July 12, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 28

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “They want the freedom of the press which is currently being practiced to remain informal, so that it becomes something which the government allows us, rather than a right protected by law.”

— Egyptian journalist Gamal Fahmy on a proposed law that punishes
journalists for investigating corruption (story #11, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “Crackdown on extremist books”
[o2] “Statistically low, breast cancer in Latinas may be on the rise”
[o3] “‘Our boss must be impeached’
 
WORLD
[o4] “Road crash could set off nuclear blast”
[o5] “Tobacco giant sidesteps claim it destroyed damaging records”
[o6] “Saudis deny funding allegations”
 
INDIGENOUS RIGHTS
[o7] “Experts worried about language ‘genocide'”
[o8] “Upper Columbia cleanup is Canadian company’s responsibility”
[o9] “Lack of clean drinking water on Alberta reserves raises ire”
 
PRESS CENSORSHIP
[10] “Another journalist arrested in Iran, whereabouts unknown”
[11] “Egypt’s media plan day of action over draft law”
[12] “German journalist arrested in China for ‘illegal interviews'”
 
ENVIRONMENT
[13] “Klein slams Gore over ‘truly nuts’ oilsands”
[14] “Vietnamese wildlife still paying a high price for chemical warfare”
 
VIEWPOINT
[15] “Look who’s been kidnapped!”
[16] “A story IPS never wanted to tell”
 


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Crackdown on extremist books”
The Australian, July 12, 2006

Two inflammatory Islamist texts are the first books Australia has banned in decades; critics say the move is “McCarthyism.”

[o2]

“Statistically low, breast cancer in Latinas may be on the rise”
McAllen Monitor (TX), July 10, 2006

Experts speculate that adopting U.S. dietary habits may be one factor behind a border-town spike in the disease.

[o3]

“‘Our boss must be impeached'”
Bulatlat (Philippines), July 8, 2006

“Activist murdered in Leyte”
Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 7, 2006

A government union accuses President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of corruption, while one of its leaders was recently assassinated.


WORLD | top

[o4]

“Road crash could set off nuclear blast”
New Scientist, July 5, 2006

A new report says there is a “tolerable” risk of nuclear weapons exploding during overland transport or a terror attack.

[o5]

“Tobacco giant sidesteps claim it destroyed damaging records”
Sydney Morning Herald, July 6, 2006

A case against British American Tobacco settled out of court, locking up documents that could be used by other litigants.

[o6]

“Saudis deny funding allegations”
Gulf News (United Arab Emirates), July 7, 2006

“Saudi Arabia funding Somali Islamists: U.S.”
Reuters, July 1, 2006

Somali’s ascendent Islamic faction said the U.S. is trying to tarnish its image abroad and boost alternative leadership.


INDIGENOUS RIGHTS | top

[o7]

“Experts worried about language ‘genocide'”
Independent Online (South Africa), July 10, 2006

Citing “lack of resources”, many South African schools are ignoring requirements to teach indigenous languages, upsetting parents.

[o8]

“Upper Columbia cleanup is Canadian company’s responsibility”
Columbia Basin Herald (WA), July 5, 2006

Washington tribes won a case against a Canadian manufacturer, extending pollution liability across borders.

[o9]

“Lack of clean drinking water on Alberta reserves raises ire”
Canadian Press, July 6, 2006

Government neglect of Indian water sources have resulted in stomach problems and childhood cancer, officials say.


PRESS CENSORSHIP | top

[10]

“Another journalist arrested in Iran, whereabouts unknown”
Persian Journal (Iran), July 7, 2006

A conservative news editor and former prosecutor of intellectual dissidents was arrested after criticizing the Iranian president.

[11]

“Egypt’s media plan day of action over draft law”
Financial Times, July 7, 2006

Newspapers will protest legislation they say inhibits freedom of speech by targeting reporters who investigate corruption.

[12]

“German journalist arrested in China for ‘illegal interviews'”
Deutsche Welle (Germany), July 7, 2006

A reporter was forced to destroy his notes after interviewing farmers about a dam project taking place against Peking’s orders.


ENVIRONMENT | top

[13]

“Klein slams Gore over ‘truly nuts’ oilsands”
CanWest News Service, July 5, 3006

Alberta’s Premier dismissed Al Gore’s criticism of inefficient oil extraction methods, saying the industry was meeting demands.

[14]

“Vietnamese wildlife still paying a high price for chemical warfare”
Independent (U.K.), July 8, 2006

35 years later, U.S. herbicides are still a source of dioxin and arsenic, affecting wetlands and disrupting forest regeneration.


VIEWPOINT | top

[15]

“Look who’s been kidnapped!”
Ynetnews.com (Israel), July 5, 2006

An IDF reservist says Israel should release some of the thousands of imprisoned and untried Palestinians in return for Gilad Shalit.

[16]

“A story IPS never wanted to tell”
Inter Press Service, July 6, 2006

IPS correspondent Alaa Hassan was gunned down a few feet from an American base in Baghdad; his family is now leaving town for good.


Editor: Julia Scott. Intern: David Agrell

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