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Monday, March 10, 1997

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  • Money in Politics

    At a news conference President Clinton defends against accusations of receiving campaign finance from foreign sources. Jeffrey Klein editor of Mother Jones feels that these foreign campaign donations have affected White House policy decisions in relation to China. Klein goes on to describe the corruption of the campaign donation system, in particular the removal of audits. Klein suggests that this issue will damage Vice President Gore’s image of honesty. Klein also predicts the campaign finance issue will become a major political concern for both progressives and 'real' republicans who don’t want foreign money to influence US elections. Amy Goodman makes references to the 'Coffee, Tea, and Me' campaign initiated by Democracy Now to bring attention to this issue.

  • Remembering Michael Manley

    Jamaica is mourning the death of former Prime Minister Michael Manley, a legendary figure in Caribbean politics. Dr Clive Thomas, Professor of economics and Director of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Guyana describes Michael Manley as an 'old style' leader someone who struggled for the independence of Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. Thomas speaks of how in 1972 Manly was elected on a populist social justice platform and how Manley fostered a close relationship with Cuba, creating suspicions from the US and the CIA. Thomas suggests the US through the CIA had a hand in the Downfall of Manley’s government in 1980. Thomas tracks Manley’s (along with other leaders in the region) reelection and consequent shift toward a pro-US, pro-free market policies. Manley speaks in parliament in 1974 about the role of private business in a socialist Jamaica.