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speaks on Chile
BY KRISTIN HOFFMAN
Carlos Dupre, a Chilean leader of
the opposition campaign that defeated
General Augusto Pinochet in Oc-
tober, will address Chile's current
polical situation tonight.
Dupre will highlight the changes
his party, the Christian Democrats,
will seek after next December's
election - the first election to be
held since parliament was dissolved
Dupre's party wants to reform the
way in which Chile's current con-
stitution, authored by Pinochet, can
be amended. The current constitution
cinnot be changed without going
through at least a five-year process
involving the parliament, the
military's National Security Council
(which has veto power), and a
Next year's elected government
will not be democratic because some
representatives are to be appointed,
per the constitution, said Dupre.
Pinochet has said that change in the
constitution is a threat to his vision
of "autoritarian democracy" that he
plans for Chile's future.
The coalition of 16 liberal parties
- which range from conservative
left to radical - seek different levels
of reform. Students, who have been
ardent opposers of Pinochet, do not
support macro-economic changes,
but redistribution of wealth and
access to participation in the econ-
omy for the poor. This is also the
position of Dupre's party.
Professor Martin Poblete, of
Columbia University, will also
speak on Chile's current human
rights situation and the Catholic
Poblete will focus on the
Catholic church's promotion of re-
democratization in Chile, and its role
in the documentation and defense of
The church has received 215,000
requests since 1976 for assistance due
to human rights violations com-
mitted by the military, as well as
issueing 19,000 writs of habeus
Poblete reports that torture,
arbitrary arrests and imprisonment, as
well as internal exile are still com-
mon. When American delegates from
the AFL/CIO went to Chile to ex-
press support for the plebicite, they
Carlos Dupre addresses CDLA members at an informal pot-
luck last night.
were beaten during a protest held by
Journalists are often arrested,
tried in military courts, jailed, or in-
Dupre is a lawyer and served as a
representative in Chile's Chamber of
Deputies from 1965-'73. He served
during an extremely turbulent period
in Chile's history. The president of
Chile, Salvador Allende, was mur-
dered in 1973 after several years of
internal strife and economic disorder.
A military regime took power after
Allende's murder, headed by General
Dupre and Poblete, who will
speak at Rackham Amphitheatre at 8
p.m., are sponsored by the Coalition
for Democracy in Latin America, a
group that works to disseminate in-
formation about Latin America.
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Analyst proposes alternatives
to college prepayment plan
DETROIT - Five times as many taxpayers as expected are investing
their money in Michigan's new college program, but a financial analyst
says most of them should put their funds elsewhere.
More than 27,000 state residents took out bank loans to lock in a col-
lege education for their children through the Michigan Education Trust
program by making lump sum payments ranging from $6,756 to $9,152.
However, financial planner Mark Stenberg, with the Financial Educa-
tion Association in Detroit, said families using loans to prepay their
children's college tuition were making a mistake.
. Stenberg warned that the program pays only tuition costs which is just
one third of the total expense of putting a child through college. He rec-
ommends alternatives which have a higher rate of return and are subject to
lower taxes such as U.S. EE Savings Bonds and tax-free mutual funds.
Soviets permit free radio
WASHINGTON - The Kremlin has shut down thousands of broadcast
jamming devices, allowing Radio Liberty and Radio Free Europe to be
heard "loud and clear" across the Soviet Union and most of Eastern Eu-
rope for the first time in 38 years, government officials said yesterday.
"It's another marker in the Soviet march toward trying to be an
acceptable citizen of the world community," said Charles Wick, U.S. In-
formation Agency director.
Wick said the move was likely timed to coincide with the meeting of
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev with President Reagan and President-
elect George Bush next week in New York.
The jamming cessation will allow millions of Eastern European and
Soviet citizens to hear both American and other Western news analyses
in their own languages.
U.N. censures U.S. on Arafat
UNITED NATIONS - The General Assembly yesterday censured the
United States by a vote of 151-2 and gave it 24 hours to reverse itself and
grant a visa to PLO chair Yasser Arafat so he can speak here.
The world body, spurred on by- the Arab nations, will ask for an
extraordinary protest session in Geneva in mid-December to hear the
Palestine Liberation Organization leader if the United States persists in its
refusal, as expected.
Arafat has said he wants to explain the new position taken by the
Palestine National Council in implicitly recognizing Israel by accepting
U.N. resolutions on the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Secretary of State George Shultz declared yesterday that the United
States would not reverse its decision.
The vote in the 159-member assembly was conducted in a rare roll call
ballot requested by Jordan, a departure from the standard electronic voting.
Banks face possible closing
WASHINGTON - A top. federal bank regulator said yesterday that
$30 billion should be spent next year to close the nation's worst 100
savings institutions quickly and that it could be done without inflating
the federal budget deficit.
Until now the S&L industry has been paying for its own rescue
through an assessment levied by the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance
Corp. But the FSLIC is technically insolvent.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chair William Seidman said the res-
cue plan has been fine in theory, but in practice could be increasing the
Seidman's emphasis on quickly closing seriously insolvent S&Ls dif-
fers sharply from the views of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, re-
sponsible for regulating the industry.
The bank's approach has been to rescue most failed S&Ls and keep
Couple snags $10,000 for
shaving cream carpeting
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Albert and Judy Linkenberg started with
1,200 cans of shaving cream and finished with a house filled two-feet deep
with minty-selling cream and $10,000.
The Kentucky couple lathered up radio station WLRS-FM for the five-
digit shave by fulfilling the station's contest challenge: "What would you
do for $10,000?"
A committee chose the shaving-cream idea because it created an
atmosphere that was fun but safe, said Toney Brooks, president of Radio
One, which owns WLRS.
If the Linkenbergs were upsuccessful, the station would have let the
runner-up try his stunt - swimming across the Ohio River with a bottle
of wine and glasses cemented to a card table on his back, Brooks said.
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