April 12, 2006

News You Might Have Missed

Important but underreported news from around the world.

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QUOTED: “People need to be mad as hell about this situation, but they aren’t. We haven’t gotten the message across.”

— Washington state official Brad Ack on fish kills and birth defects caused by the massive buildup in the Puget Sound of PCBs, antidepressents and other chemicals used by humans.
(Story #14, below).

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Workers accused of fudging ’04 recount”
[o2] “Scrap the Kyoto plan, Ambrose says”
[o3] “Argentina and Uruguay shun U.S. military academy”

NATION
[o4] “Bomb test: The Pentagon says it’s just a test”
[o5] “Rotten deal”
[o6] “Timber firm ordered cover-up, ex-official says”

WORLD
[o7] “Iraq: As security deteriorates, Palestinian refugees flee”
[o8] “Top Serb accuses Slovenian troops of war crimes”
[o9] “Where only the strong and well-armed prosper”
[10] “Blair will ask Met officers to tell him if they are gay”
[11] “Nazis planned Holocaust for Palestine: historians”

AFGHANISTAN
[12] “Have Hekmatyar’s radicals reformed?”
[13] “Afghan drugs barons flaunt their wealth and power”

POLLUTION
[14] “Puget Sound a toxic stew, scientists say”
[15] “Lead found in soil of many areas of N.O.”

PHOTO ESSAY
[16] “Darfur: Whatever happened to never again?”

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TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Workers accused of fudging ’04 recount”
Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 6, 2006

Three Cuyahoga County elections managers have been indicted for pre-counting ballots to avoid doing a hand recount in 2004.

[o2]

“Scrap the Kyoto plan, Ambrose says”
Globe and Mail (Canada), April 8, 2006

“Kyoto is pointless, say 60 leading scientists”
Telegraph (U.K.), April 9, 2006

Canada’s new conservative government says Kyoto’s CO2 reduction goals are unrealistic; meanwhile, levels of the gas are going up.

[o3]

“Argentina and Uruguay shun U.S. military academy”
Guardian (U.K.), April 6, 2006

They join Venezuela in withdrawing students from the former School of the Americas after meeting with local human rights campaigners.

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NATION | top

[o4]

“Bomb test: The Pentagon says it’s just a test”
Salt Lake Tribune, April 6, 2006

Utahns fear that a 700-ton ammonium nitrate explosion, simulated to look like a nuclear bomb, will lead to new atomic weapons.

[o5]

“Rotten deal”
Missoula Independent (MT), April 6, 2006

A Blackfeet reservation was built with arsenic-treated plywood that families there say has caused cancer, asthma and nosebleeds.

[o6]

“Timber firm ordered cover-up, ex-official says”
Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2006

An ex-Pacific Lumber employee says he was fired after urging the company to report a retention pond filled with asbestos.

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WORLD | top

[o7]

“Iraq: As security deteriorates, Palestinian refugees flee capital”
IRIN, April 5, 2006

Palestinian expats who have lived in Iraq for decades have been threatened or killed over their alleged loyalty to Saddam Hussein

[o8]

“Top Serb accuses Slovenian troops of war crimes during independence war”
Associated Press, April 8, 2006

Slovenian troops are accused of killing Yugloslav soldiers who attempted to surrender in 1991 in early Balkan separatism.

[o9]

“Where only the strong and well-armed prosper”
San Francisco Chronicle, April 7, 2006

Somalia is so unstable that all adult males carry guns, creating what the U.S. fears is fertile ground for al Qaeda sympathizers.

[10]

“Blair will ask Met officers to tell him if they are gay”
Telegraph (U.K.), April 6, 2006

U.K. officials say an attempt to anonymously survey the sexuality of Scotland Yard officers will not be used to set quotas.

[11]

“Nazis planned Holocaust for Palestine: historians”
Reuters, April 7, 2006

A 1942 SS “Einsatzgruppe” was set to kill Jews in British-occupied Palestine, but was stymied by the war’s turning tide.

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AFGHANISTAN | top

[12]

“Have Hekmatyar’s radicals reformed?”
Institute for War & Peace Reporting, April 6, 2006

Experts say the popular Islamist Hezb-e-Islami party is still controlled by a terrorist wanted by the U.S.

[13]

“Afghan drugs barons flaunt their wealth and power”
Guardian (U.K.), April 7, 2006

Afghan drug smugglers, at least 17 of whom are parliamentarians there, are tough to catch and almost impossible to prosecute.

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POLLUTION | top

[14]

“Puget Sound a toxic stew, scientists say”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 6, 2006

Population growth and slow water cycles mean the Puget Sound is retaining PCBs and other chemicals that affect animals and humans.

15]

“Lead found in soil of many areas of N.O.”
Times-Picayune, April 6, 2006

Lead contamination predating Katrina has been discovered in 14 neighborhoods in New Orleans, but the EPA has no cleanup plans.

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PHOTO ESSAY | top

[16]

“Darfur: Whatever happened to never again?”
Fifty Crows, March 2006

A photojournalism project questions international humanitarianism, as promises of “never again” sound hollow in the Sudan.

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