November 29, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 48

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “We just move it.”

— China’s 2008 Olympics organizer Sun Weijia says Beijing’s pollution
will be cleared up by relocating factories (story #14, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “Tiny indigenous groups agree on ‘death pact’ protest”
[o2] “Afghan drug boom fuels child addiction rates”
[o3] “Dolphins in distress”


MUSLIM ASSIMILATION
[o4] “European minorities torn between worlds”
[o5] “Blending Muslim tradition with American reality”


TRIBAL URANIUM
[o6] “Aboriginal cancer doubles near uranium mine”
[o7] “Mining firms again eyeing Navajo land”


DRUG TREATMENT
[o8] “Give addicts heroin, says officer”
[o9] “Small town big on heroin troubles”
[10] “Tories looking for more opinions on safe-injection site”


KATRINA CONTRACTS
[11] “Katrina spending target of audit”
[12] “FEMA contract reveals hurricane costs”


CHINA’S ENVIRONMENT
[13] “More Chinese cities facing water scarcity”
[14] “Air apparent”


NEWS & COMMENTARY
[15] “Conformity not enough for Muslims”


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Tiny indigenous groups agree on ‘death pact’ protest”
El Universal (Mexico), November 27, 2006

Facing exctinction and government neglect, the tribes have agreed to stop breeding. Critics say it’s a publicity stunt..

[o2]

“Afghan drug boom fuels child addiction rates”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, November 24, 2006

“Riches of aid leave out schools”
Newsday (NY), November 26, 2006

Needy Afghan youth are abandoned by a system that spends aid money on luxuries, leaving them to hustling and addiction.

[o3]

“Dolphins in distress”
Orlando Sentinel, November 26, 2006

Researchers are stumped over the cause of dolphin deaths in three different Florida bays; some have tumors and others are poisoned.


MUSLIM ASSIMILATION | top

[o4]

“European minorities torn between worlds”
Associated Press, November 25, 2006

Faced with racism, many young European Muslims have become more religious and say they will never fit in.

[o5]

“Blending Muslim tradition with American reality”
Seattle Times, November 27, 2006

A Seattle mosque struggles to appeal to both liberal and conservative Muslims with a range of activities.


TRIBAL URANIUM | top

[o6]

“Aboriginal cancer doubles near uranium mine”
The Age (Australia), November 23, 2006

Australian officials are pushing for more uranium exploration on Aboriginal lands despite a corresponding high cancer rate.

[o7]

“Mining firms again eyeing Navajo land”
Los Angeles Times, November 22, 2006

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


DRUG TREATMENT | top

[o8]

“Give addicts heroin, says officer”
BBC (U.K.), November 22, 2006

An English police deputy says heroin prescriptions would massively cut costs of crime as well as punishment.

[o9]

“Small town big on heroin troubles”
Eagle-Tribune (MA), November 26, 2006

Lacking enforcement, prevention or treatment, a heroin epidemic in Southern Massachusetts has already killed three young people.

10]

“Tories looking for more opinions on safe-injection site”
Vancouver Sun, November 22, 2006

Canada may eliminate a program that supporters say helps addicts detox and encorages drug-free streets.


SPYING LAWS | top

[11]

“Katrina spending target of audit”
Times-Picayune (LA), November 24, 2006

Louisiana is holding up millions in overtime reimbursements that New Orleans officials awarded to workers in no-bid contracts.

[12]

“FEMA contract reveals hurricane costs”
Press-Register (AL), November 24, 2006

A company that provided emergency lunches to hurricane workers and refugees overbilled FEMA, but retains its government contracts.


CHINA’S ENVIRONMENT | top

[13]

“More Chinese cities facing water scarcity”
Shanghai Daily, November 23, 2006

China dumps 70 percent of its untreated sewage into its waterways, creating heavy pollution and “severe drought” for thousands.

READ MORE ABOUT CHINA’S ENVIRONMENT ON NEWSDESK.org:

“In China, pollution crashes the party”
April 24, 2006

[14]

“Air apparent”
Globe and Mail (Canada), November 25, 2006

Beijing’s solution to toxic air pollution ahead of the 2008 Olympics is to move factories out of the city.


NEWS & COMMENTARY | top

[15]

“Conformity not enough for Muslims
Contra Costa Times, November 26, 2006

Prejudice has driven young American Muslims to entrench their faith and wear it on their sleeve, writes Geneive Abdo.


Editor: Julia Scott | Intern: Scott Domini Ehlert

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