June 7, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 23

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “Our children are forever falling sick and most run very high temperatures and then die, mostly of cancer.”

— A Baghalchur, Pakistan, resident who says officials are ignoring
sickness caused by uranium waste dumped nearby (story #15, below).

[o1] “Landless storm Brazilian Congress”
[o2] “Iraqi schools hit by insurgency”
[o3] “Sudan’s ‘genocide’ lands at Israel’s door”
[o4] “Journal adds fuel to growing fears of chromium risk”
[o5] “Supervisors to consider ban of certain plastics”
[o6] “Flavoring perils get harder look”
[o7] “U.K. to get tough with deserters”
[o8] “Document shows Bay Area high terror risk, less terror funding”
[o9] “Their ‘9/11 plague'”
[10] “Wind farms in limbo”
[11] “Companies read employee e-mail”
[12] “Vets told biopsies may have brought viruses”
[13] “Law puts an end to boot camps”
[14] “Sex splits nations at AIDS meeting”
[15] “Villagers pay the price of nuclear ambitions”
[16] “Rape victim was ‘too drunk when brought to van'”
[17] “Flouting Syria’s martial law, bold students advocate democracy”



“Landless storm Brazilian Congress”
BBC News, June 7, 2006

Hundreds were arrested after protesting Brazil’s failure to redistribute “disused” land to 400,000 poor families.


“Iraqi schools hit by insurgency”
Institute for War & Peace Reporting, May 31, 2006

765 teachers and 1,750 students were killed in Baghdad schools this year, particularly in mixed neighborhoods.


“Sudan’s ‘genocide’ lands at Israel’s door”
Christian Science Monitor, June 1, 2006

230 Sudanese refugees have spent up to a year in Israeli jails while authorities debate over what to do with them.



“Journal adds fuel to growing fears of chromium risk”
New Jersey Star-Ledger, June 3, 2006

The retraction of an industry-influenced study downplaying chromium risks has stoked concerns over 200 New Jersey waste dumps.


“Supervisors to consider ban of certain plastics”
San Francisco Chronicle, June 1, 2006

Over industry objections, San Francisco may enact the first U.S. ban on bisphenol A and phthalates in children’s products.


“Flavoring perils get harder look”
Baltimore Sun, June 3, 2006

The government is investigating how diacetyl, a butter flavoring agent, is causing a fatal lung disease in workers.



“U.K. to get tough with deserters”
CBC (Canada), June 2, 2006

Almost 1,000 British troops have deserted since invading Iraq, but officials say its not related to the war.


“Document shows Bay Area at high risk for terror – but still gets less terror funding”
ANG Newspapers (CA), June 2, 2006

“Who divides antiterror money? That’s a secret”
New York Times, June 3, 2006

A secret panel cut homeland security funds for major U.S. cities based on a formula officials called “nonsensical.”


“Their ‘9/11 plague'”
Newsday, June 1, 2006

Over 15,000 emergency workers with lung scarring and other trauma from Twin Towers debris say the government is neglecting them.

NATION | top


“Wind farms in limbo”
Peoria Journal Star (IL), June 2, 2006

Wind farm projects across the U.S. are on hold as the Pentagon and FAA investigate possible interference with military radar.


“Companies read employee e-mail”
Reuters, June 2, 2006

A study finds that one-third of large U.S. and British companies secretly read employee e-mail to ensure financial and legal privac.


“Vets told biopsies may have brought viruses”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 1, 2006

23,000 veterans may have been infected with HIV or hepatitis because of improperly sterilized prostate biopsy equipment.


“Law puts an end to boot camps”
St. Petersburg Times, June 1, 2006

Florida outlawed youth boot camps last week after a 14 year-old boy was beaten to death by guards on his first day.

WORLD | top


“Sex splits nations at AIDS meeting”
Reuters, June 1, 1006

AIDS activists objected to a U.N. declaration that, as requested by the United States and Islamic nations, made no monetary commitments.


“Villagers pay the price of nuclear ambitions”
Inter Press Service, May 31, 2006

550,000 Pakistani residents are at risk for cancer from uranium dumped in the area by nuclear energy officials.


“Rape victim was ‘too drunk when brought to van'”
Gulf News (United Arab Emirates), June 3, 2006

Four U.S. Marines are on trial in the Philippines for raping a woman, although they insist it was consensual.


“Flouting Syria’s martial law, bold students advocate democracy”
Christian Science Monitor, June 6, 2006

The internet and satellite TV are inspiring a gradual “transformation of society” despite police crackdowns.

Editor: Julia Scott. Intern: David Agrell

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