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Tuesday, November 19, 1996

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  • The vote for a new UN Secretary: US opposition to the section of Boutros Boutros-Ghali

    Segment Summary:
    Phyllis Bennis discusses UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s desire to seek a second term in the office, an effort in which he is supported by 14 of the 15 Council members. The United States offers the only opposition, criticizing Boutros-Ghali’s effectiveness in promoting key policies, despite his general support of US-sponsored reforms. Speculation is that the US objects to Boutros-Ghali’s tendency to challenge their objectives, as well as his vocal criticism of the focus on the situation in Bosnia at the expense of other conflicted areas such as Somalia. Bennis predicts that Ghana’s Kofi Annan in the front-runner as a possible replacement, as well as pointing to the lack of viable female candidates from Asia/Africa.

  • An interview with Stan Goff: US Special Forces units in Somalia and Haiti; the impact on US presence in African Nations

    Segment Summary:
    Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales of the New York Daily News interview Stan Goff, a retired Master Sergeant and activist. In part one of the interview, Goff discusses his observations about the racism the permeates special forces groups, their missions and their training. Goff, Goodman and Gonzales discuss the implications of such thought and practice in a time where US presence in places like Zaire is increasing. While he admits that progress has been made in certain areas of the Special Forces teams, Goff asserts there is an increase of racist practices at training camps like Fort Bragg that facilitate those attitudes abroad.

  • Sexism and the American Justice System

    Segment Summary:
    In light of recent rape/sexual harassment allegations against members of the Army and their subsequent dismissal, Lorraine Dusky discusses discriminatory practices and attitudes in the justice system. Dusky points to a log history of leniency toward the abuse of women in American law, including tolerance of domestic violence as a viable social practice in the early years of the nation. Such attitudes continue to affect everything from domestic violence cases and rape trials to harassment of female employees in law offices.

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