October 3, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 40

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “These are men used to running their trap lines, people who know the area well, yet they are literally falling through, they are just gone. The ice conditions are just so drastically different from all of their hunting lifetimes.”

— Patricia Cochran, chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, on the dangers of climate change and thinning Arctic ice (story #o7, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “U.S. uses Great Lakes for weapons training”
[o2] “Probe finds Saddam wanted cash to bury Kurds”
[o3] “U.N. rights body hears raps vs. Arroyo government”


TOXICS & POLLUTION
[o4] “Chemical found in DuPont workers”
[o5] “Dump returns to Superfund list”
[o6] “‘Oh no, not again'”


WORLD
[o7] “Blasting A/C in the Arctic”
[o8] “Pamuk’s lawyer slams Turkish justice minister”
[o9] “Jordan ‘surprised’ by U.S. labor groups’ lawsuit”
[10] “Bolivia farmers defy Morales order to rid national park of coca”


IRAQ
[11] “More than 7,000 security personnel sacked for ‘corruption'”
[12] “Turkey and Iran preparing for operation in N. Iraq”
[13] “Kurds negotiate oil deals with no oversight from Baghdad, straining balance in Iraq”


NEWS & PERSPECTIVE
[14] “Cops who spy”
[15] “Europe’s last olive tree: traveler gypsies vs. environmentalists”
 


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“U.S. uses Great Lakes for weapons training”
Globe and Mail (Canada), September 28, 2006

Pollution from lead bullets and risk to anglers are driving an outcry by Canadians over new Coast Guard anti-terror exercises.

[o2]

“Probe finds Saddam wanted cash to bury Kurds”
Agence France-Presse, September 29, 2006

An Australian wheat monopoly may have knowingly funded graves for massacred Kurds to curry trading favor with Saddam’s regime.

[o3]

“U.N. rights body hears raps vs. Arroyo government”
Bulatlat (Philippines), September 30, 2006

“Political killings in RP draw int’l condemnation”
Bulatlat (Philippines), September 30, 2006

Several Philippines NGOs accuse President Arroyo of human rights abuses, while protests have broken out around the world.


TOXICS & POLLUTION | top

[o4]

“Chemical found in DuPont workers”
Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA), September 30, 2006

DuPont denies union allegations that high levels of a chemical used to make teflon will harm workers, despite concerns by an EPA panel.

[o5]

“Dump returns to Superfund list”
The Record (NJ), September 27, 2006

A Ford waste site in a New Jersey park will be cleaned up for the sixth time amid accusations the EPA has ignored minority needs.

[o6]

“‘Oh no, not again'”
Gallup Independent (NM), September 26, 2006

Health activists warned Navajos that new technology might not prevent another uranium mining disaster on the reservation.


WORLD | top

[o7]

“Blasting A/C in the Arctic”
Chicago Tribune, September 29, 2006

Melting summer ice has driven Inuit from their hunting grounds for the first time in history, forcing them to shop in supermarkets.

[o8]

“Pamuk’s lawyer slams Turkish justice minister”
Reuters, September 29, 2006

Two novelists face charges for challenging a censorship law by speaking out about Turkey’s 1915 Armenian genocide.

[o9]

“Jordan ‘surprised’ by U.S. labor groups’ lawsuit”
Arab News, September 29, 2006

The AFL-CIO is suing Jordan for “scandalous” abuses of textile workers under a U.S.-Jordanian free trade law.

[10]

“Bolivia farmers defy Morales order to rid national park of coca”
EFENews (Spain), September 30, 2006

Coca farmers accused President Morales of hypocrisy for using force to evict them, but allowing plantations in his home district.


IRAQ | top

[11]

“More than 7,000 security personnel sacked for ‘corruption'”
Azzaman (Iraq), September 27, 2006

The Interior Ministry staff were accused of embezzlement; some were said to have committed human rights abuses against Sunnis.

[12]

“Turkey and Iran preparing for operation in N. Iraq”
Journal of Turkish Weekly, September 27, 2006

An Israeli says the U.S. is aware plans to battle 5,000 Kurdish fighters, claim Kirkuk and profit from regional oil fields.

[13]

“Kurds negotiate oil deals with no oversight from Baghdad, straining balance in Iraq”
Daily Telegraph (U.K.), September 26, 2006

Officials suspect the Kurds’ autonomous oil dealings with Turkey and Norway are a declaration of independence.


NEWS & PERSPECTIVE | top

[14]

“Cops who spy”
San Francisco Weekly, September 30, 2006

The San Francisco Police Department spent a year secretly tracking reporters’ phone calls to find a leak within the department.

[15]

“Europe’s last olive tree: traveler gypsies vs. environmentalists”
World Press, September 28, 2006

Environmentalists have persuaded European lawmakers to evict traveling Gypsy camps they say pollute open spaces.


Editor: Julia Scott | Associate: David Agrell

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