Wednesday, March 5, 1997

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  • Mumia Abu-Jamal Commentary

    Another commentary from journalist and death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal.

  • Police Lose Weapons as Result of Domestic Violence Convictions

    After Congress passed a bill last year to prevent anyone convicted of domestic violence from possessing a gun, few realized that hundreds of police officers could end up losing their weapons. As a result, dozens of police departments nationwide have had to lay off or transfer hundreds of officers with domestic violence convictions. Now, infuriated police groups stand ready to change the law.

  • Al Gore’s Political Fundraising Scandal

    The latest fundraising scandal to hit the Democratic Party landed on Vice President Al Gore’s lap this week. He’s being branded the "solicitor-in- chief" for the key role he played in raising millions for the Clinton-Gore presidential ticket.

  • Arafat Addresses United Nations

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat goes to the United Nations today to drum up opposition to a new Jewish housing development slated for construction in Jerusalem. Palestinians launched a general strike earlier this week to protest the building of 6,500 homes on a hill on the southeastern outskirts of Jerusalem. Israeli officials also confirmed this week the construction of 1,500 more Jewish housing and 3,000 hotel rooms in another location outside Jerusalem.

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    Juan González on How Puerto Rico’s Economic "Death Spiral" is Tied to Legacy of Colonialism
    Could Puerto Rico become America’s Greece? That’s a question many are asking as the island faces a devastating financial crisis and a rapidly crumbling healthcare system. Puerto Rico owes $72 billion in debt. $355 million in debt payments are due December 1, but it increasingly looks like the U.S. territory may default on at least some of the debt. Congress has so far failed to act on an Obama administration proposal that includes extending bankruptcy protection to Puerto Rico and allocating more equitable Medicaid and Medicare...


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