August 22, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 34

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “They start acting like they are sick … If they were sick, how come they didn’t go the hospital?”

— Farmer George Verdegaal denies that the sulfuric acid he used on his crops caused breathing problems in workers (story #14, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “Kurds flee homes as Iran shells Iraq’s northern frontier”
[o2] “New Ahumada video links gov’t to plot”
[o3] “Allegation of sex act languishes”
 
MIDDLE EAST
[o4] “Demonstrators urge end to Iranian meddling in Iraqi affairs in south”
[o5] “After the war, leaders under heavy fire”
[o6] “Reading wrong newspaper in Baghdad can be deadly”
 
WORLD
[o7] “War hits Army morale as 14,000 quit in a year”
[o8] “12,000 people affected by demolitions outside Khartoum”
[o9] “Mexico teachers extend protest”
 
ENVIRONMENT
[10] “Judge blasts EPA for delays in Clean Air Act implementation”
[11] “DEP list sparks outcry”
[12] “Indigenous community to take oil company to court”
 
NATION
[13] “Parks seek sponsors, but walk a fine line”
[14] “Workers ill after chemical exposure”
[15] “Sex ed changes at school with 65 pregnant teens”
 
VIEWPOINT
[16] “A barbaric kind of beauty”
[17] “A tale of persecution in Iran”
 


TOP STORIES | top

“Kurds flee homes as Iran shells Iraq’s northern frontier”
Guardian (U.K.), August 18, 2006

Turkey and Iran are challenging the Allies in Iraq to react as they target Turkish Kurd independence fighters living in Iraq.

[o2]

“New Ahumada video links gov’t to plot”
El Universal (Mexico), August 19, 2006

A construction mogul said he worked in 2004 with government officals to discredit Lopez Obrador ahead of Mexico’s elections.

[o3]

“Allegation of sex act languishes”
Philadelphia Inquirer, August 14, 2006

Critics say police departments close ranks around officers accused of using their badges to exploit women.


MIDDLE EAST | top

[o4]

“Demonstrators urge end to Iranian meddling in Iraqi affairs in south”
Azzaman (Iraq), August 20, 2006

Persian is displacing Arabic in some southern Iraqi cities, and police forces have been “infiltrated with pro-Iran elements.”

[o5]

“After the war, leaders under heavy fire”
The Australian, August 18, 2006

Criticism follows an Israeli lieutenant general’s sale of stocks prior to the bombing campaign in Lebanon.

[o6]

“Reading wrong newspaper in Baghdad can be deadly”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, August 18, 2006

Sectarian militias are threatening and killing vendors who sell newspapers from other sects, and have banned many TV programs.


WORLD | top

[o7]

“War hits Army morale as 14,000 quit in a year”
Independent (U.K.), August 19, 2006

Retention has long since outstripped recruitment in the British Army, and over 700 troops are still AWOL.

[o8]

“12,000 people affected by demolitions outside Khartoum”
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, August 17, 2006

The United Nations says refugees are being killed by a bulldozing campaign to reclaim valuable property outside Khartoum.

[o9]

“Mexico teachers extend protests”
BBC, August 22, 2006

Oaxaca teachers commandeered radio stations, told students to stay home, and called for the governor’s resignation for rigging votes.


ENVIRONMENT | top

[11]

“Judge blasts EPA for delays in Clean Air Act implementation”
GOVEXEC.com, August 7, 2006

A judge upheld charges that the EPA has stalled air pollution enforcement, instead focusing on industry-friendly rulemaking.

[11]

“DEP list sparks outcry”
New Jersey Courier-Post, August 17, 2006

Critics say 210 contaminated sites now used for housing or schools were prematurely dropped from a New Jersey cleanup list.

[12]

“Indigenous community to take oil company to court”
Inter Press Service, August 17, 2006

Amazonians want Peru to punish an oil company that spread heavy metals in their waterways.


NATION | top

[13]

“Parks seek sponsors, but walk a fine line”
Seattle Times, August 19, 2006

King County parks aggressively seek ads and corporate sponsors; patrons are opposed, but “resigned to the new reality.”

[14]

“Workers ill after chemical exposure”
Fresno Bee, August 18, 2006

Fifty California farmhands became ill after exposure to sulfuric acid, a chemical unregulated as a fertilizer.

[15]

“Sex ed changes at school with 65 pregnant teens”
WYFF4 (OH), August 15, 2006

An Ohio high school ditched abstinence-only textbooks after 13 percent of female students became pregnant.


VIEWPOINT | top

[16]

“A barbaric kind of beauty”
Daily Mail (U.K.), August 7, 2006

Black market stem cells and untested treatments are de rigeur at unregulated offshore beauty clinics targeting wealthy women.

[17]

“A tale of persecution in Iran”
Advocate.com, August 18, 2006

An Iranian women tells of how she was fired, tortured and institutionalized for being a lesbian.


Editor: Julia Scott. Associate: David Agrell.

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