Pag. 2- The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 9, 1987
Soviet parade airs, in MLB
By EDDY MENG
Approximately 30 people
gathered in the MLB Saturday
afternoon to watch a taped
presentation of a parade commemo-
rating the 70th anniversary of what
the Soviets call the "Great October
The special presentation was an
extension of a program started three
years ago when Soviet television
was incorporated into Russian
The Center for Russian and
Eastern European Studies received a
license as one of a dozen sites around
the country to show Russian
television programs from Orbita
Technologies. The large satellite
dish on top of the MLB tracks the
satellites that beam television sig-
nals intended mainly for the Eastern
parts of the Soviet Union.
The parade featured marching
bands, flags, banners, and horses.
Red Square was splashed with red
flags and posters, brightening-up an
otherwise overcast day.
There was also the customary
display of military might. Soldiers
marched in step, followed by an
array of tanks and missiles.
Historical footage of Soviet World
War II victories and a speech by the
Minister of Defense emphasized a
Professcr Michael Makin,
concentration adviser for Slavic
Language and Literature, pointed out
some ironic moments. The display
of military might took place under
the watchful eyes of a huge poster of
Lenin and another poster with
Gorbachev's slogans of peace and
Slavic Language TA Ben Rifkin
said, "It is probably the first time
the word democracy has appeared in
The parade activities themselves
were based on religious ritual. "It is
ironic that the Soviets are now a
virtually nonreligious people, and
yet this celebration is deeply rooted
in the traditional Russian Orthodox
Church. They perform the rituals
without knowing their traditional
contexts," Makin said.
Rifkin said, while reading a
statement to the viewers, "The
festivities are joyful and the crowd
will yell 'hurrah,' but do not forget
those who fell victim to terror and
famine over the 70 years of Soviet
history that these festivities fail to
mention. There are no mentions of
the darker side of Soviet history."
Rifkin explained that the
programs are authentic Soviet
television programming: "They are
not intended for other viewers
outside of the country. The Soviets
change nothing for American
"We want the students to be
proficient at the Russian language
for their own goals. We want the
students to understand Russian and
to approach it critically. The goal of
this presentation is not to convert
people to Communism or anything,
but to make it possible for students
to engage in complex conversation,
even political arguments in Russian
if that's what they want," Rifkin
The people who came to see the
presentation were there for a variety
of reasons. Some came out of
curiosity, and some were actual
former Soviet citizens who came to
see how the parade has changed.
RC sophomore Alexandra
Chistyakova, who left the Soviet
Union six years ago, said, "The
leaders are definitely more alive.
They seem more into it this year.
But there is still the usual party
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Tunisia proclaims 'new era'
TUNIS, Tunisia - The regime that abruptly removed elderly President
Habib Bourguiba from power proclaimed a "new era" yesterday, promis-
ing greater political freedom which could include an amnesty for exiled
This capital city was calm one day after the country's newly installed
prime minister, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, seized control from the ailing,
84-year-old Bourguiba. Tunisia's only president in its 31 years of inde-
Police and armored cars barred access to Bourguiba's palace in subur-
ban Carthage, where the "president for life" was under military guard, but
there was no sign of unusual military activity elsewhere.
Ben Ali, who had been the North African Arab nation's security chief
since 1977, was formally sworn in as president Saturday.
Iran attacks Iraqi as Arab
leaders convene in Jordan
NICOSIA, Cyprus - Iran said it fired two surface-to-surface missiles
into Baghdad yesterday. Iraq reported that at least one missile exploded in
a densely populated neighborhood, killing a large number of civilians.
The attack came as Arab leaders convened a summit in Amman, Jordan
to seek a united stand behind Iraq in its 7-year-old war against Persian
The missiles, fired less than an hour apart during the evening, hit
Iraq's state-run television and radio headquarters and the capital's central
communications center, said Iran's official Republic News Agency.
Iraq's official news agency, also monitored in Nicosia, said at least one
missile exploded in a heavily populated residential district, killing "a large
number of innocent civilians, including women and children."
Terrorists seize French boat
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The Abu Nidal terrorist group said yesterday
that its guerrillas seized a French-registered boat off the Israeli-occupied
Gaza Strip and took the eight Israelis on board hostage.
Walid Khaled, a senior lieutenant in the Palestinian group, told a news
conference in Moslem west Beirut that the captives - three men, three
women, andtwo children - were unharmed.
But he said their "lives will be in danger" if Israel retaliated for the
"We're waiting for a contact from the International Committee of the
Red Cross so that Red Cross representatives can see the hostages," said
"The captives have been transferred to one of our military bases where
they are being given the necessary medical and humanitarian aid," he said,
The Israeli army said it had no knowledge of the incident.
Democrats wrangle in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa - Five Democratic presidential candidates took
shots at each other at an environmental debate here Sunday, but saved
their harshest words for their Republican rivals.
"We've been looking for the Republicans all day, and it just occurred
to me where most of them probably are. They're at the courthouse taking
depositions for polluting the government with sleaze and corruption for
the last seven years," said the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
The debate culminated a busy weekend of campaigning by both
Democrats and Republicans in the state, whose February caucuses are a
key early test.
For the Democrats, Sunday's debate was their sixth joint appearance
and fourth debate in eight days.
No more late night Pan-Tree
This is definitely not New York City - since last Sunday when the
Pantree began closing at midnight on weekends and 11 pm on week-
nights, there are only two all night eateries in Ann Arbor.
Pantree General Manager Jennifer Dawson said Pantree is no longer
open all night because of "escalating costs... We thought it was necessary
to cut back in certain areas." The decision was reached by Pantree's
investors in conjuction with a consulting firm, Muth Sower of Grand
Rapids. The restaurant's menu and management will also change.
Grandma Lee's Bakery and Restaurant on E. Liberty Street is now
campuses' closest 24 hour joint, and Elias Brothers Big Boy on Wash-
tenaw is also open around the clock.
Robin Rothke, a first year LSA student, is dissapointed that the Pan-
tree is not open twenty-four hours on the weekend. "I think it's awful
because it was the only decent place to eat after hours and after partying."
"It was a good place to go and get a cup of coffee and do homework on
late week nights," said first year LSA student, Amy Weissfeld.
"I think the Pantree will probably lose business, but it won't effect me
because I wouldn't go there that late anyway," said third year LSA
student, Linda Khezami.
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