Monday, June 1, 1998

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  • Debate On Bilingual Education

    Tomorrow California voters will go the polls to vote for candidates as well as several propositions. Today we’ll focus on Proposition 227. If passed, it would abolish bilingual education in California . We’ll speak with three people. Among them, the sponsor of Proposition 227; a parent who plans to enroll her child in a bilingual program; and a linguistics professor who has studied the efficacy of such programs.

  • Mumia Abu Jamal Commentary

    On the first of every month we bring you a new commentary from death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. A year ago we broadcast Abu- Jamal reading his own commentaries. Since then the Pennsylvania prison authorities cracked down on prisoners saying none could be photographed, audiotaped or videotaped. In response, Democracy Now has decided to broadcast Abu Jamal’s latest commentaries as read by well known activists and artists.

  • Geronimo Pratt Case Sues Law Enforcement Agencies

    Geronimo Pratt has sued the FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department. The Former Black Panther recently freed after serving 27 years in jail says the agencies withheld evidence that proved his innocence. In his lawsuit Geronimo Jaga, formerly Elmer Geronimo Pratt says he was framed for a 1968 murder he didn’t commit.

  • Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty

    Over the weekend Pakistan set off another nuclear bomb, bringing their total to six over the last few days. This following India’s 5 nuclear tests that have many analysts predicting a new nuclear arms race in South Asia. While the United States urges the two countries to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the fact is the U.S. has yet to be a signatory. This week, the Senate may take up the issue

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    Could Puerto Rico become America’s Greece? That’s a question many are asking as the island faces a devastating financial crisis and a rapidly crumbling healthcare system. Puerto Rico owes $72 billion in debt. $355 million in debt payments are due December 1, but it increasingly looks like the U.S. territory may default on at least some of the debt. Congress has so far failed to act on an Obama administration proposal that includes extending bankruptcy protection to Puerto Rico and allocating more equitable Medicaid and Medicare...


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