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  • US Military Special Operations Forces Training Local Police?

    Navy Seals training your local police officers, and cops using MP-5 automatic weapons, Ninja-style battle dress uniforms and armored personnel carriers? Is this just an extension of "black-helicopter" paranoia? Not according to a stunning new study which says that in police departments around the country these are real scenarios, with police being trained increasingly by US military special operations forces.

    Joining us today to take a special, in-depth look at the growing
    militarization of police forces around the country is the report’s author —
    Peter Kraska. He is professor at the Department of Police Studies in the
    College of Law Enforcement at Eastern Kentucky University based in
    Richmond, Kentucky.

    GUEST: PROFESSOR PETER KRASKA, a professor at the Department of
    Police Studies in the College of Law Enforcement at Eastern Kentucky
    University based in Richmond, Kentucky.

  • US Sanctions Burma: Arrests of Activists

    The government of Burma this week launched a crackdown on pro-democracy activists, arresting at least 50 members of Nobel Peace Prize winner Mrs Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party — the National League for Democracy.

    The arrests came as US sanctions against the military regime of Burma —-
    known as SLORC -— came into effect this week. The Clinton administration
    has banned new investment in Burma, but continues to allow American
    business contracts to remain in force, including a one billion
    dollar natural gas pipeline being developed by the California oil company Unocal.

    Here to update us on the situation in Burma is Zarni, the coordinator of the
    Free Burma Coalition, a coalition of hundreds of groups working in support of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party. They’ve
    already persuaded 20 US companies to pull out of Burma including Pepsi,
    Apple Computer, and Budweiser. Their website is www.freeburma.org

    GUEST: ZARNI, the coordinator of the Free Burma Coalition, a coalition of
    hundreds of groups working in support the National League for Democracy,
    Aung San Suu Chi’s party. They’ve already persuaded 20 US companies to
    pull out of Burma including Pepsi, Apple Computer, and Budweiser. Their
    website is www.freeburma.org

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