Important but underreported news from around the world.
QUOTED: “We will be exploring the potential for new equipment such as water cannons.”
— London police commissioner Tarique Ghaffur says potentially violent
sectarian protests require new crowd-control tactics(story #o8, below).
[o1] “Romania harvests trouble with its GM crops”
[o2] “Cuba examining socialism for flaws”
[o3] “Democrats wait in the wings, with subpoenas”
ELECTIONS & DEMOCRACY
[o4] “Seven Indians run for SD legislature”
[o5] “Riots after Congo elections bring fears of fresh fighting”
[o6] “Bangladesh braces for new violence”
RELIGION & POLITICS
[o7] “A radical idea: How Muslims can be European, too”
[o8] “Police want water cannons to douse religious riot threat”
[o9] “Radical sheik blasts judges on rape”
 “Oil flow stations seized”
 “Oil companies decide to stay — on Morales’ terms”
 “Iran president’s decentralization plan sparks wide domestic opposition”
 “Aoun ups the ante”
 “Stop LRA food supply, government tells Machar:
 “Brad Will: Final moments captured by slain journalist’s camera”
 “Illusions in Belgrade”
TOP STORIES | top
“Romania harvests trouble with its GM crops”
Environment News Service, October 30, 2006
Europe’s biggest producer of genetically modified soybeans may be banned from E.U. markets over poorly enforced regulations.
“Cuba examining socialism for flaws”
Miami Herald, October 26, 2006
Cuba has permitted journalists to report on widespread fraud by public employees, raising questions about potential reforms.
“Democrats wait in the wings, with subpoenas”
The Washington Times, October 31, 2006
Anticipating a return to power, House Democrats are gunning for “fraud and waste” at the Department of Homeland Security.
ELECTIONS & DEMOCRACY | top
“Seven Indians run for SD legislature”
Indian Country Today, October 26, 2006
The abortion ban has inspired a record number of American Indians, mostly Democratic women, to seek office in South Dakota.
“Riots after Congo elections bring fears of fresh fighting”
The Independent (U.K.), October 31, 2006
The first Congolese election in decades was marred by violence after a “drunken” soldier killed election observers.
“Bangladesh braces for new violence”
Agence France-Presse, October 30, 2006
A wave of deadly rioting has divided the nation as the dominant, Islamist-allied party approaches the end of its reign.
RELIGION & POLITICS | top
“A radical idea: How Muslims can be European, too”
Christian Science Monitor, October 31, 2006
The son of a leading Islamist his inflammed passions for saying Muslim women in Europe need not always wear veils.
“Police want water cannons to douse religious riot threat”
The Telegraph (U.K.), October 30, 2006
Water cannons have never been used in the mainland U.K., but rising sectarian discord may bring harsher crowd control tactics.
“Radical sheik blasts judges on rape”
The Australian, October 31, 2006
The conviction of a Australiam Muslim for sexual assault has sparked an ugly row over ethnic bias and blaming rape victims.
PETROLEUM | top
“Oil flow stations seized”
This Day (Nigeria), October 28, 2006
Nigerian youths occupied oil stations owned by Shell, Agip, Texaco and Chevron, claiming environmental threats to their communities.
“Oil companies decide to stay — on Morales’ terms”
Inter Press Service, October 30, 2006
Almost a dozen oil companies, including BP and Total, agreed to hand over their Bolivian operations to the government.
WORLD | top
“Iran president’s decentralization plan sparks wide domestic opposition”
Eurasianet, October 26, 2006
Critics say a plan to break up a central planning agency is not about economic reform, but rather political consolidation.
“Aoun ups the ante”
Al Ahram (Egypt), October 19-25, 2006
Returned from exile, Lebanon’s leading Christian seems to have unexpected traction with Shi’as and Hezbollah militia.
“Stop LRA food supply, government tells Machar”
New Vision (Uganda), October 27, 2006
Lord’s Resistance Army members are taking food supplies, but say a negotiated assembly point is mined and surrounded by Uganda’s army.
READ MORE ABOUT THE LORD’S RESISTANCE ARMY:
“Uganda: ‘A war against children'”
Newsdesk.org, April 1, 2005
NEWS & PERSPECTIVE | top
“Brad Will: Final moments captured by slain journalist’s camera”
October 29, 2006
Protestors say the leftist American journalist was killed by plainclothes Mexican police officers.
“Illusions in Belgrade”
The Guardian, October 31, 2006
Despite Western military intervention in Kosovo, Serbians voted an ultranationalist line to retain the province.
Editor: Julia Scott | Intern: Scott Domini Ehlert
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