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Friday, April 2, 1999

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  • New York Police Brutality Update

    Yesterday, Amadou Diallo’s mother made an emotional plea for understanding to the wives and children of the four New York City police officers who fired 41 shots at her son, killing him. Speaking to the women and children one day after the officers were charged with second-degree murder, Kadiadou Diallo asserted that the accused cops were aware of "what they have done." She asked the families to acknowledge the facts. As lawyers in the case prepare for trial, Mayor Giuliani, who has come under fire amidst massive displays of civil disobedience in front of police headquarters, has decided to keep silent.

  • All Things Censored: Commentary By Mumia Abu-Jamal

    At the beginning of every month Democracy Now! airs "All Things Censored," commentaries written by journalist and death row resident Mumia Abu-Jamal, and produced by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has banned new recordings of Mumia’s voice, so we bring to you notable people reading his essays.

  • U.S. Oil Interests in the Caspian Sea

    With the discovery of vast energy reserves in countries bordering the Caspian Sea, just a few hundred miles from Yugoslavia, the region has been catapulted onto the world stage. The U.S. is waging a campaign to win influence in the Caspian, as are Russia, Iran and other nations. With intense competition for oil and gas pipeline routes, this has become the newest arena for global power politics. Multinational giants such as Shell and BP-Amoco are positioning themselves to grab a share of the Caspian petroleum market.

  • The First Oklahoma Bombing

    This week, Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, already serving a life sentence in federal prison, has been charged with 160 counts of murder by state prosecutors who have vowed to seek the death penalty. Nichols is in prison for conspiracy and the deaths of eight law enforcement officers in the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Hundreds were injured and 168 people were killed.

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