September 27, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 39

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “Water is seen increasingly as a saleable commodity, as opposed to our perspective of it being an element of life and good for all creation.”

— United Church of Canada official David Hallman is part of a movement to get churchgoers to boycott bottle water (story #12, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “A Silence in the Afghan Mountains”
[o2] “Egyptian-Israeli marriages ‘must be blocked'”
[o3] “Pentagon Iran office mimics former Iraq office”


WORLD
[o4] “Flu, war hem in Nukak indigenous nomads”
[o5] “‘Aids’ medics’ trial delayed”
[o6] “Security agency goes after Moonies, Jehovah’s Witnesses”


ISRAEL
[o7] “Israelis ‘train Kurdish forces'”
[o8] “Israeli policy divides Palestinian families”
[o9] “Israeli troops raid West Bank money changers, saying cash destined for militants”


ENVIRONMENT
[10] “Africa’s environment under siege”
[11] “Food for chickens, poison for man”
[12] “The religious war on bottled water”


CHINESE PUBLIC
[13] “Experts: 100 mln Chinese suffer from mental illness”
[14] “Rising incidence of birth defects in China rings alarm”


NEWS & PERSPECTIVE
[15] “America’s Africa corps”
[16] “Enduring an endless wait”
 


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“A Silence in the Afghan Mountains”
Los Angeles Times, September 24, 2006

A coverup of two Afghani civilian deaths fooled Army officials, and ultimately revealed kidnappings and abuse by Special Forces.

[o2]

“Egyptian-Israeli marriages ‘must be blocked'”
Gulf News (United Arab Emirates), September 24, 2006

A leading Egyptian politician said interfaith nuptials should be banned to prevent children from being “fed on hatred of the Arabs.”

[o3]

“Pentagon Iran office mimics former Iraq office”
Morning Edition (NPR), September 20, 2006

John Negroponte would be “very surprised” if officials who gave false intelligence on Iraq are planning an Iran attack.


WORLD | top

[o4]

“Flu, war hem in Nukak indigenous nomads”
Inter Press Service, September 21, 2006

Disease, coca and Colombian paramilitaries have forced the last 500 members of an Amazon tribe from their home.

[o5]

“‘Aids’ medics’ trial delayed”
Reuters, September 21, 2006

Five foreign nurses and a doctor detained since 1999 for allegedly infecting 426 Libyan children with AIDS may be sentenced to death.

[o6]

“Security agency goes after Moonies, Jehovah’s Witnesses”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, September 22, 2006

Scientologists are also on a list of “socially destructive” groups Kazakhstan seeks to outlaw under anti-terror laws.


ISRAEL | top

[o8]

“Israelis ‘train Kurdish forces'”
BBC (U.K.), September 20, 2006

Israel denies reports that it is secretly training Kurds to attack Iran and Syria in coordination with the United States.

[o8]

“Israeli policy divides Palestinian families”
Boston Globe, September 23, 2006

Israel turned down over 120,000 family reunion requests by foreign-born Palestinians seeking to travel to the West Bank.

[o9]

“Israeli troops raid West Bank money changers, saying cash destined for militants”
Associated Press, September 20, 2006

Troops seized $1.5 million they say came from Iran to fund terror, but Palestinian officials accused Israel of economic warfare.


ENVIRONMENT | top

[10]

“Africa’s environment under siege”
The Herald (Zimbabwe), September 18, 2006

Deforestation and drought mean Africa is losing billions just in eco-tourism, crops and nature-based medicines, a U.N. report finds.

[11]

“Food for chickens, poison for man”
Scienceline (NY), September 20, 2006

“Professor disputes science in chicken litter testimony”
Northwest Arkansas Times, September 21, 2006

An Arkansas family blames exposure to roxarsone, a little-studied organic arsenic compound fed to chickens, for their son’s leukemia.

[12]

“The religious war on bottled water”
Globe and Mail (Canada), September 23, 2006

Canadian churches are urging adherents to boycott bottle water, objecting to the commodification of “a sacred gift” from God.


CHINA: PUBLIC HEALTH | top

[13]

“Experts: 100 mln Chinese suffer from mental illness”
Xinhua (China), September 22, 2006

China spends 20 percent of its medical funds on the mentally ill, but staff and service shortfalls leave millions undiagnosed.

[14]

“Rising incidence of birth defects in China rings alarm”
Xinhua (China), September 20, 2006

Defects have increased since China stopped requiring premarital tests and are blamed on pollution, poor nutrition, and heredity.


NEWS & PERSPECTIVE | top

[15]

“America’s Africa corps”
Asia Times, September 21, 2006

A new U.S. base in Africa will oversee “vital oil reserves and lawless areas” that may offer terrorists refuge.

[16]

“Enduring an endless wait”
Gulf News (United Arab Emirates), September 24, 2006

Hundreds of immigrant laborers, including sex workers, wait for months on an Iranian island to get a temporary visa to Dubai.


Editor: Julia Scott | Associate: David Agrell

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