March 2, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “It smells like someone put tar and gasoline and crap in a jar, mixed it up good and left in the sun all summer.”

–Community activist Philip DePaolo on industrial pollution at New
York City’s proposed Olympic Village site
(story #14, below).

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Tensions high in Haiti after police violence”
[o2] “Cadre grows to rein in message”
[o3] “Scotland’s secret environmental shame revealed”

MEDIA
[o4] “Stevens vows cable-indecency crackdown”
[o5] “Russian press ask Bush: who says we’re not free?”
[o6] “Terrorist TV?”
[07] “New wave of Web writers arrested in Iran”
[08] “Nepalese bloggers, journalists defy media clampdown by king”

NATION
[o9] “It’s just a book”
[10] “Marriage ban goes forward in Assembly”
[11] “The side effects of drug promotion”
[12] “Generations are split over Social Security’s future”

ENVIRONMENT
[13] “The deadly air of Hong Kong”
[14] “Play at your own risk”
[15] “Ports’ pollution outpaces politics”
[16] “16 years later, pressure mounts to settle spill suit”

VIEWPOINT
[17] “Freedom of Information Act found wanting”
[18] “The Times sees no evil”

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TOP STORIES

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[o1]

“Tensions high in Haiti after police violence”
ISN Security Watch (Switzerland), February 03, 2005

Deadly political violence continues on the anniversary of the coup that brought Prime Minister Gerard LaTortue to power.

[o2]

“Cadre grows to rein in message”
Newsday (NY), February 24, 2005

The government has recruited dozens of PR executives, but suppressed a record amount of information, finds Newsday.

[o3]

“Scotland’s secret environmental shame revealed”
Glasgow Sunday Herald, February 27, 2005

The European Commission has taken legal action against the Scottish Executive for dozens of environmental infractions.

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MEDIA

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[o4]

“Stevens vows cable-indecency crackdown”
Broadcasting & Cable, March 1, 2005

A senator from Alaska said cable is “very much worse” than broadcast television, and that parental blocks are not sufficient.

[o5]

“Russian press ask Bush: who says we’re not free?”
Reuters, February 24, 2005

Russian reporters challenged presidents Bush and Putin for comments on journalism in Russia and America.

[o6]

“Terrorist TV?”
San Francisco Bay Guardian, February 23, 2005

Charges of terrorism and censorship fly after the government banned U.S. broadcasts of a Lebanese TV network financed by Hezbollah.

[o7]

“New wave of web writers arrested in Iran”
IranMania.com, February 24, 2005

Two more Iranian bloggers have been arrested, and one given a prison sentence of 14 years.

[8]

“Nepalese bloggers, journalists defy media clampdown by king”
Online Journalism Review, February 23, 2005

King Gyanendra’s royal takeover of Nepal this month has led to media censorship, but a new crop of bloggers are getting the news out.

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NATION

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[o9]

“It’s just a book”
Village Voice (NY), February 28, 2005

A children’s book created to demystify marijuana has angered lawmakers and found a hipster niche.

[10]

“Marriage ban goes forward in Assembly”
Nashville City Paper, February 24, 2005

Tennessee is considering bills to ban gay marriage and to restrict gay adoption.

[11]

“The side effects of drug promotion”
San Francisco Chronicle, February 27, 2005

Mass promotion of prescription drugs such as Vioxx can mislead consumers about their side effects.

[12]

“Generations are split over Social Security’s future”
Houston Chronicle, February 23, 2005

The plan to privatize Social Security is buffeted by generational splits, hints of class warfare, and general ambivalence.

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ENVIRONMENT

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[13]

“The deadly air of Hong Kong”
Toronto Star, February 26, 2005

Toxic industrial emissions from China are poisoning residents of Hong Kong across the harbor.

[14]

“Play at your own risk”
New York Daily News, February 26, 2005

Activists hope New York City’s bid for the 2012 Olympics will spur cleanup of “perhaps nation’s most polluted waterway.”

[15]

“Ports’ pollution outpaces politics”
Long Beach Press Telegram (CA), February 26, 2005

Pollution reduction at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles is frustrated by a growing demand for foreign imports.

[16]

“16 years later, pressure mounts to settle spill suit”
Anchorage Daily News, February 27, 2005

A council appointed to settle questions about lingering oil from the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill may be rushing the process, say scientists.

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VIEWPOINT

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[17]

“Freedom of Information Act found wanting”
Manchester Evening News, February 25, 2005

Britain’s new Freedom of Information Act has not resulted in proper government transparency, finds the Manchester Evening News.

[18]

“The Times sees no evil”
AlterNet.org, February 23, 2005

A New York Times story on efforts to force out broadband competition was based on compromised sources, write two media activists.

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Editors: Julia Scott

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  1. How can I contact you to give you a Hong Kong story you might like to cover this coming Sunday?

    Nicola Newbery
    Chair
    Friends of Hoi Ha