July 26, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 30

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “Tell me when this craziness will stop and I’ll tell you how long it will take for me to recover.”

— Beirut resident Ralph Sayed, who lost $10 million when his consumer import factory was firebombed by Israel (story #11, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “Wrong drugs causing high malaria mortality”
[o2] “Rabbi links Hezbollah violence to planned Jerusalem gay parade”
[o3] “Early warning scandal emerges from tsunami disaster”
 
ACTIVIST CRACKDOWNS
[o4] “Activists being tortured”
[o5] “Tajik authorities get tough on female Islamists”
 
HUMAN TRAFFICKING
[o6] “Bulgarian mothers tricked into selling babies”
[o7] “Women tricked into the sex trade”
[o8] “Human trafficking In Idaho”
 
ISRAEL & LEBANON
[o9] “Israel set war plan more than a year ago”
[10] “U.S. gives Israel free rein for a week”
[11] “Latest targets of air blitz: milk and medicine”
 
ENVIRONMENT
[12] “Critics say EPA standards leave kids in harm’s way”
[13] “Plant emitting smell could be shut down”
[14] “Something in the air”
 
VIEWPOINT
[15] “Who Is Hoekstra’s secret source?”
[16] “The best nuclear option”
 


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Wrong drugs causing high malaria mortality”
East African Standard (Kenya), July 23, 2006

“Malaria death toll rises to 50 in Pokot”
East African Standard (Kenya), July 22, 2006

Kenya’s use of U.N. money for “poor quality” malaria drugs instead of doctors and clean water puts it at risk of losing health funds.

[o2]

“Rabbi links Hezbollah violence to planned Jerusalem gay parade”
Jerusalem Post, July 19, 2006

A rabbi says an international pride parade in August has a “spiritual cause and effect” spurring violence in Lebanon.

[o3]

“Early warning scandal emerges from tsunami disaster”
Cihan News Agency (Turkey), July 20, 2006

“Tsunami reveals gaps in warning system”
Milano Finanza (Italy), July 20, 2006

Money problems meant Java had no warning of the latest tsunami, and existing global weather services downplayed the threat.


ACTIVIST CRACKDOWNS | top

[o4]

“Activists being tortured”
El Universal (Mexico), July 22, 2006

Activists say jail wardens in Chiapas allowed inmates to beat and burn two Zapatista supporters accused of kidnapping.

[o5]

“Tajik authorities get tough on female Islamists”
Institute for War & Peace Reporting, July 21, 2006

Women in a banned Islamic group were given long jail sentences, amid questions about nonviolence and their manipulation by men.


HUMAN TRAFFICKING | top

[o6]

“Bulgarian mothers tricked into selling babies”
Belfast Telegraph (U.K.), July 18, 2006

“Child trafficking sting nabs three”
Prague Post, July 19, 2006

“Illegal adoptions” are on the rise in Europe, making millions for Greek gangs and driving parents to desperate extremes.

[o7]

“Women tricked into the sex trade”
Belfast Telegraph, July 20, 2006

The mysterious death of a Chinese woman in Northern Ireland may be linked to global sex traffic, but arrests or witnesses are rare.

[o8]

“Human trafficking in Idaho”
KBCI (ID), July 25, 2006

A Russian woman lured to Idaho by an online marriage proposal was forced into hard labor; after her escape, he committed suicide.


ISRAEL & LEBANON | top

[o9]

“Israel set war plan more than a year ago”
San Francisco Chronicle, July 21, 2006

Israel’s Lebanon offensive has been in the works for years, and is intended to last only three weeks. But plans may go awry.

[10]

“U.S. gives Israel free rein for a week”
Guardian (U.K.), July 20, 2006

“U.S., Britain criticized for not backing Lebanon ceasefire calls”
Middle East Online, July 21, 2006

British intelligence sources say the U.S. and U.K. are giving Israel time to destroy Hezbollah before seeking a ceasefire.

[11]

“Latest targets of air blitz: milk and medicine”
Lebanon Daily Star, July 19, 2006

“Insurers breathe easy despite massive loss of life, destruction”
Lebanon Daily Star, July 22, 2006

Air strikes have destroyed paper, plastic, pharmaceutical and textile factories; uninsured property damage may reach $2 billion.


ENVIRONMENT | top

[12]

“Critics say EPA standards leave kids in harm’s way”
Dallas Morning News, July 26, 2006

A group of doctors, public health officials and researchers say children are massively more susceptible to carcinogens.

[13]

“Plant emitting smell could be shut down”
The Citizen (GA), July 20, 2006

Georgia residents say a chemical leak at a waste treatment plant is making them sick, and officials have yet to act.

[14]

“Something in the air”
Cambridge Evening News (U.K.), July 21, 2006

Rural U.K. homeowners claim pesticide drift from nearby fields causes chronic illnesses, but officials say there is no evidence.


VIEWPOINT | top

[15]

“Who Is Hoekstra’s secret source?”
In These Times, July 19, 2006

Rep. Pete Hoekstra has called for more openness from intelligence agencies, but has stymied testimony by an NSA whistleblower.

[16]

“The best nuclear option”
MIT Technology Review, July 20, 2006

A columnist says a uranium-recycling program may be a “mirage” without reviving the nuclear energy industry.


Editor: Julia Scott. Associate: David Agrell

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