March 15, 2006

News You Might Have Missed

Important but underreported news from around the world.

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QUOTED: “This is not a normal way of doing business. It’s a very irresponsible way to handle sensitive information.”

— Former U.N. weapons inspector David Albright, who says India has a secret uranium enrichment program
(Story #10, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Women attacked for removing headscarves, NGO says”
[o2] “Feds yank gay health site”
[o3] “EPA admits C8 may be unsafe for humans”

RUSSIA & CAUCASUS
[o4] “Tide of fear rises in Belarus”
[o5] “International demands for Georgia to combat drug trafficking”
[o6] “EU says Serbia should not rule Kosovo”
[o7] “Moscow, Algiers sign arms deal, debt write-off agreemen”

MIDDLE EAST
[o8] “I was tortured, says Australian held in Iraq”
[o9] “Israeli Arab assaulted for dating Jewish girl in Kiryat Yam”
[10] “Report faults India’s nonproliferation record”
[11] “Gaza berry farms pinched”

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
[12] “Indonesian women march against anti-porn bill”
[13] “Rural women protest against pulpwood plantations
[14] “Gang rape victim leads thousands at Women’s Day rally”

NATION
[15] “Bush withdraws nominee”
[16] “No end in sight for Miami janitors’ strike”
[17] “Pflueger is fined more than $7.8M”

VIEWPOINT
[18] “Knight Ridder breakup may cause media concentration”

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TOP STORIES | top

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“Women attacked for removing headscarves, NGO says”
U.N. Integrated Regional Information Networks, March 7, 2006

‘Honor killings’ and attacks against Iraqi women are on the rise,
and the constitution offers no protection.

[o2]

“Feds yank gay health site”
Washington Blade, March 10, 2006

The Dept. of Health and Human Services removed resources for gay
Americans from its Web site after a Christian group complained.

[o3]

“EPA admits C8 may be unsafe for humans”
Delaware News-Journal, March 9, 2006

After suggesting it was safe, an EPA document now quietly admits
that PFOA, a chemical used in Teflon, is a likely carcinogen.

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RUSSIA & CAUCUS | top

[o4]

“Tide of fear rises in Belarus”
The Times (U.K.), March 11, 2006

President Alexander Lukashenko has hired agents to harass and attack
opposition supporters ahead of Belarus’ upcoming election.

[o5]

“International demands for Georgia to combat drug trafficking”
The Messenger (Georgia), March 10, 2006

Georgia has become a gateway country for drug smuggling into
Europe, and ground zero for widespread addiction.

[o6]

“E.U. says Serbia should not rule Kosovo”
UPI, March 9, 2006

Comments from an E.U. commissioner on Kosovo’s independence
could have implications for surrounding states as well.

[o7]

“Moscow, Algiers sign arms deal, debt write-off agreement”
Morocco Times, March 11, 1006

With a huge natural gas deal in the works, Algeria will spend
billions on Russian arms in return for debt cancellation.

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MIDDLE EAST | top

[o8]

“I was tortured, says Australian held in Iraq”
Sydney Morning Herald, March 10, 2006

A Sydney man still in jail in Iraq exhibits signs of torture, but
his government has made no public move to protect him.

[o9]

“Israeli Arab assaulted for dating Jewish girl in Kiryat Yam”
Ha’aretz, March 3, 2006

The latest in a series of ethnic attacks saw a gang of Caucasus
immigrants target an Arab man as he escorted a Jewish girl home.

[10]

“Report faults India’s nonproliferation record”
Reuters, March 10, 2006

India has denied charges by two physicists that it has a secret
uranium enrichment program and exports nuclear blueprints.

[11]

“Gaza berry farms pinched”
Christian Science Monitor, March 9, 2006

An Israeli embargo on Palestinian products since the election
of Hamas has decimated Gaza’s strawberry farmers.

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY | top

[12]

“Indonesian women march against anti-porn bill”
Associated Press, March 8, 2006

Women protested a parliamentary bill that would imprison them for
kissing in public or baring “sensual” body parts.

[13]

“Rural women protest against pulpwood plantations”
Inter Press Service, March 8, 2006

Thousands of Brazilian women called for land rights and the
closure of a eucalyptus plant they say destroys their crops.

[14]

“Gang rape victim leads thousands at Women’s Day rally”
Middle East Times, March 8, 2006

3,000 Pakistani women joined activist Mukhtaran Mai’s call for
an end to gang rape and “honor killings.”

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NATION | top

[15]

“Bush withdraws nominee”
Salon.com, March 8, 2006

Oklahoma judge James Payne lost his nomination to federal court
after the revealation of several conflicts of interest.

[16]

“No end in sight for Miami janitors’ strike”
The NewStandard (NY), March 10, 2006

University of Miami janitors have been on strike since February,
saying they are paid less than $7 an hour and have no health care.

[17]

“Pflueger is fined more than $7.8M”
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, March 10, 2006

A court in Hawaii has required a man to restore a wildlife
refuge he damaged with illegal construction.

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VIEWPOINT | top

[18]

“Knight Ridder breakup may create unprecedented concentration of
ownership in Bay Area newspapers”

Grade the News, March 14, 2006

The threat of a local media monopoly in the Bay Area may boost
a unique bid by San Jose Mercury News employees.

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