October 18, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 42

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “You can be a passive target and wait to get shot, or you can decide that life is worth fighting for.”

— Texas high school teacher and former police officer Greg Crane says school gun massacres can be prevented if students and teachers are taught to fight armed intruders (story #7, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “The long arm of China’s secret police reaches into the U.S.”
[o2] “Immigrants are victims as ‘apartheid’ returns to South Africa”
[o3] “Mass conversion to Buddhism in India”


NATION
[o4] “Heat’s on ‘profile’ cop”
[o5] “Anti-abortion campaign waves feminist flag”
[o6] “Many taking military shortcut to U.S. citizenship”


GUNS IN SCHOOL
[o7] “Students are taught to fight intruders”
[o8] “Gun class for Utah teachers”


WORLD
[o9] “Iraqi Kurdistan offers safe haven for fleeing Arabs”
[10] “Palestinian diplomatic staff in dire straits”
[11] “Police ‘exaggerated evidence’ against British 9/11 suspect”


HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
[12] “Scientists find farm link to breast cancer”
[13] “Alaskan lakes dry up”
[14] “Toxic cloud engulfs Santiago, Chile”


VIEWPOINT
[15] “What happens when blacks suppress white votes?”
 


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“The long arm of China’s secret police reaches into the U.S.”
Congressional Quarterly, October 6, 2006

Experts say China has thousands of agents in America who threaten, beat and kill members of Falun Gong and other dissidents.

[o2]

“Immigrants are victims as ‘apartheid’ returns to South Africa”
Belfast Telegraph, October 13, 2006

Impoverished South Africans are burning immigrant businesses, taking passports and killing newcomers over scarce resources.

[o3]

“Mass conversion to Buddhism in India”
Deutsche Presse Agentur, October 14, 2006

India has tried to prevent hundreds of Dalits from converting to Buddhism and Christianity to escape Hinduism’s caste system.


NATION | top

[o4]

“Heat’s on ‘profile’ cop”
New York Daily News, October 13, 2006

A coalition of black NYPD officers want an investigation of a rule to stop and frisk every black man in a subway station.

[o5]

“Anti-abortion campaign waves feminist flag”
Los Angeles Times, October 14, 2006

Feminists are scrambling to counter messages in South Dakota calling for a complete ban on abortions to prevent exploitation of women.

[o6]

“Many taking military shortcut to U.S. citizenship”
Reuters, October 16, 2006

Promises of citizenship, education and even a sense of patriotism have motivated over 25,000 immigrants to join the Army.


GUNS IN SCHOOL | top

[o7]

“Students are taught to fight intruders”
Star-Telegram (TX), October 14, 2006

Fearing the high cost of passivity and obedience, Texas high school students and staff are learning to fight armed intruders.

[o8]

“Gun class for Utah teachers”
Deseret Morning News (UT), October 13, 2006

Some teachers want to shoot and carry guns in self-defense in Utah,but others say would make teachers into cops and arm kids.


WORLD | top

[o9]

“Iraqi Kurdistan offers safe haven for fleeing Arabs”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, October 13, 2006

Thousands of Arab families and skilled workers are moving to northern Iraq; some locals worry fear gentrification.

10]

“Palestinian diplomatic staff in dire straits”
Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)

Palestinian consular staff in Dubai lost their salaries and their children had to stop school when Hamas lost its aid money.

[11]

“Police ‘exaggerated evidence’ against British 9/11 suspect”
Times Online (U.K.)

An Algerian pilot is seeking apologies and compensation from the U.K., which used disputed evidence to link him with terrorists.


HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT | top

[12]

“Scientists find farm link to breast cancer”
Globe and Mail (Canada)

The first study to examine breast cancer patients’ occupations found the disease strongly related to farming or automotive work.

[13]

“Alaskan lakes dry up”
LiveScience.com

Global warming caused the loss of 10,000 sub-Arctic lakes in 50 years, impacting wetlands and the species that rely on them.

[14]

“Toxic cloud engulfs Santiago, Chile”
Santiago Times

A test canary died from a “saturated” blanket of car exhaust worsened by unknown gases, but officials said there were no health risks.


VIEWPOINT | top

[15]

“What happens when blacks suppress white votes?”
New America Media

A columnist says black officials in Mississippi, accused of suppressing white votes, have hurt other blacks by association.


Editor: Julia Scott | Intern: Scott Domini Ehlert

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