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Tuesday, October 10, 2000

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  • Eu Welcomes New Yugoslav President

    France’s foreign minister arrived in Belgrade this morning to reiterate Western support for new Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica. A day after the EU lifted the economic sanctions and offered Yugoslavia two billion dollars in aid to help rebuild the country, French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine invited Kostunica to a European Union summit meeting. This comes as Democratic Opposition of Serbia sources signaled the new leadership’s interest in similarly restoring ties with the United States.

  • As Death Toll Rises, Israel Appears Readier to Compromise

    As the death toll continues to rise in the Occupied Territories, the number of deaths now passing 85, it is overwhelmingly Palestinians lives that have been lost. Late last night Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak relented on his deadline for an end to the violence saying he would give international mediators more time to revive the peace process.

  • Justice at Last?

    Jury selection begins today in Florida for the trial of two former top Salvadoran officers accused of directing the rape and murder of four church women. The murders took place on December 2, 1980 in El Salvador.

  • Toxic Traps for Poor People

    A three part series published last week in the Dallas Morning News has shown that close to half of all US federally subsidized houses are within on mile of toxic waste sites. The study by the Morning News and the University of Texas-Dallas found that close to one million of the 1.9 million housing units for the poor are close to factories that emit dangerous toxic pollution, according to the Environmental Protection Agency standards. The overwhelming majority of the occupants of these projects are black or Latino. The Dallas Morning News found that many of the occupants of these federally subsidized apartments have health problems in their communities ranging from cancer and birth defects to respiratory ailments.

  • Why Americans Don’t Vote

    Most people don’t realize that just under half of the population actually votes — a figure that hasn’t changed much in 80 years. In the last election, this meant that Bill Clinton was elected by just 27% of the population. Sociologist Frances Fox Piven says that the government wants it this way.