March 22, 2006

News You Might Have Missed

Important but underreported news from around the world.

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QUOTED: “Trade in tiger parts is very high. For a few thousand dollars, people are willing to kill the tiger.”

— Tiger populations are plummeting in India, says conservationist Ravi Singh, as poachers cash in on a boom in traditional Asian remedies.
(Story #13, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “DR Congo rebel in landmark trial”
[o2] “Petro dollars pour into SA”
[o3] “Realism pushes U.S. and Iran a bit closer”

NATION
[o4] “BIA grant to help Akwesasne combat border drug smuggling”
[o5] “Morial adds his voice to election protests”
[o6] “State to study depleted uranium”

WORLD
[o7] “Ultra nationalist leads in Peruvian presidential race”
[o8] “U.S. firms told to pay Agent Orange claims”
[o9] “Amnesty International criticizes forcible land eviction”
[10] “What the campaigns do not address”
[11] “Ethnicity versus theocracy”

ENVIRONMENT
[12] “Six countries’ waste dumped at Dounreay”
[13] “Threatened tiger, sickly dragon”
[14] “GM crops out of control”
[15] “Government seeks end to global fish subsidies”
[16] “East Africa seeks regional effort to fight killer drought”

VIEWPOINT
[17] “We must know what our government is doing”

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TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“DR Congo rebel in landmark trial”
BBC, March 20, 2006

Thomas Lubanga, accused leader of a murderous private army, is the first war-crimes suspect to face the International Criminal Court.

[o2]

“Petro dollars pour into SA”
Sunday Times (South Africa), March 5, 2006

Put off by hostility and suspicion in Europe and the United States, Arab investors are refocusing on South Africa.

[o3]

“”Realism pushes U.S. and Iran a bit closer”
Christian Science Monitor, March 20, 2006

The presidents of Iran and the United States may be at rhetorical odds, but the two nations have a common interest in Iraq.

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NATION | top

[o4]

“BIA grant to help Akwesasne combat border drug smuggling”
Indian Country Today, March 17, 2006

A small grant will help the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe patrol its porous Canadian border, but future funding is in doubt.

[o5]

“Morial adds his voice to election protests”
New Orleans Times Picayune, March 19, 2006

A former New Orleans mayor says that elections there this spring will disenfranchise black voters, and bring court disputes.

[o6]

“State to study depleted uranium”
The Olympian (Washington), March 15, 2006

Washington state will fund research on depleted uranium munitions, and track National Guard personnel who may have been exposed.

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WORLD | top

[o7]

“Ultra nationalist leads in Peruvian presidential race”
Mercosur (Uruguay), March 19, 2006

A former Army commander is popular among the poor, and favors state control of gas and mining, but a runoff in May is likely.

[o8]

“U.S. firms told to pay Agent Orange claims”
Associated Press, January 27, 2006

A Korean court ordered Monsanto and Dow to pay $62 million to Vietnam veterans there who were exposed to Agent Orange.

[o9]

“Amnesty International criticizes forcible land eviction”
Korea Herald (South Korea), March 21, 2006

Plans to expand a U.S. military base have led to repeated clashes with a village of mostly elderly farmers who refuse to leave.

[10]

“What the campaigns do not address”
Haaretz (Israel), March 19, 2006

“The enemy within”
Al Ahram Weekly (Egypt), March 16-22, 2006

The political desires of Iraeli Arabs seem insoluble to the hostile neighboring powers of the Middle East.

[11]

“Ethnicity versus theocracy”
Al Ahram Weekly, March 16-22, 2006

Hardly monolothic, Iran is comprised of fractious ethnic minorities, including an Arab population right on the border with Iraq.

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ENVIRONMENT | top

[12]

“Six countries’ waste dumped at Dounreay”
The Scotsman, March 20, 2006

Nuclear waste from unstable former Soviet bloc nations has been transferred to a facility in Scotland, upsetting locals.

[13]

“Threatened tiger, sickly dragon”
Asia Times (Hong Kong), March 21, 2006

Poachers have emptied one reserve in India of tigers, as prices for remedies made from tiger body parts have skyrocketed in Asia.

[14]

“GM crops out of control”
Oh My News, South Korea, March 10, 2006

An activist report finds genes from modified plants and animals are spreading into markets and the ecosystem.

[15]

“Government seeks end to global fish subsidies”
Stuff (New Zealand), March 20, 2006

New Zealand’s government says up to $20 billion in subsidies worldwide have made the fishing industry “unsustainable.”

[16]

“East Africa seeks regional effort to fight killer drought”
Mail & Guardian (South Africa), March 20, 2006

“Kenyans fight for cheaper food prices”
Mail & Guardian, March 19, 2006

A drought puts millions at risk of starvation — but in Kenya, part of the problem is high prices.

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VIEWPOINT | top

[17]

“We must know what our government is doing”
Chicago Sun Times, March 19, 2006

The Freedom of Information Act, which brought down Spiro Agnew and raised awareness of Agent Orange, may now be in doubt.

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