May 9, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 19

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “In a Hong Kong context, we are the canary in the mineshaft. If our independence is under attack, everybody’s is under attack.”

— Foreign correspondent Francis Moriarty, describing how Beijing has begun censoring Radio Television Hong Kong (story #11, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “Israel foils plot to kill Palestinian president”
[o2] “U.S. does not consider Taliban terrorists”
[o3] “Spies among us”
 
PRISONS
[o4] “Britain undermining rights of foreign prisoners”
[o5] “Staffers in 2004 prison controversy back at work”
 
NATION
[o6] “Report: Hate groups use U.S. Net servers”
[o7] “Feds’ watch list eats its own”
[o8] “Pamphlet about sex offends lesbian mom”
 
NATURAL DISASTER, HUMAN ERROR
[o9] “Tsunami alert exposes response weakness”
[10] “Hurricane destruction powers global warming debate”
 
WORLD
[11] “Officials target Hong Kong public radio”
[12] “Freeport mine ‘poisoning’ West Papua’s environment”
[13] “Asbestos victims to lose out”
 
PROTESTS
[14] “Pakistanis burn German flag in prison death protest”
[15] “German leftists go to blows with neo-Nazis”
[16] “Fury over J&K sex racket”
 
VIEWPOINT
[17] “Mind games”
 


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Israel foils plot to kill Palestinian president”
Sunday Times (U.K.), May 7, 2006

Mahmoud Abbas cancelled a Gaza trip after learning that Hamas members who consider him an obstacle were plotting to kill him.

[o2]

“U.S. does not consider Taliban terrorists”
Christian Science Monitor, May 2, 2006

Despite links to al Qaeda, the Taliban is not listed as a terror group; analysts say doing so would hurt progress in Afghanistan.

[o3]

“Spies among us”
U.S. News & World Report, May 8, 2006

Local police are using Homeland Security funds to surveil union workers, antiwar protesters and other “potential threat elements.”


PRISONS | top

[o4]

“Britain undermining rights of foreign prisoners”
Worldpress.org, May 2, 2006

The jailing and subsequent deportation of foreigners has skyrocketed under Tony Blair, mostly over drug charges.

[o5]

“Staffers in 2004 prison controversy back at work”
Stockton Record (CA), May 3, 2006

Six prison employees were acquitted in the beating of two minors and are back at work, despite resistance from state officials.


NATION | top

[o6]

“Report: Hate groups use U.S. Net servers”
Associated Press, May 5, 2006

A report says thousands of hate groups, from Islamists to white supremacists, exploit U.S. free speech protections online.

[o7]

“Feds’ watch list eats its own”
Wired News, May 4, 2006

Pentagon employees and Army officers are among the 28,000 Americans trying to get off the TSA’s terrorist watch list.

[o8]

“Pamphlet about sex offends lesbian mom”
Associated Press, May 3, 2006

A lesbian mother in Alabama is protesting a sex-ed pamphlet that calls homosexuality “contrary to the laws of nature.”


NATURAL DISASTER, HUMAN ERROR | top

[o9]

“Tsunami alert exposes response weakness”
Dominion Post (New Zealand), May 5, 2006

New Zealand failed to reassure panicking coastal residents that a tsunami was not imminent; media “misreporting” is blamed.

[10]

“Hurricane destruction powers global warming debate”
Reuters, May 4, 2006

For the first time, U.S. government researchers are blaming the harshest hurricanes on climate change.


WORLD | top

[11]

“Officials target Hong Kong public radio”
Christian Science Monitor, May 4, 2006

Beijing is using audits and review panels to censor a hard-hitting, culturally independent Hong Kong radio station.

[12]

“Freeport mine ‘poisoning’ West Papua’s environment”
The Age (Australia), May 4, 2006

Leaked documents shows copper and arsenic pollution in rivers, but the Indonesian government denies there’s a problem.

[13]

“Asbestos victims to lose out”
Western Mail (U.K.), May 4, 2006

The House of Lords cited a technicality to deny compensation to women whose husbands and fathers died of cancer from asbestos.


PROTESTS | top

[14]

“Pakistanis burn German flag in prison death protest”
Reuters, May 6, 2006

A Pakistani who tried to kill the editor of a German newspaper for reprinting the Mohammed cartoons died in jail, sparking protests

[15]

“German leftists go to blows with neo-Nazis”
Der Spiegel (Germany), May 2, 2006

Police used billy clubs to restrain government-backed counter-protesters who attacked neo-Nazi demonstrator

[16]

“Fury over J&K sex racket”
IBNLive (India), May 6, 2006

Residents of Srinagar, India, rioted over claims that several local politicians were involved in a prostitution ring with minors.


VIEWPOINT | top

[17]

“Mind games”
Columbia Journalism Review, May 2006

A retired Air Force colonel says that the public’s right to know has been undermined by Pentagon psychological operations in Iraq.


Editor: Julia Scott. Intern: David Agrell

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