Friday, September 22, 2000

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  • Vieques

    It is almost two months since the U.S. resumed their bombing of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. Today, as calls for the U.S. to get out of Vieques continue, people from around the U.S. and from Vieques and other municipalities in Puerto Rico, are gathering in Washington, DC for the National Day of Solidarity with the People of Vieques. This mobilization builds on the struggle to get the U.S. Navy to immediately and permanently stop bombing and leave Vieques.

  • Yugoslavian Elections

    The first federal elections in Yugoslavia since NATO’s 78 day bombing are down to the wire. On Sunday voters will head to the polls to decide whether to oust President Slobodan Milosevic and replace him with the opposition candidate Vojslav Kostunica. Milosevic has increased his attacks on the opposition as being what he calls NATO colonizers. His government received fresh ammunition this week for these attacks as reports surfaced in the press that the U.S. government has been funneling millions of dollars to groups supporting the opposition. In all, the U.S. is slated to give some $77 million dollars to these groups over the next three years.

  • Stolen Generations

    As thousands flocked to the Sydney athletic stadium to see Aboriginal sprinter Cathy Freeman in her first race of the 2000 Olympics, aboriginal people from around Australia looked to Cathy as a symbol of a more democratic future. Cathy Freeman recently told a British newspaper that her own grandmother was one of the many aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who was removed from her (biological) parents simply because she was indigenous.

  • Passing the Olympic Torch–Who Gets Burned

    One week into the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Americans are tuning-in in surprisingly low numbers. Many criticize that there is too much soft coverage of the host city–Australian blondes playing volleyball on pristine beaches and restored harbors, and not enough coverage of the Games themselves.