Monday, May 17, 1999

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  • NATO’s Use of Cluster Bombs in Yugoslavia

    Between 50 and 100 Kosovar Albanians were killed this past weekend by NATO forces when they bombed an area of Kosovo. The question now is whether the civilians were put into an area that was a "military target" by Serbian forces or was it a straight forward mistake by NATO? There was also a question about whether cluster bombs were used, although NATO has denied that. What hasn’t been denied is that cluster bombs are being used in the bombing of Yugoslavia.

  • From Nuclear Weapons to Nuclear Spoons

    NBC removed all references to the transportation of nuclear waste from the television movie, "Atomic Train" which aired last night and continues tonight. Although the network cited inaccuracies in the depiction of how nuclear waste is handled to account for the changes, Senator Richard Bryant of Nevada accused NBC of caving in to pressure from lobbyists for the nuclear power companies. Bryant, a Democrat, pointed to the fact that NBC’s parent company, General Electric, has significant interests in the nuclear power industry. NBC executives denied General Electric put any input into the decision.

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