January 25, 2006

News You Might Have Missed

Important but underreported news from around the world.

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QUOTED: “The statement is politically incorrect, to say the least, and
perhaps this is a far too mild way to put it. It is on the edge of
expressing hostility toward Roma. It is on the edge of the law.”

— Czech lawyer David Strupeck decries a plaque proposed by a right-wing political group that would reclassify a Nazi concentration camp for Roma as a “collection” facility.
(Story #11, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Liberal preachers trying to silence him, pastor says”
[o2] “Habitat loss wiping out Orang Utans fast”
[o3] “‘US$60m went up in smoke during Murambatsvina'”

NATION
[o4] “McCain rails at election agency”
[o5] “Supreme Court refuses to hear voting rights case”
[o6] “Groups say black churches must accept homosexuals”

PBDEs
[o7] “Polar bears facing new chemical threat”
[o8] “State agencies seek to ban two flame retardants”
[o9] “Your car could be making you sick”

WORLD
[10] “Syria’s Assad says will not bow to pressure on U.N. probe”
[11] “State’s Roma monitoring criticized”
[12] “‘New right’ teachers association launched”

PHILLIPINES
[13] “PNP vows to arrest coup plot recruiters”
[14] “Jehadi groups keep peace elusive on Mindanao”
[15] “Filipinos protest as U.S. shields Marines in rape case”
[16] “Oil spill threatens Semirara marine life”

OIL POLITICS
[17] “China lays down gauntlet in energy war”
[18] “Nigeria unions’ oil region threat”

VIEWPOINT
[19] “Great irony here: New York pirates rebroadcasting Howard Stern free”
[20] “King content / Don’t write off Hollywood, big media groups just yet”

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TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Liberal preachers trying to silence him, pastor says”
The Columbus Dispatch (OH), January 21, 2006

The leader of the World Harvest Church says leftist religious leaders
are unfairly targeting him for supporting Republican candidates.

[o2]

“Habitat loss wiping out Orang Utans fast”
The Daily Express (Malaysia), January 24, 2006

Genetic testing appears to confirm massive population drops in
orangutans, caused by in part by encroaching palm plantations.

[o3]

“‘US$60m went up in smoke during Murambatsvina'”
The Financial Gazette (Zimbabwe), January 18, 2006

Losses could be much higher if it is determined that the government
illegally demolished the homes and businesses of 700,000 people

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NATION | top

[o4]

“McCain rails at election agency”
The Washington Times, January 16, 2006

Republican Senator John McCain said that the Federal Elections
Commmission is “corrupt,” and won’t enforce campaign finance law.

[o5]

“Supreme Court refuses to hear voting rights case”
Indian Country Today, January 23, 2006

South Dakota has been found in violation of the Voting Rights Act,
and must redraw district lines to accommodate American Indians.

[o6]

“Groups say black churches must accept homosexuals”
San Francisco Chronicle, January 19, 2006

A surge in HIV infections, especially among women, is helping the
push for openness among conservative black clergy.

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PBDES | top

[o7]

“Polar bears facing new chemical threat”
Los Angeles Times, January 22, 2006

Hermaphrodite polar bears loaded with polybrominated diphenyl ethers
have raised concerns over the widespread use of the chemical.

[o8]

“State agencies seek to ban two flame retardants”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 21, 2006

Polyubrominated diphenyl ethers are turning up in Columbia River
fish, seal blubber, grizzly bears and human breast milk.

[o9]

“Your car could be making you sick”
Detroit Free Press, January 12, 2006

A new study finds that flame-supressing chemicals turn to dust and
become airborne in cars exposed to heat, such as sunlight.

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WORLD | top

[10]

“Syria’s Assad says will not bow to pressure on U.N. probe”
Reuters, January 21, 2006

The controversial Syrian president has refused to testify in U.N.
investigations into the assassination of a Lebanese politician.

[11]

“State’s Roma monitoring criticized”
Prague Post, January 18, 2006

The Czech Republic’s efforts to track its Gypsy population has
raised dual fears of discrimination and minority upheavals.

[12]

“‘New right’ teachers association launched”
The Korea Herald, January 24, 2006

A new teachers group advancing “reformative conservatism” said it
will oppose left/progressive policies of the Korean presidency.

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PHILLIPINES | top

[13]

“PNP vows to arrest coup plot recruiters”
The Philippine Star, January 24, 2006

Accusations of vote-rigging by Philippine President Gloria Arroyo
are spurring coup recruitment efforts by rogue army officers.

[14]

“Jehadi groups keep peace elusive on Mindanao”
Inter Press Service, January 16, 2006

Radical Islamists are driving ongoing violence on an island now
mostly Catholic, as moderates talk peace with the government.

[15]

“Filipinos protest U.S. refusal on Marines”
Associated Press, January 17, 2006

The U.S. won’t turn over four Marines charged in the rape of a 21-
year-old Filipina, provoking calls for boycotts and treaty changes.

[16]

“Oil spill threatens Semirara marine life”
Philippine Daily Inquirer, January 24, 2006

200,000 liters of oil have affected hundreds of hectares of mangrove
and marine habitat, destroying the livelihood of 2,000 locals.

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OIL POLITICS | top

[17]

“China lays down gauntlet in energy war”
Asia Times, December 21, 2006

The “Great Game” of Central Asia continues, as a U.S.-backed
pipeline in Kazakhstan is undercut by a new Chinese-Kazakh deal.

[18]

“Nigeria unions’ oil region threat”
BBC, January 20, 2006

Complaining that workers are always the first target, labor groups
threatened action over oil facilities in strife-torn Nigeria.

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VIEWPOINT | top

[19]

“Great irony here: New York pirates rebroadcasting Howard Stern free”
San Jose Mercury News, January 13, 2006

A new crackdown on unlicensed broadcasters may follow New York City
pirate rebroadcasts of the shock jock’s satellite program.

[20]

“King content / Don’t write off Hollywood, big media groups just yet”
The Economist, January 19, 2006

Think the Internet has put Big Media in a death spiral? One
columnist says their party is just getting started.

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