Monday, December 8, 1997

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  • Winnie Mandela and Chris Hani

    The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission heard dramatic testimony the past two weeks that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a major figure in the struggle against apartheid and President Nelson Mandela’s former wife, operated a so-called reign of terror during the mid to late 1980s.

  • Food Irradiation

    The Food and Drug Administration last week approved the irradiation of red meat, despite protests that zapping food with radioactivity may be unsafe.

  • The Neptune Jade Sparks Lawsuit Against Activists

    In late September of this year, the SS Neptune Jade, owned by the Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines and carrying some 160 containers, slowly pulled into the Port of Oakland, California. A picket line of longshore workers and labor and human rights activists greeted the ship. Also on the line was a student from Laney College, a local community college, carrying the colorful banner of the Laney College Labor Studies Club.

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