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Wednesday, March 26, 1997

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  • Elections in El Salvador

    For ten years, Washington and the El Salvadoran army fought a
    brutal and expensive war against the rebel Farabundo Marti
    Liberation Front or FMLN. Today the battleground has shifted
    away from the rural killings fields to the electoral arena. But
    the antagonists are the same — the FMLN on the left, and the death
    squad-linked ARENA party on the right.

    Yesterday, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of El Salvador
    officially announced the results of municipal and legislative
    elections held on March 16. And the now legal FMLN is
    claiming a resounding victory.

    Joining us to talk about the elections in El Salvador is
    Cherrene Horazuk, the executive director of the Committee in Solidarity
    with the People of El Salvador. She just returned from El
    Salvador where she was monitoring local and municipal
    elections held on March 16.

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  • McLibel

    In 1990, McDonald’s filed a libel suit against two activists
    involved with London Greenpeace in England for allegedly
    distributing a six-sided fact sheet entitled "What’s Wrong With
    McDonald’s?" The pamphlet criticized McDonald’s
    environmental record and questioned the nutritional value of
    burger and fries.

    McLibel — as the case is known — is now the longest trial of
    any kind in English history, and has stimulated worldwide publicity
    and protests. The McLibel Two — Helen Steel and David Morris -
    - are defending themselves against McDonald’s team of top libel
    lawyers, and the defense is funded entirely by donations from
    the public.

    Joining us to talk about the case is Helen Steel, one of the
    activists being sued by McDonald’s.

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  • African Influence on American Dance

    When thinking about dance in America, a few names and
    stylists immediately come to mind — Fred Astaire, Ginger
    Rogers, Gene Kelly, or ballet great George Ballanchine and even
    Mikhail Baryshnikov. But lost in this history is the profound
    impact of African Americans on American dance.

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