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  • Stephen Mumford’s house looks much like any other in the leafy suburbs of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. No one would ever guess what he has in his basement. Down there are more than 300,000 tiny yellow pellets in rows of white plastic jars. The pellets, made of a compound known as quinacrine, are bound for India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Morocco and more than a dozen other countries. There, in remote, often filthy clinics and doctors offices,...
    Jun 19, 1998 | Story
  • India’s Defense Minister said today that President Clinton should explain why the United States believes that it can, "trust China with nuclear weapons" while imposing economic sanctions on India for seeking a nuclear deterrent against what it perceives as threats from its nuclear-armed neighbors, China and Pakistan.
    Jun 18, 1998 | Story
  • Over the weekend Pakistan set off another nuclear bomb, bringing their total to six over the last few days. This following India’s 5 nuclear tests that have many analysts predicting a new nuclear arms race in South Asia. While the United States urges the two countries to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the fact is the U.S. has yet to be a signatory. This week, the Senate may take up the issue
    Jun 01, 1998 | Story
  • Risking an arms race with rival India, Pakistan exploded two nuclear devices today, two weeks after the New Delhi government undertook its own nuclear tests. In a statement that followed the testing, Pakistan said it was ready to adapt a nuclear warhead to its newly tested long range Ghauri missile. Pakistan tested the missile April 6, a missile that is capable of traveling 900 miles and hitting most targets in India.
    May 28, 1998 | Story
  • Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead on January 30 1948, by Nathram Godse, a Hindu nationalist enraged by Gandhi’s overtures to Muslims after the partition of Britain’s Indian empire into predominately Hindu India and officially Islamic Pakistan. The date of his death is now an Indian holiday, Martyr’s Day.
    Jan 30, 1998 | Story
  • On August 15, 1947 — fifty years ago today — British colonial rule on the Indian sub-continent came to an end.
    Aug 15, 1997 | Story
  • Today, we’re broadcasting from the Hart Senate Office building —-
    Hearing Room 216 to be precise -— where nominee Anthony Lake is
    expected to face more sharp questioning from some Republican
    opponents on the committee, notably Chairman Richard Shelby, a
    Republican from Alabama.

    These hearings come at a crucial time for the country’s
    intelligence agencies and for the Clinton administration. The
    estimated $30 billion intelligence...

    Mar 12, 1997 | Story
  • Last year’s revelations in the San Jose Mercury News about the role
    of the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contra rebels in California’s crack-
    cocaine trade in the 1980s highlighted the CIA’s relations with
    illegal narcotic traffickers. But CIA alliances with international
    narcotics traffickers is nothing new. Professor Alfred McCoy of the
    University of Wisconsin-Madison argues in his acclaimed book, The
    Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in...
    Feb 05, 1997 | Story
  • "We, military professionals who have devoted our lives to the national security of our countries and our peoples, are convinced that the continuing existence of nuclear weapons in the armories of nuclear power, and the ever present threat of acquisition of these weapons by others, constitutes a peril to global peace and security and to the safety and survival of the people we are dedicated to protect." So begins an historic statement...
    Dec 05, 1996 | Story
  • In the context of Emir of Kuwait’s White House visit with President Clinton, Dennis Bernstein discusses the post-war torture and purge of Palestinians from Kuwait. He points to two Pentagon documents that outline U.S. involvement with a Kuwaiti five year plan to impose martial law, censorship of the press, mandatory identity cards, and prison camps for Palestinians who refuse to leave the country. As Palestinians leave the country, they...
    Feb 29, 1996 | Story