Tuesday, December 23, 1997

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  • Korea

    South Korean President-elect Kim Dae Jung faces a series of tough political choices when he officially takes office in February. Perhaps the most daunting is the recently negotiated $60 billion IMF loan package for South Korea. The deal requires the Asian country to impose sharp austerity measures — measures which will almost certainly engender mass opposition. And internationally, the famine in North Korea continues to cause serious political problems for the region as a whole.

  • Affirmative Action and Race

    In Washington state, supporters of a ballot initiative to abolish affirmative action are feverishly trying to gather 180,000 signatures by January 2. If the magic number is reached, the state Legislature, which is Republican- controlled, would either have to pass the measure, or pass it on to voters for their consideration.

  • Brawley

    Ten years ago, allegations of a brutal rape and assault of a black teenager by a gang of white men shook New York’s Hudson Valley and propelled three activists to national prominence. Today, Alton Maddox, C. Vernon Mason and former New York mayoral candidate Rev. Al Sharpton now face a defamation lawsuit by one of the men they accused of assaulting and raping Miss. Brawley back in November 1987.