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Wednesday, February 10, 1999

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  • The Africa Trade Bill: Reading the Small Print

    The Africa Trade Bill is due to be marked up this week by the House International Affairs Committee. Opponents to the bill charge that it will only improve the well being of multinational corporations and a handful of Africa’s elite, and they are offering a legislative alternative, known as the "Hope for Africa Bill." In an interesting family twist, while the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Clinton’s "Ambassador to Africa," is lobbying for the administration’s bill, his son, Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill), is proposing the alternative bill. Spearheading the efforts against passage of the Africa Trade Bill is Randall Robinson, founder and president of TransAfrica.

  • Christopher Hitchens On Iraq

    U.S. fighter jets once again pounded Iraq today, this time firing against Iraqi air defense sites in the Southern no-fly zone of the country. The U.S. Defense Department said that the U.S. warplanes fired precision bombs against surface-to-air missile sites early this morning when Iraqi jets violated the no-fly airspace.

  • New York Rallies Against Police Brutality

    More than 1,000 people gathered yesterday in front of New York City’s City Hall, in the second angry demonstration in three days. They demanded a federal investigation into last Thursday’s police shooting of an unarmed 22-year old man. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani suspended a trip to Texas in order to meet with Ahmed Amadou Diallo’s parents, who have arrived in New York to take their son’s body to Guinea for burial.