July 27, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “[We] had to do it. We can’t grow our vegetables here anymore. Young women are giving birth to stillborn babies.”

— Chinese farmer Li Sanye, whose village rioted over contamination of their crops by local industry.
(Story #15, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Shaking the core of academic speech”
[o2] “Pentagon faulted on U.S. industrial security”
[o3] “Violent demonstrations across the country”

WORLD
[o4] “U.S.-Canada drug tunnel uncovered”
[o5] “Burma ex-PM guilty of corruption”
[o6] “Bush nuclear deal with India meets congressional disapproval”

NATION
[o7] “Iran militant is now hero of U.S. right”
[o8] “Roberts gave GOP advice in 2000 recount”
[o9] “Rate of HIV infection found on decline in S.F.”
[10] “Landmark voting act comes up for debate”

MEDIA CENSORSHIP
[11] “SA media slam newspaper ban in Harare”
[12] “Two journalists imprisoned for articles critical of president”
[13] “FO accused of censoring insider book on Iraq war”
[14] “Pakistan: Journalists remanded in judicial custody”

ENVIRONMENT
[15] “In China’s dash to develop, environment suffers severely”
[16] “Asbestos deaths just tip of the iceberg”
[17] “Chinese mine owners make waves in Peru”

VIEWPOINT
[18] “Oops, sorry, won’t do.”

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TOP STORIES

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[o1]

“Shaking the core of academic speech”
Philadelphia Inquirer, July 17, 2005

Pennsylvania lawmakers formed a committee to look into charges that Penn State professors enforce a liberal political agenda.

[o2]

“Pentagon faulted on U.S. industrial security”
Reuters, July 15, 2005

The Defense Department could be leaking classified information to foreign contractors due to mismanagement, says a GAO report.

[o3]

“Violent demonstrations across the country”
Yemen Times & Reuters, July 20, 2005

At least 15 Yemenis died in riots when the government cut gas subsidies under World Bank rules, causing prices to double.

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WORLD

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[o4]

“U.S.-Canada drug tunnel uncovered”
BBC (U.K.), July 22, 2005

Three Canadians were arrested for constructing a drug-running tunnel between British Columbia and Washington state.

[o5]

“Burma ex-PM guilty of corruption”
BBC (U.K.), July 22, 2005

Burma’s former leader will serve 44 years under house arrest for bribery.

[o6]

“Bush nuclear deal with India meets congressional disapproval”
Environment News Service, July 20, 2005

India’s lack of participation in the nonproliferation treaty may undercut White House plans to sell it nuclear technology.

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NATION

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[o7]

“Iran militant is now hero of U.S. right”
Guardian (U.K.), July 14, 2005

An former Iranian government agent is on a hunger strike in prison, with U.S. conservatives calling for his release.

[o8]

“Roberts gave GOP advice in 2000 recount”
Miami Herald, July 21, 2005

Partisans dispute whether John Roberts’ advice to Jeb Bush on winning Florida in 2000 should disqualify his Supreme Court nomination.

[o9]

“Rate of HIV infection found on decline in S.F.”
San Francisco Chronicle, July 20, 2005

The HIV infection rate among gay men in San Francisco has been halved, but remains “startlingly” high in Baltimore.

[10]

“Landmark voting act comes up for debate”
Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 22, 2005

Portions of Voting Rights Act will expire in 2007, and officials disagree over their role in protecting minority groups.

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MEDIA CENSORSHIP

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[11]

“SA media slam newspaper ban in Harare”
Independent Online (Zimbabwe), July 21, 2005

South African media protested Zimbabwe’s decision to continue to ban the publication of the Harare Daily News.

[12]

“Two journalists imprisoned for articles critical of the president”
Committee for Protect Journalists (NY), July 19, 2005

Two reporters in Chad were sent to prison, one for three years, for an article criticizing the president’s attempted third run for office.

[13]

“FO accused of censoring insider book on Iraq war”
Guardian (U.K.), July 18, 2005

The British government has edited a memoir by a former ambassador that reveals embarrassing conversations before the Iraq invasion.

[14]

“Pakistan: Journalists remanded in judicial custody”
Asia Pacific Media Network, July 20, 2005

Pakistani journalists protested the arrest of two reporters in an ongoing media crackdown.

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ENVIRONMENT

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[15]

“In China’s dash to develop, environment suffers severely”
Knight Ridder, July 20, 2005

Chinese officials ignore industry’s environmental costs, but health and farming problems are creating social unrest.

[16]

“Asbestos deaths just tip of the iceberg”
The Japan Times, July 22, 2005

Nearly 500 Japanese have died from asbestos exposure. The government has known about the problem since 1976 without informing the public.

[17]

“Peru miners feel oppressed by China’s Shougang”
Reuters, July 22, 2005

A Chinese iron mine in Peru has maimed several workers and impoverished residents due to lack of investment and limited water use.

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VIEWPOINT

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[18]

“Oops, sorry, won’t do.”
Times Online (U.K.), July 25, 2005

An editorialist says London police should take responsibility for the wrongful death of a Brazilian, and revise their shoot-to-kill policy.

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