Outside Edge: News Junkie - Between the lines in last week's media

The Evening Standard reports that British aid agencies have reacted with horror to plans to appoint Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy US defense secretary, as the new head of the World Bank. Wolfowitz, according to the paper the man credited with dreaming up the war to depose Saddam Hussein, has been nominated for the post by George Bush. "This is truly terrifying," said one anonymous source with a UK development agency.

Conservative MSP Brian Monteith, writing in The Scotsman, argues that rather than charitable status being taken away from public schools, it should be given to state schools as well. Former pupils could then be approached to help out with buying new kit for the school hockey team, he writes.

Green groups and aid agencies such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and ActionAid are deceiving the public over genetically modified crops, according to a new book by Liberal Democrat peer Dick Taverne, reported The Sunday Telegraph. Taverne, who has founded his own pro-GM charity, the Association of Sense about Science, says their opposition is a "religious crusade" based on "blind faith and deep bias".

Two dead dolphins on the steps of the French Embassy were pictured in the Daily Mirror. They were dumped last week by Greenpeace after being recovered in the English Channel as the battle with pair-trawling English and French fishing vessels escalated.

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