Thursday, December 18, 1997

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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

    A little noticed but important trend has been transforming the health care industry nationwide, affecting millions of people and promising to affect millions more. State Blue Cross and Blue Shield non-profits — arguably the most well known health insurance associations in the country — are slowly being converted into for-profit companies.

  • Mandela Speech

    In his final speech as head of the ruling Africa National Congress this week, President Nelson Mandela of South Africa warned the world of an effort by former apartheid rulers to intensify a destabilization campaign against South Africa’s new democracy. In the four hour speech delivered before 3,000 delegates at the ANCUs 50th national conference in the northwestern town of Mafikeng, Mandela also accused elements of the white minority of seeking to retain their privileges, saying that when any meaningful changes were attempted, such as the use of affirmative action, whites "consistently demonstrated" their desire to maintain the status quo.

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