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Wednesday, May 17, 2000

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  • Students Disrupt Albright Speech

    Last week, At the University of California-Berkeley’s convocation ceremony, Secretary of State Madeline Albright was the keynote speaker. She was originally scheduled to speak after the top graduating student — a Palestinian woman. But word surfaced that this student intended to speak out against Albright and the sanctions on Iraq and the university changed the order of speaking so that Albright spoke first and then left. But during her speech hundreds of students spoke out against her, some calling her a war criminal. In all, 59 people were ejected from the ceremony. There were also large demonstrations against Albright outside.

  • Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq

    The United States and Britain bombed Iraq again yesterday. Iraq says that six civilians were injured during the raids by US and British warplanes. This bombing is the latest attack in what have become almost daily air strikes on Iraq. Baghdad says some 300 people have been killed in the bombings and more than 800 people injured since December 1998. More missiles have been dropped on Iraq than during the entire war against Yugoslavia.

  • Chomsky Speech On Terrorism

    This week, the situation in the West Bank erupted into what is being called the deadliest clash in the West Bank in two years. On Monday, three Palestinians were killed and at least 325 injured when riots deteriorated into exchanges of rifle fire. Fifteen Israeli soldiers also were wounded. Palestinians demonstrated at Israeli checkpoints and soldiers responded by firing teargas and rubber-coated steel bullets. Palestinians say their frustration with the slow moving peace process is fueling the unrest.

  • Yugoslav Government Shuts Down Media Outlets

    There is major news from Yugoslavia today. Police took control of several media outlets critical of Slobodan Milosevic and his government. Police in woolen masks took over Studio B television and the popular independent radio B2-92 overnight at the stations’ headquarters in downtown Belgrade.