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Tuesday, August 22, 2000

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  • Elections in Chiapas

    The state of Chiapas, home to the majority of the Zapatistas and also one of Mexico’s poorest states, made history on Sunday by ousting the deeply entrenched PRI, which in July lost control of the country for the first time in more than 70 years when Vicente Fox won the presidential elections.

  • The Color of Justice: The War On Drugs in Tulia, Texas

    You’ve heard of racial profiling of individuals driving on the highway or walking down the street, well what about the profiling of an entire town? This is the story of a small town drug bust that seems too incredible to believe. It happened in the tiny Texas town of Tulia near Amarillo, population 5000. In January of 1998, Swisher County conducted its first major drug sting using an undercover agent. Based on his deep cover operation the county swooped down a year ago and arrested 10 percent of Tulias black population. Then the plea bargains and the trials began. Some of those arrested were sentenced to more than 100 years for the sale of cocaine. Based on what evidence? Often just the word of the undercover agent, Tom Coleman, who it now turns out has a criminal record. How did this all happen? And where does this all stand now?

  • Police Infiltration Into Protest Movement

    This from a piece in The Los Angeles Times of August 18: The Los Angeles Police Department calls them "scouts," and they are so good at their job that, during this week’s protests, some were shot at and others were arrested—by their own colleagues.

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