Friday, November 20, 1998

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  • Impeachment Hearings Analysis

    In a heavily partisan 12-hour inquiry, Kenneth Starr faced off with Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee, who challenged his tactics and judgement in his investigation of the president’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. Meanwhile, Republican members steadfastly defended him. Starr presented his case against Clinton before the panel, accusing the president of engaging in a pattern of obstruction of justice in his attempts to cover up the affair. The committee members will now gather closed-door depositions from four other witnesses, including Robert Bennett, one of President Clinton’s lawyers, and Bruce Lindsey, the Deputy White House counsel. They will then work on a tight schedule to end the inquiry by the end of the year.

  • Nigerian Attorney Demands Meeting with Chevron

    On May 28, 1998, the company transported Nigerian soldiers to an offshore drilling platform in the Atlantic Ocean. There, dozens of community activists had peacefully occupied the Parabe oil platform and barge demanding that Chevron contribute more to development of the impoverished oil region of the Niger Delta. Soon after landing in Chevron-leased helicopters, the Nigerian military shot to death two protesters, Jola Ogunbege and Aroleka Irowaninu, wounded several others and detained 11 activists for three weeks. During their imprisonment, one activist said that he was handcuffed and hung from a ceiling fan hook for hours for refusing to sign a confession written by Nigerian authorities.

  • Thousands Expected for School of the Americas Demo

    Thousands of protesters are heading this weekend to Fort Benning, Georgia, site of the notorious School of the Americas otherwise known as the School of Assassins. Graduates of the school include many of Latin America’s most notorious torturers and killers. Ten of the school’s graduates are among the 30 Chilean officers cited by the Spanish judge in the genocide case against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Other graduates include the killers of six Jesuit priests and two of their co-workers in El Salvador in 1989, top leaders in the Guatemalan military responsible for scores of extrajudicial executions, disappearances and torture of Guatemalan citizens and foreigners, and Colombian military officers who have established death squads responsible for numerous massacres throughout Colombia. Former SOA students have also been linked to drug trafficking in Mexico and Venezuela, according to the schools s critics.

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