Friday, February 5, 1999

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  • The Passing of King Hussein of Jordan

    The Passing of King Hussein of Jordan Moments after a gravely ill King Hussein arrived this morning in Amman, Jordan, doctors pronounced him clinically dead and said he was surviving on life support. In his 46-year rule of Jordan, King Hussein has helped to broker difficult Israeli-Palestinian talks, and was considered crucial in keeping the peace process from collapsing. Arab leaders are worried about what a power shift in Jordan might mean for the region as a whole. Last month, in a controversial move, he deposed his brother Hassan as Crown Prince and instead named his eldest son Abdullah as the heir to the Jordanian throne.

  • Amos Wilson: The Impact of the Media On the African Psyche

    Last week, a controversy exploded in Washington over the appropriateness of language. David Howard, the recently appointed ombudsman for the District of Columbia, used an obscure term to refer to the budget his office had been given–he said it was "niggardly". Soon after the incident, Howard handed over his resignation. Although the word means miserly and has no racist roots, rumors had spread that he had used a racial slur. What does this incident say about the state of race relations in the nation’s capital, and in the United States as a whole?

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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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