January 11, 2006

News You Might Have Missed

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QUOTED: “As a Jew, they believe I have to vanish before Jesus can make his second appearance. As I have no plans to convert, I find this a provocation. There is something sinister about their embrace.”

— Knesset member Yossi Sarid, on the Christian right’s plans to build a Jesus theme park on the shores of Galilee.
(Story #o8, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Lower 9th Ward activists chase away bulldozer crew”
[o2] “Parliament closer to ratifying US citizens’ immunity deal”
[o3] “Congress’ hands caught in the cookie jar”

NATION
[o4] “U.S. storm water rules revised to exempt oil and gas development”
[o5] “‘U’ suspends contracts with soft-drink giant Coca-Cola”
[o6] “First ever domestic violence claim filed”

WORLD
[o7] “Focus on tsunami overlooks Sri Lanka’s war refugees”
[o8] “Plans for Holy Land theme park on Galilee shore “
[o9] “French ship brings fear of death”
[10] “Bil’in demonstrators return to outpost”

IMMIGRATION
[11] “Mayors condemn part of Pawlenty’s immigration plan”
[12] “Illegal-immigration foes work to put resolution on ballot”
[13] “President signs bill to protect mail-order brides”

VIEWPOINT
[14] “How asbestos firms brush cancer, disease under industry carpet”
[15] “A disastrous appointment”
[16] “Iran’s anti-gay pogrom”

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TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Lower 9th Ward activists chase away bulldozer crew”
The Times-Picayune (LA), January 6, 2006

A group of activist lawyers filed suit against the city of New Orleans for tearing down citizensi homes without their knowledge or consent.

[o2]

“Parliament closer to ratifying U.S. citizens’ immunity deal”
Jordan Times, January 3, 2005

Jordan may grant the U.S. immunity from prosecution in international court in return for continued economic and military aid.

[o3]

“Congress’ hands caught in the cookie jar”
CNET News.com, January 6, 20065

Although they have promised not to use cookies on their Web sites, at least 23 U.S. senators do so without notifying visitors.

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NATION | top

[o4]

“U.S. storm water rules revised to exempt oil and gas development”
Environmental News Service, January 4, 2006

The EPA is exempting oil and gas sites from applying for storm water permits after years of lobbying by industry groups.

[o5]

“‘U’ suspends contracts with soft-drink giant Coca-Cola”
Michigan Daily, January 05, 2006

Students at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, persuaded the school to suspend beverage contracts due to alleged human rights abuses.

[o6]

“First ever domestic violence claim filed”
North Country Gazette (NY), January 1, 2006

The ACLU will ask an international committee to rule on whether U.S. states
are required to protect victims of domestic violence from abusers.

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WORLD | top

[o7]

“Focus on tsunami overlooks Sri Lanka’s war refugees”
Christian Science Monitor, January 4, 2006

Aid workers say none of Sri Lankais 90,000 war refugees have received anything like the aid given to tsunami victims.

[o8]

“Plans for Holy Land theme park on Galilee shore”
Guardian (U.K.) January 4, 2006

Some Israelis are uncomfortable with plans by a Christian right coalition to build a Jesus theme park in Israel.

[o9]

“French ship brings fear of death”
IBNLive.com (India), January 6, 2006

Indian officials want to stop a French ship bearing over 250 tons of asbestos and toxic waste from reaching their shores.

[10]

“Bil’in demonstrators return to outpost”
Jerusalem Post, December. 25, 2005

Demonstrators created an illegal outpost in the West Bank for the second time to protest the security fence in the village of Bil’in.

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IMMIGRATION | top

[11]

“Mayors condemn part of Pawlenty’s immigration plan”
St. Paul Pioneer Press, January 06, 2006

Minnesota mayors and police officers say the governor’s plan to allow random questioning of immigrants’ status is “brownbaiting.”

[12]

“Illegal-immigration foes work to put resolution on ballot”
Durango Herald (CO), January 5, 2006

A Colorado group has proposed a ballot initiative that would deny worker’s
comp and other services to illegal immigrants.

[13]

“President signs bill to protect mail-order brides”
The Associated Press, January 6, 2006

A new law would inform prospective mail-order brides of their rights and of their American fiancEes’ criminal records.

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VIEWPOINT | top

[14]

“How asbestos firms brush cancer, disease under industry carpet”
The Indian Express, January 07, 2006

India has failed to hold companies accountable for exposing thousands of workers to asbestos, writes a columnist.

15]

“A disastrous appointment”
Salon.com, January 5, 2006

President Bush tapped a woman who opposes sex education and contraception to lead refugee efforts, writes Michelle Goldberg.

[16]

“Iran’s anti-gay pogrom”
In These Times, January 4, 2006

An Iranian youngster testifies to his brutal torture by the sex police for picking up another man.

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