January 4, 2006

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “If there were refugee camps and you stopped feeding people you would be accused of murder … if you are able to provide aid to people in need, then you should do so.”

— U.N. staffer Brian Williams said a decision to cut an AIDS program in Myanmar will kill thousands.
(Story #11, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Call for MI6 ‘abduction’ inquiry”
[o2] “Battle for a war story”
[o3] “Insurers may have overstated loses from malpractice”

NATION
[o4] “Gay Catholic students balance lifestyle with Vatican rejection”
[o5] “U.S. stalls on human trafficking”
[o6] “Some conservatives return to old argument”
[o7] “Tactic deflects seafood law”

WORLD
[o8] “Azerbaijan oil: a mixed blessing”
[O9] “French accused of Pacific nuclear cover-up”
[10] “Government defends arrest of Cambodian activists”
[11] “Health emergency looming in Myanmar political clash”

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
[12] “Solar panel use flares up on Peninsula”
[13] “Newer homes conserve energy, benefit health”
[14] “Homegrown fuel: a waste of energy?”

MARKETING
[15] “Fulla has the Mid-East doll market covered”
[16] “Party is over for Camel promo”
[17] “Advertisers hitching ride to school”

VIEWPOINT
[18] “Newspaper saved! Newspaper saved! Read all about it!”

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TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Call for MI6 ‘abduction’ inquiry”
BBC (U.K.), December 29, 2005

U.K. government officials are denying reports that a British agent tortured suspected Pakistani terrorists in Greece.

[o2]

“Battle for a war story”
The Register-Guard (OR), December 18, 2005

A group of Vietnam vets is suing a publisher for a book claiming they were told to assassinate the Cambodian Crown Prince.

[o3]

“Insurers may have overstated loses from malpractice”
Washington Post, December 29, 2005

A study finds that insurance companies claimed more damages from malpractice suits than they paid, but continued to raise premiums.

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NATION | top

[o4]

“Gay Catholic students balance lifestyle with Vatican’s rejection of homosexual clergy”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 22, 2005

Duquesne University says the Vatican will not impact its support of a gay student group, one of 50 at U.S. Catholic schools.

[o5]

“U.S. stalls on human trafficking”
Chicago Tribune, December 27, 2005

Defense contractors lobbied for delays on legislation holding them accountable for foreign employees’ human trafficking activities.

[o6]

“Some conservatives return to old argument”
Wall Street Journal, December 28, 2005

A conservative PR group champions White House WMD claims and other causes. Critics say such partisanship undermines its nonprofit status.

[o7]

“Tactic deflects seafood law”
Sacramento Bee, January 1, 2006

A company will circumvent a California law that prohibits labeling aquaculture “organic” by using “eco-farmed” instead.

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WORLD | top

[o8]

“Azerbaijan oil: a mixed blessing”
Christian Science Monitor, December 30, 2005

Corruption in newly oil-rich Azerbaijan means revenues may bypass its impoverished citizens.

[o9]

“French accused of Pacific nuclear cover-up”
Guardian (U.K.), January 1, 2006

Residents of the Island of Mururoa blame 30 years of French atomic testing for a cancer epidemic.

[10]

“Cambodian head follows Myanmar, jails critics–rights group”
Associated Press, January 4, 2005

Prominent activists have been charged with defamation and slander for a banner calling the Prime Minister a “traitor.”

[11]

“Health emergency looming in Myanmar political clash”
Los Angeles Times, December 28, 2005

In an effort to speed Burmese political reform, a huge AIDS program has been suspended; critics say the move will kill thousands.

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ALTERNATIVE ENERGY | top

[12]

“Solar panel use flares up on Peninsula”
San Mateo County Times, December 29, 2005

The surging popularity of solar panels is being squelched by high equipment, installation and permitting costs.

[13]

“Newer homes incorporating materials that conserve energy, benefit health”
The Japan Times, Dec. 28, 2005

Consumer demand is driving new Japanese interest in ecologically conscious home-building

[14]

“Homegrown fuel: a waste of energy?”
Seattle Times, December 28, 2005

Many Washington State farmers are experimenting with biodiesel production, but it hasn’t yet proven to be profitable.

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MARKETING | top

[15]

“Fulla has the Mid-East doll market covered”
Sydney Morning Herald, December 23, 2005

A Syrian female doll with hijab and prayer mat, marketed as the antithesis of Barbie, is the “must-have” toy of the Arab world.

[16]

“Party is over for Camel promo”
Los Angeles Times, December 15, 2005

R.J. Reynolds will stop selling cigarettes with drink coasters after several states complained it was targeting minors.

[17]

“Advertisers hitching ride to school”
USA Today, December 29, 2005

Schools districts from Denver to Massachusetts have sold ad space on school buses, and the trend is growing.

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VIEWPOINT | top

[18]

“Newspaper saved! Newspaper saved! Read all about it!”
Editor & Publisher, December 8, 2005

A columnist says newspapers must be “liberated” from the for-profit world in order to survive economically and serve the public.

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Editor: Julia Scott.

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