Wednesday, September 10, 1997

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  • Congo Human Rights

    The on-again, off-again UN human rights mission in the Central African country of the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly known as Zaire, was declared on-again this week by President Laurent Kabila. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Monday in Switzerland that he had received a letter from Kabila confirming his commitment to the UN team.

  • Mandatory Minimums

    Federal drug laws require that a first-time offender caught with five grams of crack cocaine receive five years in prison. A first-time offender with powder cocaine would have to possess 500 grams to receive the same sentence, even though the two drugs are pharmacologically the same.

  • In the Time of the Butterflies

    Part two of a conversation with award-winning novelist Julia Alvarez.
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