Friday, August 14, 1998

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  • Burma Releases Students Activists

    International pressure on the Burmese military junta was stepped up yesterday to release 18 foreign activists detained in Rangoon on Sunday for distributing pro-democracy leaflets on the tenth anniversary of a bloody massacre by government troops. The group includes six U.S. college students from the Free Burma Coalition.

  • Shell Oil Lawsuit Continues Despite New Image

    Earlier this month, the Washington Post ran a story called "Shell’s New Worldview" which was ostensibly a profile of Mark Moody-Stuart the new head of Royal Dutch Shell.

  • Palestinian Professor Taken Prisoner

    In late February, a visiting Palestinian academic who had just received his doctorate from the University of Mississippi appeared before a federal grand jury in New York. The grand jury was reportedly investigating a U.S.-based fund raising operation for Hamas. The academic, Dr. Abdelhaleem Ashqar, is not a member of Hamas or any organization promoting Palestinian liberation and was not charged with committing any crime. In fact, the U.S. Attorney’s office granted him immunity from any possible criminal charges before he appeared before the grand jury. Nonetheless, Dr. Ashqar refused to answer any of the grand jury’s questions, saying he would rather die than give information that would be used against his friends or relatives in the Palestinian liberation movement. A judge then sent him to jail for contempt of the grand jury, but this is by no means the end of the story.

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