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QUOTED: “When we’re invited to the presidential palace for a meeting, we say goodbye to our families as if we are leaving them forever, because when we go through the arches of the magnificent shining palace, we aren’t sure we will return home safely.”
— A Turkmen government official says President Saparmurat Niazov imprisons and surveils people indiscriminately (story #15, below).
[o1] “RCMP informant’s public admissions raise questions”
[o2] “Poverty-stricken Madhya Pradesh woman kills herself, four kids”
[o3] “Toxic rice harvested in southwestern Bangladesh”
WAR & TERRORISM
[o4] “Three days in Rome”
[o5] “Tehran benefits but role still unproven”
[o6] “Turf war hampers war on terror”
[o7] “Gov’t in no rush to bring Khadr to Canada”
[o8] “FBI to review Las Vegas officer shootings”
[o9] “A novel-like tale of cloak, dagger unfolds in court”
POLLUTION IN COMMUNITIES
 “Romic waste facility fuels toxic debates”
 “A hazardous neighbor?”
MEDICARE & MEDICAID
 “Medicare gap hits seniors in the wallet”
 “Woman caught in Medicare mistake”
 “Medicaid rule causes citizenship scramble”
LIFE ON THE FRONTLINE
 “Everyone’s a suspect in Turkmenistan”
 “Baghdad starts to collapse as people flee a life of death”
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“RCMP informant’s public admissions raise questions among suspects’ lawyers”
Canadian Press, July 15, 2006
Some Canadian Muslims feel betrayed by an Islamist who doubled as a mole in a terrorist group; others think he joined the cause.
“Poverty-stricken Madhya Pradesh woman kills herself, four kids”
Indo Asian News Service, July 15, 2006
“Indian farmer suicide toll rises”
BBC (U.K.), July 14, 2006
More than 600 farmers and several families have killed themselves after losing their livelihoods to drought and free trade policies.
“Toxic rice harvested in southwestern Bangladesh”
Science & Development Network (U.K.), July 13, 2006
“Fresh blow for Bangladeshi arsenic victims”
Science & Development Network (U.K.), July 7, 2006
Arsenic poisoning afflicts thousands using wells surveyed by a British agency; a lawsuit over water testing has been rejected.
WAR & TERRORISM | top
“Three days in Rome”
Mother Jones, July/August 2006
Pentagon officials pushing for regime change in Tehran violated the law by meeting secretly with a discredited Iranian exile.
“Tehran benefits but role still unproven”
Guardian (U.K.,) July 18, 2006
“Courtesy of Iran mullahs, Arab-Muslim terrorists have 150 kilometer range missiles”
Persian Journal (Iran), July 16, 2006
An regional newspaper says Iran has armed Hezbollah for years, but experts are divided over its role in recent attacks on Israel.
“Turf war hampers war on terror”
Baltimore Sun, July 13, 2006
Confusion over sensitive information has pitted the Homeland Security and Justice departments against each other.
“Gov’t in no rush to bring Khadr to Canada”
CanWest News Service, July 13, 2006
Canadian officials won’t repatriate a 19-year-old who was tortured at Guantanamo and is charged with killing a soldier.
NATION | top
“FBI to review Las Vegas officer shootings”
Las Vegas Review-Journal, July 13, 2006
The killing of an unarmed, handcuffed 17-year-old boy is one of nine fatal shootings by Las Vegas police officers this year.
“A novel-like tale of cloak, dagger unfolds in court”
New York Sun, July 14, 2006
An expert says a State Department employee’s relationship with a Taiwanese intelligence officer is embarrassing but not criminal.
POLLUTION IN COMMUNITIES | top
“Romic waste facility fuels toxic debates”
InsideBayArea.com, July 14, 2006
A low-income California community wants a leaky solvent recycling plant moved, but officials say it’s needed and has no other home.
“A hazardous neighbor?”
Deseret Morning News (UT), July 13, 2006
Families next to a Utah medical waste incinerator are worried about “black smoke” that the state hasn’t tested.
MEDICARE AND MEDICAID | top
“Medicare gap hits seniors in the wallet”
Newark Star-Ledger, July 13, 2006
Millions of seniors pay full price for Medicare but lose coverage if they’re paying between $2,250 and $3,600 for drugs.
“Woman caught in Medicare mistake”
Billings Gazette (MT), July 15, 2005
Computer glitches have caused Medicare Part D patients to lose insurance coverage or pay more for drugs without being told.
“Medicaid rule causes citizenship scramble”
Barre Montpelier Times Argus, July 12, 2006
Some people may lose Medicaid for 90 days while officials verify their citizenship under a new law.
LIFE ON THE FRONTLINE | top
“Everyone’s a suspect in Turkmenistan”
Institute for War & Peace Reporting (U.K.), July 14, 2006
Turkmenistan has monitored conversations, arrested human rights activists and shut down Internet cafes over spy fears.
“Baghdad starts to collapse as its people flee a life of death”
Times Online (U.K.), July 13, 2006
Sunnis and Shiites in western Baghdad are targeting each other in “an orgy of ethnic cleansing” some compare to the Hussein regime.
Editor: Julia Scott. Associate: David Agrell
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