Tuesday, May 18, 1999

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  • Jeremy Scahill Reports from Belgrade

    NATO air raids have increased once again in Yugoslavia after two days of cloudy weather, while political leaders and diplomats today press their search for a diplomatic solution to the war. NATO said its jets bombed an industrial zone, a main highway and an airport, among other sites across Yugoslavia. Serb media reported that the attacks hit bridges, a bus station, a cigarette factory and a printing plant, and also damaged dozens of residential buildings. China today demanded an end to the bombings, describing the air war as the worst human disaster since the Second World War. The Yugoslav Red Cross said it is getting an increasing number of calls on its SOS telephone line from panicked callers in Belgrade, particularly when air sirens begin to sound. The hotline was originally established for the elderly, who are unable to move to bomb shelters during the bombing raids and are left in their homes alone. Meanwhile, two members of a United Nations team in Yugoslavia to assess humanitarian needs from the war were injured today in a car accident during the mission’s first field visit outside Belgrade. They were visiting Pancevo, an industrial town divided in two after NATO bombs destroyed three bridges across the Danube River. [includes rush transcript]

  • A People’s History of the United States

    What are the political implications of cyberspace? What role is the United States playing in Russia’s current crises? After its rise and fall, is the labor movement on the rise once again? What are the origins of corporate power? Who will control the past—and the future? As the new millennium approaches and we see TV special after TV special looking back on the past few centuries, we turn to the words of radical historian Howard Zinn. In his work, Zinn looks at history from the standpoint of those people who were victims of the state, the ordinary people who were not in power. Zinn’s radical look at the past provides activists with a platform from which to fight for the future. [includes rush transcript]

  • Canadian Environmental Activists Protest Importation of Plutonium Waste

    In Canada, environmental activists are protesting plans to import tons of U.S. and Russian plutonium waste for use in nuclear reactors. Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien wrote a letter to President Clinton saying Canada is prepared to consider any safe and financially viable proposal to dispose of the radioactive waste from warheads and facilities in the U.S. and Russia. Much of the waste would come from Los Alamos in New Mexico, crossing the border into northern Ontario. Critics say the plan would expose Canada to a serious environmental risk. We’re joined by Steve Shallhorn, campaign director for Greenpeace Canada. [includes rush transcript]