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Friday, April 13, 2001

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  • Bolivian Security Forces Crack Down On Water Privatization Protest March

    Last year, under IMF urging, Bolivian water was privatized and sold to Bechtel and other foreign companies.Immediately water bills doubled or tripled and sparked a series of widespread protests in February and April.Authorities fired tear gas and live bullets, killing one. In April of last year, the government called a state ofsiege.

  • Mayor of Cincinnati Declares State of Emergency and Imposes Curfew

    With police in riot gear out in the streets, the mayor of Cincinnati yesterday declared a state of emergency andimposed a citywide curfew amid the largest racial uprising since the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in1968. Activists shouted down Mayor Charles Luken during the news conference, accusing him of bailing out of a meetingon their efforts to obtain a parade permit for a protest march.

  • Alaska Oil Insiders Expose the Dangers of Arctic Drilling

    The technology used to drill oil in the arctic region can be fatal to workers and devastating to the environment.This, from a group of workers at the Prudhoe Bay site that is a model for proposed development of the Arctic NationalWildlife Refuge. In information released today, the whistle blowers charge that cost-cutting design, deferredmaintenance, leaky and stuck valves, and under staffing make the arctic oil wells a disaster waiting to happen.Already accidents at Prudhoe Bay have resulted in hundreds of contaminating spills, a major fire and the deaths ofseveral workers.