May 25, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “What outrages me [is] the cavalier nature of the U.S. military toward the killing of journalists in Iraq. I think it’s just a scandal.”

–Comments by Linda Foley, president of The Newspaper Guild, were attacked by conservative news outlets. (Story #9, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Stations of the cross”
[o2] “The rising economic cost of the Iraq war”
[o3] “Penchant for ‘cool’ led to big story”

PROTEST POLITICS
[o4] “South Africa housing protests turn violent”
[o5] “Hong Kong holds first gay rally”
[o6] “Greenpeace activists attack ‘Chelsea tractors'”
[o7] “Strike paralyses Bangladesh”
[o8] “FM’s take on mega cities draws protests”

NATION
[o9] “Guild chief under fire for comments”
[10] “Complaints bring changes to government’s sex advice”
[11] “Is ‘CraigsNews’ coming soon?”
[12] “Jones introduces bill allowing parents to censor school material”

WORLD
[13] “China goes undercover to sway opinion on Internet”
[14] “Oil’s dirty future”
[15] “World Bank in aboriginal rethink”
[16] “Fears over health after nuclear tests”

MERCURY
[17] “Pa. to set tougher rules to cut mercury emissions”
[18] “Man blames mercury poisoning on Gulf fish”

VIEWPOINT
[19] “Giving teens an alternative to enlisting”

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TOP STORIES

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“Stations of the cross”
Columbia Journalism Review, May/June 2005

Evangelical TV and radio news broadcasters have millions of viewers and access to powerful Republican leaders.

[o2]

“The rising economic cost of the Iraq war”
Christian Science Monitor, May 19, 2005

Fighting in Iraq grows more intractable and expensive; military costs since 9/11 are nearly as high as during the Korean War.

[o3]

“Penchant for ‘cool’ led to big story”
Rocky Mountain Times, May 20, 2005

A teen posed as a drug addict to prove that local Army recruiters would do anything to enlist him — including fake his diploma.

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PROTEST POLITICS

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[o4]

“South Africa housing protests turn violent”
Reuters, May 25, 2005

The latest in a series of riots brought 6,000 squatter-camp residents angry about delays in subsidized housing.

[o5]

“Hong Kong holds first gay rally”
Agence France-Presse, May 16, 2005

Hong Kong marked its first International Day Against Homophobia with a parade last week, although some people wore masks.

[o6]

“Greenpeace activists attack ‘Chelsea tractors'”
Telegraph (U.K.), May 17, 2005

Greenpeace activists disrupted the assembly line of a Range Rover factory in Britain, calling it a “climate crime scene.”

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“Strike paralyses Bangladesh”
Agence France-Presse, May 21, 2005

Bangladesh held two general strikes last week to protest the politically motivated murders of several opposition members.

[o8]

“FM’s take on mega cities draws protests”
NDTV.com (India), May 25, 2005

Activists said a politician’s call for greater autonomy and privatization in Delhi and Mumbai excludes the poor.

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NATION

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[o9]

“Guild chief under fire for comments”
Editor & Publisher, May 20, 2005
Conservative media outlets have attacked The Newspaper Guild president for her condemnation of attacks on journalists in Iraq.

[10]

“Complaints bring changes to government’s sex advice”
Associated Press, May 14, 2005

A government sex advice website changed its language after raising the ire of several gay rights groups.

[11]

“Is ‘CraigsNews’ coming soon?”
MIT Technology Review, May 19, 2005

“Collaborative citizen journalists” are using news sites like Wikinews to democratize the newsgathering process.

[12]

“Jones introduces bill allowing parents to censor school material”
Kingston Free Press (NC), May 18, 2005

A children’s book with homosexual themes has spurred a proposed bill that would give parents more control over school libraries.

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WORLD

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[13]

“China goes undercover to sway opinion on Internet”
Reuters, May 19, 2005

China will employ a network of Web propagandists to publish pro-government messages on chat rooms and blogs.

[14]

“Oil’s dirty future”
San Francisco Chronicle, May 22, 2005

The U.S. relies on Alberta’s oil sands to sustain it, but the refining process uses nearly as much natural gas as it produces.

[15]

“World Bank in aboriginal rethink”
BBC (U.K.), May 20, 2005

The World Bank announced a new lending policy that requires support and participation from indigenous communities.

[16]

“Fears over health after nuclear tests”
Agence France-Presse, May 20, 2005

Residents of an area of French Polynesia used for nuclear tests want to see records for radioactive fallout.

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MERCURY

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“Pa. to set tougher rules to cut mercury emissions”
Philadelphia Inquirer, May 19, 2005

Rejecting Bush’s Clear Skies Initiative, Pennsylvania will take aggressive steps to reduce mercury emissions on its own.

[18]

“Man blames mercury poisoning on Gulf fish”
The Advocate (LA), May 22, 2005

A Louisiana man blames a lack of regulation for his near-fatal consumption of mercury-contaminated fish.

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VIEWPOINT

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“Giving teens an alternative to enlisting”
Chicago Tribune, May 23, 2005

An Illinois anti-recruiter founded a college scholarship program to offer students an alternative to the military.

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