Monthly Archives: April 2002

A Review of Civil Liberties One Year After 9/11

As the failed hunt for Osama Bin Laden gives way to preparations for the invasion of Iraq, and as the passing of a year of mourning gives way to commercial exploitation and political opportunism, many Americans are beginning to realize … Continue reading

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April Brings Shower of Local Arts

April is a busy time for artists and art enthusiasts in Champaign and Urbana. The Octopus-sponsored Art Walk will take place the weekend of April 19 and 20. This is an opportunity for local artists, galleries, and businesses to be … Continue reading

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The Ogoni Struggle in Nigeria

Nigeria was a colony of Great Britain from the turn of the twentieth century until 1960. It is about 1/3 larger than the state of Texas, but is by far the most populous country in Africa with over 120 million … Continue reading

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Earth Day These Days

“[O]n April 22, 1970, Earth Day was held, one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy…” American Heritage Magazine, October 1993 Earth Day, April 22, 1970. A beautiful spring day. Twenty million Americans converge on a Wednesday, … Continue reading

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Good to the Last Drop? Crisis for Coffee Growers Mandates Consumer Response

Since returning from Nicaragua I have closely followed the news from that region. The news has not been good. During the summer of 2000, I stayed with a family in Matagalpa who lived in a small wooden shack set in … Continue reading

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My Brief Foray into Capitalism

It was February 20, 2002, my first time in the state Capitol building. I was accompanying the 85% Coalition members, who were planning to sit in the gallery during Governor George Ryan’s State of the Budget address. Since recent legislation … Continue reading

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