Tuesday, March 23, 1999

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  • Lawsuit Against Fernandez Larios, Pinochet’s Right-Hand Man

    Amid political tension and signs of military unease, Chileans are awaiting tomorrow’s ruling by Britain’s House of Lords on the fate of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, who is facing extradition to Spain on charges of genocide and torture stemming from human rights abuses during his 1973-1990 dictatorship.

  • Chronic Use of the War On Iraq By Clinton and Congress

    If U.S. warplanes launch a bombing attack against Yugoslavia as part of a NATO offensive this week, as they are expected to do, the United States will find itself fighting wars on two fronts–Kosovo and Iraq. For nearly three months, U.S. and British forces have engaged in a bombing campaign against Iraq. The bombings have strained U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia. While the kingdom had at first allowed U.S. and British warplanes to take off from its soil to conduct air raids against Iraq, senior Saudi officials have recently refused to allow U.S. warplanes based there to take part in what it regards as punitive raids.

  • Kazan Controversy

    Hundreds of protesters stood outside the Oscars ceremony this past Sunday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles to protest this year’s lifetime achievement Academy Award, which was given to director Elia Kazan , director of On the Waterfront and A Street Car Named Desire, who in 1951 informed on many of his Hollywood colleagues before the House Un-American Activities Committee. The protesters included some of those on Kazan’s blacklist, as well as their family members and supporters. As Kazan received the award, many inside the pavilion chose not to applaud, including actors Nick Nolte and Ed Harris.

  • Feminist Comedian Marilyn Pittman

    The National Federation of Community Broadcasters, which is celebrating 50 years of community radio, met this weekend. Feminist comedian Marilyn Pittman provided comic relief for the meeting. As we continue to bomb Iraq and prepare for an almost certain attack on Yugoslavia, we thought we’d leave you on a lighter note.

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