Wednesday, June 10, 1998

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  • South Korea President Visits U.S.

    In his first state visit to the United States, South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung yesterday met with President Clinton. At the top of the agenda was South Korea’s unprecedented call to ease sanctions against North Korea. In a press conference yesterday with Clinton, Kim said, "we have nothing to fear from North Korea." White House officials say no change in US support for the sanctions was imminent. Before becoming president, Kim had been South Korea’s most well-known opponent of the country’s series of military regimes since the beginning of the Korean War. He spent seven years in jail and survived several assassination attempts. Kim is the first civilian president of South Korea.

  • Alternative Drug Conference to U.N.

    As dozens of heads of state and representatives of more than 100 nations have converged on the United Nations for the UN special session on drugs, there has been a far less publicized conference taking place simultaneously— an alternative conference on the so-called war on drugs. This conference has brought together coca growers from Central and South America, scholars and researchers from Latin American universities, as well as representatives from more than 100 non-governmental organizations. Participants in this conference have blasted the Washington-led war on drugs as an all out military war against indigenous populations and others throughout Central and Latin America that does not solve the global problem of drugs.

  • Coca Growers and the War On Drugs

    Who are the coca growers of Latin America? Does this statement surprise you — "Andean coca growers are against drug consumption in the North and South and we are declared enemies of drug trafficking and its corrupting and violent effects. We ratify that for us and for millions of people in our countries coca is not cocaine, coca growers are not drug traffickers and the coca leaf consumer is not a drug addict." This is from a statement signed by a large organization of coca growers from South America that was delivered to the U.N. special session on drugs this week. We are joined now by one of the drafters of this statement, as well as other peasant activists.

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