November 30, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

Important but underreported news from around the world — tell a friend!

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QUOTED: “This was an area that was once teeming with water birds. Now, within the space of just months, it has become an empty expanse of brown, polluted water. It is a water desert.”

— Conservationist David Tecklin on the effects of a new pulp mill on a wildlife sanctuary in Chile.
(Story #12, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Video shows security contractors shooting up Iraqi drivers”
[o2] “2,500 incarcerated before Katrina still wait for day in court”
[o3] “Key Bush intelligence briefing kept from Hill panel”

WORLD
[o4] “Kenyan opposition vows to defy rally ban”
[o5] “Internet use restricted in Cuba, which blames U.S.”
[o6] “The trickle-away effect”

WAR AND TERRORISM
[o7] “Abuse of prisoners in Iraq widespread, officials say”
[o8] “U.S. alters nuclear weapons policy”
[O9] “Al-Qaeda terror suspect convicted”

CHEMICAL POLLUTION
[10] “Teachers fear effect of mercury leakage”
[11] “Ringwood neighbors ready to sue Ford”
[12] “Chilean pulp mill poisons swans in their sanctuary”

ASBESTOS
[13] “Companies face penalty over asbestos disposal”
[14] “Government halts asbestos clearing due to budget constraints”
[15] “2.6 million firms on hook for asbestos”

PAKISTAN QUAKE
[16] “Feudal ties hamper quake relief”
[17] “Pakistan censors ‘critical’ BBC coverage of earthquake relief efforts”

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TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“‘Trophy’ video exposes private security contractors shooting up Iraqi drivers”
Telegraph (U.K.) November 28, 2005

British officials are investigating the video, allegedly made by U.S.-paid employees of an unregulated U.K. security company.

Watch the video (CAUTION: DISTURBING)

[o2]

“2,500 incarcerated before Katrina still wait for day in court”
Los Angeles Times Service, November 21, 2005

Thousands detained for three months on minor charges remain in jail without being charged and or being given a hearing.

[o3]

“Key Bush intelligence briefing kept from Hill panel”
National Journal, November 23, 2005

Classified reports indicate that Bush knew there was no link between Iraq and Al Qaeda after 9/11, but continued to look for one.

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WORLD | top

[o4]

“Kenyan opposition vows to defy rally ban”
Sapa/Agence France-Presse, November 28, 2005

Kenya’s opposition says it will take to the streets to call for an election after the government lost a key referendum last week.

[o5]

“Internet use restricted in Cuba, which blames U.S.”
Miami Herald, November 28, 2005

Internet use in Cuba is expensive and subject to censorship, but officials blame the U.S. embargo for lack of equipment.

[o6]

“The trickle-away effect”
Guardian (U.K.), November 21, 2005

A French corporation is pulling out of the Argentinean water system, having lost profits since privatization and the economic crisis.

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WAR AND TERRORISM | top

[o7]

“Abuse of prisoners in Iraq widespread, officials say”
Knight Ridder, November 28, 2005

Two leading Iraqi officials say the Interior Ministry continues to torture, rape and kill Sunni inmates in secret prisons.

[o8]

“U.S. alters nuclear weapons policy”
San Francisco Chronicle, November 28, 2005

Opponents of new nuclear warheads backed a bill that limited White House ambitions but may open the door for other dangerous weapons.

[o9]

“Al-Qaeda terror suspect convicted”
BBC (U.K.), November 24, 2005

An Algerian living in Northern Ireland was convicted of terrorism, including the intent to blow up an airplane.

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CHEMICAL POLLUTION | top

[10]

“Teachers fear effect of mercury leakage”
Globe and Mail (Canada), November 25, 2005

Vancouver schoolteachers are ill after breathing evaporated low-level mercury in science labs; 60 have filed claims.

[11]

“Ringwood neighbors ready to sue Ford”
North Jersey Media Group, November 27, 2005

500 American Indians in New Jersey say the auto maker has dumped toxic paint sludge into their waterways for decades.

[12]

“Chilean pulp mill poisons swans in their sanctuary”
Environment News Service, November 21, 2005

Ecologists say a timber mill killed thousands of rare birds in less than a year, and now threatens coastal fishing and tourism.

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ASBESTOS | top

[13]

“Companies face penalty over asbestos disposal”
Tampa Tribune, November 28, 2005

Florida waste companies that illegally dumped asbestos evaded oversight because of alleged ties to prominent Republicans.

[14]

“Government halts asbestos clearing due to budget constraints”
Haaretz, November 25, 2005

Israel told workers to stop clearing asbestos from building sites because it could no longer pay health insurance.

15]

“2.6 million firms on hook for asbestos”
Asahi Shimbun (Japan), November 26, 2005

Nearly every Japanese company may have to pay into a $70 billion yen fund for asbestos victims, regardless of their product.

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PAKISTAN EARTHQUAKE | top

[16]

“Feudal ties hamper quake relief”
Christian Science Monitor, November 25, 2005

Powerful landlords in the Allai Valley region of Pakistan are preventing farmers from following Army orders to migrate.

[17]

“Pakistan censors ‘critical’ BBC coverage of earthquake relief efforts”
Telegraph (U.K.), November 20, 2005

The government has raided several radio and TV stations, saying their broadcasts of BBC coverage of relief efforts is illegal.

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