Wednesday, September 27, 2000

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  • Thousands Take the Streets in Prague

    The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank began their 55th annual summit in Prague yesterday with participation from more than 15,000 bankers, executives of multinational companies and finance ministers. As we heard yesterday on Democracy Now, there were also many activists in the streets of Prague from around the world, calling for the end to various IMF-World Bank projects and plans.

  • Elections in Yugoslavia

    State media in Yugoslavia broke into the evening news cast last night to announce that the Federal Election Commission had issued preliminary results of last weekends national elections. According to the report on Radio-Television Serbia, Vojislav Kostunica, the opposition candidate, had not secured enough votes to win a first round victory. According to the report, Kostunica won 48% of the votes. In order to have won in the first round, Kostunica would have been required to win more than half of the votes. While it was extraordinary for the state media to concede that Slobodan Milosevic was losing, many observers view this as the regime buying time to figure out exactly what to do about the loss. The Democratic Opposition of Serbia is accusing the Milosevic government of manipulating the vote to force a second round. Kostunica rejected a runoff and he plans a massive rally tonight in downtown Belgrade.

  • Wen Ho Lee–New York Times Apologizes

    Yesterday the New York Times went to a place where it has rarely gone before. The Times published an apology of sorts, or at least a public acknowledgment of the paper’s role in the case of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Wen Ho Lee.

  • Mordechai Vanunu–Still in Jail

    We move now to another story that involves nuclear secrets: Israeli nuclear plant worker, Mordechai Vanunu. He was convicted of treason and aggravated espionage for providing a British newspaper with classified information on Israel’s nuclear program in 1986.

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