Ethnic Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova was awarded the Sakharov prize for freedom of
thought by the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, last December. Rugova has
advocated a nonviolent struggle for Kosovo independence.
The Pentagon announced that it would move 380 members of the Special Operations Command
South to Puerto Rico in June, according to the Fellowship of Reconciliation. The troops
train Latin American militaries, including many Colombian soldiers. "SOC South is a
kind of off-shore School of the Americas," said FOR executive director John Dear, SJ.
More evidence that the poor are growing poorer, despite the booming economy: Bread for
the World's 1999 report, "The Changing Politics of Hunger," states that one in
eight families in the United States remain on the edge of hunger, and nearly 25 percent of
children under 6 live in families with incomes below the poverty line.
More than 600,000 U.S. teens planned to go without food for 30 hours in February as part
of the annual World Vision 30-Hour Famine. The Christian relief and development agency
hoped to raise more than $8 million as youth learned about hunger and famine issues. Last
year, more than 500,000 teens raised $6.5 million.