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Monday, October 21, 1996

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  • Nicaragua’s presidential election.

    With only 7 per cent of the vote counted, right wing candidate Arnoldo Aleman claimed victory today in Nicaragua’s presidential election. Aleman is expected to defeat his main rival Daniel Ortega, former leader of the Sandinista government. Aleman campaigned on a fierce anti-Sandinista ticket, playing on fears that an Ortega win would return Nicaragua to socialism and civil war.

  • HOT CONGRESSIONAL RACES.

    PACIFICA NATIONAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT LARRY BENSKY TAKES US ON A TOUR OF HOT CONGRESSIONAL RACES.

  • Crack-cocaine was already flourishing in South Central long before Nicaraguan traffickers were on the scene.

    The Los Angeles Times published a report yesterday saying that the Central Intelligence Agency did not introduce crack cocaine into L.A.’s black community. In August, the San Jose Mercury news published a series of investigative reports by Gary Webb revealing that the CIA allowed a Nicaraguan drug network to sell cut-rate crack-cocaine in the U.S. because profits from the drug trade were helping arm the Nicaraguan contras. The LA Times, however, said its investigation which included interviews with officials, drug dealers and researchers, showed that crack-cocaine was already flourishing in South Central long before Nicaraguan traffickers were on the scene. The paper also said it found no evidence of significant drug profits were sent to contra rebels.