December 14, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “I found out a lot of people either had bronchitis or some kind of respiratory problem. Someone in each household seemed to have a respiratory problem.”

— Luna Brown, who lives in a mostly black neighborhood near Chicago steel mills, says pollution affects health there.
(Story #14, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “ICC seeks legal ruling against U.S. on climate change”
[o2] “Study: Immigration database unreliable”
[o3] “Workers talk of hardship at Liberia’s Firestone”

WORLD
[o4] “Most tsunami victims still homeless — U.S. survey”
[o5] “Top Al Qaeda figures held in secret CIA prisons”
[o6] “Uncomfortable truths from Beslan probe”
[o7] “Bangladesh ‘militant leader’ held”

CENSORSHIP
[o8] “Protest to Libya after satellites jammed”
[o9] “Swedish-Eritrean journalist sent back to prison in Eritrea”

NATION
[10] “U.S. planned layoffs up 22 percent in November: survey”
[11] “Watchdog challenges U.S. drug war in Colombia”
[12] “Election as immigration bellwether”
[13] “Push to nix gay nuptials begins”

ENVIRONMENT
[14] “More blacks live with pollution”
[15] “Hundreds treated over Tehran smog”
[16] “U.S. accuses 7 of eco-sabotage”
[17] “Doctors debate level at which lead becomes harmful”

VIEWPOINT
[18] “‘Dark matter’ makes the U.S. deficit disappear”

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TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“ICC seeks legal ruling against U.S. on climate change”
Nunatsiaq News (Canada), December 9, 2005

The Inuit delivered a legal petition challenging the U.S.’s refusal to limit greenhouse has emissions on human rights grounds.

[o2]

“Study: Immigration database unreliable”
Knight Ridder, December 9, 2005

An immigration database officers rely on to catch illegals does not return accurate information, a report charges.

[o3]

“Workers talk of hardship at Liberia’s Firestone”
Reuters, December 6, 2005

A lawsuit alleges that Firestone’s Liberian plant exploits children, steals workers’ money, and sickens families with filthy housing.

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WORLD | top

[o4]

“Most tsunami victims still homeless — U.S. survey”
Reuters, December 6, 2005

Nearly all the Asian tsunami victims in three countries are still in temporary homes and jobless, with few resources.

[o5]

“Top Al Qaeda figures held in secret CIA prisons”
ABC, December 5, 2005

Sources describe prisoners in Eastern Europe and what they were subjected to before being removed prior to Condoleeza Rice’s visit.

[o6]

“Uncomfortable truths from Beslan probe”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, December 5, 2005

A report on the Beslan massacre criticizes officials without naming names, angering families of the children who died.

[o7]

“Bangladesh ‘militant leader’ held”
BBC, December 14, 2005

Police confiscated weapons and explosives and arrested 800 people, including the leader of a group blamed for suicide bombings.

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CENSORSHIP | top

[o8]

“Protest to Libya after satellites jammed”
Guardian (U.K.), December 3 2005

Libya illegally jammed international satellites to prevent the broadcast of a radio program critical of its human rights record.

[o9]

“Swedish-Eritrean journalist sent back to prison in Eritrea”
Associated Press, December 6, 2005

A reporter imprisoned for four years for calling for free speech was released but recaptured two days later without explanation.

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NATION | top

[10]

“U.S. planned layoffs up 22 percent in November: survey”
Agence France-Presse, December 8, 2005

Planned layoffs have increased three months in a row to 99,279 in November, with the car-industry workers faring the worst.

[11]

“Watchdog challenges U.S. drug war in Colombia”
San Francisco Chronicle, December 7, 2005

A report questions DEA claims that Plan Colombia has reduced cocaine use in the U.S.

[12]

“An eminent domain high tide”
“Election as immigration bellwether”
December 8, 2005

The co-founder of the Minuteman border patrol won 25% of votes
in a congressional election.

[13]

“Push to nix gay nuptials begins”
Denver Post, December 9, 2005

Focus on the Family wants to pass a ban on gay marriage and civil unions in Colorado, but Roman Catholic bishops don’t support it.

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ENVIRONMENT | top

[14]

“More blacks live with pollution”
Associated Press, December 14, 2005

Black Americans are 79 percent more likely to live near industrial pollution, according to government data.

[15]

“Hundreds treated over Tehran smog”
BBC (U.K.), December 10, 2005

Severe smog from car emissions has sickened and killed thousands of Tehran residents.

[16]

“U.S. accuses 7 of eco-sabotage”
Oregonian, December 9, 2005

Seven Earth Liberation Front activists were charged with destroying buildings and equipment.

[17]

“Doctors debate level at which lead becomes harmful”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 5, 2005

Scientists and officials are warning that there is no safe level of lead consumption, despite CDC statistics indicating otherwise.

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VIEWPOINT | top

[18]

“‘Dark matter’ makes the U.S. deficit disappear”
Financial Times, December 8, 2005

Two Harvard professors propose a way to look at the deficit in terms of net assets, which erases the global imbalance.

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