ten lectures, 1 credit
SOVIET SEMIOTICS OF CULTURE
(alf in English)
Lecturer: ANN SHUKMAN, Oxford University
Place: Lecture Room 2, MLB
Time: 4-5:30 p.m., beginning April 8
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Page 10-Saturday, April 5, 1980-The Michigan Daily
U.S. clergymen to
give hostages Easter
services in Tehran
From AP and UPI
Three American clergymen left for
Tehran yesterday to hold Easter ser-
vices for American hostages held by
militants inside the U.S. Embassy.
A spokesman for the embassy
militants said American and Iranian
clergymen had been invited to pay an
Easter Sunday visit to the hostages,
who on Good Friday spent their 153rd
day as captives.
ONE OF THE clergymen, the Rev.
Darrell Rupiper, a Roman Catholic
from Omaha, Neb., said he hoped the
trip would be "beneficial to the
hostages, and hopefully, it will serve to
bring about reconciliation between
America and Iran."
Rupiper said he was invited to
Tehran with the Rev. Jack Bremer, a
Methodist from Lawrence, Kan., and
the Rev. Nelson Thompson, a Kansas
City, Mo., Methodist. All three are
members of the American-Iranian
Crisis Resolution Committee, and
Rupiper and Bremer recently traveled
through Iran under committee
The militants said Iranian television
might film the visit, as it did services
- by three American clergymen last
Christmas. Those churchmen said they
saw 43 Americans at the embassy and
three others held at the Foreign
Ministry since the Nov. 4 embassy
BUT ON A more discouraging note,
an Iranian religious leader said U.S.
"threats" would not affect Iran's
decision to keep the Americans hostage
until the new parliament convened in
about two months and ruled on their
New anti-American propaganda
poured from Iran as newspapers, radio,
clergy, and government officials joined
the militants in criticizing President
Carter for what they called his "rejec-
tion" of a demand by the Revolutionary
Council to clarify U.S. policy.
The rhetoric came the day after the
council delayed a proposal that it
request the embassy miltants to turn
over the hostages to the government.
Iranian leaders reportedly wanted Car-
ter to agree that the Iranian
Parliament, or Majlis, has the right to
decide the fate of the hostages, as
decreed by revolutionary leader
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
"THE ISSUE of the hostages will be
decided by the unified will of the nation
through the Islamic consultative
assembly (Majlis) which shall decide
on it, shall announce their decision and
act on it," a leading Iranian clergyman
told a Sabbath Prayer assembly.
"American threats to . . take
economic or political reprisals against
the Iranian government will not have
the slightest effect," Hojatoeslam Ali
Khamenei said in his weekly sermon at
Tehran radio said: "It seems that the
U.S. president has rejected the Iranian
Revolutionary Council's call to clarify
his stand candidly."
THE FOREIGN Ministry said Carter
was engaged in a war of nerves, and an
embassy militant declared: "We didn't
expect the great Satan of America to do
anything but make empty threats."
About 200 Iranians demonstrated out-
side the embassy to protest what they
said was U.S. pressure to free the
Americans before the Majlis convenes,
probably in June.
As price for the hostages' freedom,
Khomeini and the militants are deman-
ding the return of the ousted Shah
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi from Egypt,
where he is undergoing cancer therapy
and recovering from surgery to remove
his cancerous spleen on March 28.
ON TUESDAY, Iranian President
Abolhassan Bani-Sadr said in a speech
that he would ask the 13-member
Revolutionary Council to take custody
of the hostages if Carter pledged to
issue no further "propaganda" or
"provocations." On Wednesday, the
White House made such a pledge, and
on Thursday Bani-Sadr said he was
satisfied and would request council ac-
However, in a stormy four-hour
meeting Thursday night, the council
decided to ask Carter for further
ABC-News reported that Bani-Sadr
asked Carter by telex to say he under-
stood the Majlis had the "right" to
decide the hostage issue. ABC said Car-
ter responded by telex that he under-
stood that was the Iranian position but
did not mention the Majlis' "right." It
was not clear when the exchange took
THIS IS THE VIEW of Kay Gregory's legs as seen through a window at
Tucson, Ariz. City Hall. The view has'led a couple of men to smack into
the side of the building as they passed by, and that in turn has led city
officials to order the window covered as a safety precaution.
