May 31, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 22

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “Man-made global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.”

— James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who excluded the press and the public from a Senate roundtable on greenhouse gases last week (story #15, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “1,400 airport security badges and uniform items missing”
[o2] “EPA scientists pressured to allow use of dangerous pesticides”
[o3] “Large study finds no link between marijuana and lung cancer”
 
WAR ON TERROR
[o4] “Intelligence czar can waive SEC rules”
[o5] “American pressure threatens U.K. firms”
[o6] “FCC blocked from investigating NSA spying on Americans”
 
WORLD
[o7] “Racism claim gets under L’Oreal’s skin”
[o8] “Their animals are dead. These people are next”
[o9] “Syria launches crackdown on dissent”
[10] “Russia to sell air defense systems to Iran”
 
ENDANGERED SPECIES
[11] “Atlantic walrus in decline due to overhunting”
[12] “Latest research hunt catches 60 whales”
[13] “Governor defends wolf stance”
 
GLOBAL WARMING DENIAL
[14] “Oil industry in ‘deliberate move to mislead'”
[15] “Environment meeting closed to stop ‘rhetoric'”
 
VIEWPOINT
[16] “Western projects are bleeding Afghanistan dry, says minister”
 


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“1,400 airport security badges and uniform items missing”
WOAI.com (TX), May 25, 2006

Hundreds of lost and stolen TSA badges across the country could be giving terrorists access to airport security.

Watch the video

[o2]

“EPA scientists pressured to allow continued use of dangerous pesticides”
Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2006

A union representing 9,000 EPA workers says agency leaders have avoided banning certain chemicals that harm the nervous system.

[o3]

“Large study finds no link between marijuana and lung cancer”
Scientific American, May 24, 2006

Scientists were baffled by results showing that even those who have smoked more than 20,000 joints had no cancer risk.


WAR ON TERROR | top

[o4]

“American pressure threatens U.K. firms”
Times Online (U.K.), May 27, 2006

Britain could suffer big financial losses if it conforms to an unofficial trade embargo on Iran the U.S. wants it to join.

[o5]

“Intelligence czar can waive SEC rules”
BusinessWeek, May 23, 2006

Bush gave John Negroponte the right to exempt companies from disclosing their holdings as a matter of national security.

[o6]

“FCC blocked from investigating NSA spying on Americans”
Reuters, May 24, 2006

The FCC says the National Security Act prevents it from investigating domestic telephone wiretapping.


WORLD | top

[o7]

“Racism claim gets under L’Oreal’s skin”
Times Online (U.K.), May 27, 2006

A French lawsuit charges that L’Oreal and Garnier refused to hire anyone but white women to promote products in malls.

[o8]

“Their animals are dead. These people are next”
Guardian (U.K.), May 28, 2006

A massive drought has killed the animals of 250,000 Kenyan pastoralists nomadic tradition.

[o9]

“Syria launches crackdown on dissent”
Christian Science Monitor, May 25, 2006

Syrians are being arrested for joining Lebanese dissidents in demanding better relations between their countries.

[10]

“Russia to sell air defense systems to Iran”
UPI, May 26, 3006

The $1.4 billion system would protect key nuclear and military facilities around Iran.


ENDANGERED SPECIES | top

[11]

“Atlantic walrus in decline due to overhunting”
Canadian Press, May 29, 2006

Canada has no plan to control Inuit hunting of walrus, which are already suffering from the effects of global warming.

[12]

“Latest research hunt catches 60 whales”
Australian Associated Press, May 28, 2006

A decisive International Whaling Commission vote approaches, as Japan continues with whale hunts activists denounce.

[13]

“Governor defends wolf stance”
Casper Star-Tribune (WY), May 26, 2006

Wyoming’s wolves are protected by the Endangered Species Act, but Dave Freudenthal considers them predators to be shot on sight.


GLOBAL WARMING DENIAL | top

[14]

“Oil industry in ‘deliberate move to mislead'”
Independent (U.K.), May 25, 2006

Critics say a British ad produced by an oil-funded think tank plays down global warming by manipulating the facts.

[15]

“Environment meeting closed to stop ‘rhetoric'”
Newsday, May 26, 2006

Senate Environment Committee leader James Inhofe (R-Okla.) barred press and the public from a roundtable with energy executives.


VIEWPOINT | top

[16]

“El pueblo unido”
Austin Chronicle, May 26, 2006

A columnist writes that every immigrant who pays taxes should be issued a green card and be able to apply for citizenship.


Editor: Julia Scott. Intern: David Agrell

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