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  • Forsaken

    An attempt to explain the fighting in Africa. The Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire, has seen little political stability since independence in Belgium, serving more as an "all-purpose African battleground" for different interests of Africa rather than a struggle by its people. Current Congo President Kabila came to power backed by an army from Rwanda and Uganda and 10 other African nations, largely as payback for former President Mobutu support of the Power Hutus (in Rwanda) which resulted in 1994 genocide of 800,000 Tutsis AND moderate Hutus. Mobutu's ties with Rwanda spawned resentment from Congo natives. The climate was right for Kabila to seize power. Yet in 1998, Kabila transfers his allegiance to his former enemies, the Power Hutus, and Rwanda retaliates and other nations join the fray.
  • Laos: Exploding the Past

    Lovering tells the story of UXO Lao, a bomb disposal program in the poor country of Laos. From 1964 to 1973, Laos was the target of one of "the most extensive bombing campaigns in history... An average of one planeload of bombs fell every eight minute for nine years..." Prior to the Vietnam War, the CIA secretly orchestrated a civil war in Laos. When the fighting ensued in neighboring Vietnam, Laos became a target of air strikes. Some bomb specialists estimate that 30 percent of the bombs dropped on Laos failed to explode. A 1997 survey by Handicap International found that more than 10,000 people in Laos have been maimed or killed by unexploded bombs.
  • Diamond Wars: Special Report

    A New York Times special report reveals that diamond mines controlled by corrupt African governments or African rebels produce a small percentage of the diamonds found in United States and European jewelry stores. These warring groups use the profits from their diamond sales to fund wars. The investigation found that international law and irresponsible members in the international diamond community are partially to blame for this phenomenon.
  • A Soldier's Story

    U.S. News & World Report takes a look at the life of Eddie Carter, a black soldier who's military career was discounted in the 1940s because of his alleged involvement with the Communist Party. The Army recently bestowed the highest Medal of Honor on Carter, who died in 1963, but his family is still outraged by the treatment Carter received in his peak years.
  • Turkey's War on the Kurds

    At 25 million, the Kurds are the largest ethnic group in the world without their own state. With a similar language, religion, and culture, the Kurds have lived for thousands of years in an area that is now part of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria and the former Soviet Union. The civil strife in Turkey has received comparatively little coverage in the U.S. media. It is almost as though there are two sets of Kurds - the Kurds in Iraq, who seem to be viewed as the "good" Kurds because they oppose Saddam, and the Kurds in Turkey, who are "bad" because they oppose a U.S. ally. It doesn't seem to matter that there are four times as many Kurds in Turkey, or that both populations have suffered repression from their respective governments.
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    ARTnews investigates New York's Dahesh Museum. The museum was founded by Dr. Dahesh, either a successful Middle Eastern writer and art lover or, to his thousands of followers worldwide, a miracle-working religious prophet ranking with Christ, Mohammad, and Buddha. Dr. Dahesh amassed his art collection in Beirut and managed to smuggle it out of the war-torn city - about 3,000 works packed in a huge container and driven through the dangerous streets to the airport during the peak of a civil war. (Dec. 1996)
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    GQ reports on the civil war that has engulfed the Mohawk nation of Akwesasne sparked by the issue of gambling; one group saw gambling as economic salvation, others saw it as a violation of Mohawk principal, November 1993. # NY D'Ambrosio
  • Two faces of War

    San Diego Magazine runs a two-part series on Americans taking opposite sides in the Nicaragua war; finds San Diego connection to the contra supply network; support in the United States for the Sandinistas seems greater than for the contras; new information on domestic spying by FBI.
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    Stuart (Fla.) News series examines the adjustment of Guatemala's Kanjobal Indians, a primitive people who were driven from their homeland by civil war, to their new life in Indiantown, Fla., Oct. 13-17, 1985.