Friday, October 10, 1997

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  • Missionaries, Indians and Corporate Raiders

    Earlier this week on Democracy Now!, we spoke with two activists about the U’wa Indians of South America. The U’wa are threatening mass suicide to block a planned drilling project by oil giant Occidental Petroleum. Leaders of the 4,000-member U’wa Indian tribe say that Occidental’s plans for the oil-rich region of northeast Colombia threaten their livelihood and traditional way of life.

  • Nobel Prize Awarded to Anti-Landmine Group

    The Nobel Peace prize was awarded today to the US-based International Campaign to Ban Landmines and its coordinator Jody Williams, a long-time peace activist. The Nobel Committee cited the campaign for turning a vision to ban landmines into a feasible reality.

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