US POLICY AND ALBANIA

August 15, 1997
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Guests

Susan Burke

Attorney in Philadelphia who is working with the Center for Constitutional Rights on its suit against Blackwater.

Jeremy Scahill

Independent journalist, Democracy Now! correspondent, author of "Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army."

Despite its small size, Albania — and the some three million ethnic Albanians living in the former Yugoslavia — have been at the center of the upheavals that have been rocking the Balkans since the collapse of state socialism. Generally, Albanian minorities have been used as scapegoats — and worse — by many nationalist leaders in the region.

Now, human rights activists say that Albanians in a number of cities and municipalities in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have been subjected to widespread military and police brutality. And Albanian activists here are charging a US State Department cover-up of the abuses.

Guests:
• Shirley Cloyes, the Balkan affairs advisor to the Albanian American Civic League.
• Joe Dioguardi, a former Congressman.