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"Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos"

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"Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos"

By Karen J. Coates, with photos by Jerry Redfern
ThingsAsian Press, $12.95 (paperback)

Reviewed by TOM HENRY

Although not an environmental book per se, “Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos” is a great piece of journalism that environmental writers can use to rethink issues such as land use, chemical contamination and public safety.

Read the Congressional Reports You're Not Supposed To Read

Journalists hurrying to get up to speed on environmental or energy issues can get objective background from reports by the Congressional Research Service (an arm of the Library of Congress), which does not release them to the taxpaying public that funded them. We thank the Federation of American Scientists' Government Secrecy Project for publishing them.

"Homeland Security: Russian Hackers Infiltrated US Energy Infrastructure"

"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued an updated alert last week stating that a variant of the BlackEnergy malware had infiltrated the SCADA systems that control critical infrastructure, including oil and gas pipelines, water distribution systems and the power grid."

Source: Energy Collective, 11/17/2014

More Than 600 Reported Chemical Exposure in Iraq, Pentagon Admits

"More than 600 American service members since 2003 have reported to military medical staff members that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq, but the Pentagon failed to recognize the scope of the reported cases or offer adequate tracking and treatment to those who may have been injured, defense officials say."

Source: NY Times, 11/07/2014

"Victims of Toxic Chemicals Fight for Benefits From VA"

"Veterans who were exposed to toxic contaminants during their service are increasingly becoming casualties in a war with the government -- particularly the Veterans Affairs Department—which they say has a record of delaying and denying benefits promised to them by acts of Congress."

Source: National Journal, 11/03/2014

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