June 27, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 26

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “I’m a young black man from the ghetto but this was culture shock. This is not what I fought for, what I almost died for. This is not what I was supposed to come home to.”

— 26-year-old Iraq veteran Herold Noel, who was injured in Iraq and left homeless and without disability pay until recently (story #15, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “Death of Vodafone engineer linked to Greek Watergate”
[o2] “Employees of contractor barred from Iraq resurrect its business”
[o3] “Aborigines’ health a century behind the rest of Australia”
 
WORLD
[o4] “Bolivia claims class shelters U.S. spies”
[o5] “Helping ‘witches’ who live in exile”
[o6] “‘My ancestor traded in human misery'”
 
FOOD AND HEALTH
[o7] “Antibiotic-free food not necessarily safer for people, study says”
[o8] “Farms may be exempt from pollution reporting rules”
[o9] “Merck faces fish-kill probe”
[10] “Tuna meltdown”
 
9/11 AFTERMATH
[11] “Professors of paranoia?”
[12] “$1 trillion 9/11 case against Saudis is languishing”
 
HOMELESSNESS
[13] “Counting the homeless is a high-stakes numbers game”
[14] “Laptops give hope to the homeless”
[15] “Many U.S. Iraq War vets return to homelessness”
 
VIEWPOINT
[16] “The incredible shrinking newspaper”
 


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Death of Vodafone engineer linked to Greek Watergate”
Guardian (U.K.), June 23, 2006

An engineer was found hanged after discovering an “extraordinary” wiretapping network that has implicated the Greek prime minister.

[o2]

“Employees of contractor barred from Iraq resurrect its business”
Wall Street Journal, June 20, 2006

Contractors who defrauded the government of millions of dollars allegedly opened a Bucharest shell company to stay open.

[o3]

“Aborigines’ health a century behind the rest of Australia”
Scotsman (U.K.), June 22, 2006

“Appallingly” poor Aboriginal health has resurrected a debate about self-governance versus controversial government “paternalism.”


WORLD | top

[o4]

“Bolivia claims class shelters U.S. spies”
Associated Press, June 23, 2006

A former U.S. Marine who trained Latin American soldiers attends a class that Bolivian officials say is front for espionage there.

[o5]

“Helping ‘witches’ who live in exile”
Christian Science Monitor, June 22, 2006

Over 1,000 Ghanaian women have been accused of witchcraft in a tactic that activists say keeps elderly women subservient.

[o6]

“‘My ancestor traded in human misery'”
BBC (U.K.), June 23, 2006

A descendent of the first English slave trader wore chains in a public apology to a stadium full of Africans.


FOOD AND HEALTH | top

[o7]

“Antibiotic-free food not necessarily safer for people, study says”
Chicago Tribune, June 24, 2005

A scientist dismissed fears of food industry influence on research that found antibiotics benefit industrially produced livestock.

[o8]

“Merck faces fish-kill probe”
Philadelphia Inquirer, June 23, 2006

The company initially did not report that 25 gallons of a cyanide compound had been dumped into a sewer, killing 1,000 fish.

[10]

“Tuna meltdown”
Salon.com, June 22, 2006

The USDA gives millions of nursing mothers vouchers for albacore tuna full of mercury, claiming it is only following FDA guidelines.


9/11 AFTERMATH | top

[11]

“$1 trillion 9/11 case against Saudis is languishing”
Staten Island Advance, June 25, 2006

9/11 family members investigating financial links with al Qaeda are hindered by lack of evidence and a report Congress won’t release.

[12]

“Professors of paranoia?”
Chronicle of Higher Education, June 23, 2006

A professor’s theory that explosives took down the Twin Towers has made him a star among conspiracy buffs, but an academic pariah.


HOMELESSNESS | top

[13]

“Counting the homeless is a high-stakes numbers game”
Los Angeles Times, June 24, 2006

When determining funding, the government undercounts thousands of homeless staying in hotels or with relatives, experts say.

[14]

“Laptops give hope to the homeless”
Wired.com, June 22, 2006

Homeless bloggers use the Web to earn income or wage activist campaigns using free hotspots and public libraries.

[15]

“Many U.S. Iraq War vets return to homelessness”
Associated Press, June 24, 2006

Disabled soldiers are among 200,000 homeless vets who must fight for government benefits, shelter and support programs.


VIEWPOINT | top

[16]

“The incredible shrinking newspaper”
Slate.com, June 24, 2006

Newspapers are “dying profitably,” a columnist claims, forcing innovation and even creating new job niches.


Editor: Julia Scott. Intern: David Agrell

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