Wednesday, September 2, 1998

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  • Headwaters Forest Deal

    The California State legislature has approved a deal to purchase the headwaters forest. Under the $245 million bill, the world’s largest privately owned stand of ancient redwood trees will be transformed into a public preserve. But environmentalists say the settlement will only save a portion of the pristine land. What’s more, they say the deal will mean millions for Pacific Lumber Company, which owns the land. However, politicians who brokered the agreement say it is sensible. The state of California will pay $130 million to buy Pacific Lumber’s 7,500 acres of redwoods and turn it into a public park. Congress has already approved its $250 million share of the deal.

  • Russia & the Press

    For the last week and a half we’ve heard an awful lot about Russia’s political and economic crisis. President Clinton held a summit with embattled Russian President Boris Yeltsin in the middle of all the chaos. But what exactly has the press been reporting, or what exactly is the press forgetting? That may be the question we should be asking.

  • Colombia’s Complicated Peace Process

    Lately, rebels in Colombia have made significant strides in their war against the government. The peace process has been disrupted as the Military restructures itself to face a more formidable challenger. The United States continues to support the military despite evidence that the government troops are increasingly brutal in their approach. Mario Murillo, a long-time Pacifica producer and the former Public Affairs Director at member station WBAI in New York, has just returned from Colombia. There he spoke with Daniel Garcia Pena, the now outgoing high commissioner for peace in the Administration of President Ernesto Samper.