February 14, 2006

News You Might Have Missed

Important but underreported news from around the world.

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QUOTED: “[P]rofit margins, which were not expected in the earlier context, should be shared in a fair and equitable manner.”

— Ecuador’s Economy Minister Diego Borja on a new policy requiring foreign oil companies to split profits with the state.
(Story #13, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “EPA chief turns coal lobbyist”
[o2] “Saddam ‘offered’ life in exile by America”
[o3] “Iraq loses millions of dollars to oil smugglers”

NATION
[o4] “NYU grad student strike rages on”
[o5] “The Net effect of neutrality”
[o6] “‘Gitmo’ protestors queried by Treasury”
[o7] “Arnall confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to Netherlands”
[o8] “‘Exciting time’ for H-bomb scientists”

WORLD
[o9] “Too little is known about firms with nuclear ties, critics say”
[10] “After the Prophet storm it’s Durga in booze ad”
[11] “Rubbish-pickers see red as Mexico goes green”

OIL
[12] “Sweden plans to be world’s first oil-free economy”
[13] “Ecuador pushing for “fairer” share of oil windfall”

TOXIC DUMPING
[14] “Sea turns toxic, fishermen protest”
[15] “Smelter city families face removal”
[16] “In New York, more waste, more worries”

VIEWPOINT
[17] “Howard Dean lied to gay Democrats”
[18] “A wake for an Indian warrior”

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TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“EPA chief turns coal lobbyist”
Chicago Tribune, February 9, 2006

The woman who fought mercury emissions in Illinois has been hired by the coal industry, possibly violating ethics laws.

[o2]

“Unions around world to protest Iran’s treatment of bus workers”
Washington Post, February 15, 2006

“Iran strives to stifle independent trade union movement”
Eurasianet.org, February 7, 2006

Iran’s crackdown on a bus drivers’ strike highlights the class divisions nipping at the heels of the fundamentalist government.

[o3]

“Iraq loses millions of dollars to oil smugglers”
NewKerala.com (India), February 9, 2006

Iraq ‘oil mafias’ are smuggling two million liters of oil to Iran per
day while the Oil Ministry looks the other way, officials accuse.

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NATION | top

[o4]

“NYU grad student strike rages on”
Harvard Crimson, February 1, 2006

More than 1,000 NYU teaching assistants have been striking for three months; the school is now threatening to take away their pay.

[o5]

“The Net effect of neutrality”
MIT Technology Review, February 10, 2006

Comcast and other ISPs want Congress to mandate that companies such as Google and Yahoo pay for using their lines.

[o6]

“‘Gitmo’ protestors queried by Treasury”
UPI, February 7, 2006

Officials are investigating Christian anti-war activists for trying to
visit Guantanamo detainees, but the group refuses to cooperate.

[o7]

“Arnall confirmed as US Ambassador to Netherlands”
Expatica, February 10, 2006

Roland Arnall, a key Bush supporter, also heads a company accused of
unfair lending practices.

[o8]

“‘Exciting time’ for H-bomb scientists”
ANG Newspapers, February 6, 2006

Nuclear weapons scientists are designing a new generation of warheads,
but some experts worry the designs are untested.

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WORLD | top

[o9]

“Too little is known about firms with nuclear ties, critics say”
Globe and Mail (Canada), February 8, 2006

Canada’s nuclear watchdog commission doesn’t require companies to
report their assets or ownership, creating a lack of accountability.

[10]

“After the Prophet storm it’s Durga in booze ad”
CNN-IBN (India), February 14, 2006

Indian officials are offended by posters depicting the Goddess Durga
holding bottles of Southern Comfort, and want them removed.

[11]

“Rubbish-pickers see red as Mexico goes green”
Reuters, February 9, 2006

A Mexican suburb’s plans to compost instead of dump its garbage will leave thousands of impoverished scavengers without work.

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OIL | top

[12]

“Sweden plans to be world’s first oil-free economy”
Guardian (U.K.), February 8, 2006

Sweden will have replaced oil with ethanol and tree-derived biofuels by 2020, putting it way ahead of the rest of the world.

[13]

“Ecuador pushing for “fairer” share of oil windfall”
Mercopress (Uruguay), February 9, 2006

The government will unilaterally require foreign oil companies to share half their profits, generating up to US$400 million.

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TOXIC DUMPING | top

[14]

“Sea turns toxic, fishermen protest”
CNN-IBN (India), February 8, 2006

Officials won’t take responsibility for industrial chemicals
in an Indian village’s water source.

[15]

“Smelter city families face removal”
The Australian, February 9, 2006

Residents of Port Pirie, Australia, will have to move if the world’s largest smelter does not reduce lead emissions, officials say.

[16]

“In New York, more waste, more worries”
Bergen County Record (NJ), February 10, 2006

While Ford removes toxic paint sludge from a New York hillside, New
Jersey residents are finding more buried in their backyards.

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VIEWPOINT | top

[17]

“Howard Dean lied to gay Democrats”
Washington Blade, February 10, 2006

A former member of the DNC’s gay outreach office condemned Dean’s
move to abolish it.

[18]

“A wake for an Indian warrior”
Rocky Mountain News, January 21, 2006

Photos of a three-day Lakota wake held in South Dakota for fallen Marine Cpl. Brett Lundstrom, 21.

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