May 17, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 20

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “The pollution that’s produced by a population of 200,000 or 300,000 fish would be the equivalent of the waste produced by a town of 60,000 people.”

— Environmentalist Tim Eichenberg on a bill regulating fish farms, which are set to boom under a new federal mandate (story #15, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “An Army of one wrong recruit”
[o2] “Nigeria: Pfizer’s deadly experiment”
[o3] “Vaccine makers helped write Frist-backed shield law”
 
BRITAIN’S WAR ON TERROR
[o4] “Terror suspect numbers soar”
[o5] “Spies ‘hid’ bomber tape from MPs”
 
WORLD
[o6] “Afghan poppy farmers expect record crop”
[o7] “Indian prisoners protest Chile’s anti-terror law”
[o8] “Zimbabwe students burn classrooms in fee protest”
[o9] “U.S. ‘not funding societies or activists'”
 
NATION
[10] “Lewis denies report that he was being investigated”
[11] “Was author dropped for opposing No Child law?”
[12] “Uncle Sam doesn’t want you”
[13] “LA bans demolition of downtown flophouses to slow gentrification”
 
FISHERIES
[14] “Sonar range stirs concerns in fertile fishing area”
[15] “Bill would create tough standards for fish farms”
 
VIEWPOINT
[16] “Secrecy’s shadow falls on Washington”
 


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“An Army of one wrong recruit”
Oregonian, May 7, 2006

The Army broke their own regulations by recruiting an 18-year-old autistic boy to meet quotas.

[o2]

“Nigeria: Pfizer’s deadly experiment”
Daily Champion (Nigeria), May 12, 2006

A previously unreleased report claims five children died from an experimental Pfizer drug used in violation of the law.

[o3]

“Vaccine makers helped write Frist-backed shield law”
Tennessean, May 8, 2006

Documents confirm that the Senate Majority Leader met privately with drug lobbyists; he later wrote legislation favoring them.


BRITAIN’S WAR ON TERROR | top

[o4]

“Terror suspect numbers soar”
Guardian (U.K.), May 14, 2006

Terror fears in the U.K. increase as a radical cleric prepares to leave prison and 1,200 Islamic Britons come under investigation.

[o5]

“Spies ‘hid’ bomber tape from MPs”
The Sunday Times (U.K.), May 14, 2006

Officials called a new inquiry after learning that MI5 concealed recordings of terrorists plotting the London transit attacks.


WORLD | top

[o6]

“Afghan poppy farmers expect record crop”
Independent (U.K.), May 11, 2006

Opium eradication efforts are no match for the corruption, power and fear engendered by Afghan poppy millionaires.

[o7]

“Indian prisoners protest Chile’s anti-terror law”
Reuters, May 10, 2006

Activists are on a hunger strike after being sentenced for the burning of a commercial forest on land claimed by Mapuche Indians.

[o8]

“Zimbabwe students burn classrooms in fee protest”
South African Broadcasting Corporation, May 12, 2006

The president is accused of corruption and mismanagement amid ballooning inflation and fears of escalating protests.

[o9]

“U.S. ‘not funding societies or activists'”
Gulf News (United Arab Emirates), May 14, 2006

The U.S. ambassador to Bahrain denies paying activists to run for office and upset the status quo.


NATION | top

[10]

“Lewis denies report that he was being investigated”
Redlands Daily Facts (CA), May 12, 2006

A series of lobbyist donations allegedly tie California Rep. Jerry Lewis to the disgraced former Congressman Randy Cunningham.

[11]

“Was author dropped for opposing No Child law?”
Chicago Sun-Times, May 13, 2006

An author critical of No Child Left Behind said McGraw-Hill, which profits from the law, prevented her from speaking out.

[12]

“Uncle Sam doesn’t want you”
Christian Science Monitor, May 11, 2006

Several intellectuals have been denied visas under a Patriot Act clause that excludes foreigners who “endorse” terrorism.

[13]

“LA bans demolition of downtown flophouses to slow gentrification”
Associated Press, May 10, 2006

Affordable housing grows ever-more scarce, and the conversion of Skid Row hotels to condos could displace 10,000 people.


FISHERIES | top

[14]

Sonar range stirs concerns in fertile fishing area”
Associated Press, May 14, 2006

Fishermen are fighting Navy plans to install a sonar station they fear will destroy coral that sustains fish.

[15]

“Bill would create tough standards for fish farms”
InsideBayArea.com, May 10, 2006

A federal mandate to quintuple of the market for farmed fish is raising fears in California of massive environmental impacts.


VIEWPOINT | top

[16]

“Secrecy’s shadow falls on Washington”
Los Angeles Times, May 7, 2006

David Wise says the Bush administration’s push to criminalize leaks of government information could impact journalism.


Editor: Julia Scott. Intern: David Agrell

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