November 8, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 45

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “The fat bastard who kept taking off his hood and escaping from his plasticuffs got put in another room. He resisted and he stopped breathing, then we could not revive him. What a shame.”

— From the diary of Stuart Mackenzie, a former British private on trial with several colleagues for torture at a prison is Basra (story #o9, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “Money trails lead to Bush judges”
[o2] “UN confirms Israel’s use of white phosphorous shells in South”
[o3] “Under fire, soldiers kill blogs”


POLLUTION IN COMMUNITIES
[o4] “Lead astray”
[o5] “Trinidad Prime Minister hints at third aluminum smelter plant”
[o6] “Inside IP’s tire burn”


WORLD
[o7] “Rebels call for dialogue after capturing key town”
[o8] “Desperate Prodi considers sending in troops to quell Naples violence”
[o9] “‘Abuse diary’ of Iraqis was kept by British soldier”
[10] “Plight of girl soldiers ‘overlooked'”


HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
[11] “Capital officials say housing policy has been unsuccessful”
[12] “Shame of the city / A daily walk finds fewer homeless”
[13] “Canada’s homeless left out in the cold”


HIV & AIDS
[14] “Compensation sought for blood scam victims”
[15] “Wife inheritance spreading AIDS”


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Money trails lead to Bush judges”
Salon.com, October 31, 2006

Several judicial candidates gave $44,000 in ethically questionable donations to Republican senators and President Bush himself after being nominated or appointed to the bench.

[o2]

“UN confirms Israel’s use of white phosphorous shells in South”
Associated Press, November 8, 2006

Israel violated the Geneva Conventions by using artillery with white phosphorous against the Lebanese, but did not use depleted uranium, said experts.

[o3]

“Under fire, soldiers kill blogs”
Wired News, October 29, 2006

A portion of the 1,200 military blogs on the Web have been shut down by a new Army team that trolls for security disclosure risks.


POLLUTION IN COMMUNITIES | top

[o4]

“Lead astray”
Mother Jones, November/December 2006

Missouri residents made ill by a Doe Run lead smelter have had mixed results shutting down another company plant in Peru, where pollution is worse but families need the jobs it provides.

[o5]

“Trinidad Prime Minister hints at third aluminum smelter plant”
Caribbean Net News, October 30, 2006

Trinidad officials dismissed environmentalists’ claims that planned aluminum smelters will sicken citizens, but the groups vow to appeal.

[o6]

“Inside IP’s tire burn”
Burlington Free Press, November 6, 2006

Vermont health officials lost a court case to prevent a paper mill from running a test burn of tires for fuel, in spite of the particles it will produce.


WORLD | top

[o7]

“Rebels call for dialogue after capturing key town”
Integrated Regional Information Networks (U.N.), November 4, 2006

A rebel coalition accuses Central African Republic President Francois Bozize of ethnic discrimination; Bozize says the rebels are pawns of the Sudanese government.

[o8]

“Desperate Prodi considers sending in troops to quell Naples violence”
Der Spiegel (Germany), November 1, 2006

Naples residents have started defending themselves with guns against armed robbers and Mafioso as violence breaks out across the region.

[o9]

“‘Abuse diary’ of Iraqis was kept by British soldier”
Times Online (U.K.), November 2, 2006

A British soldier on trial for torture says he made up diary descriptions of beating and murdering ‘Ali Babas’ at a Basra prison.

[10]

“Plight of girl soldiers ‘overlooked'”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, October 31, 2006

A Congo militia leader on trial for recruiting child soldiers will not face charges for sexual abuse suffered by 12,500 girls in the militia, some as young as 6.


HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS | top

[11]

“Capital officials say housing policy has been unsuccessful”
El Universal (Mexico), November 6, 2006

New luxury housing meant to attract residents to central Mexico City has had the opposite effect, driving residents away to more affordable areas.

[12]

“Shame of the city / A daily walk finds fewer homeless”
San Francisco Chronicle, October 30, 2006

San Francisco’s controversial homeless welfare system has moved thousands into housing, but advocates say it’s not enough.

[13]

“Canada’s homeless left out in the cold”
Epoch Times (Canada), November 3, 2006

With no federally subsidized affordable housing services, Canada’s homeless can work full time and still end up on the streets.


HIV & AIDS | top

[14]

“Compensation sought for blood scam victims”
Indo-Asian News Service, November 6, 2006

An Indian company faces lawsuits after supplying blood test kits to the government that infected thousands with HIV-contaminated blood.

[15]

“Wife inheritance spreading AIDS”
Daily Nation (Kenya), October 28, 2006

HIV-positive widows in Kenya are forced to sleep with a male “inheritor” to avoid social stigma, but it spreads disease.


Editor: Julia Scott | Intern: Scott Domini Ehlert

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