Thursday, February 29, 1996

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  • President Clinton’s visit with the Emir of Kuwait

    In the context of Emir of Kuwait’s White House visit with President Clinton, Dennis Bernstein discusses the post-war torture and purge of Palestinians from Kuwait. He points to two Pentagon documents that outline U.S. involvement with a Kuwaiti five year plan to impose martial law, censorship of the press, mandatory identity cards, and prison camps for Palestinians who refuse to leave the country. As Palestinians leave the country, they are replaced by immigrants from Pakistan and India who are treated as indentured servants as U.S. officials fail to intervene.

  • Gulf War Syndrome

    Discusses widespread use of chemical weapons the Gulf War. Despite 60,000 reported cases of sickness due to exposure, these weapons continue to be used in Bosnia under President Clinton.

  • Militarization of the Arizona border

    Dennis Bernstein and Isabel Garcia discuss increased militarization of the Arizona border and the attendant human rights abuses of the immigrant population in Arizona. Since the Tucson sanctuary trial, the border has seen an increase in the presence of law enforcement agencies, including the ATF, INS, DEA, U.S. Customs, and the Department of Defense. Agents are also increasingly well armed, with border guards carrying the firepower of military soldiers. Rights violations include unlawful search and seizure, rape, and murder. The acquittal of border guard Michael Elmer of the murder of Dario Miranda Valenzuela is discussed as a landmark case. Also discussed is Task Force 6, a joint military operation that is preparing for an invasion from Mexico. Pentagon documents suggest a plan for low-intensity warfare along the border.

  • Harvard conference rebuts stories of student apathy

    Chuck Rosina reports from Cambridge on the Youth Vote 96 conference, attended by 1,000 students. Youth Vote 96 is an effort to mobilize at least 50% of youth to vote in the presidential election. A number of students comment on relevant youth issues including cuts in student aid and the importance of coalition building among youth groups. Heliczar, a co-organizer of the conference, discusses the impact of the Internet and Motor Voter bills on growing the youth movement.

  • Youth activism

    Three student activists discuss their activist work and involvement with Youth Radio, a radio production program for students in the Bay area. They discuss issues of gender, race, and class; the importance of youth speaking for themselves in the media; and youth participation in the 1996 presidential election.