June 16, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “I will not allow those seeking to topple me to succeed, and I
will not allow them to undermine or weaken my ability to govern.”

— Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, on allegations that she confessed to rigging elections in a wiretapped phone conversation (story #o7, below).

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Iraqi reality-TV hit takes fear factor to another level”
[o2] “Revealed: how oil giant influenced Bush”
[o3] “Study: Illnesses linked to Gulf War combat zone”

WORLD MEDIA
[o4] “Freed Chinese dissident vows to resume Tiananmen Web site”
[o5] “Low marks on freedom of expression”
[o6] “Politicians and journalists slam arrest of columnist”
[o7] “DoJ cracks down on media outlets playing ‘Arroyo tape'”

PLASTIC CHEMICALS
[o8] “Link found between food packaging and miscarriages
[O9] “plastics linked to cancer and genital abnormalities”

NATION
[10] “Pentagon wasted supplies, GAO finds”
[11] “The age of autism: One in 15,000 Amish”
[12] “Texas groups demand apology for governor’s comment”
[13] “Senators slam deal for mineral rights in Florida cypress preserve”
[14] “Green Wall, code of silence are troubling state prison bosses”

ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS
[15] “Hazardous haulers”
[16] “Legal victory gives hope to victims of Russia’s smokestacks”
[17] “Nation to control pollution emissions”
[18] “Ill winds”

VIEWPOINT
[19] “In China, cigarettes are a kind of miracle drug”

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TOP STORIES

Top

[o1]

“Iraqi reality-TV hit takes fear factor to another level”
Christian Science Monitor, June 7, 2005

A Sunni group targeted a police chief known for his anti-insurgent interrogations on an Iraqi reality TV show about the war.

“Suicide policeman hits Iraq’s Wolf Brigade HQ”
Reuters, June 11, 2005

[o2]

“Revealed: How oil giant influenced Bush”
Guardian (U.K.), June 8, 2005

The Bush administration withdrew from the Kyoto treaty based partly on pressure from ExxonMobil and other oil companies.

[o3]

“Study: Illnesses linked to Gulf War combat zone”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 9, 2005

A new study of Persian Gulf War vets reveals widespread incidence of chronic fatigue syndrome and a host of other symptoms.

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WORLD

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[o4]

“Freed Chinese dissident vows to resume Tiananmen Web site”
Radio Free Asia, June 6, 2005

A Chinese cyber-activist jailed for a Web site commemorating the Tiananmen massacre vowed to resuming publishing it.

[o5]

“Low marks on freedom of expression”
Inter Press Service, June 10, 2005

Police raided a newspaper in Milan after it published news of Italian-made weapons used by insurgents in Iraq.

[o6]

“Politicians and journalists slam arrest of columnist”
Associated Press, June 5, 2005

A Lebanese columnist who wrote about political violence faces jail for allegedly defaming President Emile Lahoud.

[o7]

“DoJ cracks down on media outlets playing ‘Arroyo tape'”
Philippine Daily Inquirer, June 10, 2005

Philippine broadcast outlets face charges for distributing a tape in which the president allegedly admits to fixing an election.

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PLASTIC CHEMICALS

Top

[o8]

“Link found between food packaging and miscarriages”
Guardian (U.K), June 11, 2005

A Japanese study shows a connection between a chemical used in plastic and miscarriages; health groups are seeking a ban.

[o9]

“Plastics linked to cancer and genital abnormalities”
Environmental Data Interactive (U.K.), June 3, 2005

New studies show a correlation between phthalates and bisphenol-a, and a host of cancer and developmental problems in men and women.

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NATION

Top

[10]

“Pentagon wasted supplies, GAO finds”
Washington Post, June 8, 2005

The Pentagon has wasted billions of dollars of military equipment, dumping new products and then buying them again from suppliers.

[11]

“The age of autism: One in 15,000 Amish”
UPI, June 8, 2005

Autism is especially rare among Amish children, giving weight to a theory that attributes the condition to mercury poisoning.

[12]

“Texas groups demand apology for governor’s comment”
Gay.com, June 8, 2005

Texas governor Rick Perry’s suggestion that gay vets wishing to wed ought to leave the state was criticized by advocacy groups.

[13]

“Senators slam deal for mineral rights in Florida cypress preserve”
Palm Beach Post, June 9, 2005

A report finds a Florida company manipulated the government into overbidding on mineral drilling rights on land it didn’t own.

[14]

“Green Wall, code of silence are troubling state prison bosses”
Monterey County Herald, May 27, 2005

A California prison is in crisis following revelations about guards who banded together to cover up wrongdoings.

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ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS

Top

[15]

“Hazardous haulers”
Orange County Register, June 9, 2005

California police are cracking down on a growing number of haulers who illegally dump toxic chemicals by roadsides and elsewhere.

[16]

“Legal victory gives hope to victims of Russia’s smokestacks”
Times Online (U.K), June 10, 2005

A international court ruled that Russia is responsible for chemical exposures in a family living near a state steel mill.

[17]

“Nation to control pollution emissions”
Indian Country Today, June 3, 2005

The Navajo Nation won the right to regulate air emissions from two power plants on tribal land in Arizona and New Mexico.

[18]

“Ill winds”
Fort Worth Weekly, June 8, 2005

Three of the country’s most polluting coal-fired power plants lie outside Fort Worth, exposing locals to sulfur dioxide and mercury.

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VIEWPOINT

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[19]

“In China, cigarettes are a kind of miracle drug”
Globe and Mail, June 11, 2005

China’s government-controlled tobacco industry is telling citizens smoking is good for them, writes Geoffrey York.

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