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Monday, October 9, 2000

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  • Robert Fisk, Middle East Correspondent for the Independent Reports From Beirut

    The death toll in the occupied territories has now climbed past 85, almost all Palestinian. As tensions rose sharply this weekend between Israel and Syria over the capture of three Israeli soldiers on the Lebanese border, field leaders from Yassir Arafat’s Fatah organization were on the streets of the occupied territories distributing leaflets calling for the intifada to be stepped up. Fatah officials reportedly said they were not acting on Arafat’s orders, but those of local leaders. This came as the Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, warned the Palestinian leader yesterday that peace negotiations would come to an end if the bloodshed continued beyond tonight, and that he would instruct his forces to "act accordingly".

  • Vojislav Kostunica Continues Consolidation of Government, Serb Parliament Dissolved

    As the new Yugoslav President, Vojislav Kostunica was sworn in on Saturday, Democratic Opposition of Serbia sources today announced that the major parties in the Serbian parliament agreed to dissolve the assembly and hold early elections on December 19. The party heads also agreed in principle to the formation of a transitional government of experts to run Serbia until the election. The deals were struck at a meeting on the sidelines of a Serbian parliamentary session, the first to be held since the revolt in the streets last week which swept Kostunica to power.

  • Voices of the New and Old Yugoslav Government–a Look Back at An Historic Week in Belgrade

    It was an extraordinary week in Belgrade Yugoslavia. Vojislav Kostunica was sworn in as the new president following the revolt in the streets of Belgrade last week that brought down the government of Slobodan Milosevic.

  • Native American Ward of the State and Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate–Winona Laduke

    As the country marked Columbus Day, the day that celebrates Christopher Columbus’ "discovery" of America, Native Americans continue their protest. This weekend in Denver more than 140 people were arrested for blocking a Columbus Day parade while in Washington State, Yakama Nation leaders are asking the US attorney in Spokane to enforce an 1830’s federal law prohibiting the sale of liquor on Indian land.