Monday, November 16, 1998

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  • U.S. Stern On Iraqi Sanctions

    President Clinton yesterday accepted Iraq’s promise to allow weapons inspections to resume, but warned Baghdad that the U.S. remains poised to attack weapons facilities if Iraq refuses to cooperate once more. Many of Iraq’s Arab allies and U.N. Secretary general Koffi Annan, have also warned president Saddam Hussein that he will bear responsibility for U.S. military attacks if he again refuses to allow weapons inspections. This development comes after a massive U.S. military mobilization that brought heavy bombers and Patriot missile launchers to the Persian Gulf. As these developments unfold, the Iraqi population continues to suffer from the seven-year-old economic embargo — according to UNICEF figures, about 8,000 children die every month as a result consequence of the UN-imposed embargo.

  • Former Black Panther, SNCC Chair Kwame Ture Dies

    Kwame Ture, known to many Americans as Stokely Carmichael, died yesterday in Conakry, Guinea. He was 57 years old. For two years, Ture had battled prostate cancer. Ture is known for coining the term "Black Power" that became emblematic for the civil rights movement of the 1960s. He was a member of the Black Panther Party, and Chairman of the Student Non-Violence Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

  • California University Workers Hold Hunger Strike

    After three and a half year struggle over union contracts, Food Service and Housing workers at the University of Southern California today are expected to begin a water-only fast. The employees are protesting the university’s refusal to provide them with contracts. With about 17,000 employees, USC is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. Local union 11, the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees union that represents about 300 USC workers, says that for the past few years the university has been hiring more and more workers by subcontracting service jobs, depriving long-time workers of benefits and job security rights.