December 21, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “The truly astonishing melting pot of race and culture that made New Orleans such a gem could be gone forever.”

— Researcher Laura Ann Sanchez, on the potential impact of the resettlement of black families far from the homes they lost to Hurricane Katrina.
(Story #o7, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Bush fund-raisers cash in by giving ~ then receiving”
[o2] “Four Muslims unveil U.K. detention ‘nightmare'”
[o3] “Wells Fargo targeted over charges of predatory lending”

WORLD
[o4] “Activists’ destruction of GM plants was justified”
[o5] “Palestinian ‘third way’ rises”
[o6] “Pollution on Canada reservation is probed”

KATRINA AFTERMATH
[o7] “Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina resettle along a racial divide”
[o8] “Local food bank uncertain of future role with evacuees”

AFRICA
[O9] “Museveni rival to run in election”
[10] “Global criminal court seeks probe in Sudan’s Darfur”

CENSORSHIP
[11] “Zimbabwe police won’t release journalists until boss turns himself in”
[12] “Uzbekistan bars U.S. Radio Liberty reporters”

HEALTH & LIABILITY
[13] “Senate provision would inoculate vaccine makers”
[14] “4,202 silicosis claims tossed”
[15] “NAFTA Secretariat deems U.S. mercury emissions worth investigating”

VOTING ISSUES
[16] “Memphis paper finds dead voters, prompts fraud probe”
[17] “Frizzled chads?”

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TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Bush fund-raisers cash in by giving — then receiving”
Toledo Blade, December 18, 2005

Industries that spent the most on Bush’s re-election benefited from tax cuts, bankruptcy reform, even fishing legislation.

[o2]

“Four Muslims unveil U.K. detention ‘nightmare'”
Islam Online (Qatar), December 15, 2005

Four men detained indefinitely under British anti-terror laws have never questioned by officials.

[o3]

“Wells Fargo targeted over charges of predatory lending”
The NewStandard (NY), December 15, 2005

Wells Fargo said its policy of charging black clients higher interest rates is pricing for risk.

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WORLD | top

[o4]

“Activists’ destruction of GM plants was justified”
Agence France-Presse, December 9, 2005

A French judge acquitted 49 activists and farmers of charges for destroying Monsanto corn over health concerns.

[o5]

“Palestinian ‘third way’ rises”
Christian Science Monitor, December 13, 2005

A new “list” of politicians hopes to appeal to voters disenchanted with Fatah’s perceived corruption and Hamas’ violence.

[o6]

“Pollution on Canada reservation is probed”
Associated Press, December 17, 2005

A Chippewa community near petrochemical factories delivers two girls for every boy. Scientists seek a chemical culprit.

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KATRINA AFTERMATH | top

[o7]

“Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina resettle along a racial divide”
Los Angeles Times, December 12, 2005

The breakup of impoverished minority neighborhoods could cost New Orleans its cultural diversity, but may also have benefits.

[o8]

“Local food bank uncertain of future role with evacuees”
The Advocate (LA), December 16, 2005

A food bank director in Baton Rouge fears that FEMA is unprepared and in denial about the long-term needs of evacuees.

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AFRICA | top

[o9]

“Museveni rival to run in election”
BBC (U.K.), December 14, 2005

Uganda’s opposition leader will run for president from prison, after being arrested on charges of treason, terrorism and rape.

[10]

“Global criminal court seeks probe in Sudan’s Darfur”
Reuters, December 13, 2005

Faced with inaction by Sudanese courts over genocide in Darfur, the ICC must conduct its investigations outside the country.

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CENSORSHIP | top

[11]

“Zimbabwe police say won’t release journalists until boss turns himself in”
Zimnews.com (U.K.), December 17, 2005

Zimbabwe police raided a radio station and are holding several reporters without charge until the director turns himself in.

[12]

“Uzbekistan bars U.S. Radio Liberty reporters”
Reuters, December 13, 2005

Uzbekistan has cut off RFE and the BBC, the two main Uzbek-language news sources to report on May’s Andizhan uprising.

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HEALTH & LIABILITY | top

[13]

“Senate provision would inoculate vaccine makers”
USA Today, December 14, 2005

Democrats oppose legislation supported by Republicans to limit drug companies’ liability for flu vaccines, calling it too broad.

[14]

“4,202 silicosis claims tossed”
Clarion-Ledger (MS), December 15, 2005

A judge threw out thousands of claims of a rare work-related disease on grounds that doctors had manufactured the diagnoses.

15]

“NAFTA Secretariat deems U.S. mercury emissions worth investigating”
Environmental News Service, December 14, 2005

NAFTA’s environmental agency will look into claims that mercury-producing plants in the U.S. violates the Clean Air Act.

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VOTING ISSUES | top

[16]

“Memphis paper finds dead voters, prompts fraud probe”
Editor & Publisher, December 15, 2005

A close state senate race in western Tennessee got closer after it was revealed that several felons and dead people cast ballots.

[17]

“Frizzled chads?”
Tracy Press (CA), December 15, 2005

Diebold defended the reliability of its optical voting machines, despite a recent test that showed they are easily sabotaged.

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