Tuesday, March 25, 1997

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  • Zaire, UN and Pentagon Involvement

    After more than 32 years of brutal dictatorship, President Mobuto Sese Seko of the Central African country of Zaire faces the most serious threat to his rule. The rebel Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo-Zairian now controls the eastern portion of Zaire and is now threatening to move on to the capital Kinsasha.

  • Self-Determination In Puerto Rico?

    As the 100th anniversary of the US takeover of Puerto Rico approaches in 1998, many Puerto Rican politicians and activists are trying to settle the final political status of the Caribbean island. Whether statehood, independence, or commonwealth, new legislation has been introduced in Congress that would allow the people of Puerto Rico to exercise their right to self-determination and vote for a final status.

  • Television and American Culture

    For many politicians, television is one of the greatest villains in American
    society. Whether its Dan Quayle bemoaning the single motherhood of Murphy Brown, or children’s rights activists criticizing Saturday morning advertising, TV is a lightening rod of criticism from both the left and the right.

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