February 8, 2006

News You Might Have Missed

Important but underreported news from around the world.

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QUOTED: “They’re not saying, ‘We need you for another month or two.’ They’re saying, ‘You don’t have a good enough reason to get out.'”

— Army Reservist Jonathan O’Reilly, who can’t resign in spite of having served a full tour of duty.
(Story #o5, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Gov’t eager to ‘delay Timor independence'”
[o2] “Bush ‘tried to lure Saddam into war using UN aircraft'”
[o3] “EPA panel blasts air-rule changes”

ARMY SERVICE
[o4] “Out of jail, into the Army”
[o5] “Reservist, 32, sues Army to leave service”
[o6] “Casualty figures are ‘wrong’, admits Reid”
[o7] “Stop-loss used to retain 50,000 U.S. troops”

WORLD
[o8] “Malians reject GM crops as attack on their way of life”
[o9] “Greenpeace protests Russia’s plan for world’s longest oil pipeline”
[10] “India: police investigate death of Coca-Cola bottling plant opponent”
[11] “Weapons in ocean still mystery”

NATION
[12] “USG Corporation in $4 billion asbestos claim settlement”
[13] “Group holds meeting at Utah Capitol to educate about Gay-Straight Alliance”
[14] “Series of fill-in leaders is seen hampering FDA effectiveness”

ENVIRONMENT
[15] “Firms asked for emissions data”
[16] “What now? Life in toxic ‘hot spot'”

VIEWPOINT
[17] “Anti-China hypocrisy in Congress?”

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TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Gov’t eager to ‘delay Timor independence'”
Australian Associated Press, February 1, 2006

Australia illegally lobbied against East Timor’s independence from
Indonesia, creating a conflict that led to over 180,000 deaths.

[o2]

“Bush ‘tried to lure Saddam into war using UN aircraft'”
Times Online (U.K.), February 3, 2006

Bush told Blair of a plan to coax Saddam Hussein to shoot down
a U.S. plane painted in U.N. colors, according to a new book.

[o3]

“EPA panel blasts air-rule changes”
Sacramento Bee, February 4, 2006

An advisory committee says the White House added language to a dust-
pollution report that supports mining and farming.

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ARMY SERVICE | top

[o4]

“Out of jail, into the Army”
Salon.com, February 2, 2006

An officer who has served his time isn’t allowed to resign
because he was never deployed abroad, according to Army brass.

[o5]

“Reservist, 32, sues Army to leave service”
Boston Globe, February 2, 2006

The number of ‘moral waivers’ issued to new Army personnel who have
committed crimes has increased as recruitment numbers declined.

[o6]

“Casualty figures are ‘wrong’, admits Reid”
The Scotsman, January 31, 2006

Britain’s defense minister said 800 troops have been injured
at war, more than twice what was previously reported.

[o7]

“Stop-loss used to retain 50,000 U.S. troops”
Christian Science Monitor, January 31, 2006

The Army is extending troops’ duty for another 18 months, while
promoting more soldiers and shrinking the National Guard.

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WORLD | top

[o8]

“Malians reject GM crops as attack on their way of
life”

Independent (U.K.), January 31, 2006

A Malian “farmer’s jury” says that biotech crops cede too much
control to corporations, and endanger health.

[o9]

“Greenpeace protests Russia’s plan for
world’s longest oil pipeline”

Environment News Service, February 2, 2006

Activists say officials have ignored scientific consensus on
a pipeline that crosses a World Heritage Site near Lake Baikal.

[10]

“India: police investigate death of Coca-Cola bottling plant opponent”
Environment News Service, February 2, 2006

An court will look into charges that a franchise poisoned a
village leader opposed to a water-intensive bottling plant.

[11]

“Weapons in ocean still mystery”
Honolulu Advertiser, February 2, 2006

It’s unclear how many thousands of WWII-era chemicals lie off
Hawaii, but some still contain active arsenic compounds.

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NATION | top

[12]

“USG Corporation in $4 billion asbestos claim settlement”
Reuters, January 31, 2006

An asbestos company will only pay a $4 billion settlement if
Congress passes a national victim’s compensation bill.

[13]

“Group holds meeting at Utah Capitol to educate about
Gay-Straight Alliance”

Salt Lake Tribune, January 28, 2006

Utah students disagree over the agenda of Gay-Straight Alliance
clubs, and legislation banning them from public schools.

[14]

“Series of fill-in leaders is seen hampering FDA
effectiveness”

Baltimore Sun, February 4, 2006

Critics say that 42 months with no permanent leadership has
weakened the FDA’s ability to tackle controversial issues.

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ENVIORNMENT | top

[15]

“Firms asked for emissions data”
Reuters, February 1, 2006

Thousands of investors want to know how companies are addressing
climate change, now seen as an ever-greater threat to earnings.

[16]

“What now? Life in toxic ‘hot spot'”
Los Angeles Daily News, February 4, 2006

A columnist says that many U.S. lawmakers who condemned Google’s
China censorship also voted to ban flag-burning back home.

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VIEWPOINT | top

[17]

“Anti-China hypocrisy in Congress?”
CNET, February 1, 2006

A recent UCLA graduate’s $100 “bounties” for evidence of political indoctrination by professors backfired last week.

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