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Tuesday, March 16, 1999

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  • Human Rights Attorney Killed in Northern Ireland

    One of Northern Ireland’s most prominent human rights attorneys who represented Catholics in several high profile cases was killed yesterday by a car bomb. Rosemary Nelson died in a hospital two hours after the bomb blew her car apart as she drove away from her home in Lurgan, about 30 miles southwest of Belfast.

  • Corporate Sponsorship at the United Nations

    On January 31, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan called on business leaders to join in "a global compact of shared values and principles" with the U.N. Sixteen corporations have joined the U.N. Development Programme (or UNDP) to form the Global Sustainable Development Facility. According to a UNDP press release, the purpose of this initiative is to "fund investment projects to help poor countries meet social, environmental and human development needs." Each of the participating companies is paying $50,000 to the UNDP, and other corporations have plans to sponsor the project as well.

  • The Farm: Angola State Penitentiary

    Eighty five percent of the people sentenced to serve time there will never leave. Angola State Penitentiary is one of America’s most notorious and violent prisons, and those serving hard time there are mostly forgotten by society, even by their families and friends. "The Farm," a film portraying life at Angola, was nominated this year for an Academy Award for best documentary.