Monday, October 30, 2000

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  • Elections and Executions: Mexican Government Calls On George W. Bush to Halt Plans to Execute Mexican National

    Ray Bonner writes in today’s New York Times: "Reflecting an increasing intervention by foreign governments in American death penalty cases, Mexico has sent a formal protest to the State Department in an effort to prevent the execution of a Mexican citizen scheduled to be put to death in two weeks. The Mexican government has said that the condemned man, Miguel Angel Flores, was deprived of due process because he was not advised of his right to contact the Mexican embassy, in violation of an international treaty. Mexican officials did not become aware of the charges against Mr. Flores–in the 1989 rape and murder of a 20-year-old video store employee in Hutchinson County, in the Texas panhandle–until nearly one year after he had been sentenced to death, the government said in the letter. It was delivered to the State Department on October 19. In the last two and a half years, six states have executed a foreign citizen."

  • The Politics of Environmental Health

    In this election season, most politicians talk only about short-term gains in the realm of the environment, but growing community of activists, scientists, and health practitioners around the country has been focusing more and more on the long-term implications of human interaction with the environment. Last week thousands of these concerned people gathered in San Rafael, CA, at the Bioneers Conference, to share information and insight for the future that tends to get left off of the mainstream political radar.

  • The Woman Who Went to Jail to Protect Her Daughter From Toxic Polluters

    In 1996, Vice President Al Gore made a campaign stop in East Liverpool, Ohio, where he promised to shut down a controversial dioxin-producing incinerator just yards from an elementary school. Terri Swearingen’s daughter attended that school, and as the months and years wore on after Clinton and Gore’s re-election and still the incinerator remained open, Swearingen began shadowing the Vice President with one stark question: when will that campaign promise be kept? She was arrested nine times, once in the White House.

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