August 2, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 31

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “The places where there are the most lynchings today coincide with where there was the most repression during the armed conflict.”

— — Social worker Mario Polanco said Guatemala’s inadequate legal system is only part of the reason why mob justice is on the rise there (story #o9, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “Terror warning over Lebanon charities”
[o2] “Czechs may host US missile base”
[o3] “Rainbow flag creates controversy”
 
WORLD
[o4] “Italian farmers facing drought ‘disaster'”
[o5] “Unit 731 planned germ warfare against U.S. forces”
[o6] “Bangladesh’s acid attack problem”
 
LAW & JUSTICE
[o7] “Get out of jail free”
[o8] “Justice system fails Zimbabwe’s torture victims”
[o9] “Mob justice on the rise in Guatemala”
 
BRAIN DRAIN
[10] “US faces brain drain after Europe backs stem cell funding”
[11] “Brain drain blamed for hospital death”
[12] “Plans launched to mitigate African brain drain”
 
DIABETES
[13] “Diabetes rising among children”
[14] “Vegan diet reverses diabetes symptoms, study finds”
 
VIEWPOINT
[15] “An end to summer fun”
[16] “Abuse of women GIs: Good men must check bad ones”
 


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Terror warning over Lebanon charities”
The Age (Australia), August 2, 2006

Australia said that some relief agencies in Lebanon are operated by Islamist groups, and that donations to them would be illegal.

[o2]

“Czechs may host US missile base”
BBC (U.K.), July 25, 2006

“Rally in support of missile base fizzles”
CTK (Czech Republic), July 25, 2006

Although a proposed U.S. missile defense site would be an economic boon, Czechs are resoundingly opposed.

[o3]

“Rainbow flag creates controversy”
KWCH 12 (Kansas), July 20, 2006

Residents of Meade, Kansas, want to shut down a restaurant over a “friendship” flag given to the owner by his 12-year-old son.


WORLD | top

[o4]

“Italian farmers facing drought ‘disaster'”
Agence France-Presse, August 1, 2006

Once-abundant Alpine runoff is scarce, and hydropower competes for what’s left, as Italian crops wither in the latest heatwave.

[o5]

“Unit 731 planned germ warfare against U.S. forces”
Nichi Bei Times Weekly, July 27, 2006

Historians say 3,000 POWs died in human experiments while the Japanese army developed germ-carrying fleas during WWII.

[o6]

“Bangladesh’s acid attack problem”
BBC (U.K.), July 28, 2006

“Many acid violence cases pending in HC”
The New Nation (Bangladesh), July 8, 2006

Spite and jealousy drive disfiguring attacks against Bangladeshi women and children; critics blame poor enforcement.


LAW & JUSTICE | top

[o7]

“Get out of jail free”
SF Weekly, July 26, 2006

A San Francisco program once lauded for jailing gangsters is now decried for a “devil’s deal” that set a confessed killer free.

[o8]

“Justice system fails Zimbabwe’s torture victims”
Mail & Guardian (South Africa), July 25, 2006

Activists say that state-sanctioned torture targets opposition party members, while convicted perpetrators go free.

[o9]

“Mob justice on the rise in Guatemala”
Reuters, July 25, 2006

Experts say civil war massacres have influenced a culture where lynching is an alternative to a failed justice system.


BRAIN DRAIN | top

[10]

“US faces science brain drain after Europe backs stem cell funding”
The Guardian (U.K.), July 25, 2006

“Disillusioned” U.S. scientists are heading to the U.K., and controversial European stem cell funding could attract more.

[11]

“Brain drain blamed for hospital death”
The Guardian (U.K.), July 27, 2006

“Fear of brain drain makes Poland drop double taxation scheme”
EurActiv.com, July 27, 2006

Doctors and other workers are leaving Poland seeking better pay, and cutting ties to the homeland due to punishing taxes.

[12]

“Plans launched to mitigate African brain drain”
Science and Development Network, July 19, 2006

New Initiatives seek boost European university access for young Africans, then send them back home.


DIABETES | top

[13]

“Diabetes rising among children”
The New Vision (Uganda), July 28, 2006

“Well-to-do” Ugandan families that eat well and exercise less are leading a spike in diabetes there.

[14]

“Vegan diet reverses diabetes symptoms, study finds”
Reuters, July 27, 2006

“Vaccines and diabetes drug lift Glaxo’s profit”
Bloomberg, July 27, 2006

An “easy to follow” vegan diet reduces the need for diabetes drugs, one of which is earning big new profits for Glaxo.


VIEWPOINT | top

[15]

“An end to summer fun”
Haaretz (Israel), Aug. 2, 2006

Not too long ago, Tel Aviv residents were gearing up for a summer of music, sports and celebration. Now tours acts are cancelling.

[16]

“Abuse of women GIs: Good men must check bad ones”
Christian Science Monitor, July 31, 2006

Women GIs make up for the lack of “high-quality men,” but many suffer unchecked abuse, says a former officer.


Editors: David Agrell, Josh Wilson.

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