Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000 15:48:00 -0700 (PDT)

Alternative News this evening on KUCI

Irvine -- For this evening's edition of Alternative News, we bring you the latest Pacifica strikers' Free Speech Radio Newscast, as well as a special feature on Cuba from Making Contact of the National Radio Project, just as the House voted to lift portions of the embargo on Cuba.

The show airs from 5-6 p.m. this evening on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County, Calif., and on the Web at

Details follow:
Making Contact

       "The Cuban Way:
       Yesterday and Today"

       Life on the Caribbean Island of Cuba
       over the last forty years has involved
       enormous change and complexities.
       On this program we take a look at
       the history and current challenges of
       the Cuban Revolution. 


       Jos Altshuler, peace activist and
       researcher in Havana, Cuba 
       Delvis Fernndez Levy, president
       of the Cuban-American 
       Nancy Mirabal, asst. professor,
       La Raza Studies, San Francisco
       State University 
       Dr. Nelson Valdes, professor of
       Sociology at the University of New
       Archival tape of President Fidel
       Castro, Ernesto "Che" Guevara,
       and broadcasts from Radio

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Free Speech Radio News
July 21, 2000 

     Is the IMF at the Root of Pipeline Spills That Kill Hundreds of
Nigerian People? 
     Loans from the International Monetary Fund - or IMF - to developing
countries often come with
     conditions attached which weigh most heavily on the poor. In Nigeria,
the government is now
     negotiating for a one billion dollar loan. Past IMF loans have been
tied to increases in the gasoline
     prices paid by Nigerian consumers, and in May, those prices went up
by ten percent in line with IMF
     requirements. Ironically, those worst hit by the price increases are
oil producing communities,
     especially those near oil pipelines. Early this month, three hundred
people scooping fuel from a leaking
     pipeline near the Niger delta town of Warri were burnt to death when
the oil caught fire. As Sam
     Olukoya reports from the Niger delta, the incident demonstrates the
human and natural costs of
     IMF-imposed economic policy. 

     "Affordable" AIDS Drugs More Than Average Africans' Annual Income 
     The U.S. Export-Import Bank announced this week that it will loan one
billion dollars a year to
     sub-Saharan African countries to help them buy U.S.-made drugs and
support their battle against
     AIDS. The loans will allow the countries to buy so-called combination
therapies at major discounts,
     although even at a discount those therapies cost one to two thousand
dollars a year per patient. And
     the loans themselves must be repaid by the governments at market
interest rates. The Export-Import
     Bank plan is the latest in a series of moves by affluent nations and
international pharmaceutical
     companies to respond to criticisms that life-saving drugs have been
priced out of the reach of the
     world's poor. But, as Rupert Cook reports from Durban, South Africa,
it's far from clear that the actions
     taken so far will make a dent in the AIDS pandemic among the world's

     Russia and the G8 Summit 
     Russian President Vladimir Putin has had quite a week. First, he
traveled to Beijing for talks with
     Chinese President Jiang Zemin which produced a declaration warning
the U.S. not to build a national
     missile defense system, and several agreements on economic
cooperation between Russia and China.
     Then Putin went to North Korea, where he secured an agreement from
Pyongyang that it would halt its
     rocket development program, provided it could use other countries'
rocket technology. And by now he's
     arrived on the Japanese island of Okinawa for the Group of Eight
Summit of industrialized nations. The
     G8 summit has already been met by protests from more than twenty-five
thousand local residents who
     want the U.S. Air Force Base on Okinawa closed, as well as from
leaders of developing countries who
     want rich countries to follow through on debt relief plans. Professor
David Kotz teaches at the University
     of Massachusetts at Amherst. He spoke with host Matt Martin. 

     Censored by Monsanto, TV Reports Sue Fox TV Station 
     This week in Tampa, Florida a Civil Lawsuit filed by 2 Former Fox
Television Reporters against their
     former employer, local Fox affiliate WTVT, began on Monday.
Investigative reporters Steve Wilson And
     Jane Akre say they refused to lie. In a story they produced about a
bovine growth hormone used by
     Florida Milk Producers. They claim that Monsanto, who manufactures
the hormone - called Ponsilac -
     called on Fox to put pressure on the reporters to soften their
story.......Mitch Perry reports from Tampa.

     The Computer Industry and Toxic Waste 
     One of the claims made on behalf of the so-called "new economy" is
that, because it's based on
     information, not natural resources, it treads more lightly on the
environment than traditional smokestack
     industries. Environmentalists in California's Silicon Valley,
however, have found that the reality of
     information technology is not as clean as its image -- and they're
leading a drive to hold computer
     manufacturers responsible for the toxic materials which can be found
in every microprocessor. Max
     Pringle has more from San Jose. 


     Free Speech Radio News is a production of Pacifica Reporters Against
Censorship. Over 40 freelance
     reporters in 14 states and four continents are boycotting the
Pacifica Network News for censoring
     legitimate news stories. These reporters are risking their

     Free Speech Radio is produced by Aaron Glantz. 
     Thanks to the National Radio Project for leasing us production space.
     Vanessa Tait provided technical assistance.
     Krissy Clark coordinates distribution.
     Matt Martin anchors. 

Daniel C. Tsang
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