Friday, November 14, 1997

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  • School of the Assassins

    This Sunday, November 16, marks the 8th anniversary of the brutal assassination of six Jesuit priests and their two women co-workers in El Salvador. And to mark the occasion, thousands of protesters will march and hold a mass civil disobedience this weekend at Fort Benning Army Base in Georgia, for it was there — at the Army’s School of the Americas — that nineteen of the 26 Salvadoran officers cited in the massacre were trained.

  • Fast Track Trade

    President Clinton and the Congressional Republican leadership suffered a major political defeat this week on legislation granting the White House special authority to negotiate trade deals. The decision by House Speaker Newt Gingrich to pull the vote from the House floor is widely being seen as a major victory for labor, and, to a lesser extent, environmentalists.

  • Mercenary Armies

    A new trend is sweeping the military world — the rapid growth of mercenary armies. Around the world, multinational corporations and national governments are hiring private security operations composed of former intelligence officers, death squad veterans, and soldiers to do everything from basic security to launching coups. Much of the activity centers around control of the world’s mineral wealth.