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Wednesday, January 16, 2002

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  • Money and Connections Bought Enron Power. Now, As the Company Unravels in Scandal, Can Theybuy It Innocence As Well?

    The plot of the Enron scandal thickens. Yesterday, Arthur Andersen, the accounting firm accused of bungling EnronCorporation’s audit, fired its partner in charge of reviewing the company’s books. Anderson said it had ordered thedestruction of thousands of documents and e-mail messages after learning that the Securities and Exchange Commissionhad begun an investigation of Enron’s accounting.

  • A Nigerian Woman Is Sentenced to Death By Stoning for Adultery

    After years of pressure from women’s rights activists in the US and around the world, the White House has finallypaid lip service to the plight of women in Afghanistan-when it is politically expedient to do so. And now we turn toanother country that the US and its transnational corporations have major oil interests in. In a case that could beas damaging to Nigeria as the hanging of writer and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, a Nigerian woman has beensentenced to death by stoning for the supposed crime of adultery. If her appeal does not go through, she will beburied to her waist in the sand and killed by public stoning with stones as big as fists.

  • The Voices of Conscience: Civil Rights and African Liberation Activists Who Opposed "The Good War", Part II

    Yesterday we spoke to the co-producer of a new documentary airing on PBS this week, "The Good War And Those WhoRefused To Fight It" which tells the story of conscientious objectors who refused to fight "the good war." World WarII is largely considered the most popular war of the century, but while 16 million Americans served in the militaryduring World War II, nearly 43,000 Americans refused to fight. We do not often hear the stories of these men, andespecially not in wartime. After the events of September 11th there has been a renewed media campaign of patriotismand gratitude for all war veterans.