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Wednesday, August 30, 2000

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  • East Timor Celebrates Independence Vote a Year Later

    One year ago today, in a historic referendum, the people of East Timor voted to be free, voting an end to the quarter-of-a-century occupation in which the Indonesian military had killed one-third of the population. As the Indonesian military razed the country, destroying 80 percent of the housing stock of the country and driving hundreds of thousands of them from their homes, many of them still being held in West Timor, the Timorese went to the polls. [includes rush transcript]

  • US Aid or Colombian Blood?

    President Clinton today becomes the first president in eleven years to visit Colombia. He is making a brief stop off in Cartagena to symbolically deliver the $1.3 billion US aid package to President Pastrana to fight the so-called war on drugs. Against the wishes of human rights activists in Colombia and the United States, Clinton signed a waiver last week that allows the aid money to be delivered despite Colombia’s failure to meet six conditions in the aid package designed to protect human rights. The bulk of the $1.3 billion US aid package is earmarked for the Colombian military. This comes as the peace process between the Colombian government and rebel groups is at a standstill. [includes rush transcript]