October 11, 2006

News You Might Have Missed, * Vol. 5, No. 41

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “In the schools the children now say that a Christian is a kaffir, that he is different from the Muslims. And that means he can be treated differently. In 20 years there will be no more Christians in Iraq.”

— Wijdan Mikha’il, the Iraqi Minister for Human Rights and the only Christian in the new government, says she will take her family out of the country due to sectarian violence (story #11, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “Mexico police ‘hushed up rapes'”
[o2] “Pregnant Palestinians give birth at Israeli checkpoints”
[o3] “SOS to U.S., U.N. as Chinese army kills Tibetan nun”


WORLD
[o4] “Female genital mutilation banned in Indonesia”
[o5] “Turkey warns of sanctions against France”


NIGERIA: NEWS & PERSPECTIVES
[o6] “Renewed war in Niger Delta: The 9-day peace wonder in Niger Delta”
[o7] “Niger Delta – turning spears into plows”


CORPORATE LAWSUITS
[o8] “Hit squad lawsuit against Coke bottlers dismissed”
[o9] “Lead-paint legal battle heats up”


LIFE IN IRAQ
[10] “Baghdad kidnappers target easy prey”
[11] “‘In 20 years, there will be no more Christians in Iraq'”
[12] “Tortured screams ring out as Iraqis take over Abu Ghraib”
[13] “Death squads In Iraqi hospitals”


VIEWPOINT
[14] “The enemy?”
[15] “Sensenbrenner under fire”
 


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Mexico police ‘hushed up rapes'”
BBC (U.K.), October 5, 2006

Over 20 women say police sexually assaulted them during a protest in May, but have conspired to ensure there is no proof.

[o2]

“Pregnant Palestinians give birth at Israeli checkpoints”
United National Integrated Regional Information Networks, October 6, 2006

Perceived as potential suicide bombers, half of Palestinian women forced to give birth at Israeli checkpoints miscarry or die.

[o3]

“SOS to U.S., U.N. as Chinese army kills Tibetan nun”
Indo Asian News Service, October 7, 2006

“Beijing starving Nepal to stop Tibetans from fleeing”
Asia News, September 27, 2006

Activists say China has tried to stop emigration from Tibet to Nepal with murders at borders and cutting off food supplies.


WORLD | top

[o4]

“Female genital mutilation banned in Indonesia”
Reuters, October 6, 2006

Indonesian officials made no formal announcement of the ban on female “circumcision” and will not enforce the new legal mandate.

[o5]

“Turkey warns of sanctions against France”
Agence France-Presse, October 9, 2006

Turkey said France will face consequences for a bill that would criminalize denial of Turkey’s 1915 Armenian genocide.


NIGERIA: NEWS & PERSPECTIVES | top

[o6]

“Renewed war in Niger Delta: The 9-day peace wonder in Niger Delta”
Vanguard (Nigeria), October 7, 2006

Rebels threatened to kill more government soldiers if President Obasanjo did not hand over an ethnic leader on trial for treason.

[o7]

“Niger Delta – turning spears into plows”
This Day (Nigeria), October 3, 2006

Former gang leaders run a job skills and anti-crime program for boys who they say were armed by government factions.


CORPORATE LAWSUITS | top

[o8]

“Hit squad lawsuit against Coke bottlers dismissed”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 4, 2006

A federal judges said activists could not prove Coca Cola had been abusing and killing Colombian union organizers for over a decade.

[o9]

“Lead-paint legal battle heats up”
Toledo Blade, October 6, 2006

Sherwin-Williams filed a preemptive lawsuit against two Ohio cities over claims that children have been exposed to lead.


LIFE IN IRAQ | top

10]

“Baghdad kidnappers target easy prey”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, October 5, 2006

Professional kidnappers with police and sex-industry connections abduct thousands of women and children from wealthy families.

[11]

“‘In 20 years, there will be no more Christians in Iraq'”
Guardian (U.K.), October 6, 2006

As Christians flee Baghdad and Mosul, those who remain in Nineveh wonder why the U.S. hasn’t done more to protect and empower them.

[12]

“Tortured screams ring out as Iraqis take over Abu Ghraib”
Telegraph (U.K.), October 9, 2006

Fresh abuse allegations have emerged from the notorious prison barely a week after Iraqi authorities take charge.

[13]

“Death squads In Iraqi hospitals”
CBS, October 4, 2006

Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army is said to use morgues and hospitals as bases, targeting minority Sunnis with torture and execution.


VIEWPOINT | top

[14]

“The enemy?”
Committee to Protect Journalists, October 3, 2006

Cameraman Sami al-Haj, the only confirmed journalist at Guantanamo, is under pressure to affirm a link between al-Jazeera and al Qaeda.

[15]

“Sensenbrenner under fire”
New America Media, October 6, 2006

The leading anti-immigration congressman appears to have profited from stock holdings in a company that uses undocumented labor.


Editor: Julia Scott | Associate: David Agrell

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