June 22, 2005

News You Might Have Missed * June 16-22, 2005

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

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QUOTED: “If DU is so safe, why do American soldiers need to wear protective clothing in the first place?”

— Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wa.) on the Pentagon’s lack of a depleted uranium health policy for returning Iraq veterans (story #14, below).

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Uzbekistan: Andijan residents ‘tortured'”
[o2] “Peruvian region expands legal cultivation of coca”
[o3] “Parliament misled over firebomb use”

INTERNET POLICING
[o4] “Your ISP as Net watchdog”
[o5] “Government eyes policing of Internet”
[o6] “Beijing to hire thousands more Web police”

GAY POLITICS
[o7] “Youth’s blog stirs uproar over ‘ex-gay’ camp”
[o8] “Commission bans county from recognizing gay pride”

MULTINATIONAL LAWSUITS
[o9] “Farmers ‘terrified out of their homes’ to sue BP for #15m”
[10] “Villagers claim victory in Coca-Cola battle”
[11] “Group wants warning labels on potato chips”

NATION
[12] “USDA plants its own news”
[13] “Amtrak cuts would end Chicago-New Orleans service”
[14] “Collateral risk: DU research gap could impact Vermont troops”

ENVIRONMENT
[15] “Citizens often kept from public data”
[16] “Dismayed by the DNR”
[17] “Deserts set to expand”
[18] “Canada’s e-trash plagues China”

VIEWPOINT
[19] “Shacking up”

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TOP STORIES

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“Uzbekistan: Andijan residents ‘tortured'”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, June 21, 2005

Men detained by Uzbek police in connection with the May riots in Andijan say they were tortured and sexually assaulted.

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“Peruvian region expands legal cultivation of coca”
Merco Press, June 22, 2005

“Traditional” coca farming will benefit impoverished residents of the Cuzco province, but opponents say it will boost the drug trade.

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“Parliament misled over firebomb use”
Telegraph (U.K.), June 20, 2005

Britain’s Defense Secretary says U.S. officials lied to him about the use of a napalm-like firebomb in the Iraq war.

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INTERNET POLICING

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“Your ISP as Net watchdog”
CNET.com, June 16, 2005

In a reversal, the government may ask Internet services to track customer behavior to fight child pornography and terrorism.

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“Government eyes policing of Internet”
Japan Times, June 15, 2005

Japan will target “harmful” online content after a student attacked his class with a bomb he learned to build online.

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“Beijing to hire thousands more Web police”
South African Press Association, June 16, 2005

China will recruit thousands of Internet police to censor anti-government commentators at Web cafes.

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GAY POLITICS

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“Youth’s blog stirs uproar over ‘ex-gay’ camp”
Gay.com, June 16, 2005

A 16 year-old boy’s blog about being sent to an ‘ex-gay’ ministry in Tennessee has sparked outrage and protests.

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“Commission bans county from recognizing gay pride”
Tampa Tribune, June 16, 2005

Gay rights activists are fighting a Florida county vote to prevent any public acknowledgment of gay pride month.

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“Farmers ‘terrified out of their homes’ to sue BP for $15m”
Independent (U.K.), June 18, 2005

BP is being sued in the U.K. by Colombian farmers who claim they were forcibly moved to make way for one of its oil pipelines.

[10]

“Villagers claim victory in Coca-Cola battle”
Sunday Herald (U.K.), June 19, 2005

An Indian council sided with farmers opposed to a Coca-Cola plant accused of polluting local water supplies.

[11]

“Group wants warning labels on potato chips”
Los Angeles Times, June 17, 2005

A California group is suing to force potato chip manufacturers to warn consumers of a known carcinogen in their products.

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NATION

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[12]

“USDA plants its own news”
Chicago Tribune, June 16, 2005

The USDA continues to manufacture pro-free trade videos that air on rural TV stations without full disclosure.

[13]

“Amtrak cuts would end Chicago-New Orleans service”
Associated Press, June 15, 2005

A House committee’s move to limit subsidies for “unprofitable” Amtrak routes could end service in 31 states.

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“Collateral risk: DU research gap could impact Vermont troops”
Vermont Guardian, June 17, 2005

States may begin testing National Guard and Army troops for depleted uranium as they return from Iraq.

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ENVIRONMENT

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“Citizens often kept from public data”
The News Journal (DE), June 19, 2005

An exception to the Freedom of Information Act enables Delaware farmers to conceal data about landfills, farm manure and fertilizer.

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“Dismayed by the DNR”
The Capital Times (WI), June 18, 2005

A former state employee in Wisconsin says the governor is siding with industry interests and sidelining the environment.

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“Deserts set to expand”
Nature.com, June 16, 2005

Human activities and climate change are causing rapid global desertification, threatening livelihoods and food access.

[18]

“Canada’s e-trash plagues China”
Globe and Mail (Canada), June 20, 2005

Canada continues to ship its toxic electronics to Chinese landfills, in spite of a longstanding ban.

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VIEWPOINT

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“Shacking up”
SFGate.com, June 17, 2005

Squatter camps and shantytowns around the world are redefining private property and creating alternative economies.

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Editor: Julia Scott

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