Democracy Now! February 16, 1999

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Democracy Now! February 16, 1999
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American Airlines Sick-out; Violent Crime and Native Americans; Kurdish Rebel Leader Arrested

American Airlines Sick-out Most pilots with American Airlines have returned to work after a 10-day massive sick-out to protest the two-tiered pay scale imposed by the airline after it bought Reno Air, a smaller airline. After canceling 12% of its flights yesterday, American announced that it expected to fly nearly all of its scheduled flights today. GUEST: Julius Getman, Prof. of Labor Law and author of book about the 1987 strike against the International Paper Co. GUEST: Wesley Kennedy, Chicago attorney. GUEST: Rod Thurton, head of the Pan-Caribbean Research Institute. Violent Crime and Native Americans A study release over the weekend by the Justice Department says that American Indians are the victims of violent crime at a rate of more than twice the national average. We look at at the history of violence against Native American communities, and at what factors may have contributed to the findings of the report. GUEST: Suzan Harjo, President of the Morning Star Institute, and Indian rights advocacy group. GUEST: Mike Her Many Horses, councilman and Tribal Historian in Wounded Knee, SD. GUEST: Peter Iverson, Prof. fo American Indian History at AZ state. Kurdish Rebel Leader Arrested Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan's internationl quest for asylum ended today after Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit announced that the Kurdish independence leader had been taken to Turkey to face justice. In a statement soon afer Ocalan's arrival in Turkey, Ecevit said: "We had promised that the state would catch him, we have kept our promise. He well pay the proce of his accounts to the independent Turkish courts." Ocalan faces charges of treason and terrorism, and faces the death penalty if convicted. Thousands of Kurds took to the streets all over Europe to protest Ocalan's arrest, seizing Greek misions, taking diplomats hostage and holding mass protests indozens of cities. There are rreports that some people set themselves of fire, and many protesters have announced that they may also torch themselves. GUEST: Kani Zulam, Dir. of the American Kurdish Information Network. GUEST: Ertugrul Kurkeu, journalist for IPS, a Third World News Service.

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February 16, 1999
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February 16, 1999
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