September 5, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 36

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “I don’t like it, it’s an abomination. God sent him into this world as a man, he should stay a man.”

— Tom Bodie won’t let his son attend a science class taught by a clinically transgendered person in upstate New York (story #13, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “Weapons: Downer admits being told”
[o2] “Sikh youth claims hair chopped off”
[o3] “Storm over publication of Srebrenica suspects”


WORLD
[o4] “Grenades ’caused Beslan tragedy'”
[o5] “137 AIDS conference delegates ask to stay”
[o6] “Karzai’s brother under drug suspicion”


NATIVE AMERICAN ISSUES
[o7] “In Navajo country, racism rides again”
[o8] “Could rising mercury levels be a threat to the tribes?”
[o9] “Navajo Nation, Cuba negotiate trade agreement”


ENVIRONMENT
[10] “Bombs and bugs hit once lucrative Iraqi industry”
[11] “Lead levels shock residents”
[12] “Community waits for pollution news”


GENDER & SEXUALITY
[13] “Teacher’s sex shift discussed”
[14] “Archbishop wades into ‘anti-gay’ row”


VIEWPOINT
[15] “India’s Muslims: a community in ferment”
[16] “Calling al-Qaeda fascist doesn’t make it so”
 


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Weapons: Downer admits being told”
Sydney Morning Herald, September 1, 2006

Australia’s foreign minister denies suppressing an inspector’s report that the U.S. interfered in the WMD hunt in Iraq.

[o2]

“Sikh youth claims hair chopped off”
Indo-Asian News Service, September 2, 2006

“Sikh protests against attack on schoolboy grow despite arrest”
Hindu Tribune, August 24, 2006

A second Sikh boy had his hair cut in a religious hate crime, arousing protests across India.

[o3]

“Storm over publication of Srebrenica suspects”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, September 1, 2006

Anger at the guilty and fears for the innocent follow the publishing of 892 names associated with the Srebrenica massacre.


WORLD | top

[o4]

“Grenades ’caused Beslan tragedy'”
BBC (U.K.), August 29, 2006

“Police briefly seize copies of investigative report”
Associated Press, September 1, 2006

Officials tried to suppress a report that police grenades killed several children and triggered the 2004 Beslan massacre.

[o5]

“137 AIDS conference delegates ask to stay”
National Post (Canada), September 2, 2006

Among the asylum seekers is an HIV-positive activist who says he was persecuted in Ethiopia, and untreated for seven years.

[o6]

“Karzai’s brother under drug suspicion”
Der Spiegel, August 31, 2006

Afghanistan’s president disputes claims that his brother, an influential Pashtun council chair, protects heroin smugglers.


NATIVE AMERICAN ISSUES | top

[o7]

“In Navajo country, racism rides again”
Salon.com, September 2, 2006

Echoes of a racist 1974 torture and murder in the “Selma, Ala., of the Southwest” have spurred a lawsuit by New Mexican Navajos.

[o8]

“Could rising mercury levels be a threat to the tribes?”
Yakima Herald Republic (WA), September 3, 2006

Experts fear increased risk of brain damage for Indians along the Colorado River who count on salmon for sustenance.

[o9]

“Navajo Nation, Cuba negotiate trade agreement”
Indian Country Today (NY), August 31, 2006

New Mexican Indians will make millions selling produce to Cuba as a sovereign nation under an exception to the U.S. embargo.


ENVIRONMENT | top

[10]

“Bombs and bugs hit once lucrative Iraqi industry”
Environmental News Service, August 29, 2006

Iraq’s date exports plummeted from 80 to 16 percent of the world’s total following decades of war and a new insect scourge.

[11]

“Lead levels shock residents”
Kennebec Journal (ME), September 2, 2006

Lead levels in a Maine public housing complex are 100 times the federal limit, but residents say warnings were delayed.

[12]

“Community waits for pollution news”
Augusta Chronicle (GA), September 3, 2006

Georgia residents living with lead, arsenic and chromium in their backyards hope the state will pay to relocate them.


GENDER & SEXUALITY | top

[13]

“Teacher’s sex shift discussed”
Buffalo News, August 29, 2006

Georgia residents living with lead, arsenic and chromium in their backyards hope the state will pay to relocate them.

[14]

“Archbishop wades into ‘anti-gay’ row”
Times Online (U.K.), September 1, 2006

Parents pulled children from a transgendered science teacher’s class, despite public testimony about gender identity dysphoria.


VIEWPOINT | top

[15]

“India’s Muslims: a community in ferment”
Indo-Asian News Service, September 3, 2006

Indian Muslims feel poverty and lack of education has radicalized a young minority to acts of terrorism.

[16]

“Calling al-Qaeda fascist doesn’t make it so”
History News Network, August 21-September 10, 2006

A columnist says it’s dangerous to compare the military strategies and political goals of al-Qaeda with those of fascist Germany.


Editor: Julia Scott.

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