Monday, June 12, 2000

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  • Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad Dies, Son Prepares to Assume Mantle

    Bashar al-Assad acted increasingly like Syria’s new president today, discussing Middle East peace with world leaders and overseeing preparations for a mass outpouring of grief at the funeral of his father, Hafez al-Assad.

  • Leonard Peltier Speaks from Prison

    Archbishop Desmond Tutu says he should be freed. Amnesty International calls him a political prisoner. The FBI says he’s a cold-blooded murderer. Today, an hour with Leonard Peltier. [includes rush transcript]

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    Juan González on How Puerto Rico’s Economic "Death Spiral" is Tied to Legacy of Colonialism
    Could Puerto Rico become America’s Greece? That’s a question many are asking as the island faces a devastating financial crisis and a rapidly crumbling healthcare system. Puerto Rico owes $72 billion in debt. $355 million in debt payments are due December 1, but it increasingly looks like the U.S. territory may default on at least some of the debt. Congress has so far failed to act on an Obama administration proposal that includes extending bankruptcy protection to Puerto Rico and allocating more equitable Medicaid and Medicare...


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