October 12, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

Important but underreported news from around the world.

Tell a friend about NYMHM!

 – – – – – – – – – –

“All I heard was moaning and screaming, and the shooting stopped. That was it. Enough said.”

— A Blackwater mercenary soldier, hired by the government to patrol the streets of New Orleans.
(Story #o8, below.)

 – – – – – – – – – –

TOP STORIES
[o1] “U.S. ‘aiming at Syria regime change'”
[o2] “Key trade ministers end farm meet, no breakthrough”
[o3] “Republicans see signs that Pentagon is evading oversight”

NATION
[o4] “Newspapers brace for Google free WiFi plan”
[o5] “U.S. finds fever bacteria during war protest weekend”

WORLD
[o6] “Gauging the U.K.’s drugs use”
[o7] “Liberia’s ex-fighters”

KATRINA
[o8] “Blackwater down: Mercenaries in New Orleans”
[o9] “FEMA restricts evacuee data, citing privacy”
[10] “Sampling shows contamination”
[11] “U.S. paying a premium to cover storm-damaged roofs”

BLOGGING POLITICS
[12] “Net closes in on blogs of hate”
[13] “Blogger.com blocked in Saudi Arabia”
[14] “Blogs ‘outing’ public figures who attack gay rights”

ENVIRONMENT
[15] “Venture capitalists warm to investing in alternative energy”
[16] “Climate change and pollution are killing millions, says study”
[17] “Chesapeake’s ‘dead zones’ set a record”
[18] “Knocking opportunity”

 – – – – – – – – – –
TOP STORIES

Top

[o1]

“U.S. ‘aiming at Syria regime change'”
Telegraph (U.K.), October 10, 2005

An Israeli official says the U.S. will impose sanctions on Syria for harboring terrorists and killing the Lebanese prime minister.

[o2]

“Key trade ministers end farm meet, no breakthrough”
Reuters, October 12, 2005

“Farm subsidy proposals anger U.S. farmers”
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, October 10, 2005

A U.S. proposal to cut its farm subsidies by up to 60% was met with praise and skepticism abroad and at home.

[o3]

“Republicans see signs that Pentagon is evading oversight”
New York Times, September 29, 2005

GOP lawmakers say the Pentagon is not labeling new intelligence programs as such to bypass John Negroponte’s supervision.

 – – – – – – – – – –
NATION

Top

[o4]

“Newspapers brace for Google free WiFi plan”
MediaPost (NY), October 7, 2005

Google’s offer to provide free wireless Internet to San Francisco could hit newspapers by stealing local ad revenue.

[o5]

“U.S. finds fever bacteria during war protest weekend”
Reuters, October 1, 2005

The CDC found the flu-like “rabbit fever” bacteria, once tested as a biological weapon, in the air above war protestors.

 – – – – – – – – – –
WORLD

[o6]

“Gauging the U.K.’s drugs use”
BBC (U.K.) October 7, 2005

Use of recreational drugs like pot is more widespread across the U.K. Crack, cocaine and ketamine are also more accepted.

Top

[o7]

“Liberia’s ex-fighters”
Christian Science Monitor, October 7, 2005

U.N. disarmament programs for Liberian ex-combatants are no match for armies offering money, raising concerns of a return to war.

 – – – – – – – – – –
KATRINA

[o8]

“Blackwater down: Mercenaries in New Orleans”
The Nation, October 10, 2005

Armed mercenaries who used to work in Iraq were hired by the Department of Homeland Security to patrol New Orleans.

[o9]

“FEMA restricts evacuee data, citing privacy”
Washington Post, October 12, 2005

FEMA won’t tell evacuees’ family members where they’re staying, or give the whereabouts of parolees or sex offenders to police.

[10]

“Sampling shows contamination”
The Advocate (LA), October 8, 2005

A Louisiana chemist says the level of water contamination should preclude residents from returning, but the EPA says it’s safe.

[11]

“U.S. paying a premium to cover storm-damaged roofs”
Knight Ridder, September 29, 2005

The government is paying roofers heaps of cash to cover storm-damaged houses in Louisiana with free blue plastic tarp.

 – – – – – – – – – –
BLOGGING POLITICS

Top

[12]

“Net closes in on blogs of hate”
TodayOnline (Singapore), September 13, 2005

Singapore may jail two bloggers for posting racist comments about Muslims, Chinese, Indians and Malays.

[13]

“Blogger.com blocked in Saudi Arabia”
Web Host Industry Review, October 6, 2005

The Saudi government has blocked access to a blog publisher without offering a reason, denying access to 400,000 Web sites.

[14]

“Blogs ‘outing’ public figures who attack gay rights”
Associated Press, October 5, 2005

Bloggers who “out” gay lawmakers, congressional staff, and even black clergy are questioned by other gay activists.

 – – – – – – – – – –
ENVIRONMENT

Top

[15]

“Venture capitalists warm to investing in alternative energy”
Dow Jones/Associated Press, October 5, 2005

Soaring oil prices and talk of climate change have provoked large investments in solar power and fuel cell technology startups.

[16]

“Climate change and pollution are killing millions, says study”
Guardian (U.K.), October 6, 2005

A report blames one-fifth of all illness in poor countries on global warming, pesticides and other environmental woes.

[17]

“Chesapeake’s ‘dead zones’ set a record”
Baltimore Sun, October 4, 2005

Oysters suffocated, and fish and crabs fled oxygen-depleted water caused by fertilizer runoff that Maryland lacks funds to address.

[18]

“Knocking opportunity”
Missoula Independent, October 6, 2005

Residents of Opportunity, Montana, worry that arsenic-laced dirt destined for the town dump will pollute groundwater.

 – – – – – – – – – –
Editor: Julia Scott.

 – – – – – – – – – –
SUPPORT US
Newsdesk.org and News You Might Have Missed are commercial-free, and available at no charge.

We welcome your tax-deductible contributions!

 – – – – – – – – – –
GET INVOLVED!
If you see a story that needs more attention from commercial media, contact them via our resource page:

http://www.newsdesk.org/nymhm/

 – – – – – – – – – –
DISCLAIMER: All external links are provided as informational resources only, consistent with the nonprofit, public-interest mission of Independent Arts & Media. Independent Arts & Media does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations and does not have a copyright on any of the content located at these sites.

Comments are closed.