Tuesday, June 26, 2001

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  • Censorship at the National Press Club; Or, Trying to Question Henry Kissinger

    Henry Kissinger is touring the country again, promoting his new book and speaking before packed audiences. Kissingeris increasingly being dogged internationally by questions about his knowledge of crimes against humanity committed byformer Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and others–and about his own complicity in these events. Where he hasn’tfaced much questioning about war crimes is here in the U.S. Russell Mokiber of the Corporate Crime Reporter,who attempted to question Kissinger at a recent National Press Club speech in Washington, explains why.

  • Anti-Sanctions Activists Visit Site of Recent Bombing in Iraq Where 23 People Were Killed

    A delegation from Voices in the Wilderness, the campaign to end the economic sanctions against the people of Iraq,traveled this weekend to Mosul to visit the site in Northern Iraq where 23 people were killed and eleven injured lastweek in what Iraqi officials charge was a U.S. and British bombing. They met with survivors of the incident, talkedto doctors in local hospitals, and viewed debris at the site which included chunks of a missile inscribed withEnglish lettering.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Meets with President Bush As Survivors of the Sabra Andshatila Massacre in Lebanon Charge That Sharon Should Be Indicted for Crimes Against Humanity

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon meets with President Bush in Washington today for the second time since his Marchelection. The visit comes as Israel is threatening to break the June 13 cease-fire brokered by CIA director GeorgeTenet. According to a senior Israeli official who spoke on condition of anonymity, Sharon will seek to bolster tieswith the United States by pointing to "terrorist" threats that both countries face. At an address to Jewish leadersin New York yesterday, Sharon called Palestinian President Yasser Arafat "murderer and a pathological liar" and "thehead of a terrorist gang."

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