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Monday, April 19, 1999

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  • Environmental Impact of Bombings in Yugoslavia

    Warning that NATO could cause a huge ecological catastrophe, Yugoslav authorities are asking NATO not to hit a chemical plant near central Belgrade. A Belgrade health official said that if it is bombed, the plant could release a cloud with a deadly dose of hydro-fluoride, an acid used to manufacture washing detergents. The officials said the effects would be deadly within a 19-mile radius, and its toxic effects would reach 60 miles away.

  • Depleted Uranium: Metal of Dishonor

    Recently, many scientists, health professionals and environmental activists are demanding to know whether NATO is using weapons that contain depleted uranium, a radioactive metal that is used to tip bullets that pierce armored tanks. Depleted uranium was extensively used in Iraq during the Gulf War, and studies have shown that it has caused birth defects, stillbirths, high rates of cancer and other symptoms associated with Gulf War Syndrome.

  • East Timor

    Militias armed by the Indonesian government unleashed a series of attacks on Saturday against pro-independence activists in Dili, the capital of East Timor, killing and injuring scores of people. As many as 100 people are feared killed by the attacks. The violence, which erupted after a parade by pro-Indonesia militia supporters, was the worst in Dili since 1991, when Indonesian troops shot and killed about 270 people during a peaceful march. Among those killed on Saturday was the adopted son of Manuel Carrascalao a leading pro-independence activist.