June 20, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 25

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “If there’s something you want very badly, and you’re willing to pay money to get in line, you’re ripe to be exploited.”

— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services spokeswoman Sharon Rummery says fraud schemes are cheating immigrants while promising legal residency (story #13, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “Revealed: the lax laws that could allow assembly of deadly virus DNA”
[o2] “U.S. mum on strength of Iraqi troops”
[o3] “U.N. accused over Congo village massacre”
 
SUPERFUND SITES
[o4] “Democrats say key Superfund data is being withheld from the public”
[o5] “Bad report for Dover Chemical”
[o6] “EPA says two polluted sites are no longer threats”
 
NATION
[o7] “EPA under fire for Gay Pride events”
[o8] “2 charged with altering water quality reports”
[o9] “Pentagon sued for surveillance info”
[10] “Ohio high court restricts class actions”
 
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
[11] “Selling illegal immigrants the American dream”
[12] “A fifth of U.S. visa applicants reportedly unchecked”
[13] “Immigrants ripe for fraud”
 
WORLD
[14] “France tags a Nazi collaborator: the railway”
[15] “Sao Paulo authorities quell prison riots that stirred fresh fears”
[16] “Alkatiri’s order: arm these comrades”
 
VIEWPOINT
[17] “Will Al Zarqawi’s death change anything in Iraq?”
 


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Revealed: the lax laws that could allow assembly of deadly virus DNA”
Guardian (U.K.), June 14, 2006

A newspaper had a smallpox DNA sequence delivered to a London home, illustrating a lack of safeguards against bioterrorism.

[o2]

“U.S. mum on strength of Iraqi troops”
Hearst Newspapers, June 12, 2006

The Iraqi army cannot fight insurgents without support from U.S. troops, a fact that makes withdrawal more difficult.

[o3]

“U.N. accused over Congo village massacre”
Guardian (U.K.), June 18, 2006

Ahead of elections, “ill-equipped” peacekeepers attacked civilians while assisting intoxicated government forces fight militias.


SUPERFUND SITES | top

[o4]

“Democrats say key Superfund data is being withheld from the public”
Los Angeles Times, June 16, 2006

Republicans accuse Democrats of seeking a chemical clean-up tax for manufacturers by calling for the declassification of EPA data.

[o5]

“Bad report for Dover Chemical”
Copley News Service, June 17, 2006

A Philadelphia industrial facility has been called a “Superfund neglect” site, yet the EPA didn’t rank it a priority project.

[o6]

“EPA says two polluted sites are no longer threats”
Gannett News Service June 16, 2006

A skeptical Illinois senator says the EPA’s reasons for giving once-hazardous sites the all-clear are not “adequate.”


NATION | top

[o7]

“EPA under fire for Gay Pride events”
New York Blade, June 14, 206

The EPA would not withdraw its endorsement of Gay Pride Month in spite of 800,000 emails generated by an anti-gay group.

[o8]

“2 charged with altering water quality reports”
New Jersey Star-Ledger, June 16, 2006

Plant managers allegedly concealed water radiation levels in an area known for a high incidence of childhood cancer.

[o9]

“Pentagon sued for surveillance info”
Associated Press, June 15, 2006

The ACLU wants the Pentagon to release information about antiwar groups collected in a threat-surveillance database.

[10]

“Ohio high court restricts class actions”
Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 15, 2006

A “narrow” interpretation of a deceptive-marketing law allowed Philip Morris, Inc., to escape a class-action lawsuit.


ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS | top

[11]

“Selling illegal immigrants the American dream”
San Francisco Chronicle, June 15, 2006

A “handful” of banks are giving Illegal immigrants mortgages; if it stays legal, the practice could boost the economy by $44 billion.

[12]

“A fifth of U.S. visa applicants reportedly unchecked”
Houston Chronicle, June 16, 2006

A whistleblower said officials were neglecting background checks on millions of immigrants, increasing homeland security risks.

[13]

“Immigrants ripe for fraud”
San Jose Mercury News, June 16, 2006

Promising them citizenship, fake attorneys and notaries have swindled immigrants of thousands of dollars.


WORLD | top

[14]

“France tags a Nazi collaborator: the railway”
Christian Science Monitor, June 16, 2006

Railway staff said they are not collectively responsible for the French national railroad’s transport of 76,000 Jews in cattle cars.

[15]

“Sao Paulo authorities quell prison riots that stirred fresh fears”
EFENews (Spain), June 17, 2006

Officials would not tie prison uprisings last week to a gang that organized earlier riots that killed over 100 people.

[16]

“Alkatiri’s order: arm these comrades”
Sydney Morning Herald, June 20, 2006

East Timor’s Prime Minister has been accused of arming guerrillas to intimidate opponents and protect his political allies.


VIEWPOINT | top

[17]

“Will Al Zarqawi’s death change anything in Iraq?”
Gulfnews (United Arab Emirates), June 18, 2006

An Iraqi writer says Al Zaqawi’s popular support was declining, and wonders why the U.S. chose to kill instead of arrest him.


Editor: Josh Wilson. Intern: David Agrell

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