August 9, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 32

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “It is time to put more effort into keeping HIV-positive professionals alive and serving in national institutions.”

— Boston University researcher Frank Feeley blames the AIDS epidemic for Africa’s shortage of health professionals (story #10, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “Non-Serbs targeted in Bosnian Serb campaign”
[o2] “France’s nuclear tests in Pacific ‘gave islanders cancer'”
[o3] “Falkland Islands dispute heats up”
 
NATION & WORLD
[o4] “Katrina survivors encounter ‘linguistic profiling'”
[o5] “Sikhs can build rural temple”
[o6] “US blacklists firms over sales to Iran”
 
PESTICIDES
[o7] “Protests against soft drinks rage, States seek ban”
[o8] “Utility, farm family at odds over pesticide”
[o9] “EPA petitioned to disclose pesticide ingredients”
 
HIV & AIDS
[10] “AIDS hits Africa’s health staff”
[11] “AIDS takes heavy toll on teachers”
[12] “Chinese herb may yield drug for AIDS”
 
MEDICAL TESTING
[13] “Drug companies ‘manipulating trials'”
[14] “Scientists urge changes to prisoner guinea-pig rules”
[15] “Animal testing hits a 14-year high”
 
VIEWPOINT
[16] “‘The Butcher’ died without a trial”
 


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Non-Serbs targeted in Bosnian Serb campaign”
Balkan Insight, July 28, 2006

Critics say nationalist Serb parties are inciting violence and intimidation against Bosnians and Croats ahead of elections.

[o2]

“France’s nuclear tests in Pacific ‘gave islanders cancer'”
Independent (U.K.), August 4, 2006

Scientists blame 30 years of nuclear tests near the Polynesian atolls for a “small but clear” increase in thyroid cancer there.

[o3]

“Falkland Islands dispute heats up”
Christian Science Monitor, August 8, 2006

Argentina wants to “recover” the nearby British-owned islands, and their natural bounty, 24 years after losing them in war.


NATION & WORLD | top

[o4]

“Testers posing as Katrina survivors encounter ‘linguistic profiling'”
Black Press USA, August 7, 2006

A study finds that real estate agents and landlords discriminate against African Americans because of their telephone voice.

[o5]

“Sikhs can build rural temple”
San Francisco Chronicle, August 3, 2006

Local governments discriminate against “unwanted religious groups” by denying them building permits, says a federal judge.

[o6]

“US blacklists firms over sales to Iran”
Sydney Morning Herald, August 7, 2006

Russia was angered by U.S. sanctions imposed on 33 companies in a $1 billion air defense deal with Iran.


PESTICIDES | top

[o7]

“Protests against soft drinks rage, States seek ban”
Goa Herald (India), August 7, 2006

“Cola ban gaining ground across states”
Times of India, August 7, 2006

Authorities found that Indian soft drinks, including Coca-Cola and Pepsi, contain 24 times the “approved” amount of pesticides.

[o8]

“Utility, farm family at odds over pesticide”
Charlottesville Daily Progress (Va.), August 5, 2006

An organic farmer is unable to prevent Dominion Virginia Power from using herbicides along a power line corridor.

[o9]

“EPA petitioned to disclose pesticide ingredients”
North Country Gazette (New York), August 4, 2006

Pesticides have high amounts of undisclosed, often hazardous “Inert” ingredients; a coalition of 14 states wants them listed.


HIV & AIDS | top

[10]

“AIDS hits Africa’s health staff”
BBC (U.K.), August 4, 2006

A researcher found that Africa loses twice as many health workers to AIDS than to the continent’s “brain drain.”

[11]

“AIDS takes heavy toll on teachers”
Kenya News Agency, August 7, 2006

The cost to replace teachers felled by HIV in Kenya is undermining efforts to improve education there.

[12]

“Chinese herb may yield drug for AIDS”
The Boston Globe, August 7, 2006

A herb used in Taiwan to treat diarrhea and bleeding may help stop the HIV virus from replicating itself.


MEDICAL TESTING | top

[13]

“Drug companies ‘manipulating trials'”
The Age (Australia), August 7, 2006

A leading Australian cancer specialist accuses companies of delaying drug tests and reports to get a market boost.

[14]

“Scientists urge changes to prisoner guinea-pig rules”
The New Standard, July 13, 2006

Researchers fear U.S. prisoners are volunteering for unregulated medical testing because they lack primary health care.

[15]

“Animal testing hits a 14-year high”
The Observer (U.K.), July 23, 2006

“Majority accept animal medical testing – new poll shows”
24dash.com (U.K.), July 28, 2006

Britain carried out almost three million animal tests last year, and an opinion poll shifts based on the detail of the question.


VIEWPOINT | top

[16]

“‘The Butcher’ died without a trial”
Gulf News (UAE), August 7, 2006

Former Khmer Rouge officials and foreign interference stalled the trial of a war criminal, says a researcher.


Editor: David Agrell.

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