Tuesday, May 4, 1999

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  • Keeping the United Nations Out of Yugoslavia

    As the bombing of Yugoslavia continues, a low-intensity war is being fought on the diplomatic front at the United Nations. The U.S. and its allies at the United Nations last week successfully blocked a Russian resolution critical of NATO for causing widespread environmental devastation in Yugoslavia. The resolution would have expressed "grave concern" over NATO’s bombings of petrochemical plants and oil refineries in Yugoslavia, and called for the United Nations to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the environmental consequences of the bombing. Russia brought its complaint to the Commission on Sustainable Development, a UN body formed in the wake of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio to address issues of environmental protection.

  • U.S. Military Exports to Dictatorships

    Residents of a village in the Aceh province of Indonesia said today that the Indonesian military fired yesterday on an unarmed crowd that included women and children, killing at least 23 people and injuring many more.

  • The Campaign to Remove From the UN a Former Honduran General and Human Rights Violator

    Demonstrators today end a four-day protest in Washington calling for the closing of the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia, which has trained some of Latin America’s most ruthless and notorious human rights violators. Around 60 people were arrested yesterday in front of the Pentagon, and many protesters today head for Congress to lobby their representatives to support a legislative bill sponsored by Rep. John Moakley (D-Mass) to close down the school.