May 22, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 21

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “Everybody wants to clean it up, but nobody wants to pay for it.”

— North Carolina Rep. Pryor Gibson, who is trying to get the state enough money to clean up thousands of leaking underground gas tanks (story #14, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “U.S. in secret gun deal”
[o2] “U.S. accused of backing warlords in Somalia”
[o3] “The Pentagon’s ghost investigation”
 
ISRAEL
[o4] “Israeli ties impair U.S. sec. clearance”
[o5] “Israeli rules cripple life in West Bank”
[o6] “British professor confirms ‘silent’ boycott of Israel”
 
WORLD
[o7] “After peace, Darfur’s rebel forces turn on each other”
[o8] “Police accused of revenge attacks”
[o9] “German ‘CIA’ used reporters as informants”
[10] “It’s an ill wind…”
 
RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE
[11] “Iranian embassy denies dress code”
[12] “Pope stirs conversion cauldron”
 
INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION
[13] “Ocala residents blame factory for illnesses”
[14] “Thousands of properties tainted by leaky underground tanks”
 
VIEWPOINT
[15] “A letter to AIPAC”
[16] “Western projects are bleeding Afghanistan dry, says minister”
 


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“U.S. in secret gun deal”
Guardian (U.K), May 12, 2006

NATO and European officials say the U.S. has shipped 200,000 rifles to Iraq, many of which are now missing, using smugglers and secrecy.

[o2]

“U.S. accused of backing warlords in Somalia”
Los Angeles Times, May 19, 2006

Critics say the U.S. does not support the transitional government, but instead fuels violence by backing anti-Islamist militias.

[o3]

“The Pentagon’s ghost investigation”
Salon.com, May 17, 2006

The Pentagon Inspector General “agreed” to investigate secret detentions at Abu Ghraib, but never followed through.


ISRAEL | top

[o4]

“Israeli ties impair U.S. sec. clearance”
Jerusalem Post, May 18, 2006

Pentagon officials say several Americans with ties to Israel lost their security clearance due to espionage fears.

[o5]

“Israeli rules cripple life in West Bank”
Knight Ridder, May 18, 2006

Israeli checkpoints, curfews and barriers prevent thousands of Palestinians from traveling for more than a few months.

[o6]

“British professor confirms ‘silent’ boycott of Israel”
Haaretz (Israel), May 19, 2006

Over 500 Israeli and British academics boycotted Israeli journals and scholars since the 1980s due to the Palestinian occupation.


WORLD | top

[o7]

“After peace, Darfur’s rebel forces turn on each other”
Guardian (U.K.), May 18, 2006

Two factions of the Sudan Liberation Army who refused to sign the peace treaty are raping and killing civilians.

[o8]

“Police accused of revenge attacks”
The Times (U.K.), May 20, 2006

Sao Paulo police deny killing gang members and their families as revenge for an uprising that caused over 170 deaths.

[o9]

“German ‘CIA’ used reporters as informants”
Christian Science Monitor, May 18, 2006

Germany ordered intelligence officials to end a 1980s practice of spying on reporters and using others as double agents.

[10]

“It’s an ill wind…”
Sydney Morning Herald, May 19, 2006

Dwindling government support and opposition by the nuclear-energy lobby may cost Australian wind energy as much as $2 billion.


RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE | top

[11]

“Iranian embassy denies dress code”
National Post (Canada), May 20, 2006

The National Post reports a new law in Iran requiring non-Muslims to wear identifying colors; Iran calls the story “slanderous.”

[12]

“Pope stirs conversion cauldron”
Times of India, May 19, 2006

Legislation outlawing religious conversions in some parts of India has provoked new Papal accusations of intolerance.


INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION | top

[13]

“Ocala residents blame factory for illnesses”
Miami Herald, May 19, 2006

State inspectors found a Florida charcoal plant in compliance with pollution controls despite locals being sickened by the smoke.

[14]

“Thousands of properties tainted by leaky underground tanks”
Charlotte Observer, May 19, 2006

Over 9,000 leaking gas tanks are tainted with benzene across North Carolina, but the state can’t afford a cleanup.


VIEWPOINT | top

[15]

“A letter to AIPAC”
New York Review of Books, issue of June 8, 2006

Rep. Betty McCollum demands an apology from a group that claimed her opposition to cutting Palestinian aid boosts terrorism.

[16]

“Western projects are bleeding Afghanistan dry, says minister”
Independent (U.K), May 18, 2006

The U.N.’s control over redevelopment in Afghanistan has created a parallel government and weakened the country, writes David Loyn.


Editor: Julia Scott. Intern: David Agrell

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