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Y2K Hopes And Fears: Interviews Available

LLOYD J. DUMAS
Author of “Lethal Arrogance: Human Fallibility and Dangerous Technologies” and professor of political economy at the University of Texas at Dallas, Dumas can assess potential Y2K technical problems as well as the millennial activities of religious cults.

JOHN J. SIMON
Albert Einstein has just been named Time magazine’s “Person of the Century.” In 1949, Einstein wrote the essay “Why Socialism?” for the premier issue of Monthly Review, a magazine on whose board Simon now serves. [Einstein’s essay is on the above web page.] Simon, a retired book publisher, said today: “Einstein was a lifelong socialist and a committed anti-fascist. He was opposed to the anti-communist witch-hunts of the 1940s and ’50s and helped found the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee because the ACLU refused to represent alleged communists. He was a Zionist who supported a bi-national state for both Jews and Arabs; he was a pacifist, nonetheless later supported the struggle against Hitler. He worked to have nuclear energy under the control of the United Nations, and was generally a strong opponent of U.S. Cold War policies.”
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KRYSS CHUPP
This week, the Christian Peacemaker Teams will maintain a vigil and conduct actions in front of the International Monetary Fund building in Washington, calling on the IMF to cancel debts of the poorest nations. Chupp, training coordinator for the Christian Peacemaker Teams, says: “This is a Holy Jubilee year — the Biblical concept of Jubilee calls for the wiping out of debts, the release of slaves, rest for the earth and the return of land to those dispossessed.” She adds: “We call on the IMF to cancel the unpayable debts of the world’s poorest countries. For example, a child born today in the Philippines inherits a $700 debt.”
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CHUCK COLLINS
Co-director of United for a Fair Economy and co-author of a recently released study, “Divided Decade: Economic Disparity at the Century’s Turn,” Collins said: “Ten years ago, there were 66 billionaires and 31.5 million people living below the poverty line in this country. Today, there are 268 billionaires and 34.5 million people living below the official poverty line — about $13,000 for a three-person family.”
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy: Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020