Thursday, June 4, 1998

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  • Bishop Gerardi

    It has been over a month since Guatemalan Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera was brutally murdered in his garage. The killer reportedly struck the bishop in the head with a cement block. Just a few days after the murder, the Guatemalan government announced it had arrested a "common criminal" named Carlos Enrique Vielman. But many believe a cover-up is underway. The Archdiocesan Human Rights Office, which is a co-complaintant in the Gerardi case, has announced there is no evidence that Vielman is in fact the killer and they stated he should be released immediately. Moreover, there are many who wanted to see Bishop Gerardi dead.

  • Indonesia

    The Indonesian Human Rights Commission has just officially upped the number of deaths that have occurred in Indonesia over the last few weeks to more than one thousand. For these and other developments, we now turn to two people.

  • Secret Surveillance of Students

    In the latest edition of The New York Amsterdam News, the city’s largest African American newspaper, the top story is called "Spies at City College." It was written by Herb Boyd and it begins, "Bugging devices. Hidden cameras. Are we talking about the FBI or CIA, operatives on a mission against a dangerous enemy? Nope, but what has recently occurred on the campus of City College seems to have all the ingredients of a counter-intelligence operation aimed at repressing the activities of a violent band of subversives. Alerted that they were under surveillance, student activists at City College discovered a very sophisticated, computerized hidden camera disguised as a smoke detector on the ceiling outside a room where various political meetings and strategy sessions are held by the students. In an adjoining room the students found a television monitor and an apparent listening device that was aimed at the student lounge."