September 20, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 38

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “I had warned the government this might happen. I told them Taliban was taking over. Why can’t they stop them?”

— Saleh Gul, a former Afghan governor, resigned after the Taliban kidnapped his son, whom he fears is now dead (story #o8, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “Shutting down Muslim charities”
[o2] “Iraq: Experts fear a lost generation”
[o3] “Sudanese slam ‘Darfur Day'”


WORLD
[o4] “Santiago, Chile appeals court bans morning after pill for minors”
[o5] “Harper sticks to plans to scrap gun registry”
[o6] “Wouter Basson says he won’t resign”


TALIBAN
[o7] “Suicide bomber cult alive and well”
[o8] “Better paid, better armed, better connected – Taliban rise again”
[o9] “Hold fire at Taliban fighters: they are attending a funeral”


NATION
[10] “Goshute says feds, state let the tribe down”
[11] “Despite stockpile, pesticide still made”
[12] “EPA ponders ’08 budget cuts”


MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY
[13] “Bureau chief no longer on radio show”
[14] “Access-fee bill roils Net phone industry”


NEWS & PERSPECTIVE
[15] “War, murder, rape… all for your cell phone”
 


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Shutting down Muslim charities”
ColorLines (CA), September/October 2006

Officials alleged terror links in closing six major Muslim service groups, and are targeting small agencies through local banks.

[o2]

“Iraq: Experts fear a lost generation”
Institute for War& Peace Reporting, September 13, 2006

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children have witnessed beheadings and car bombs, suffering debilitating shock and trauma.

[o3]

“Sudanese slam ‘Darfur Day'”
Reuters, September 18, 2006

Sudanese groups compared U.N. peacekeepers to U.S. forces, vowing to kill troops and that the country would become “another Iraq.”


WORLD | top

[o4]

“Santiago, Chile appeals court bans morning after pill for minors”
Santiago Times, September 14, 2006

Under fire from the Catholic Church, Michelle Bachelet’s government will press its case for making birth control available to minors.

[o5]

“Harper sticks to plans to scrap gun registry”
Toronto Star, September 16, 2006

Canada’s prime minister said strict gun laws are too expensive, and wouldn’t have prevented a Montreal shooter from buying weapons.

[o6]

“Wouter Basson says he won’t resign”
South African Press Association, September 14, 2006

An apartheid-era chemical weapons expert was put on trial for murder in South Africa, but is still on the government payroll.


TALIBAN | top

[o8]

“Suicide bomber cult alive and well”
Inter Press Service, September 14, 2006

Pakistani mullahs are luring young would-be suicide bombers to southern Afghanistan, and some say the government is helping.

[o8]

“Better paid, better armed, better connected – Taliban rise again”
Guardian (U.K.), September 16, 2006

Taliban fighters, recruited in Pakistan and funded by opium, are killing soldiers, building checkpoints and forcing out officials.

[o9]

NATION | top

[10]

“Goshute says feds, state let the tribe down”
Salt Lake Tribune, September 14, 2006

Officials backed, and then blocked, a radioactive waste plan on a Utah reservation, without providing economic alternatives.

[11]

“Despite stockpile, pesticide still made”
Los Angeles Times, September 16, 2006

In contravention of international law, the EPA allows U.S. farmers to ‘hoard’ twice the level of methyl bromide they need.

[12]

“EPA ponders ’08 budget cuts”
Kansas City Star, September 16, 2006

Faced with a $1 million budget shortfall, the EPA plans to cut research labs and top staff and reduce regulatory oversight.


MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY | top

[13]

“Bureau chief no longer on radio show”
Hartford Courant, September 16, 2006

One editor quit his radio gig with Voice of America after it was revealed he received government stipends for doing so.

[14]

“Access-fee bill roils Net phone industry”
Boston Globe, September 14, 2006

“Net neutrality bill may die this year”
CNET News, September 12, 2006

Democrats are backing a bill to ensure equal Web access for all ISPs, but Republicans say it will hamper technological innovation.


NEWS & PERSPECTIVE | top

[15]

“War, murder, rape… all for your cell phone”
Alternet.org, September 14, 2006

The use of tin oxide to make hi-tech products more eco-friendly has prompted renewed fighting and mining abuses in the DR-Congo.


Editor: Julia Scott | Associate: David Agrell

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