Thursday, September 12, 1996

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  • Mother Jones Exposes Campaign Contributors, Dirty Dozen

    With Campaign spending in this election cycle breaking all previous records, there’s some sporadic attention in the corporate media on the influence of campaign donations to legislative and executive decisions. But this month’s issue of Mother Jones magazine goes further than most of the press have been willing to go. It traces exactly what Republicans and Democrats are willing to do for their sponsors. Mother Jones has selected what it’s called a Dirty Dozen, nine Republicans and three Democrats who’ve been the most blatant in rewarding legislative favors to campaign contributors.

  • U.S. Sends More Bombers to Northern Iraq

    The United States is sending more B-52 bombers and F-117 stealth fighter bombers to the region around Northern Iraq. The move follows yesterday attempt by Iraq to down two American F-16s patrolling the no fly zone. Defense Secretary William Perry warned that if Iraq continues to aim missiles at U.S. jets, the American response will be "disproportionate to the provocation." Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz called Kuwait’s decision to host some of the U.S. warplanes "a flagrant act of war aginst the Iraqi state. " Meanwhile, thousands of Kurdish refugees have been flooding the borders with Iran and Turkey.

  • Bosnian Elections

    This weekend, President Clinton’s Bosnia policy will be put to a crucial test. Bosnian Muslims, Croats and Serbs will go to the polls in the first national election since the end of the bloody civil war in that country. But the election alone cannot heal this fractured nation; the campaigns themselves have been nationalistic and divisive. The Bosnian election itself is a massive undertaking — tens of thousands of refugees are expected to cross former battle lines to vote in the hometowns they fled during the war. And, there are serious concerns that Bosnia could explode again into violence even before election results are in.