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Caterpillar contract ratified

By Jerry White, 28 March 1998

United Auto Workers members at Caterpillar narrowly approved a new six-year contract on March 22. It was the second vote organized by the UAW. A month ago the workers defied the recommendation of the union and voted down essentially the same contract by a 58 percent margin.

Clinton "feels the pain" of Africa, and prepares new imperialist crimes

By Bill Vann, 28 March 1998

While the thrust of the African trip has been to present an upbeat image of a thriving new continent ready to serve as the partner of US multinationals, Clinton has laced his speeches with apologies or near-apologies for the past sins of the United States.

Doug Varone and certain trends in contemporary modern dance

By Andrea Grant-Friedman, 28 March 1998

Doug Varone and Dancers, as they recently demonstrated in performance at the Joyce Theater in New York City, exhibit some of the most well defined technical and physical elements that have emerged in late twentieth century modern dance.

Films on US television this week

By David Walsh, 28 March 1998

Some interesting films on US television -- a weekly Arts Review feature of the World Socialist Web Site

New decline in US union membership

By Shannon Jones, 28 March 1998

According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics there was another significant drop in US union membership last year, continuing a decades-long trend that has seen the percentage of the American work force organized in unions approach the level that prevailed before the industrial organizing struggles of the 1930s.

The man and the guinea pigs: a New York City fable

By Bill Vann, 28 March 1998

Youri Cheng, a 27-year-old New York City resident, is facing charges carrying up to 86 years in prison for the crime of illegally releasing his pet guinea pigs in Central Park.


By David Walsh, 28 March 1998

The shooting death of four young girls and a teacher in Arkansas at the hands of two students, aged 11 and 13, was a horrible event. No account, particularly one written without a thorough knowledge of the lives and mental states of those responsible, can fully explain the tragedy, much less provide consolation for those immediately involved.

"You can't hold back the human spirit"

By David Walsh, 27 March 1998

World Socialist Web Site arts editor David Walsh interviewed Richard Linklater recently in New York City, where the filmmaker was presenting his new film,The Newton Boys, at the American Museum of the Moving Image. Linklater, the director of Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise and SubUrbia, is one of the most interesting filmmakers currently working in the US.

A tribute to human resiliency

By David Walsh, 27 March 1998

Film review: The Newton Boys, directed by Richard Linklater, written by Richard Linklater, Claude Stanush and Clarke Lee Walker, based on the book by Claude Stanush

Damning testimony in government inquiry into BSE crisis

By Barbara Slaughter, 27 March 1998

The official government inquiry into the crisis involving BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy), sometimes called mad cow disease, and its human form, new variant CJD (Creutzfeldt Jacobs Disease), began in London on Monday, March 9, shortly after the twenty-fourth British fatality from the disease was reported.