Friday, June 12, 1998

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  • G.M. Workers On Strike

    For the ninth time since March of 1996, General Motors workers are on strike. GM plants started going down like dominoes after more than 3 thousand United Auto Worker members walked out at GM’s key metal stamping plant in Flint, Michigan earlier this month. Now there are more than eight plants shut down, including six major assembly plants.

  • Raji Sourani On Politics in the Mideast

    Israeli Radio reported that CIA Director George Tenet this week met President Yasser Arafat secretly in the Gaza Strip. It was the second surprise meeting this week involving Washington. Meanwhile, the PLO Executive Committee decided Thursday to reshuffle the cabinet and a PLO spokesman says a new government could be in place within two weeks.

  • 100th Anniversary of Philippines’ Attempts at Autonomy

    One hundred years ago today on June 12, 1898, the leaders of the Philippine revolution held a constitutional convention and founded the first Republic of the Philippines. The Revolutionary Army had just defeated Spanish colonial forces all over the island and the United States held only Manila. Immediately after the constitutional convention, the US refused to recognize the Republic and in a Proclamation of Benevolent Assimilation, the US announced its intention to annex the Philippines. To make it legal, the US paid Spain 20 million silver pesos, or two silver pesos per Filipino.