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QUOTED: “It is not the tree-huggers or the bunny-lovers who are committing these acts. They’ve become more brazen, and they’re very close to committing murder in the name of the environment.”

–Sandy Liddy Bourne of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group targeting “ecoterrorists” in 14 states.
(Story #12, below.)

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[o1] “Yucca Mountain: ‘Monkey wrench'”
[o2] “Baghdad’s boys trapped in sex trade”
[o3] “Yemeni cleric uses dialogue as means to convert radicals”

[o4] “Zimbabwe evictions continue in defiance of international outcry”
[o5] “Sweet alternative to opium”
[o6] “Peru copper protests flare up again”
[o7] “Soldier jailed for activist death”
[08] “Israeli Arabs: Israel is racist”

[o9] “Suit said to lack ‘legal merit'”
[10] “New report highlights problems faced by Asian American voters”
[11] “Firm’s operations could trouble voters”

[12] “Feds turn up the heat on ‘ecoterrorists'”
[13] “Troubled park’s buried past”
[14] “Estrogen found in waters alters sex organs of fish”

[15] “Berry farmer’s suit stuns organic Goliaths”
[16] “Data shows cancer spurt at Amchitka”
[17] “Parents question 2 boys’ cancer”

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“Yucca Mountain: ‘Monkey wrench'”
Associated Press, June 30, 2005

A report finds that some of the nuclear waste proposed for Yucca Mountain will leak and harm workers.


“Baghdad’s boys trapped in sex trade”
United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks, August 8, 2005

The Iraqi government lacks resources and support in combating male prostitution rings that exploit children.


“Yemeni cleric uses dialogue as means to convert radicals”
Gulf News (United Arab Emirates), August 13, 2005

A Yemeni scholar has called on Osama bin Laden to defend his radical interpretation of the Quran. Some critics say the move is a PR ploy.

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“Zimbabwe evictions continue in defiance of international outcry”
Environmental News Service, August 12, 2005

UNICEF cannot stop Zimbabwe’s bulldozing of shantytowns, but will provide housing to some families who have lost their homes.


“Sweet alternative to opium”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, August 6, 2005

Afghanistan’s government is trying to tempt farmers into planting sugar beets instead of opium, with some initial success.


“Peru copper protests flare up again”
Reuters, August 8, 2005

One man was killed in protests against a planned copper mine in Peru, over fears of water and crop contamination.


“Soldier jailed for activist death”
BBC (U.K.), August 11, 2005

A long campaign by the family of a British peace activist ended after his killer, an Israeli, received an eight year sentence.


“Israeli Arabs: Israel is racist”
Jerusalem Post, August 11, 2005

Arab Israelis plan to make a complaint to the Knesset and the U.N. about “fascist and racist” laws and cultural practices.

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“Suit said to lack ‘legal merit'”
Boston Globe, August 13, 2005

A former federal official says the government is suing Boston for voter discrimination in part because the city votes Democratic.


“New report highlights problems faced by Asian Americans as they vote”
Asian American Village, August 13, 2005

Many 2004 polling places did not have required bilingual poll workers or signage for Asian Americans.


“Firm’s operations could trouble voters”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 13, 2005

Voting-machine company AccuPoll has been associated with unlicensed European stock trading and an investor once jailed for fraud.

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“Feds turn up the heat on ‘ecoterrorists'”
Newsday (NY), August 7, 2005

Since 9/11, fourteen states have introduced laws targeting ecoterrorists; the FBI equates them with al Qaeda agents.


“Troubled park’s buried past”
San Jose Mercury News, August 14, 2005

A San Jose, Calif., neighborhood park built on top of a garbage dump closed when the city discovered toxins in the ground.


“Estrogen found in waters alters sex organs of fish”
The Detroit News, August 14, 2005

Estrogen and the herbicide atrazine have leaked into Detroit’s waterways, and are affecting fish reproduction.

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“Berry farmer’s suit stuns organic Goliaths”
Chicago Tribune, August 11, 2005

A Maine blueberry farmer won several important points in an ongoing legal battle against the government over organic food standards.


“Data shows cancer spurt at Amchitka”
Anchorage Daily News, August 10, 2005

A scientist has found high levels of radiation-related cancers in former employees of an underground nuclear testing site.


“Parents question 2 boys’ cancer”
Palm Beach Post, August 14, 2005

Two families have filed lawsuits against Florida Power & Light, arguing that radioactive sludge contributed to their sons’ cancer.

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