March 29, 2006

News You Might Have Missed

Important but underreported news from around the world.

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QUOTED: “Liberalizing trade by itself is not enough to generate growth and to fight poverty. While the World Bank has done the right thing in promoting more open trade worldwide it has not done everything right to help generate the payoffs.”

— Vinod Thomas, director of the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group, is critical of economic policies that open markets but fail to implement anti-poverty programs.
(Story #11, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “U.N. accused of ignoring 500,000 Chernobyl deaths”
[o2] “Migration of working-age people devastates Mexican villages”
[o3] “Wi-Fi fight brews in Big Easy”

NATION
[o4] “DOD removes missile defense system report from Web site”
[o5] “Bush’s uncle earned millions in war firm sale”
[o6] “Does milk really do a body good?”
[o7] “State bans abstinence program”

FOCUS: IMMIGRANT PROTESTS
[o8] “Undocumented immigrants rally for rights”
“Wis. immigration rally draws thousands”
“20K protest Senate bill on migrants in Phoenix”
“Area Hispanics protest bill on immigration”
“Rally draws suspensions”

WORLD
[o9] “More than 3,000 families fled sectarian conflict, gov’t says”
[10] “Drought-hit Eritrea expels three charities”
[11] “World Bank trade programs must tackle poverty — study”
[12] “Town to vote on drinking sewage”

ETHANOL
[13] “Carbon cloud over a green fuel”
[14] “Betting the farm on ethanol”

ENVIRONMENT
[15] “60 percent of biggest U.S. factories violate water law”
[16] “The pollution gap”

VIEWPOINT
[17] “Old civil rights groups M.I.A. as immigrants hit the streets”

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TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“U.N. accused of ignoring 500,000 Chernobyl deaths”
Guardian (U.K.), March 24, 2006

Scientists say the number of cancer deaths caused by Chernobyl is a hundred thousand times greater than is acknowledged.

[o2]

“Migration of working-age people has devastated many Mexican villages”
Knight Ridder, March 23, 2006

Working adults are leaving Mexico’s countryside for the United States, leaving the elderly to subsist on their remittances.

[o3]

“Wi-Fi fight brews in Big Easy”
Red Herring, March 22, 2006

Louisiana officials may shut down New Orleans’ only free wireless connection because it conflicts with state law.

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NATION | top

[o4]

“DOD removes missile defense system report from Web site”
Federal Computer Week, March 20, 2006

The Defense Department removed information about safety flaws in its communications system after its findings were published online.

[o5]

“Bush’s uncle earned millions in war firm sale”
Los Angeles Times, March 23, 2006

William Bush profited from the sale of a military contractor with government ties that is also under investigation for trading abuses.

[o6]

“Does milk really do a body good?”
Chicago Tribune, March 24, 2006

Several studies show that milk consumption does not decrease risk of bone fractures, and may even increase other health problems.

[o7]

“State bans abstinence program”
Associated Press, March 23, 2006

Complaints of sexism and religious content have prompted Rhode Island to ban textbooks for a federally funded abstinence program.

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FOCUS: IMMIGRATION PROTESTS | top

[o8]

“Undocumented immigrants rally for rights”
Newhouse News Service, March 21, 2006

“Wis. immigration rally draws thousands”
Associated Press, March 23, 2006

“20K protest Senate bill on migrants in Phoenix”
Arizona Republic, March 25, 2006

“Area Hispanics protest bill on immigration”
Kansas City Star, March 25, 2006

“Rally draws suspensions”
Modesto Bee, March 25, 2006

All week, legal and illegal immigrants from across the country took to the streets to protest a House bill that would criminalize undocumented migrant workers and punish their employers; others rallied to support a bipartisan Senate bill that would give illegal workers the chance to earn legal status.

— In Milwaukee, as many as 30,000 workers left their jobs and shut down about 90 businesses as part the “Day Without Latinos” rally.

— The biggest rally in Phoenix’s history marched past the offices of Sen. John Kyl, who holds a key Judiciary Committee position.

— In Kansas City and New Jersey, protestors said they risked losing their jobs, but felt the stakes are too high to sit things out.

— 100 high school students in Modesto, Calif., were suspended for their participation in the protests.

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WORLD | top

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“More than 3,000 families fled due to sectarian conflict”
Integrated Regional Information Networks (U.N.), March 21, 2006

The bombing of an Iraqi shrine in February has sparked factional
violence that has forced 3,705 Shi’a families from their homes.

[10]

“Drought-hit Eritrea expels three charities”
Reuters, March 24, 2006

Eritrea says three British charities, USAID and the international
community have sided with Ethiopia in their border dispute.

[11]

“World Bank trade programs must tackle poverty — study”
Reuters, March 23, 2006

An internal World Bank report says that liberalizing trade alone
won’t end poverty, and many nations require specialized support.

[12]

“Town to vote on drinking sewage”
The Weekend Australian, March 25, 2006

An inland Australian town will vote on whether to use treated
waste water to bolster its dwindling potable water supply.

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ETHANOL | top

[13]

“Carbon cloud over a green fuel”
Christian Science Monitor, March 23, 2006

Several new ethanol plants being built as an alternative to
petroleum are burning coal in the conversion process.

[14]

“Betting the farm on ethanol”
North Jersey Media Group, March 23, 2006

New Jersey corn farmers hope to cut costs on transporting crops
to out-of-state ethanol factories by building one locally.

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ENVIRONMENT | top

[15]

“60 percent of biggest U.S. factories violate water law”
Gannett News Service, March 24, 2006

A report finds 3,700 U.S. factories, mostly on the East Coast,
continue to pump sewage into waterways due to lax enforcement.

[16]

“The pollution gap”
Independent (U.K.), March 25, 2006

A British study finds climate change caused by industrialized
nations will decimate millions of lives in Africa and India.

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VIEWPOINT | top

[17]

“Old civil rights groups missing-in-action as immigrants hit the streets”
New America Meda (CA), March 27, 2006

Earl Ofari Hutchinson wonders why the NAACP and other civil rights
groups weren’t in the streets with immigrants last week.

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