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The Peace Plan: Against the Odds

by Dennis Marker 11-01-1987

On August 7, five Central American presidents met to discuss the prospects for peace in Central America.

Who Killed Ben Linder?

by Dennis Marker 07-01-1987

As congressional hearings began in Washington to determine the "facts" in the Iran-contra scandal, the family of Ben Linder attended his funeral in Nicaragua.

One Year After Chernobyl

by Dennis Marker 05-01-1987

On April 28, 1986, Chernobyl became a household word. On that day the world learned some frightening new lessons about nuclear power.

Basement Diplomacy

by Dennis Marker 02-01-1987

For the past six years, Ronald Reagan and his administration have virtually controlled Washington.

A Policy of Deception

by Dennis Marker 12-01-1986

On October 2 the Washington Post published a story describing a Reagan administration campaign of deception designed to make Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi think that, among other things, he was about to be attacked again by U.S. bombers.

'No Danger'

by Dennis Marker 07-01-1986
The Chernobyl reactor meltdown was predictable and is bound to happen again.

Chernobyl's radioactive cloud had not yet reached the shores of the Pacific when official U.S. government pronouncements began assuring citizens that there was no danger to the public health. The same message had already been delivered by governments of other countries to their citizens as the radioactive cloud passed overhead.

Socialist and capitalist countries alike could agree that the radioactive release was safe for everyone living outside the immediate area of the Chernobyl plant. Radiation levels increased by more than 500 percent in some areas hundreds of miles away from the accident, but citizens were still assured this was safe. And in what can only be viewed as political double talk, some governments actually told their citizens the air was perfectly safe to breathe, while the fruit and vegetables in the same places might be unsafe to eat.

The Chernobyl reactor meltdown was predictable. The location and time were unknown, of course, but a nuclear disaster of this magnitude was bound to happen once, and unfortunately, it's bound to happen again.

The response of governments throughout the world has also been predictable. Hasty assurances of public safety were followed with detailed explanations of why a nuclear power disaster could not occur in their countries. And most predictable of all was the nearly unanimous silence about the victims of this accident.


by Dennis Marker 05-01-1986

Two dictators fell from power in the first months of 1986.

Under Attack

by Dennis Marker 03-01-1985

Christian churches, groups, and individuals under attack from the "New Right."

Baptist Fundamentalism '84

by Jim Rice, by Dennis Marker 06-01-1984

We went to the Washington Convention Center out of curiosity.