March 30, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “I hope that people get so disillusioned that they really organize against the government and kick him out by a non-violent, popular, mass uprising.”

— Archbishop Pius Ncube, on ousting Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe in Thursday’s election.
(Story #07, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Tsunami: EA coastline exposed to toxic waste dumped in Somalia”
[o2] “Unions take aim at Wal-Mart”
[o3] “Kenya ‘tortured terror suspects'”

AMERICA’S VETERANS
[o4] “Official urges better handling of veterans’ claims”
[o5] “Stresses of battle hit female GIs hard”

ZIMBABWE ELECTION
[o6] “Zimbabwe accused of jamming foreign radio stations”
[o7] “Zimbabwe cleric urges ‘uprising'”

POLLUTION ACTIVISM
[o8] “Citizens go it alone in bid to clear air”
[o9] “Outraged by herbicides, group applies prayer”
[10] “Lanxess, Addyston residents pursuing emissions solution”

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CROPS
[11] “Study proves growing GM crops has negative impact on wildlife”
[12] “Tanzania: Involve other stakeholders in GMO plan”
[13] “Genetically modified crops: to use or not to use?”

ENVIRONMENT: WATER
[14] “300 million rural Chinese lack clean drinking water”
[15] “Billion people face water shortages, warns UN”
[16] “Country faces disaster due to water diversion by India”
[17] “Argentina: Uranium-polluted water is legally safe to drink”

VIEWPOINT
[18] “BBC say ‘fake journalists’ will not be used again”

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TOP STORIES

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[o1]

“Tsunami: EA coastline exposed to toxic waste dumped in Somalia”
The East African (Kenya), March 21, 2005

The U.N. blames European companies for tons of nuclear and industrial waste dumped off the East African coastline.

[o2]

“Unions take aim at Wal-Mart”
The Morning News (AR), March 23, 2005

Two unions protested Wal-Mart’s sponsorship of ABC’s “Only in America” series, saying it abuses its American employees.

[o3]

“Kenya ‘tortured terror suspects'”
BBC (U.K.), March 23, 2005

Amnesty International accused Kenya of abusing detainees held in the bombing of a hotel in Mombasa in 2002.

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AMERICA’S VETERANS

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[o4]

“Official urges better handling of veterans’ claims following reports”
Knight Ridder, March 22, 2005

The Department of Veterans Affairs will improve its treatment of veterans’ disability claims after a spate of bad PR.

[o5]

“Stresses of battle hit female GIs hard”
Chicago Tribune, March 20, 2005

Data show women in combat are more susceptible to PTSD than men, especially if they believe they have killed.

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ZIMBABWE ELECTION

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[o6]

“Zimbabwe accused of jamming foreign radio stations”
Daily News (Zimbabwe), March 22, 2005

Zimbabwe is accused of scrambling radio frequencies to block foreign pro-democracy programming ahead of Thursday’s election.

[o7]

“Zimbabwe cleric urges ‘uprising'”
BBC (U.K.), March 27, 2005

A Zimbabwean archbishop told a newspaper he believed the upcoming election will be rigged and called for a popular uprising.

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POLLUTION ACTIVISM

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[08]

“Citizens go it alone in bid to clear air”
Houston Chronicle, March 23, 2005

A team of suburban women in Texas obtained a federal grant to analyze air pollution from a local chemical industrial complex.

[09]

“Outraged by herbicides, group applies prayer”
Register-Guard (OR), March 26, 2005

Locals in Lane County, Oregon, oppose a logging company’s plans to spray pesticides, and have formed a prayer circle in protest.

[10]

“Lanxess, Addyston residents pursuing emissions solution”
Enquirer (OH), March 23, 2005

Residents of a small Ohio town are testing the air for chemicals released by a nearby plastics factory.

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GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CROPS

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[11]

“Study proves growing GM crops has negative impact on wildlife”
The Scotsman (U.K.), March 22, 2005

A study linking genetically engineered crops to diminished wildlife prompted Bayer to withdraw a bid to grow oilseed in Britain.

[12]

“Tanzania: Involve other stakeholders in GMO plan, government urged”
U.N. Integrated Regional Information Networks, March 21, 2005

Tanzanian farmers fear that using genetically engineered food crops will lead to dependency on corporations such as Monsanto.

[13]

“Genetically modified crops: to use or not to use?”
Reuters, March 13, 2005

India is exploring modified mustard, rice, and potatoes to boost farm yields; officials say modified cotton has been a success.

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ENVIRONMENT: WATER

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[14]

“300 million rural Chinese lack clean drinking water”
Xinhua News Service, March 23, 2005

Less than half of China’s water is drinkable due to pesticide pollution.

[15]

“Billion people face water shortages, warns UN”
Independent (U.K.), March 23, 2005

The WHO marked World Water Day by calling for action in Africa, where water shortages could plunge the continent into war.

[16]

“Country faces disaster due to water diversion by India”
The New Nation (Bangladesh), March 22, 2005

Experts say Bangladesh will suffer desertification and disease if India implements its river-linking project.

[17]

“Argentina: uranium-polluted water is legally safe to drink”
Inter Press Service, March 24, 2005

Up to one million residents of Buenos Aires are drinking uranium-contaminated water that the government says is safe.

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VIEWPOINT

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[18]

“BBC say ‘fake journalists’ will not be used again”
Spinwatch.org, March 24, 2005

The BBC has promised not to use any other government-sponsored reports after broadcasting a story from the British Forces Broadcasting Service.

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