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august 4, 1998. next update: august 11, 1998


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At the End of a Sweltering Month - Denial on Global Warming (04 Aug)
Despite record temperatures and the prevalent view of the scientific community, some denial about global warming has not melted. In recent days, a troop of global-warming deniers journeyed to Capitol Hill. (full story)

Foreign government money and Capitol testimony - Norman Solomon (04 Aug)
On Capitol Hill one day in late February 1995, a subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific heard testimony from Edwin J. Feulner Jr., the president of the Heritage Foundation. The witness praised South Korea as a key ally of the United States and urged closer cooperation between Washington and Seoul. And he criticized the Clinton administration for being too conciliatory toward the regime in North Korea. (full story)

Eat the State - Crack Explosion Expose (04 Aug)
If you ever begin to lack cynicism about the U.S. government, ever start to let your guard down and trust national leaders, Gary Webb can provide you with an eye-opening antidote in his recent 550 page journalistic effort, Dark Alliance. Webb expands his famous San Jose Mercury News series about the CIA's role in facilitating the smuggling of cocaine into the U.S., earning huge sums for the Contra army in Nicaragua and the dictatorship of El Salvador, and helping to fuel the Los Angeles crack explosion in the early 80s. Not to mention giving the lie to the CIA's recent attempts to whitewash and deny the facts behind his expose. (full story)

Against the MAI International Week of Action September 21-29 (04 Aug)
In France, just as in Canada, US, Belgium and New Zealand, the disclosure of the content of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment caused indignation and at long last generated public debate. The "Dracula strategy" worked : the meaning of this "writing of the constitution for a single global economy" has been grasped by scores NGOs, trade-unions, political organisations and social movements. They are now working together in a common resistance to the "Silent Coup" of TNCs and investment banks via the MAI. (full story)



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Black Liberation Radio, Chattanoga threatened (4 Aug)
Lorenzoe Ervin, operator of Black Liberation Radio, Chattanoga has received mail from the FCC threatening arrest, equipment seizure, and possible loss of his home for broadcasting. (full text)

Leahy Resolution needs your support (4 Aug)
Yesterday the Mexican press published several articles about the Leahy Sense of the Congress Resolution, and it caused quite a stir in Mexico. The Leahy Resolution criticizes Mexico's handling of the conflict in Chiapas, calls for respect for human rights and calls for an end to expulsions of foreigners involved in human rights work. (full text)

Global Resistance: Labor's Response to Neo-Liberal Economics (4 Aug)
Mega-merger media outlets have given the oncoming Global Economy a big thumbs up. World trade agreements pile up on all the front pages, importantly, * after * our elected representatives have signed on the dotted line. (full text)

Defeat Hefley Amendment (21 Jul)
In response to demands from anti-gay religious political groups, some House Republican leaders have drafted an amendment to gut President Clinton's executive order banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in federal employment. (full text)

Oppose Riggs Amendment (21 Jul)
The Riggs Amendment to the VA-HUD Appropriations bill (H.R. 4194) would deny federal funds to any locality that requires private companies and organizations contracting with (or receiving a grant from) the locality to provide health care benefits to the unmarried, domestic partners of their employees. (full text)


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