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Friday, June 5, 1998

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  • Clinton at MIT and Lori Berenson

    In just a few hours, President Clinton will deliver the commencement address at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There will be several protests during his visit, including protests calling for self- determination for East Timor and a democratic government for Indonesia. There will also be a demonstration calling for an end to the US-led sanctions against Iraq.

  • Step-Daughter Charges Ortega with Sex Abuse

    In March, former Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s stepdaughter Zoilamerica Ortega shocked the world and the progressive community in the United States with allegations that the Sandinista leader had sexually abused and raped her repeatedly throughout her childhood. She received no personal response to the accusations from Ortega personally. In mid-April Zoilamerica held a press conference announcing that she would take legal action against Ortega. During the conference she asked that Ortega renounce his parliamentarian immunity, so as to not put the FSLN in a difficult situation. She ended her press conference by saying, "I call upon all women that have suffered and continue suffering abuses and aggressions, to accompany me in this struggle for us. Since we have truth on our side, we are not alone."

  • Monsanto and American Home Products Merger

    In the largest deal ever in the pharmaceutical industry, the American Home Products Corporation announced this week that it would acquire the Monsanto company for $34.4 billion. The combined company will be the nation’s top seller of prescription drugs. Its brands include such household names as Advil painkillers, Centrum vitamins and Nutrasweet.