September 7, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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QUOTED: “The kids vomit, they walk like they’re drunk, and they are easily annoyed. For the kids, it can never be good here.”

— Ashima Avdija, a Kosovar Roma whose children suffer from lead poisoning due to U.N. relocation delays.
(Story #14, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Israeli troops say they were given shoot-to-kill order”
[o2] “Oil products to be rationed in oil-rich Iraq”
[o3] “Support for asbestos makes Canada an ‘international pariah'”

HURRICANE KATRINA
[o4] “Hurricane was sign of divine wrath, fundamentalists say”
[o5] “Rapes, killings hit Katrina refugees in New Orleans”
[o6] “Brace for more Katrinas, say experts”

MEDIA NEWS
[o7] “Thai journalists protest editors’ firings”
[o8] “Unanimous Calif. Assembly vote urges federal shield law”
[o9] “Egypt bloggers spearhead anti-Mubarak dissent”
[10] “U.S. military admits it killed Reuters journalist, calls it ‘appropriate'”

NATION
[10] “U.S. OKs state’s voter ID law; groups plan legal challenge”
[11] “U.S. court freezes Palestinian government assets”
[12] “Immigrant workers sue for exposure to chemicals”

ENVIRONMENT
[13] “Farmers lose Klamath water fight”
[14] “U.N. admits doing little to halt Gypsy lead poisoning”
[15] “Mobile phone cancer link rejected”
[16] “Ozone layer has stopped shrinking, U.S. study finds”

VIEWPOINT
[17] “Viewpoints: Hurricane Katrina”
[18] “How the Wall Street Journal and Rep. Barton celebrated a global-warming skeptic”

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TOP STORIES

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[o1]

“Israeli troops say they were given shoot-to-kill order”
Guardian (U.K.), September 6, 2005

Israeli investigators are probing claims by soldiers who say they were ordered to shoot and kill unarmed Palestinians.

[o2]

“Oil products to be rationed in oil-rich Iraq”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, September 2, 2005

Cooking gas and kerosene will be rationed in Iraq, since the country can’t refine its own oil products and must import them.

[o3]

“Support for asbestos makes Canada an ‘international pariah'”
The Hill Times (Canada), August 29, 2005

A Canadian minister is dying of asbestos exposure, prompting his colleague to call for a national ban on production of the material.

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HURRICANE KATRINA

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“Hurricane was sign of divine wrath, fundamentalists say”
Reuters, September 2, 2005

Far-right Christian groups attribute Hurricane Katrina to God’s anger at gays, godless schools, and the evacuation of Jews from Gaza.

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“Rapes, killings hit Katrina refugees in New Orleans”
Reuters, September 3, 2005

Evacuees from the Superdome told stories of rape and murder, and of indiscriminate killings by troops.

[o6]

“Brace for more Katrinas, say experts”
Agence France-Presse, August 30, 2005

2005 will likely be the worst hurricane season in history, partly due to global warming, say scientists.

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MEDIA NEWS

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“Thai journalists protest editors’ firings”
Associated Press, August 29, 2005

Writers for the Bangkok Post say their editors were fired under government pressure, not because of a faulty story, as alleged.

[o8]

“Unanimous Calif. Assembly vote urges federal shield law”
Editor & Publisher, August 30, 2005

The California State Assembly voted to protect reporters and their confidential sources in case of a subpoena.

[o9]

“Egypt bloggers spearhead anti-Mubarak dissent”
Agence France-Presse, August 29, 2005

A number of Egyptian bloggers lampoon President Mubarak while acknowledging they have no real power against the regime.

[10]

“U.S. military admits it killed Reuters journalist, calls it ‘appropriate'”
Reuters, September 1, 2005

The U.S. military won’t apologize for killing a Reuters soundman by a group of soldiers who believed they were under attack.

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NATION

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[11]

“U.S. OKs state’s voter ID law; groups plan legal challenge”
Associated Press, September 2, 2005

Civil rights groups say a ruling requiring photo IDs to vote in Georgia is an attempt to suppress minorities and poor people.

[11]

“U.S. court freezes Palestinian government assets”
Reuters, August 30, 2005

A court froze over $1.3 billion of the Palestinian Authority’s U.S. assets for refusing to pay damages for the deaths of two Israelis.

[12]

“Immigrant workers sue for exposure to chemicals”
Oakland Tribune, September 3, 2005

Chinese immigrants who used to work at a semiconductor plant want to sue the company for exposing them to high levels of arsenic.

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ENVIRONEMT

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[13]

“Farmers lose Klamath water fight”
Los Angeles Times, September 1, 2005

A judge denied $1 billion to farmers who sued the government for cutting off their cropwater to protect endangered salmon in 2001.

[14]

“U.N. admits doing little to halt Gypsy lead poisoning”
Philadelphia Inquirer, August 29, 2005

The U.N. is delaying the relocation of Roma families in Kosovo whose children are dying of lead poisoning.

[15]

“Mobile phone cancer link rejected”
BBC (U.K.), August 30, 2005

A British study says cell phones are not linked to brain tumors, but the government still warns users to keep their calls short.

[16]

“Ozone layer has stopped shrinking, U.S. study finds”
Reuters, August 30, 2005

The ozone layer has stabilized in some places and is thickening in others, due to an international ban on destructive chemicals.

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VIEWPOINT

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“Viewpoints: Hurricane Katrina”
Worldpress.org, September 3, 2005

Editorials on Hurricane Katrina in Britain, Australia, Israel, Canada and Russia register outrage at U.S. officials’ response.

[18]

“How the Wall Street Journal and Rep. Barton celebrated a global-warming skeptic”
Environmental Science & Technology, August 31, 2005

The Wall Street Journal gave disproportionate coverage to a man who claims global warming is a lie, raising questions of editorial bias.

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