March 23, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “A lot of it is old, rusted material that’s bent up. They’re trying to guess what it was used for and then what it might be contaminated with.”

–John Darby, one of the leaders of the Hanford nuclear site cleanup, on the vast array of unidentified and highly radioactive waste his crew has unearthed.
(story #18, below)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Secret US plans for Iraq’s oil”
[o2] “‘One huge US jail'”
[o3] “Iran plans secret ‘nuclear university’ to train scientists”

TERROR PREPAREDNESS
[o4] “Railroad safety, security, secrecy”
[o5] “Va. nuclear plant’s plans raise fears”
[o6] “House of cards, bridge of steel”

WORLD
[o7] “Anti-Iran militants return home”
[o8] “G-20 demands end to farm subsidies”

U.K. AT WAR
[o9] “Shayler to stand against Blair in election”
[10] “‘Our views remain same today … we are still against the war'”

MEDIA & POLITICS
[11] “FCC imposes license freeze”
[12] “Advocates spent $229M on TV”
[13] “Into the great wide open”

METHAMPHETAMINE
[14] “Remote grotto doubles as meth lab”
[15] “TDOT meth lab detection training paying off”

ENVIRONMENT: TOXIC DUMPING
[16] “Tamil Nadu village opposes waste dumping plan”
[17] “Nuclear graveyard”
[18] “Rizal firm accused of dumping toxic waste in Laguna Bay”

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TOP STORIES

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[o1]

“Secret US plans for Iraq’s oil”
BBC (U.K.), March 17, 2005

A BBC report finds that neoconservatives planned to privatize Iraqi oil prior to the invasion, as means of undercutting OPEC.

[o2]

“‘One huge US jail'”
Guardian (U.K.), March 19, 2005

Investigators say Afghanistan is home to a network of “invisible prisons” built by the U.S. to replace Guantanamo Bay.

[o3]

“Iran plans secret ‘nuclear university’ to train scientists”
Telegraph (U.K.), March 20, 2005

Iran is building a facility to train the next generation of nuclear engineers, raising questions about its weapons programs.

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TERROR PREPAREDNESS

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[o4]

“Railroad safety, security, secrecy”
Chemical & Engineering News, March 21, 2005

The Bush administration is opposing a law that would re-route hazardous chemicals away from Washington.

[o5]

“Va. nuclear plant’s plans raise fears”
Washington Post, March 19, 2005

Virginia residents oppose the expansion of a local nuclear plant, worrying that it is a prime target for terrorist attacks.

[o6]

“House of cards, bridge of steel”
SFGate.com, March 16, 2005

Demolition experts say that when it comes to protecting the Golden Gate Bridge, the best solution may be to do nothing.

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WORLD

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“Anti-Iran militants return home”
Christian Science Monitor, March 22, 2005

250 young Iranians, all opponents of the government in Tehran, are considered terrorists by both their country and the U.S.

[o8]

“G-20 demands end to farm subsidies”
Agence France-Presse, March 20, 2005

Twenty developing countries met this weekend in India to denounce U.S. and E.U. cotton subsidies, which thwart competition.

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U.K. AT WAR

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[09]

“Shayler to stand against Blair in election”
Telegraph (U.K.), March 18, 2005

A prominent ex-spy will run on an anti-war platform against current Prime Minister Tony Blair.

[10]

“‘Our views remain same today … we are still against the war'”
The Herald (U.K.), March 21, 2005

Anti-war protesters at a march in Glasgow reveal conflict among U.K. citizens about their country’s role in Iraq.

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MEDIA & POLITICS

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[11]

“FCC imposes license freeze”
Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2005

The FCC has temporarily stopped issuing low-power radio licenses after learning that three companies were manipulating the market.

[12]

“Advocates spent $229M on TV”
Broadcasting & Cable, March 16, 2005

Business and advocacy groups have increased spending on one-sided TV issue ads by 459 percent since 2001, according to a report.

[13]

“Into the great wide open”
Columbia Journalism Review, March 7, 2005

The FCC is considering “spread spectrum” technology that could break big media companies’ monopoly on broadcast frequencies.

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METHAMPHETAMINE

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[14]

“Remote grotto doubles as meth lab”
Payson Roundup (AZ), March 18, 2005

Toxic chemicals at a methamphetamine drug lab in an Arizona cave brought out a HazMat team and the EPA.

[15]

“TDOT meth lab detection training paying off”
WATE.com (TN), March 18, 2005

“Suspected meth lab operation found in Rural Ridge home”
Valley News Dispatch (PA), March 18, 2005

A surge in hinterlands meth labs brings novel challenges and solutions, including training labor crews to spot drug production.

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ENVIRONMENT: TOXIC DUMPING

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[16]

“Tamil Nadu village opposes waste dumping plan”
Indo-Asian News Sevice, March 17, 2005

Fears of groundwater contamination are rousing stiff opposition among farmers to a planned toxic dump.

[17]

“Nuclear graveyard”
Tri-City Herald (WA), March 18, 2005

Workers at the Hanford nuclear site are excavating enormous, and undocumented, caches of highly radioactive waste and fuel.

[18]

“Rizal firm accused of dumping toxic waste in Laguna Bay”
Philippine Daily Enquirer, March 17, 2005

Two employees of a Philippine company say it is burying toxic waste from corporations like Pfizer and Ford, or dumping it in the river.

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