February 9, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “The failure of Schroeder’s economic policies and the extensive unemployment creates a breeding ground for extremists.”

–Bavarian Premier Edmund Stoiber said unemployment levels unseen since the 1930s strengthen Germany’s radical right (story #o7, below)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “French FM: France may sell weapons to Libya”
[o2] “Japan activists fear consequences for peace of 2nd Bush term'”
[o3] “Drought may be factor in leukemia”

IRAQ VOTE
[o4] “Iraq: Some just voted for food”
[o5] “Kurdish ballot rigging row”
[o6] “Election slurs may complicate vote-counting”

WORLD
[07] “Who’s to blame for rise of the far right?”
[08] “Role of Goree Island in slave trade now disputed by historians”
[09] “Church goes green for greater good”
[10] “IRA accused of ‘threat’ in second statement”
[11] “French troops on alert after Togo chief’s death”

TRANSPORTATION: PEDESTRIAN FATALITIES
[12] “Most road fatalities in Tel Aviv are elderly people”
[13] “Danger for pedestrians”
[14] “Most pedestrian deaths occur outside the lines”

ENVIRONMENT: WATER POLLUTION
[15] “Crews begin cleaning up radioactive Flats ponds”
[16] “River water tests add to disease concerns”
[17] “Keeping roads snow free packs environmental cost”
[18] “Tar ponds report to be released”

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TOP STORIES

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[o1]

“French FM: France may sell weapons to Libya”
Associated Press, February 6, 2005

With the U.S. arms embargo on Libya still in place, France may become the country’s main weapons supplier.

[o2]

“Japan activists fear consequences for peace of 2nd Bush term”
Kyodo News, January 22, 2005

The prospect of more U.S. troops coming to Okinawa has spurred objections by Japanese peace organizations.

[o3]

“Drought may be factor in leukemia”
Arizona Daily Star, February 7, 2005

University of Arizona researchers see a possible link between drought, airborne toxins and increased childhood leukemia.

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IRAQ VOTE

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[o4]

“Iraq: Some just voted for food”
Inter Press Service, January 31, 2005

Several Baghdad residents report being threatened with the loss of monthly food rations if they did not vote.

[o5]

“Kurdish ballot rigging row”
Institute for War & Peace Reporting, January 31, 2005

Several Kurdish parties say their opponents committed voter fraud in the January 30 elections.

[o6]

“Election slurs may complicate vote-counting”
Associated Press, February 7, 2005

Unresolved allegations of ballot stuffing and ballot deficiencies may undermine the credibility of vote results in Iraq.

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WORLD

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[07]

“Who’s to blame for rise of the far-right”
Deutsche Welle, February 6, 2005

An opposition party leader attributed new political extremism in Germany to unemployment levels unseen since the 1930s.

[08]

“Role of Goree Island in slave trade now disputed by historians”
Knight Ridder Tribune, February 1, 2005

A historian disputes Senegal’s notorious “Slave House” as the departure point for millions of prisoners bound for the Americas.

[09]

“Church goes green for greater good”
Independent (U.K.), February 5, 2005

The Church of England will preach “sustainable consumption,” practice recycling and sell fair trade products.

[10]

“IRA accused of ‘threat’ in second statement”
Press Association (U.K.), February 3, 2005

Irish officials debate how seriously to take a purported threat of violence from the IRA in the middle of peace talks.

[11]

“French troops on alert after Togo chief’s death”
Agence France-Presse, February 7, 2005

France has asked its troops to prepare for the possibility of violence following the coup d’etat in Togo.

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TRANSPORTATION: PEDESTRIAN FATALITIES

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[12]

“Most road fatalities in Tel Aviv are elderly people”
Haaretz, January 25, 2005

Populous Tel Aviv is notable for the number of seniors killed by traffic every year.

[13]

“Danger for pedestrians”
San Francisco Examiner, February 3, 2005

Public health statistics chart a higher incidence of pedestrian fatalities in poorer San Francisco neighborhoods.

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“Most pedestrian deaths occur outside the lines”
Honolulu Advertiser, January 16, 2005

Hawaii has one of the worst pedestrian death rates in the country, largely due to the lack of crosswalks on busy streets.

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ENVIRONMENT: WATER POLLUTION

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[15]

“Crews begin cleaning up radioactive Flats ponds”
Denver Post, February 4, 2005

25 million gallons of pond water in Colorado have been contaminated by a nearby plutonium storage unit.

[16]

“River water tests add to disease concerns”
The Age (Australia), February 5, 2005

Tests of sea urchins and oysters in Tasmania indicate plantation chemicals may be behind a spike in human cancers there.

[17]

“Keeping roads snow free packs environmental cost”
Portland Press Herald (ME), February 6, 2005

Residents of Maine worry that the salt used to de-ice winter roads is contaminating drinking water and killing trees and plants.

[18]

“Tar ponds report to be released”
Canadian Press, February 6, 2005

The cleanup of Canada’s “worst environmental mess” — a group of seething tar ponds in Nova Scotia — may take its own toxic toll.

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