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Friday, February 23, 2001

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  • As African-American History Month Continues, Today We Remember the Lynching Era

    The Tulsa Race Riot Commission will present its final report next week, recommending that the state of Oklahoma makereparations to the survivors of one of the most brutal race riots in history. On May 31, 1921, a white lynch mobopened fire on a group of blacks who sought to protect a shoeshine man accused of assaulting a white woman. By thenext day, the mob had set fire to a dozen black churches, thousands of homes and turned a thriving black businessdistrict to ashes. Seventy deaths have been documented, but experts believe the death toll could easily have exceeded300.

  • Albanian Attacks Escalate in Southern Serbia

    This week NATO officials visiting the region voiced optimism over talks with Serbian and ethnic Albanianrepresentatives.

  • State Sponsored Assassination: Israel, Colombia and the U.S.

    The targeting of Palestinians suspected of attacking Israelis amounts to a policy of state assassination, AmnestyInternational said in a new report. The human rights organization urged Israeli authorities to put an end to thispolicy and to investigate all unlawful killings of Palestinians. Amnesty International USA also urged the USgovernment to thoroughly review all arms transfers to Israel in light of reports that US weapons are being used tocommit state assassinations.

  • Afro-Colombians Face Military and Paramilitary Violence

    Afro-Colombians make up 35% of the Colombian population, with most of them concentrated along the Pacific coast. Theyface threats of violence from paramilitaries as well as serious health complications and crop contamination fromgovernment fumigation of coca plants.