July 20, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “[N]ot everyone in Baghdad has the money to buy a coffin … Poor people bury their relatives using the coffins that individuals have donated to the mosques.”

— Coffin maker Abbas Hussein, on the overwhelming demand for caskets in Baghdad due to daily bomb attacks.
(Story #11, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “It’s one small step for a bug, a giant red face for NASA”
[o2] “Holy Land exempt from property tax”
[o3] “Jailing of Irish villagers sparks anger”

ISRAEL & PALESTINE
[o4] “PA seeks U.N. condemnation of fence”
[o5] “Two settlers indicted over ‘lynching attempt'”
[o6] “Police say may disperse anti-pullout march before it starts”

AMERICAN ELECTIONS
[o8] “BIA’s education programs lagging behind nation”
[o9] “Teachers group goes after Bush’s No Child Left Behind law”

WORLD
[o9] “Newspaper office standoff persists”
[10] “Turbi raiders scaled down village attacks”
[11] “Not enough caskets for the Iraqi dead”
[12] “Klein drops fight against same-sex marriage”
[13] “Alarm over radioactive waste site”

CHEMICAL PLANT SECURITY
[14] “Terror threat a catalyst for action on WNY chemical plant security”
[15] “Risk seen at chemical plants”
[16] “Terrorism fuels concerns about security at U.S. chemical sites”

VIEWPOINT
[17] “The price of pollution”

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TOP STORIES

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“It’s one small step for a bug, a giant red face for NASA”
Sunday Times (U.K.), July 18, 2005

A NASA scientist says the Mars rovers were contaminated with human bacteria, violating a ban against polluting other planets.

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“Holy Land exempt from property tax”
Orlando Sentinel, July 12, 2005

A theme park designed to convert Jews to Christianity is now considered a church, enabling it to write off property taxes.

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“Jailing of Irish villagers sparks anger”
Guardian (U.K.), July 18, 2005

Hundreds of Irish are picketing Shell in support of five villagers jailed for barring construction of a pipeline on their land.

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ISRAEL & PALESTINE

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“PA seeks U.N. condemnation of fence”
Haaretz (Israel), July 18, 2005

Several U.N. members refused to re-condemn the Israeli separation fence, hoping to avoid friction during the Gaza pullout.

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“Two settlers indicted over ‘lynching attempt'”
Reuters, July 15, 2005

Two young Israeli settlers were charged with assaulting a Palestinian who was knocked out during a riot.

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“Police say may disperse anti-pullout march before it starts”
Jerusalem Post, July 17, 2005

Israeli settlers told police they would hold a three-day protest march into the Gaza strip in spite of being denied a permit.

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AMERICAN ELECTIONS

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“Feds must OK S.D. districting laws”
Argus Leader (South Dakota), July 15, 2005

A judge prevented South Dakota from redrawing district lines without consulting American Indian voters and federal officials.

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“Probe targets Republican’s donation to election official”
Associated Press, July 17, 2005

A voting-machine consultant handed an Ohio elections director a $10,000 check in 2004, in a possible bribe to buy Diebold machines.

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WORLD

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“Newspaper office standoff persists”
Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2005

Oaxaca newspaper workers have gone for weeks without food to protest what that call government-led censorship.

[10]

“Turbi raiders scaled down village attacks”
The Nation (Nairobi), July 20, 2005

A Kenyan guerrilla group maybe behind the massacre of women and children in a dispute over cattle and water holes.

[11]

“Not enough caskets for the Iraqi dead”

Cihan News Agency (Turkey), July 18, 2005
Turkish Weekly
Mediachannel.org

Baghdad coffin makers are overwhelmed with the demand for caskets in a city plagued by daily bomb attacks.

[12]

“Klein drops fight against same-sex marriage”
CBC News (Canada), July 13, 2005

Alberta’s premier will grudgingly comply with new gay marriage laws, but will protect those who refuse to perform such ceremonies.

[13]

“Alarm over radioactive waste site”
Times Online (U.K.), July 15, 2005

Russian environmentalists are fighting plans to establish the world’s only international nuclear waste dump near Siberia.

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CHEMICAL PLANT SECURITY

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“Terror threat a catalyst for action on WNY chemical plant security”
The Buffalo News, July 14, 2005

New York State has issued its own tough chemical plant security laws, in advance of other states and the federal government.

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“Risk seen at chemical plants”
Chicago Tribune, July 14, 2005

National security experts testified that chemical plants have not done all they could to guard residents from terrorist attacks.

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“Terrorism fuels concerns about security at U.S. chemical sites”
Denver Post, July 17, 2005

Colorado chemical plants support only minor security upgrades, and have blocked government inspectors from their facilities.

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VIEWPOINT

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“The price of pollution”
The Hindu, July 17, 2005

Formerly pristine Andhra Pradesh is contaminated with toxic effluent from 800 industries, creating a “hell on earth.”

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