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'President Ford rarely
came to the Washington
area that he didn't come
by to spend an hour, or
may-be a couple of hours,
with me in the Oval
- Jimmy Carter,
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Bernard Muna, a lawyer from Cameroon, concurred
Participants disagreed on the economic system in
which democracy grows best.
Jorge Otera Lathrop of Chile said that economic
freedom is an essential underlying element to the
growth of democracy. But John Wheeldon, a former
member of Australia's parliament, disagreed, saying a
capitalist economy is not a prerequisite to democracy.
In the Philippines, since the ouster of Ferdinand
Marcos in 1986, the country has had democracy, said
Christian Monsod, the Filipino delegate. But now,
democratic growth is slowed by an $8 billion debt.
Establishing an international forum to talk about
democracy could focus necessary attention on the
needs of "fragile, new democracies," said Clara Olson,
a member of parliament from Botswana.
The All-Democracies Conference is being spon-
sored by the International Committee for a Community
of Democracies. The group was officially established
in 1985 at a conference in Racine, Wisconsin, but the
idea had been discussed since 1979 among U.S. and
European diplomats and academics.
The organizers expect to formally state goals
Thursday that include the formation of a non-partisan
international Association of Democracies which would
not be attached to any government; the creation of an
International Institute for Democracy, a research facil-
ity; and the creation of an international assembly to
The idea of an international forum sparked some
debate at the conference. Michael Colvin, a member of
the British parliament, urged the support of a proposal
by Dorothy Lightbourne, a senator from Jamaica, to
allow people from democratically-oriented political
parties in non-democratic countries as members.
Former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter
addressed the conference yesterday. Ford spoke at a
private luncheon for the attendees, and Carter spoke
about human rights before they held a press confer-
ence. Both will participate in today's sessions.
The Ford Library is on North Campus, 1000 Beal
Ave. The discussion sessions are open to the public
and will be held from 9-4:30 today and Wednesday.
Concluding remarks will be made Thursday at 9 a.m.
-Daily staff writer Kristin Hoffman contributed to
'We still have our differ-
ences. A few, if any, in
foreign policy, more, but
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as well in Geneva as people think"
But Carter said that denying the
visa "magnifies publicity that will
accrue to Arafat."
Both former leaders expressed
dissatisfaction with the 1988 Presi-
dential election. Carter called the
campaign "the worst in my lifetime."
Because of the length of the cam-
paign, Ford said, voters lose interest
long before election day. They then
decide who to vote for based on per-
sonalities, which is "the wrong way
to pick and choose a President," he
Ford opposes a limit on the num-
ber of terms for members of
Congress. "I still have faith in the
judgment of the electorate," he said.
"The public will throw bad guys out
and will elect people who will do a
far better job."
Both men said they enjoy the
lives they lead now and do not want
to get involved in government.
"I just state very emphatically
that I have no desire to get back into
elected politics or get appointed to
anything," said Ford, who graduated
from the University in 1935.
- Gerald Ford,
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Two women arraigned for
deaths at nursing home
WALKER, Mich. - Two former nurses' aides have been arrested for
investigation of eight suspicious deaths which occurred at the Alpine
Manor Nursing Home early in 1987.
Twenty-six-year-old Catherine Wood of Grand Rapids was arraigned
yesterday and was scheduled for a preliminary examination Dec. 16 before
she returned to the Kent County Jail without bond.
A 25-year-old woman was arrested late Sunday in Tyler, Texas.
Sprenger said he would seek her extradition.
Both women are former employees of the home where eight residents
are thought to have been suffocated in their beds, Walker Police Chief
Walter Sprenger said. Officials originally believed the patients had died of
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mercy killings, but he said, "The motive is the key." -
Nations unite for free trade
Montreal - A group of industrialized nations agreed yesterday to
lower barriers to imports of tropical products such as coffee, cocoa, and
bananas, but wide gaps remained over the most contentious issues in free-
trade talks among more than 100 nations.
Negotiations expressed pessimism about the outlook for accords on
such controversial issues as farm subsidies, trade in services and interna-
tional protection of patents and copyrights.
The agreement covering $25 billion to $30 billion in annual exports
of tropical products was reached at about 4 a.m. yesterday.
The approval of the package reduced the leverage of the United States,
which had been seeking to link progress in tropical products to an agree-
ment on the boarder issue of farm trade.
The United States is alone in pressing for a commitment to the even-
tual total elimination of farm subsidies that distort world trade.
Group favors auto brokering
LANSING, Mich. - Lawmakers should ignore lobbying efforts by
auto dealers and vote against a ban on auto brokering that would eliminate
jobs and increase the cost of cars, a coalition of business and consumer
groups said yesterday.
"We are shocked that the Michigan Legislature would take a role in
what seems to be an internal problem with the auto dealers, especially
since the net result of this legislative action will put Michigan companies
out of business," said Armando Cavazos, president and chief executive
officer of Credit Union ONE in Ferndale.
There are about 150 auto brokering businesses in Michigan. The bro-
kers act as middlemen to consumers and dealers, alleviating car shopping
for customers and giving dealers an opportunity to shed some inventory.
The coalition said that banning brokering is anti-competitive and anti-
consumer, and will lead to higher auto costs.
Space flight may end today
SPACE CENTER, Houston - The military astronauts aboard the
space shuttle Atlantis planned to end their secret mission today, having
deployed a powerful spy satellite over the Soviet Union, sources said
NASA and Air Force officials have kept mum about the mission,
saying they would only break their silence to give 24-hour notice on the
shuttle's landing time or if a major problem developed.
No official word was heard from either agency by early yesterday af-
ternoon, but a source demanding anonymity said the crew planned to land
this afternoon at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
The satellite is said to be designed to gather extremely sharp all-
weather radar images of Eastern Bloc military targets and would help
American intelligence agencies monitor Soviet compliance with arms
Mother serves detention for
not following school rules
DUBLIN, Calif. - Bev Baker became the first 40-year-old to serve
detention at Dublin High School after she forgot to explain her son's
She volunteered for the punishment after Vice Principal Bill Basacker
said her son would be suspended for failing to show up for a detention re-
sulting from the unexcused absence.
Mrs. Baker said her son was sick, but she forgot to call school offi-
cials within 24 hours as required by school rules.
She reported to the principal's office Wednesday afternoon and spent
an hour filing papers and trimming posters. "They said they couldn't
make me do homework, so they'd make me do clerical work," she said.
"I'm trying to teach my son to take responsibility for his actions,"
she said. "If he's cutting class, I want him to get caught. But I, as a
mother, am a role model, and I have to take responsibility for my ac-
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