Tuesday, June 22, 1999

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  • War and Peace Report–Kosovo and Land Mines

    The blast that killed two NATO peacekeepers yesterday—soldiers from the 69th Gurkha Field Squadron, riflemen attached to the British peacekeeping force—came from an allied cluster bomb. That word comes from the British military.

  • International Socialist Organization Conference

    The U.S. spent millions of dollars to engage in war in the Balkans, yet millions of people have no food, housing or healthcare. On June 17-20 at DePaul University in Chicago, hundreds of activists from around the country came to the International Socialist Organization’s Socialist Summer School. Conference organizers said that the purpose of the conference — which included discussions on labor history, women’s liberation and other subjects — was to arm a new generation of activists with the ideas they need to help change today’s world.

  • Stealing Two Tires Leads to Life Without Parole for 17 Year Old Alabaman

    Michael Purdue is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for a 1987 escape, his third attempt to flee from an illegal imprisonment. In 1973, the State of Alabama wrongfully convicted Pardue for three murders of which he was wholly innocent. Since the age of 17 he has spent the last 26 consecutive years behind bars. In 1997 Alabama’s highest courts ordered the State to give Michael Pardue a fair trial or drop the charges. The State dropped the charges. Yet today, he is sentenced to remain imprisoned until the day he dies because having lost all hope in a system that had failed him again and again, he fled. For his second escape attempt, he faked appendicitis and even had surgery to remove his appendix, and then fled.