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Monday, March 20, 2000

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  • Clinton’s South Asian Tour

    President Clinton’s visit to India is the first by a U.S. president in 22 years and the most extensive ever. The five-day trip marks what’s being described as a significant shift in U.S. policy towards India. Secretary of State Madeline Albright calls it the beginning of a new chapter in bilateral relations. Indo-U.S. relations were strained throughout the Cold War, when New Delhi was a key member of the non-aligned movement. Relations took a further blow after India’s decision to go nuclear in 1998 — but Washington’s decision to impose limited sanctions against India have had little impact. U.S. trade and direct investment in India is a fraction of its financial stakes in China. [includes rush transcript]

  • Clinton’s South Asian Tour: The Pakistan Afterthought

    For months, the White House stalled on whether Clinton should go to Pakistan. Islamabad has after all been a long time faithful ally of Washington — during the Cold War and especially during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. But the military take over in Islamabad, Pakistan’s refusal to use its influence to extradite Osama Ben Laden from Afghanistan or ban the Harkat-ul Mujahideen, an armed Pakistani group the U.S. lists as a terrorist organization, have strained traditionally strong ties. The White House was worried that a visit to Pakistan would be seen as endorsing the military regime in Islamabad. But barely two weeks after a 50,000 dollar fund-raiser by Pakistani-Americans for Hilary Clinton’s Senate race last month, Clinton reversed himself and announced he would visit Pakistan after all. So was the campaign contribution a factor in influencing the president? [includes rush transcript]

  • Reverend Al Sharpton

    A group of Democratic legislators says the mayor and police commissioner "demonized" an unarmed black man shot by a cop gun by revealing his sealed juvenile record. Representative Gregory Meeks (D-New York) says the buck stops here with Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Police Commissioner Howard Safir. Meeks is the chairman of the statewide Council of Black Elected Democrats. [includes rush transcript]