May 2, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 18

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “Any time they take to the streets, we’ll burn a Mexican flag.”

— Laine Lawless of the racist Arizona group Border Guardians, who burned a flag outside a Mexican consulate in Tucson (story #14, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “Guantanamo prisoner ‘tried to commit suicide a dozen times'”
[o2] “Darfur refugees forced to join the fight”
[o3] “The weakest pay the price for anemic state oversight”
 
INDIGENOUS PROTESTS
[o4] “Mayor’s comments anger aboriginal protesters”
[o5] “Tobacco giant apologizes to Maori”
 
WOMEN
[o6] “Women’s groups differ over immigration strategy”
[o7] “Lingerie leads the fight for Saudi women’s rights”
[o8] “Iran bars single women from sporting events”
 
MAY CAUSE CANCER
[o9] “3M fined for chemical used in Decatur”
[10] “Family flees cell towers”
[11] “Chernobyl cancer shock in Cumbria”
 
NATION
[12] “Md. sues Exxon over gas leak”
[13] “Partisan vote advances Bush nominee to head EPA air office”
[14] “Racist fringe darkens debate”
 
COMPUTER HACKING
[15] “Big holes in Net’s heart revealed”
[16] “Malicious-software spreaders get sneakier, more prevalent”
 
VIEWPOINT
[17] “The feds want to sell my land”
 


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Guantanamo Bay prisoner ‘tried to commit suicide a dozen times'”
The Independent (U.K.), April 27, 2006

The Afghani prisoner who has been held without charge since 2001 says he was sexually abused and wrapped in Israeli flags.

[o2]

“Darfur refugees forced to join the fight”
Christian Science Monitor, April 28, 2006

Around 4,700 Chadian refugees, including children, were taken from camps and “recruited” to fight the Janjaweed and Chad’s government.

[o3]

“The weakest pay the price for anemic state oversight”
Seattle Times, April 28, 2006

Washington State ignored or dismissed 461 sex abuse cases in nursing homes due to lack of oversight and enforcement.


INDIGENOUS PROTESTS | top

[o4]

“Mayor’s comments anger aboriginal protesters”
CBC (Canada), April 25, 2006

“Timeline of recent events”

For months, a Six Nations tribe in Ontario has been blocking a development on property they claim as sacred, angering locals.

[o5]

“Tobacco giant apologizes to Maori”
New Zealand Herald, April 29, 2006

Maori anti-smoking activists took Philip Morris to task for depicting their tribe on cigarette boxes.


WOMEN | top

[o6]

“Women’s groups differ over immigration strategy”
Women’s ENews, April 24, 2006

Although they are more numerous, undocumented women have less power and opportunity than male migrant workers in the U.S.

[o7]

“Lingerie leads the fight for Saudi women’s rights”
Independent (U.K.), April 29, 2006

A rare employment opportunity for Saudi women will enable them to replace men as lingerie store clerks — if windows are blacked out.

[o8]

“Iran bars single women from sporting events”
Middle East Times, April 26, 2006

Iran will allow married women and their families to attend soccer games in an effort to bring “ethics and chastity” to the crowd.


MAY CAUSE CANCER | top

[o9]

“3M fined for chemical used in Decatur”
Decatur Daily (AL), April 29, 2006

3M paid the EPA $1.5 million over claims that it produced cancer-causing PFCs which leaked into the soil around its factories.

[10]

“Family flees cell towers”
North Jersey Media Group, April 25, 2006

A family worried about the effects of microwave radiation is fighting plans to install cell phone antennas in their backyard

[11]

“Chernobyl cancer shock in Cumbria”
News & Star (U.K.), April 26, 2006

Scientists say Chernobyl caused a twelvefold increase in thyroid cancer in northern England; regional farm products are off-limits.


NATION | top

[12]

“Md. sues Exxon over gas leak”
Baltimore Sun, April 28, 2006

Officials say Exxon leaked over 25,000 gallons of gasoline contaminated with MTBE into residential and commercial wells.

[13]

“Partisan vote advances Bush nominee to head EPA air office”
Environment News Service, April 26, 2006

The nominee is a former electric-utilities lawyer who helped craft Bush’s mercury rule and revisions to the Clean Air Act.

[14]

“Racist fringe darkens debate”
San Francisco Chronicle, April 30, 2006

Immigrant rallies have provoked death threats and racist rhetoric from white supremacists, who also burn Mexican flags.


COMPUTER HACKING | top

[15]

“Big holes in Net’s heart revealed”
BBC (U.K.), April 28, 2006

A study finds that as much as 85% of the Internet is vulnerable to attacks, with peer-to-peer networks providing more security.

[16]

“Malicious-software spreaders get sneakier, more prevalent”
USA Today, April 27, 2006

Increasingly, “bots” — or hijacked PCs — are used to earn quick cash by spreading spam and viruses on behalf of online ad companies.


VIEWPOINT | top

[17]

“The feds want to sell my land”
Denver Post, April 22, 2006

A Californian says the Forest Service is wrongly attempting to sell private property and protected ecological sites.


Editor: Julia Scott. Intern: David Agrell

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