December 28, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “This wouldn’t be happening if we were white.”

— Pukatawagan, Manitoba, resident Shirley Castel, on Canada’s failure
to clean up a decades-old diesel spill.
(Story #12, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Five U.S. Army Rangers sentenced”
[o2] “Investigation urged into west African oil deals”
[o3] “Taliban execute teacher in front of his pupils for educating girls”

NATION
[o4] “Poll work gets corporate twist”
[o5] “Consumers Union sees auto redlining; insurers denounce study”
[o6] “Meeting notes contend FEMA changes are for publicity purposes”
[o7] “Enlistment of blacks for Army service is lowest since ’73”

WORLD
[o8] “U.S., Israel strengthening Hamas – Latin patriarch”
[O9] “In France, a movement to legalize Web piracy of films and music”

GAY & LESBIAN
[10] “Spying on gay groups bared”
[11] “Gay soldier leaving Army after assault at Fort Huachuca”

INDIAN POLITICS
[12] “Packed in on a toxic Manitoba reserve”
[13] “BIA warned of shortfall months ago”
[14] “Delaware Tribe seeks to restore federal recognition”

ENVIRONMENT
[15] “Asia: Stark photos capture pollution’s deadly march”
[16] “DEP chief resigns amid investigation”
[17] “Pollutants ward off global warming, study finds”
[18] “A village flees for safer ground”

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TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Five U.S. Army Rangers sentenced”
Special Broadcasting Service (Australia), December 20, 2005

The sentences were the latest results of the investigation of more than 400 cases of detainee mistreatment involving more than 230 soldiers.

[o2]

“Investigation urged into west African oil deals”
Guardian (U.K.), December 20, 2005

A string of corrupt deals made $30-$40 million for a West African oil administrator, highlighting debt and reform issues.

[o3]

“Taliban execute teacher in front of his pupils for educating girls”
Independent (U.K.), December 17, 2005

The Afghani teacher had ignored warnings that he had violated Sharia law; similar attacks have occurred across the country.

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NATION | top

[o4]

“Poll work gets corporate twist”
Sun-Sentinel (FL), December 21, 2005

Broward County wants corporations to adopt polling places, so as to raise money for charity and recruit poll workers.

[o5]

“Consumers Union sees auto redlining; insurers denounce study”
Sacramento Business Journal, December 20, 2005

Insurance officials dismissed a report finding that minority clients paid extra insurance, saying rates always spike in “urbanized” areas.

[o6]

“Meeting notes contend FEMA changes are for publicity purposes”
Associated Press, December 21, 2005

A FEMA employee’s notes quote Michael Chertoff saying that agency reforms are a “perception ploy”; Chertoff denies uttering the words.

[o7]

“Enlistment of blacks for Army service is at lowest level since ’73”
Knight Ridder, December 22, 2005

A 24 percent decline in black Army recruits is attributed to an unpopular war, a better economy and rates of incarceration.

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WORLD | top

[o8]

“U.S., Israel strengthening Hamas – Latin patriarch”
Reuters, December 21, 2005

The Pope’s Palestinian ambassador blamed the U.S. and Israel for increasing Hamas’ power and notoriety in an election season.

[o9]

“In France, a movement to legalize Web piracy of films and music”
International Herald Tribune, December 23, 2005

A French party says legalized file sharing can be paid for by taxing media. Critics fear a film-industry impact.

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GAY & LESBIAN | top

[10]

“Spying on gay groups bared”
Gay City News, December 22, 2005

Several student groups protesting military recruitment and its policy on gays came under government surveillance this year.

[11]

“Gay soldier leaving Army after assault at Fort Huachuca”
Arizona Daily Star, December 18, 2005

A 19-year-old gay soldier who was beaten after a friend outed him will leave the Army, having violated “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

[12]

“Packed in on a toxic Manitoba reserve”
Globe and Mail (Canada), December 21, 2005

Families in Pukatawagan, Manitoba, have been waiting for decades for the government to clean up a diesel spill.

[13]

“BIA warned of shortfall months ago”
The Daily Times (NM), December 18, 2005

The Bureau of Indian Affairs missed a welfare payment to Navajos after losing $15 million in funding this year.

[14]

“Delaware Tribe seeks to restore federal recognition”
Associated Press, December 20, 2005

A tribe that lost its federal funding in court may concede its sovereignty and hand control of its money to the Cherokee Nation.

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ENVIRONMENT | top

[15]

“Asia: Stark photos capture pollution’s deadly march”
The Asahi Shimbun (Japan), December 21, 2005

Over 100 residents of a town next to the polluted Huaihe river have died of cancer, but the pollution continues.

[16]

“DEP chief resigns amid investigation”
Portland Press Herald (ME), December 23, 2005

Maine’s top environmental officer resigned after being investigated for her relationship with a controversial paper mill.

[17]

“Pollutants ward off global warming, study finds”
The Guardian (U.K.), December 22, 2005

Cutting pollution may accelerate global warming by enhancing direct sunlight, a study indicates.

[18]

“A village flees for safer ground”
Sydney Morning Herald, December 23, 2005

Several Pacific Island communities are settling inland as an advancing ocean claims their gardens and water supply.

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