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  • World AIDS Day

    Today is World AIDS Day, an international commemoration to highlight the growing world epidemic of AIDS and HIV. Activists around the world are using this date to draw attention to the growing medical crisis caused by the illness. Of the 33 million people estimated to be infected with HIV worldwide, 95 percent cannot afford the costly medications that could save their lives, this according to the latest report from the World Health Organization (WHO). HIV has taken an especially high toll on many countries in Africa, where heterosexual transmission of HIV is the highest in the world. In the United States, it is now hitting hardest among communities of color, the poor and prison populations — all of whom have particularly difficult access to expensive anti-HIV drugs.

  • Late Judi Bari Recording of Abu-Jamal Commentary

    We now turn to the words of Mumia Abu-Jamal, journalist, author and former Black Panther who is currently on Pennsylvania’s death row. Although we are prevented from interviewing Abu-Jamal or recording his voice, we are able to air his words read by others thanks to the Prison Radio Project. On the first of every month we have played the essays and commentaries of Mumia Abu Jamal read by actors, writers, artists and activists. The late environmental activist Judi Bari read today’s commentary.

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    The Clinton administration announced yesterday that it had closed its investigations into the role that Swiss banks played in the Second World War looting of billions of dollars from victims of the Holocaust. The Administration opened a 44-nation conference in Washington to discuss ways of repatriating stolen goods and providing reparations, as well as billions of dollars of insurance claims, to survivors of the Holocaust.

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