January 18, 2006

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QUOTED: “We have embarked on Operation Climate Change, to take over our oil and show the Nigerian government that the Niger Delta people are not fools.”

— Brutus Etikpaden, a leader of a militant group that has taken hostages on a Shell oil platform in Nigeria.
(Story #16, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Arrests in Papua ambush boon to U.S. ties”
[o2] “France mulls looser digital copyright laws”
[o3] “Private sector is paying off for Ashcroft”

WORLD
[o4] “Sri Lanka: Media Targeted as Civil War Looms Large”
[o5] “Gas fields deal ‘short changes’ East Timor”
[o6] “Malaysia’s minorities unite against Sharia”
[o7] “Greenpeacer knocked overboard, Sea Shepherd out of fuel”
[o8] “Hebron closed off due to settler rioting”

ELECTIONS INTERNATIONAL
[o9] “Zapatistas push for Mexican movement”
[10] “Anti-establishment candidate leads in Peru”
[11] “2,400 new poll stations trigger fear of rigging”
[12] “Young South Africans ambivalent about voting”

WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
[13] “The last Zambian textile factories?”
[14] “Lebanese NGOs criticize trade policy”
[15] “Japan gov’t says determined to protect farmers from free trade”

NIGERIA OIL STRIFE
[16] “Militants threaten to cripple oil exports if demands not met”
[17] “Nigeria oil production to increase by 10 percent”

VIEWPOINT
[18] “U.S. turns against Musharraf”

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TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Arrests in Papua ambush boon to U.S. ties”
Asia Times, January 14, 2006

After an FBI investigation exonerated the Indonesian military, a rebel leader was arrested for the murder of two Americans.

[o2]

“France mulls looser digital copyright laws”
Agence France Presse, January 16, 2005

A coalition of consumer groups and politicians are pushing through decriminalized personal copying of DVDs and CDs.

[o3]

“Private sector is paying off for Ashcroft”
Kansas City Star, January 16, 2006

The former Attorney General earns $75K per speech, teaches at Pat Robertson’s law school and has a lucrative new D.C. lobbying firm.

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WORLD | top

[o4]

“Sri Lanka: Media Targeted as Civil War Looms Large”
Inter Press Service

Journalists in the rebellious Tamil region say they are being targeted by a nationalist police and government.

[o5]

“Gas fields deal ‘short changes’ East Timor”
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, January 16, 2006

Advocates complained that Australia will get the lion’s share of a huge gas field lying off East Timor.

[o6]

“Malaysia’s minorities unite against Sharia”
Asia Times, January 2006

Non-Muslims say Islamic law is “encroaching” on everything from banking and food to education and religious conversion.

[o7]

“Whaling protest: Greenpeacer knocked overboard, Sea Shepherd out of fuel”
Environment News Service, January 16, 2006

A high-seas chase between a Japanese whaler and two activist ships brought accusations and little satisfaction to both sides.

[o8]

“Hebron closed off due to settler rioting”
Australian Broadcast Corporation, January 17, 2006

“Police apprehend eight in Hebron”

January 17, 2006, The Jerusalem Post

An Israeli government move to evict Jewish families who took over Palestinian homes sparked riots among settlers.

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ELECTIONS INTERNATIONAL | top

[o9]

“Zapatistas push for Mexican movement”
Associated Press, January 15, 2006

The rebal organization, which claims 20,000 supporters living in “self-governed” land, plans a six-month caravan through Mexico.

[10]

“Anti-establishment candidate leads in Peru”
MercoPress News Agency (Uruguay), January 16, 2006

A left-leaning army officer appears to be leading the opinion polls, but may face trouble in Peru’s runoff.

[11]

“Young South Africans ambivalent about voting”
South African Press Association, January 18, 2006

70 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds feel “there is no good reason” to vote in upcoming municipal elections.

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WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION | top

[13]

“The last Zambian textile factories?”
Panos (U.K.), December 14, 2005

International competition reduced local textile factories in Zambia from 250 to 20, and upcoming WTO talks will increase the pressure.

[14]

“Lebanese NGOs criticize trade policy”
The Daily Star (Lebanon), January 13, 2006

A “broad coalition” of advocacy groups called for more transparency in Lebanon’s free trade negotiations.

[15]

“Japan gov’t says determined to protect farmers from free trade”
AFX News Limited, January 17, 2006

Japan wants “freer access” to global markets, but is loathe to cut protections for rice farmers.

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NIGERIA OIL STRIFE | top

[16]

“Militants threaten to cripple oil exports if demands not met”
IRIN (U.N.), January 17, 2006

Rebellion along the Niger River Delta appears to be spreading, as Ijaw militia begin a new series of oil-platform takeovers.

[17]

“Nigeria oil production to increase by 10 percent”
January 2006, BlackPressUSA.com/IRIN

A significant rise in oil production will earn billions, but analysts say most Nigerians won’t benefit from the wealth.

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VIEWPOINT | top

[18]

“U.S. turns against Musharraf”
Asia Times, January 12, 2006

A columnist says Musharraf’s failure to quell fundamentalism and defuse Kashmir has Washington seeking a new champion.

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