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USA: Corporate Media Misses Protest Story, Focuses on Violence
by Tamara StrausAlterNet
August 16th, 2000
It was an odd fact of the demonstrations surrounding the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles that the only protests to get mass media coverage were those where cops moved in and arrested people.

USA: Los Angeles Police Defend Crackdown on Protest
by Arthur SpiegelmanReuters
August 15th, 2000
Civil liberties groups threatened to sue the Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday, saying it shot innocent people in the back with rubber bullets as they peacefully left a Democratic Convention protest, but the city's top cop said he felt good about police actions.

USA: Los Angeles Activists Target Corporate Greed
by Christine HanleyAssociated Press
August 14th, 2000
Activists organized protests against corporate greed, oil company abuses and the lack of campaign finance reform to mark Monday's opening of the Democratic National Convention.

USA: Oil Corporations Woo Democrats
Associated Press
August 14th, 2000
While Democrats will be partying all across Tinseltown this week, these events go far beyond typical convention-week soirees. Each is aimed at the Democrat who would take over a key committee if the party managed to regain control of Congress in the November elections.

USA: U'wa March Trashes Gore
by Tamara StrausAlterNet
August 14th, 2000
To put it mildly, the U'wa are a touchy issue for Gore. The presidential candidate owns between $500,000 and $1 million in Occidental stock and his father, Al Gore Sr., served as chair of the board for 28 years, earning an annual salary of $500,000. The elder Gore was such a close political ally of the company that Armand Hammer, Occidental's founder and CEO, liked to say that he had Gore ''in my back pocket.''

USA: Lieberman's Big Donations From Big Businesses
by Elizabeth ShogrenLos Angeles Times
August 9th, 2000
An analysis of campaign-finance records released yesterday by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics also showed that Lieberman has received more contributions this election cycle from insurance companies than any other senator.

USA: Reform Party Suffers Raucous Split
by Megan GarveyLos Angeles Times
August 9th, 2000
A meeting of Reform Party leaders in Long Beach erupted in chaos Tuesday, with screaming, shoving matches, a walkout by loyalists to party founder Ross Perot and a declaration that social conservative Pat Buchanan is now guaranteed the fractured party's presidential nomination.

USA: Joe Lieberman, Bad For The Jews, Bad For The Country
by Michael LernerExcerpted from Belief.net
August 7th, 2000
Among the candidates considered by Al Gore for the vice-presidential nomination, Joseph Lieberman is likely to accelerate the process in which the two major parties seem to be merging into one pro-business, pro-wealthy, elitist, and morally tone-deaf governing force.

USA: Bush the Main Act for TV Convention
by Frazier MooreAssociated Press
August 4th, 2000
Humorist Bill Maher began ABC's ''Politically Incorrect'' Thursday with rousing words. ''We finally had the big moment tonight that America was waiting for at the Republican National Convention,'' he said. ''The end.''

USA: Protests Rock GOP, End in 282 Arrests
by John NicholsThe Nation
August 1st, 2000
''Whose streets? Our streets!'' chanted thousands of activists as they poured into the downtown Philadelphia for what may well have been the most raucous day of demonstrations outside a national convention since Chicago in 1968.

USA: GOP's Empty Promises to People of Color
by Richard FellingerPhiladelphia Weekly
August 1st, 2000
This marks the second consecutive convention in which the GOP is trying to sell itself to minorities and progressive whites. Remember that patronizing ''big-tent'' rhetoric from San Diego four years ago?

USA: Anti-Poverty Activists March in Philadelphia
by David MorganReuters
July 31st, 2000
Thousands of protesters, led by people in wheelchairs, marched on the Republican National Convention on Monday to demand economic rights for people oppressed by poverty and homelessness.

USA: Touring the Real Philly
by Jennifer BleyerAlterNet
July 30th, 2000
''There are 250,000 families living below the poverty line in Philadelphia, and 40,000 abandoned houses that the city has boarded up. That's an incredible disconnect that the Republicans won't be talking about this week!'' shouts activist Tamzin Cheshire.

Burma: Cheney, Milosevic and Premier Oil Do Business with Junta
The Guardian (London)
July 28th, 2000
What do Dick Cheney, Slobodan Milosevic and the British company Premier Oil have in common? Answer: they all firmly believe in doing business with Burma, home to perhaps the world's most oppressive regime.

USA: African-American Community Takes a Deeper Look at Ralph Nader
by Cedric MuhammadBlackElectorate.com
July 28th, 2000
The logic, according to Democrats and Gore supporters is that by voting for Ralph Nader, people are only taking votes away from Al Gore and helping Gov. Bush walk into the White House -- directly benefiting from Gore's loss of the traditional Democratic votes that Nader represents. But can any self-respecting Black honestly say that Blacks have benefited under Clinton-Gore -- enough to automatically extend their reign for another 4 years -- with no questions asked?

USA: Dick Cheney's Oil Connections
Drillbits and Tailings (Project Underground)
July 25th, 2000
Having ensured the continued flow of cheap oil from the Gulf by waging a war with Iraq, and after his boss, George Bush's ouster from office by Clinton in 1992, Dick Cheney turned his attention to the corporate world.

USA: Former Monsanto Lobbyist Appointed to Represent Consumers on GE Food Issues
by Tom AbateSan Francisco Chronicle
July 24th, 2000
Leading consumer and environmental groups are fuming because the Clinton administration has appointed a former Monsanto Corp. lobbyist to represent U.S. consumers on a transatlantic committee set up to avoid a trade war over genetically engineered foods.

USA: Health Care Firms Spend Big to Head Off Reforms
by Jeff LeedsLos Angeles Times
July 23rd, 2000
With billions of dollars in profits on the line, the health care industry is waging the largest national advertising campaign ever conducted by a political special interest, with a price tag for the election cycle that could approach $90 million--more than either of the major presidential candidates is expected to spend.

USA: Army of Protestors Prepare to Greet GOP
by Thomas GinsbergPhiladelphia Inquirer
July 9th, 2000
Three weeks before Republicans hold their national convention, it appears the number of protesters gathering in Philadelphia could rival the 30,000 delegates and party members attending the convention itself.

AFRICA: Illegal Diamond Trade Funds War in Sierra Leone
UMCOR
April 19th, 2000
Peace cannot be sustained in Sierra Leone until controls are imposed on the illegal selling of diamonds used to finance its civil war, according to a recent study.

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