Thursday, January 28, 1999

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  • Indonesia Offers East Timor Independence

    Bowing to international pressure, the Indonesian military has retreated for the first time in 23 years from its hard-line stance on continued occupation of East Timor. After a prolonged meeting with President B.J. Habibie and his cabinet, Foreign Minister Ali Alatas said yesterday that Indonesia would grant independence to the East Timorese "if they want their freedom."

  • East Timor Activism: Past and Present

    Indonesia’s recent promise to recognize East Timor’s autonomy is a watershed in the decades-long movement to secure justice for the East Timorese. Activists, however, are greeting the promise with a certain amount of skepticism, as well as solemn reflection on past violence.

  • Cesar Chavez Inducted Into Labor Hall of Fame

    He was the voice of thousands of migrant workers throughout the United States, leading a movement of farm workers who labored under unspeakable conditions and relentless discrimination. Under his leadership, migrant farm laborers in the United States won recognition, improved working conditions and a sense of dignity. Cesar Chavez, leader of the United Farm Workers, will be formally inducted into the Labor Hall of Fame at the U.S. Department of Labor today. He died in 1993, but he is survived by a powerful legacy. Guests:

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    Juan González on How Puerto Rico’s Economic "Death Spiral" is Tied to Legacy of Colonialism
    Could Puerto Rico become America’s Greece? That’s a question many are asking as the island faces a devastating financial crisis and a rapidly crumbling healthcare system. Puerto Rico owes $72 billion in debt. $355 million in debt payments are due December 1, but it increasingly looks like the U.S. territory may default on at least some of the debt. Congress has so far failed to act on an Obama administration proposal that includes extending bankruptcy protection to Puerto Rico and allocating more equitable Medicaid and Medicare...


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