Thursday, July 12, 2001

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  • White House Admits Senior Administration Officials Met with Salvation Army to Discussregulation That Would Help It Discriminate Against Gays and Lesbians

    Yesterday the House Ways and Means Committee approved a major component of President Bush’s controversial"faith-based initiatives" proposal, when it voted to expand tax breaks for charitable contributions. The move cameas Administration officials were forced to admit that Karl Rove, President Bush’s senior advisor, was the firstperson contacted by the Salvation Army in its effort to win approval of a regulation allowing religious charities topractice anti-gay and lesbian workplace discrimination. The administration had previously insisted that senior WhiteHouse Officials were not involved in the Salvation Army’s request.

  • Woman Fired From Faith Based Organization for Being a Lesbian Files Lawsuit in US Districtcourt

    Alicia Pedreira knows the consequences of discrimination against gays and lesbians by faith based organizations firsthand. She was the subject of an extended article in the New York Times Magazine by Eyal Press entitled "FaithBased Furor." She was fired from her job with a federally supported faith-based organization in Kentucky after heremployers discovered that she is a lesbian.

  • President Bush Meets with the President of Algeria to Push for U.S. Investment As Hundreds of Thousands of Berbers Protest Against Economic Injustice, Military and Police Repression and Theofficial Re

    President George W. Bush meets today with the President of Algeria Abdelaziz Bouteflika. In its only press releaseconcerning the meeting, released three weeks ago and only three lines long, the White House explained:

    "The United States and Algeria share a broad range of interests in the Middle East and Africa, and have sought toenhance the level of their bilateral cooperation in recent years. The President looks forward to discussing bilateraland regional issues with President Bouteflika, including efforts to promote greater prosperity and stability in NorthAfrica."

    The meeting comes at a time when African countries are seeking to strengthen economic ties in the face globalizationled by Western nations. Yesterday, African leaders pledged to move their impoverished continent into the mainstreamof the global economy with a revamped structure modeled on the European Union. The 38-year-old Organization ofAfrican Unity (OAU) is to be transformed into a stronger African Union, which will be able to create a commonparliament, a central bank and court of justice, and a single currency. Nigeria, South Africa and Algeria are themost powerful countries in the OAU.