August 30, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 35

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “They say it’s to engage neighbors in conversation, but it’s clearly intimidation.”

— Gay marriage opponent John Stembenger is critical of a Web site that has posted public records listing the names and addresses of people who signed his Florida petition (story #10, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “Young adults lured into trafficking”
[o2] “Secret senator blocks bill, creating classic ‘whodunit'”
[o3] “Veterans exposed to atomic radiation lose court ruling”
 
WORLD
[o4] “Bangladeshi writer faces death threat for opposing Islamists”
[o5] “In Juarez, arrests tempered by unease”
[o6] “Thousands flee Senegal clashes”
 
ENVIRONMENT
[o7] “Environmental charges unlikely to derail Kazakhstan’s Chevron contract”
[o8] “Of lice and libel”
[o9] “Climate linked to plague increase”
 
ELECTION
[10] “Web site lists signers of marriage amendment petition”
[11] “Donations to Perry raise eyebrows”
 
NATION
[12] “Judge orders justice department investigation of leak to CBS”
[13] “School pulls 2nd Cuba book”
 
ASBESTOS
[14] “Detention center’s deadly asbestos”
[15] “Ottawa weighs renovation of Third World asbestos policy”
 
VIEWPOINT
[16] “Up against the Wal-Mart”
 


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Young adults lured into trafficking”
El Universal, August 28, 2006

Boys in Baja California who kidnap wealthy Mexicans and run drugs for mafioso are sometimes trained by their parents.

[o2]

“Stevens is Smoked Out”
Cox News Service, August 30, 2006

“Secret senator blocks bill, creating classic ‘whodunit'”
Cox News Service, August 27, 2006

Ted Stevens, Republican of Alaska, is the mystery senator who held back a bipartisan bill to create a searchable database of government contracts.

[o3]

“Veterans exposed to atomic radiation lose court ruling”
McClatchy Newspapers, August 25, 2006

The Pentagon will not be forced to release medical records that veterans say prove they were exposed to radioactive or biological agents in the 1940s and ’50s.


WORLD | top

[o4]

“Bangladeshi writer faces death threat for opposing Islamists”
Indo-Asian News Service, August 27, 2006

Students and cultural reformers demonstrated in support of an “eminent” writer opposed to Islamist militancy.

[o5]

“In Juarez, arrests tempered by unease”
Dallas Morning News, August 25, 2006

Critics say the investigation of more than 400 “feminicidos” has been plagued by “neglect and incompetence.”

[o6]

“Thousands flee Senegal clashes”
Agence France-Presse, August 25, 2006

Gambian villages are struggling to handle 12,500 refugees fleeing separatist violence in neighboring Senegal.


ENVIRONMENT | top

[o7]

“Environmental charges unlikely to derail Kazakhstan’s Chevron contract”
Environmental News Service, August 23, 2006

A Kazakh minister seeks to shut down a multi-billion-dollar oil field unless owners clean up 10 million tons of sulfur waste.

[o8]

“Of lice and libel”
Detroit Metro Times, August 22, 2006

A drug company is suing activists who criticized the FDA for permitting the use of a banned lice treatment related to DDT.

[o9]

“Climate linked to plague increase”
BBC (U.K.), August 22, 2006

Scientists say that global warming has led to increased transmission of bubonic plague between fleas and gerbils in Central Asia.


ELECTION | top

[10]

“Web site lists signers of marriage amendment petition”
Daytona Beach News-Journal, August 28, 2006

Conservatives say an online database listing names and addresses of Floridans opposed to gay marriage is an effort to intimidate them.

[11]

“Donations to Perry raise eyebrows”
Houston Chronicle, August 25, 2006

“Panel recommends rejection of coal plant”
Star-Telegram (TX), August 24, 2006

The governor of Texas fast-tracked a donor’s proposal for 11 coal-fired power plants, but environmental concerns may scuttle the plan.


NATION | top

[12]

“Judge orders justice department investigation of leak to CBS”
New York Sun, August 22, 2006

CBS’s outing of an FBI investigation of a high-level Israeli “mole” in the Pentagon seems headed for a disclosure battle.

[13]

“School pulls 2nd Cuba book”
Miami Herald, August 26, 2006

A Miami school board banned two books that favorably portray Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, one of which was reinstated by a judge.


ASBESTOS | top

[14]

“Detention center’s deadly asbestos”
Australian, August 25, 2006

Australian officials knew immigrant detainees were exposed to asbestos, but failed to act until protests broke out.

[15]

“Ottawa weighs renovation of Third World asbestos policy”
Globe and Mail (Canada), August 25, 2006

Canada, a leading exporter of asbestos to developing nations, may end its support for a national industry trade group.


VIEWPOINT | top

[16]

“Up against the Wal-Mart”
Grist Magazine, August 23, 2006

A local-farming advocate says imported organic produce and a labor shortage are putting the squeeze on small U.S. organic farm.


Editor: Julia Scott.

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