers and reporters drew mixed opinions on
the suitability of graphic photographs.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Learn more about APME on Newsdesk.org

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TOP STORIES

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[o2]

“U.S. in danger of losing the war””
Detroit Free Press, January 22, 2005

A Knight Ridder investigation concludes that unless something changes soon, the U.S. will lose the war in Iraq.

[o3]

“Bush rewarded by black pastors’ faith”
Los Angeles Times, January 18, 2005

President Bush has awarded large sums to black churches through his faith-based program, while Republicans court their votes.

[o4]

“Military offers special perks in bid to retain special forces”
Christian Science Monitor, January 21, 2005

The Pentagon has put aside millions of dollars to pay elite officers to not retire from the Army.

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NATION

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[o5]

“Governors hope to guide Democratic Party”
Associated Press, January 18, 2005

Democratic governors in “red states” have succeeded by adopting GOP positions on social issues.

[o6]

“President lacks broad support, poll suggests”
New York Times, January 20, 2005

A new poll finds Americans are generally pessimistic about Bush’s handling of the economy, education, and the war in Iraq.

[o7]

“Clear Channel rolls out more liberal talk radio”
Reuters, January 19, 2005

Clear Channel radio is responding to market demands for more left-leaning talk show voices.

[o8]

“Most Indians say ‘thumbs up’ to second Bush term”
Christian Science Monitor, January 21, 1005

A global poll reveals that India supports Bush going into his second term, in marked contrast to other countries.

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WAR & TERRORISM

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[o9]

“Get out the vote: U.S. forecasts for Iraq are grim”
Detroit Free Press, January 18, 2005

An intelligence report suggests the U.S. has fomented violence in Afghanistan and Iraq, rather than the opposite.

[10]

“Ex-rebels concerned by composition of UN force in Sudan: officials”
Agence France-Presse, January 21, 2005

Sudan’s southern rebels are demanding that peacekeeping forces not come from Muslim countries such as Pakistan.

[11]

“15 killed in fight over water, land”
East African Standard (Kenya), January 24, 2005

15 people have died in mob violence that broke out over the use of a river in western Kenya.

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MONEY & POLITICS

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[12]

“Bolivian province wants independence”
Reuters, January 21, 2005

Protesters have shut down Bolivia’s financial capital over fuel price hikes, demanding more economic autonomy.

[14]

“Chase apologizes over use of slaves as collateral”
Reuters, January 20, 2005

Banks now owned by J.P. Morgan Chase used thousands of slaves as collateral for 19th century loans.

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IRAN: FREE SPEECH

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[15]

“Iran attempts to pull plug on web dissidents”
Los Angeles Times, January 24, 2005

An Iranian blogger threatened with death describes his treatment in prison by government interrogators.

[16]

“U.S. ‘terminates’ Iranian website”
BBC, January 24, 2005

The Iranian Student News Agency was abruptly shut down by its American server without explanation.

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PUBLIC HEALTH

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[17]

“U.S. anti-bioterrorism effort stumbles”
New York Times, January 25, 2005

Several mishaps in germ laboratories have raised questions about bioterrorism safety and preparedness.

[18]

“Vitamin users in last-ditch bid to stop ban on supplements”
Independent (U.K.), January 23, 2005

“Europe finds you can be too careful”
Star-Ledger (NJ), January 23, 2005

Europe’s precautionary approach to food safety, including vitamins, has ruffled some feathers.

[19]

“City gains weapon in air quality fight”
Houston Chronicle, January 23, 2005

The city of Houston now has the power to enforce its own air pollution laws against local violators.

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VIEWPOINT

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[20]

“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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