August 16, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 33

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “The children of Britain are going to be exposed to a risk of gambling addiction on a scale hitherto unknown.”

— Scottish lawmaker Fergus Ewing on liberalized gambling laws in the United Kingdom (story #13, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “Hated Taliban ministry stages comeback”
[o2] “State admits mercury mix-up”
[o3] “New York, New York – health hurdle for immigrants”
 
WORLD
[o4] “Hundreds of skeletons found in Bosnian mass grave”
[o5] “Jewish and Arab women unite against war”
 
NATION
[o6] “Fired clerk alleges bosses used racist code words”
[o7] “Snuffing out smoking in cars with children”
 
IMMIGRATION
[o8] “Scheduling chaos surrounds Round Rock student protest cases”
[o9] “Community rallies behind 3 youths struggling to stay in U.S.”
[10] “Illegal migrants head south for new life in the north”
 
GAMBLING
[11] “Conference addresses problem gambling in Asian Community”
[12] “Relaxed gaming laws ‘will cause extensive damage within 20 years'”
[13] “One in 10 children is gambling addict”
 
ENVIRONMENT
[14] “China asks tourists to bid for rare animal they want to kill”
[15] “Mongolia’s ninja miners wreak environmental havoc”
 
VIEWPOINT
[16] “Ignorance won’t make abuse go away”
[17] “How will Kony pay these children?”


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Hated Taliban ministry stages comeback”
Institute for War & Peace Reporting, August 9, 2006

“Afghanistan: vice and virtue department could return”
Reuters, July 17, 2006

Critics say a Taliban-era “vice and virtue” department will oppress women and girls rather than provide “moral leadership.”

[o2]

“State admits mercury mix-up”
Courier-Post (N.J.), August 11, 2006

Parents angry over mercury contamination”
WCAU (New Jersey), August 15, 2006

A contaminated factory became a day-care center because of an administrative gaffe, say officials in New Jersey.

[o3]

“New York, New York – health hurdle for immigrants”
Nation News (Barbados), August 8, 2006

Research shows many immigrants arrive in New York healthier than natives, but soon become sicker due to lack of healthcare.


WORLD | top

[o4]

“Hundreds of skeletons found in Bosnian mass grave”
Agence France-Presse, July 27, 2006

Scientists exhumed more than 700 bodies, including women and children, eleven years after the Srebrenica massacres.

[o5]

“Jewish and arab women unite against war”
Women’s eNews, August 4, 2006

Many women’s groups in Israel protest the Lebanon conflict, including “Women Against War,” which has suffered death threats.


NATION | top

[o6]

“Fired clerk alleges bosses used racist code words”
San Jose Mercury, August 10, 2006

An attorney says workplace racism has become subtle, claiming that in one incident a manager spoke backwards and shortened slurs.

[o7]

“Snuffing out smoking in cars with children”
Sacramento Bee, August 14, 2006

Experts say even brief exposure to secondhand smoke is dangerous to children, urging a ban on lighting up in cars with them.


IMMIGRATION | top

[o8]

“Scheduling chaos surrounds Round Rock student protest cases”
Austin-American Statesman, August 12, 2006

Over 200 high school students violated curfew laws to protest immigration reform, and at least 50 still await trial.

[o9]

“Community rallies behind 3 youths struggling to stay in U.S.”
Princeton Times (W. Va.), August 11, 2006

A missed immigration hearing has sent three teenage boys from Sierra Leone to a deportation detention center.

[10]

“Senegal: Illegal migrants head south for new life in the north”
IRIN News, August 11, 2006

Thousands of migrants now make a 1,500-mile trip from Senegal to the Canary Islands to avoid security forces further north.


GAMBLING | top

[11]

“Conference addresses problem gambling in Asian Community”
Asian American Press, August 12, 2006

Experts say “problem gambling” is rampant among Asian immigrants, partly because of aggressive marketing to youth.

[12]

“Relaxed gaming laws ‘will cause extensive damage within 20 years'”
The Times (U.K.), August 12, 2006

The government bowed to industry pressure when relaxing gaming laws, say critics who fear widespread “problem gambling.”

[13]

“One in 10 children is gambling addict”
Scotsman, August 2, 2006

Scotland allows children to gamble on some slot machines, while research shows an increase in addiction among adults.


ENVIRONMENT | top

[14]

“China asks tourists to bid for rare animal they want to kill”
The Independent (U.K.), August 10, 2006

The government says offering licenses to hunt rare animals will help curb the $6 billion illegal wildlife trade.

[15]

“Mongolia’s ninja miners wreak environmental havoc”
Reuters, August 11, 2006

The thousands who scavenge abandoned gold mines make good money, but destroy the land that herders use for grazing.


VIEWPOINT | top

[16]

“Ignorance won’t make abuse go away”
The Australian, August 7, 2006

“Sexual slavery reported in Indigenous community”
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, June 21, 2006

An activist responds to criticism that Aborigines exaggerated reports of sexual abuse in their communities for a TV show.

[17]

“Uganda: How will Kony pay these children?”
New Vision (Uganda), August 10, 2006

The “lost generation” faces further exploitation unless Joseph Kony and his supporters accept responsibility, says an activist.

LEARN MORE ABOUT Joseph Kony on Newsdesk.org:

“Uganda: ‘A war against children'”
Newsdesk.org, April 1, 2005


Editor: David Agrell.

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