April 20, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “If you had an English DJ saying ‘faggot’ and ‘fudge packers,” don’t tell me the FCC wouldn’t get on their butts. I guarantee you the same words in English would bring a higher fine. We want parity on this issue, and this is not parity.”

–Lisbeth Melendez Rivera is fighting Spanish-American talk radio’s abusive treatment of Hispanic gays and lesbians.
(Story #11, below)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Emerging nations moving away from IMF, World Bank”
[o2] “Barbaric images for sale”
[o3] “New immigration plan to clear backlog”

WORLD
[o4] “Botswana: gov’t to retain ‘draconian’ law”
[o5] “Anger as Israeli soldier cleared over journalist’s shooting”
[o6] “Rich or poor, cancer is nation’s biggest killer”
[o7] “Resignation boost for Iraq war protester’s election bid”
[o8] “Nepal Maoist leader rules out peace talks”

NATION
[o9] “Supreme Court rejects California’s case vs. energy companies”
[10] “Patriots go on patrol at border”
[11] “Groups want Latino media to end gay pranks, on-air ridicule”

GREEN LIFESTYLES
[12] “Going green”
[13] “Composting toilets bring the outhouse indoors”
[14] “Firms find it pays to go green”
[15] “Vedic City becomes all-organic city”

VIEWPOINT
[16] “The CIA’s kidnapping ring”
[17] “The rise of disaster capitalism”
[18] “Are neo-Nazis terrorists?”

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TOP STORIES

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“Emerging nations moving away from IMF, World Bank”
Reuters, April 15, 2005

A group of 24 nations want a decisive voice, better voting rights and input on nominees for the IMF and World Bank.

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“Barbaric images for sale”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, April 11, 2005

DVDs depicting brutal killing rituals by insurgents are wildly popular in Iraq; Kurdistan is trying to enforce a ban.

[o3]

“New immigration plan to clear backlog”
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, April 18, 2005

Canada will make it easier for immigrant workers, families and students to stay, inviting in 18,000 more people a year.

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WORLD

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“Botswana: gov’t to retain ‘draconian’ law”
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, April 13, 2005

An apartheid-era law that limits free speech has been used to stifle a professor in Southern Africa.

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“Anger as Israeli soldier cleared over journalist’s shooting”
Press Association (U.K.), April 14, 2005

A dead British filmmaker’s wife alleges the Israeli army covered up evidence of his murder by a soldier.

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“Rich or poor, cancer is nation’s biggest killer”
China Daily, April 16, 2005

Three hundred out of every 100,000 Chinese develop cancer; diagnoses often come too late, and most farmers lack health insurance.

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“Resignation boost for Iraq war protester’s election bid”
Press Association (U.K.), April 18, 2005

A prominent Labour member has defected to join the campaign of an anti-war candidate opposing Tony Blair.

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“Nepal Maoist leader rules out peace talks”
Reuters, April 19, 2005

Nepal’s Maoists said talks could only happen if King Gyanendra gives up power and allows a freely elected constitutional assembly.

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NATION

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[o9]

“Supreme Court rejects California’s case against energy companies”
Associated Press, April 18, 2005

California courts were denied the authority to sue energy companies for “double billing” during the 2001-2002 energy crisis.

[10]

“Patriots go on patrol at border”
Yuma Sun (AZ), April 12, 2005

Forty-five civilians calling themselves the Yuma Patriots are patrolling the Arizona border for illegal immigrants.

[11]

“Rights groups want Latino media to end gay pranks, on-air ridicule”
San Francisco Chronicle, April 16, 2005

Spanish-language TV and radio taunt gay men and lesbians without repercussion; one victim is fighting back with a lawsuit.

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GREEN LIFESTYLES

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[12]

“Going green”
Chicago Tribune, April 16, 2005

Several cities across America have applied new energy-efficient, “green building” standards to new housing developments.

[13]

“Composting toilets bring the outhouse indoors”
Columbia News Service, April 17, 2005

Composting toilets, an environmental solution to overwhelmed septic systems, are making inroads into the American market.

[14]

“Firms find it pays to go green”
Salt Lake Tribune, April 17, 2005

Utah is encouraging manufacturing companies to reduce waste and emissions; so far three companies have taken part.

[15]

“Vedic City becomes all-organic city”
Associated Press, April 16, 2005

A small Iowa town has declared itself all-organic, referring to both lawns and produce; it is likely the first in the U.S.

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VIEWPOINT

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[16]

“The CIA’s kidnapping ring”
Village Voice, April 15, 2005

U.S. assertions that it does not “believe in torture” is belied by its partnership with Uzbekistan, writes Nat Hentoff.

[17]

“The rise of disaster capitalism”
The Nation, April 18, 2005

The federal Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization has “post-conflict” plans for up to 25 nations.

[18]

“Are neo-Nazis terrorists?”
Pacific News Service, April 18, 2005

Germany’s decision to charge a neo-Nazi arsonist with terrorism raises questions about potentially inappropriate uses of the term.

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