Tuesday, May 11, 1999

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  • Professor Edward Said Speaks On the Plight of Palestinians

    Israel’s Supreme Court stopped the government from closing the headquarters of the Palestinian Liberation Organization in Jerusalem today, defusing a potential showdown just six days before general elections. No Israeli government has dared touch the headquarters, housed in a building known as the Orient House since the Palestinian uprising of 1980. Peace activists had asked the court to block a closure of Orient House until next week’s elections, saying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision smacked of electioneering. Palestinians had also warned that the closure would provoke mass demonstrations.

  • Theories Behind the NATO Bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade

    The U.S. Embassy in Beijing said today that it will fly its flags at half mast in what diplomats call a "show of respect" for the three Chinese journalists killed in last Friday’s NATO bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade.

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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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