November 22, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 47

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “You might as well adapt the living wage for the entire city.”

— Lawyer Goerge Kieffer, on frustration with a new living wage law that only targets hotels near the Los Angeles airport (story #07, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “Slave descendant pushes Aetna boycott”
[o2] “Texas city OKs anti-immigration measures”
[o3] “Adding insult to injury”


WORLD
[o4] “Afghan judiciary failing to keep women from suicide”
[o5] “Families of Chechen rebels still targeted”
[o6] “Sikh body condemns teenager’s hair shearing in Edinburgh”


LIVING WAGE
[o7] “Airport hotels ordered to pay a ‘living wage'”
[o8] “St. Paul officials propose living-wage ordinance”


FREIGHT POLLUTION
[o9] “Report chides revenue-rich freight industry’s pollution”
[10] “U.S. group aims to help shipping industry go ‘green'”


SPYING LAWS
[11] “Supreme Court asked to rule on secret law”
[12] “Republicans propose last-minute spy bill”


BUYING GREEN
[13] “Minister appeals for a counter revolution to curb packaging”
[14] “Group accuses Wal-Mart of illegal organic labeling”


NEWS & COMMENTARY
[15] “No moksha for Ganga in Varanasi”


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Slave descendant pushes Aetna boycott”
New York Sun, November 15, 2006

An activist is targeting Aetna and other companies that underwrote insurance policies on slaves, enabling abuse by owners.

[o2]

“Texas city OKs anti-immigration measures”
Houston Chronicle, November 14, 2006

“Judge blocks Escondido’s rental law”
North County Times (CA), November 17, 2006

A judge blocked a California town from fining landlords who rent to illegal immigrants; a similar measure in Texas faces lawsuits.

[o3]

“Adding insult to injury”
Ha’aretz (Israel), November 15, 2006

Thousands of Israeli immigrant children were denied compensation after being exposed to cancer-causing radiation to treat ringworm.


WORLD | top

[o4]

“Afghan judiciary failing to keep women from suicide”
Agence France-Presse, November 17, 2006

Forced into marriage as young as age seven, hundreds of Afghan women kill themselves despite new constitutional protections.

[o5]

“Families of Chechen rebels still targeted”
Institute for War & Peace Reporting, November 16, 2006

Chechen forces torture and kill family members of rebels who leave to fight the Russian Army, in spite of a ceasefire.

[o6]

“Sikh body condemns teenager’s hair shearing in Edinburgh”
Indo-Asian News Service, November 17, 2006

A gang of white men cut off a Sikh boy’s hair in one of several such hate crimes across Europe, say Indian leaders.


LIVING WAGE | top

[07]

“Airport hotels ordered to pay a ‘living wage'”
Los Angeles Times, November 16, 2006

Business leaders have vowed to overturn an ordinance forcing hotels near LAX to pay $10.64 an hour or recognize union demands.

[o8]

“St. Paul officials propose living-wage ordinance”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune, November 15, 2006

Publicly subsidized businesses in St. Paul will soon have to pay workers $12.51 an hour.


FREIGHT POLLUTION | top

[o9]

“Report chides revenue-rich freight industry’s pollution”
ANG Newspapers, November 15, 2006

California freighters and their customers should compensate families suffering from port pollution, say advocates.

[10]

“U.S. group aims to help shipping industry go ‘green'”
Reuters, November 16, 2006

A new service lets people charge themselves a few extra cents to offset emissions generated by having packages shipped to them.


SPYING LAWS | top

[11]

“Supreme Court asked to rule on secret law”
Wired.com, November 14, 2006

A civil liberties activist wants to reveal the secret law that allows officials to ask for IDs at airport checkpoints.

[12]

“Republicans propose last-minute spy bill”
CNET News, November 15, 2006

Sen. Arlen Specter’s new surveillance bill would allow officials to monitor foreign conversations without applying for a warrant.


BUYING GREEN | top

[13]

“Minister appeals for a counter revolution to curb packaging”
The Times (U.K.), November 14, 2006

Britain’s Environment Minister wants customers to leave “excessive” packaging at the cash register to force companies to policies.

“Group accuses Wal-Mart of illegal organic labeling”
Associated Press, November 15, 2006

The USDA will investigate Wal-Mart for allegedly mislabeling dairy and produce as organic to appeal to customers.


NEWS & COMMENTARY | top

[15]

“No moksha for Ganga in Varanasi”
IBN Live (India), November 18, 2006

Devotees still swim in the holy river Ganga, where filth from dead bodies and 30 sewers flows downstream.


Editor: Julia Scott | Intern: Scott Domini Ehlert

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