Tuesday, January 6, 1998

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  • Mad Cow and Oprah

    Pre-trial hearings are slated to begin today in Amarillo, Texas, in a major lawsuit charging that TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey defamed the beef industry when she aired a program on Mad Cow disease. Texas cattleman are claiming that they lost millions of dollars because of questions raised about food safety on the program.

  • Chiapas Update

    Zapatista rebels in southern Mexico are charging that the Mexican government has increased its harassment and intimidation of pro-rebel villages to try to obscure its role in last month’s massacre of 45 men, women and children in Acteal, Chiapas. Human rights groups say that paramilitary organizations tied to the ruling PRI party and wealthy landlords are behind the Acteal massacre.

  • Cuba (Part II)

    Ahead of the Pope’s historic visit to Cuba later this month, Amy Goodman traveled to Havana last week with Global Exchange, the human rights group based in San Francisco, California.

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