April 19, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 16

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “Someone decided in the 1950s to take the water from the Jordan, grow oranges and sell them in Europe. The price of this decision is being paid by nature, tourism and infrastructure. Nobody asked us if we’re willing to pay it.”

— Israeli parks inspector Eli Dror, explaining why the Dead Sea is drying up (story #14, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “Angry Aceh tsunami survivors demand split from aid agency”
[o2] “Problems mount from 9/11 fallout”
[o3] “No justice for all”
 
NATION
[o4] “In gambling boom, addicts left to chance”
[o5] “Maloney may lose ACLU in fight on abortion”
 
WORLD
[o6] “China, Russia welcome Iran into the fold”
[o7] “Despair and desperation thrive in Casablanca slums”
[o8] “Nine poultry farmers commit suicide in India”
[o9] “Police turn water cannon on rural protest in China”
[10] “Nigerian court gives shell one year to stop gas flaring”
 
ALTERNATIVES TO OIL
[11] “Blair’s decision on U.K. nuclear power may cost popularity”
[12] “Coal industry is on the rebound”
[13] “Navy drilling for geothermal energy”
 
ENVIRONMENT
[14] “The Dead Sea: In a few more Passovers, there’ll be nothing left”
[15] “EPA is ordered to release documents on mercury rule”
 
VIEWPOINT
[16] “Going for broke”
 


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Angry Aceh tsunami survivors demand split from aid agency”
Agence France-Presse, April 14, 2006

Acehnese villagers have kicked out Oxfam after the agency failed to rebuild over 127,000 houses due to “missing” aid money.

[o2]

“Problems mount from 9/11 fallout”
BBC (U.K.), April 12, 2006

The BBC says 15,000 firefighters and emergency workers are now ill from breathing toxic dust from the collapsed Twin Towers.

[o3]

“No justice for all”
Salon.com, April 14, 2006

The Justice Department has not prosecuted “probable” abuse by a civilian who interrogated prisoners at Abu Ghraib.


NATION | top
 
[o4]

“In gambling boom, addicts left to chance”
Sacramento Bee, April 16, 2006

Gambling addiction treatment programs are scarce and underfunded in California and Nevada, while the number of addicts grows.

[o5]

“Maloney may lose ACLU in fight on abortion”
New York Sun, April 11, 2006

Citing free speech, the ACLU withdrew support of a bill requiring clearer identification of anti-abortion counseiling centers.


WORLD | top
 
[o6]

“China, Russia welcome Iran into the fold”
Asia Times Online, April 18, 2006

Iran’s induction into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization marks the latest move in an Asian power struggle with the United States.

[o7]

“Despair and desperation thrive in Casablanca slums”
Reuters, April 13, 2006

Swelling population and entrenched unemployment nurture violent Islamism, prompting a massive anti-poverty campaign in Morocco.

[o8]

“Nine poultry farmers commit suicide in India”
Reuters, April 13, 2006

Avian flu has caused India’s poultry industry to lose $2.2 billion in two months, driving farmers to desperate ends.

[o9]

“Police turn water cannon on rural protest in China”
Guardian (U.K.), April 14, 2006

In China’s latest peasant riot, farmers used homemade bombs to stop more than 1,000 police from tearing down an irrigation dam.

[10]

“Nigerian court gives shell one year to stop gas flaring”
Environmental News Service, April 11, 2006

Nigeria’s High Court again ordered Shell to stop flaring; activists say the practice poisons locals and spurs climate change.


ALTERNATIVES TO OIL | top
 
[11]

“Blair’s decision on U.K. nuclear power may cost popularity”
Bloomberg.com, April 14, 2006

With energy demand outstripping supply, and despite public opposition, Britain may build a new generation of nuclear plants.

[12]

“Coal industry is on the rebound”
Associated Press, April 14, 2006

Rising energy prices have caused 70 mines to reopen in Appalachia alone, fueling local economies but hurting the environment.

[13]

“Navy drilling for geothermal energy”
Pahrump Valley Times (NV), April 12, 2006

The Navy is increasingly using geothermal heat to fuel private power generators on bases across the country.


ENVIRONMENT | top
 
[14]

“The Dead Sea: In a few more Passovers, there’ll be nothing left”
Ha’aretz, April 12, 2006

Dead Sea water levels have dropped over a meter a year since the Jordan River, its primary source, was diverted in the 1960s.

[15]

“EPA is ordered to release documents on mercury rule”
Boston Globe, April 14, 2006

A lawsuit claims the EPA has violated the Clean Air Act by allowing power plants to avoid mercury emissions caps.


VIEWPOINT | top
 
[16]

“Going for broke”
Sierra Magazine, May/June 2006

An activist says thousands of companies declare bankruptcy rather than clean up toxic sites, shifting the cost to taxpayers.


Editor: Julia Scott, Josh Wilson. Intern: David Agrell

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