Tuesday, January 13, 1998

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  • U.S. Supreme Court Upholds the Firing of An Attorney Who Was Fired By the State of Georgia for Being Gay

    On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal by attorney Robin Shahar,a lesbian, who says her rights were violated when the state of Georgiawithdrew a job offer right before her marriage ceremony with another woman. The justices let stand a U.S. appeals court ruling that Georgia’s attorneygeneral did not break the law by rescinding the job right before Shahar’sceremony with another woman.

  • Indonesian Economy

    Cracks are beginning to appear in U.S. Administration and corporate supportof the Indonesian military dictator Suharto. Calls for his ouster arerising. American officials including Defense Secretary William Cohen andDeputy Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers are converging on the South EastAsian country to meet with Suharto and to re-assess support for thislong-time U.S. ally. Suddenly the New York Times and the Washington Postare calling for him to step down. The causes for all the alarm are notstreet demonstrations or the anguished cries of imprisoned politicaldissidents, but rather the country’s faltering economy. A multi-billiondollar bailout last year by the International Monetary Fund is not workingand Suharto’s family-controlled billions of dollars worth of investmentsare now being closely examined.

  • Cuba Conversations

    The Pope will arrive in Cuba in little over a week. In preparation forhis visit host Amy Goodman went to Havana over the holidays to see howpeople were preparing for the visit and to get a sense of people’s lives inCuba.