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Friday, November 6, 1998

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  • U.S. Considers Options After U.N. Iraq Resolution

    As the UN General Assembly decides whether to authorize the use of force against Iraq for its non-compliance with UN weapons inspections, Washington has signaled that it plans to move ahead with preparations for unilateral air strikes against Iraq. While a Security Council resolution yesterday condemned Iraq’s latest actions, it did not mention the use of force. The Clinton administration says that it has ample authority to attack Iraq under previous UN resolutions.

  • Jefferson’s Emancipation — Commentary

    A DNA study published yesterday on President Thomas Jefferson has presented compelling evidence that Jefferson fathered at least one child with a slave, Sally Hemmings. Pacifica Radio commentator Robert Knight brings us this reflection on how African Americans emancipated a President.

  • Presidential Task Force Reaches Sweatshop Agreement

    After two-years of negotiations stalled by months of stalemate, some members of a Presidential task force on sweatshops have agreed this week on a plan they say will reduce the use of sweatshop labor in the garment industry. Nine of the 18 task force members, which include Nike, Liz Claiborne, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights and the Robert Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, reached the agreement, which will set up a code of conduct and a monitoring system for American overseas factories. The Union of Needletrades Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE), as well as the Retail Wholesale Union, both of which were members of the task force, decided to resign from it rather than agree to the terms of the accord. The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, a coalition of religious organizations, has also withdrawn from the task force. They say that it does not require overseas factories to pay workers enough to meet basic needs, and it allows American companies to use clothing factories in countries that repress unions and commit other labor-related human rights violations. They also say that the agreement will allow companies to brag that they produce sweatshop-free products, although there are no assurances that this will always be the case.

  • Activists to Hold Tribunal On Police Brutality

    One week ago, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied an appeal by death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal for a new trial. This weekend in Philadelphia, people from around the U.S. will demonstrate against what they call ongoing police murder, frame-ups and terror. Activists plan to shut down Philadelphia’s City Hall and conduct an African Peoples Tribunal to try police officers and other officials. Among the speakers at the event will be family members of people killed by police or other government officials.