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TUCSON, Ariz. * (AP) - Kay
Gregory's legs have been declared a
safety'hazard, and the city of Tucson
has removed them from public view.
Gregory works in the glass-enclosed
Governmental Reference Library on
the first floor of City Hall. Because two
men smacked into the building recently
while gawking at her legs as they went
by, officials have had the windows
IN ONE incident, -authorities say, a
man who gazed at Gregory as he
walked past one of the office windows
slammed right into a concrete pillar.
"I didn't see him," Gregory, 31, said
in an interview yesterday. "But
another worker walking behind him
did, and came in laughing to tell us
"That poor guy's never going to be
able to look at women's legs again
without worrying about running into a
wall," she said.
ON ANOTHER occasion, a yP
man riding a skateboard past the w
dows swerved into a corner of the
building, presumably because he was
watching Gregory's legs instead ot
where he was going.
City safety coordinator William Wan-
tland said that after being told that, he
sent "a kind of humorous memo" to the
library head, advising her to do
something about the situation.
The memo read: "Please cause the
office furniture in the Governmen@
Reference Library to be arranged in
such a way as to minimize distractions
to persons passing by the window.
Soviets showing restraint
in Afghanistan, U.S. says
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Soviet
Union is showing some restraint in the
face of mo'unting opposition in
Afghanistan, perhaps because it wants
widespread participation in the
Moscow Olympics, U.S. officials said
In the past month, the Soviets have
not mounted a major new offensive or
augmented their force of 80,000 troops
in Afghanistan, the officials said.
"They're in a dilemma about taking a
bigger role," one said.
THE OFFICIALS briefed reporters
on the Afghanistan situation on the con-
dition that their names not be used.
The officials said they also are "very
skeptical" of refugee reports that the
Soviets have used nerve gas or mustard
gas in their attacks against guerrillas,
although they apparently have used
non-lethal chemicals like tear gas.
The Afghan situation, as seen by the
U.S. officials, is that the Soviets have
managed to establish firm control over
only a few cities and roads in the coun-
try, principally around Kabul, the
ELSEWHERE, THE Soviet military
conducts periodic sweeps to try to drive
the Afghan insurgents out of the
The Afghan insurgents, in classic
guerrilla fashion, await opportunities to
ambush or harrass the Soviets. When
the Soviets are out in force, the
guerrillas fade into the mountains or
over the Pakistani border. When the
Soviets withdraw to their garrisons, the
rebels return to their villages and
The fighting is spreading from tt
mountainous eastern area to western
sections of the country, particularly
near Herat, the officials said.
"THE SOVIETS don't have enough
troops to Igarrison the whole country,"
one official said.
Although spring and summer are the
most favorable times for the Soviets to
conduct operations, the officials said
they see no evidence that the Sovi
are mobilizing on a national scaleW
send more troops into Afghanistan.
There are two Soviet divisions ready at
the Afghan border, but they have been
there for several months.
The officials said they could only
speculate on the reasons for the
Soviets' relative restraint.
One possibility is that they are un-
willing to risk a major offensive at a
time when they are trying to persuade
as many nations as possible to par-
ticipate in the Moscow Olympi
despite U.S. calls for a boycott, they
Another possibility, the officials said,
is that the Soviets are taking an oppor-
tunity to evaluate their troops' perfor-
mance in the first large-scale combat
operations for the Red army in 35
Meanwhile, the officials say the
government of Babrak Karmal, whom
the Soviets installed as head of *
Afghan government during the, inter-
vention in the country in December, has
had no success in expanding its base of
popular support or in gaining
recognition and legitimacy from neigh-
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