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Page 2-The Michigan Daily- Wednesday, January 15, 1992
U.S. fears new Iranian bases in Sudan "

trying to expand its influence be-
yond the Middle East, has estab-
lished bases in Sudan to train fun-
damentalist Muslim guerrillas,
Israeli and U.S. officials said.
The United States and its allies
in the Middle East are worried
about this latest evidence of the
growing friendship between the re-
gion's two most radical Muslim
"It's enough that we have to
worry about them (Iran) trying to
control the gulf region. With a toe-
hold in Africa, they're also getting
closer to Europe," one American
official said.
To carry out the training, Iran in
recent months has moved a contin-
gent of Revolutionary Guards -
the country s elite military force -
from its base in Lebanon's Bekaa

Valley to Sudan, an Israeli official
In return for access to Sudan,
Iran is providing the north African
nation with military training
against an eight-year insurgency by
mainly Christian and animist rebels,
said the officials, who spoke only on
condition of anonymity.
They said the support and train-
ing facilities in Sudan are also for
Muslim radicals from Arab coun-
tries whose governments are consid-
ered pro-Western - including some
Persian Gulf states and Algeria, said
the officials.
The Iranians are also providing
training for two factions of the rad-
ical Islamic Jihad and for members
of Hezbollah, both Iranian-backed
Muslim Shiite organizations that
held Western hostages in Lebanon,
said a senior Israeli official who

spoke on condition of anonymity.
Iran has been sponsoring such
groups in Lebanon and in Europe,
earning itself a place on a U.S. list
'It's enough that we
have to worry about
them (Iran) trying to
control the gulf
region. With a toehold
in Africa, they're also
getting closer to
-American official
of countries that support terrorism.
The United States has been seek-
ing ways to improve relations with
Iran, following the release of the
last American hostage from
Lebanon last month. But counter-

terrorism officials say Iran's move
into Sudan is likely to affect U.S.
Egypt, Sudan's neighbor to the
north, has told U.S. officials that it
is worried about Iranian-trained
guerrillas infiltrating its territory
and attacking Western targets or
fomenting fundamentalist unrest,
said an Egyptian official who spoke
on condition of anonymity.
Iran already has sent Sudan six
combat aircraft and provided tens of
millions of dollars in economic aid
to the impoverished country of 25
million, said a senior Israeli official
who spoke on condition of
Iran is filling a void left by its
archenemy Iraq, which until it lost
the war with the U.S.-led coalition
last year was one of Sudan's major


Retail sales drop,
economy in danger

pointing Christmas sales pushed the
nation's retail sales lower for a third
straight month in December, holding
the advance for all of 1991 to the
smallest in 30 years.
Analysts saw little chance for
improvement before summer due to
Americans' worries over jobs and in-
comes. Some said the report, which
also showed sales had been worse
than first thought in October and
November, could mean the economy
had slipped back into recession.
In December, the Commerce De-
partment said, sales totaled a season-
ally adjusted $151.2 billion, down
from $151.7 billion in November. It
was the third straight disappointing
holiday shopping season, which
many retailers count on for half of
their annual sales and profits.
The department also calculated
that sales had fallen 0.5 percent in
November and 0.1 percent in Octo-
ber. Originally, November's sales

had been reported as rising 0.3 per-
cent; October's were first reported as
unchanged from the previous month.
Kermit Baker, an economist with
Cahners Economics in Newton,
Mass., suggested that the economy
was flat in the October-December
"It could tip either way," he said,
"but it's not inconceivable that we'll
have a minus fourth quarter."
Because retail sales account for
one-third of the nation's economic
activity, a lack of consumer partici-
pation threatens any recovery from
the recession.
"Until the economy gets a boost
from Washington, consumer confi-
dence will continue to drag, and as
long as consumer confidence is
weak, the retail sector will remain in
the doldrums," John Albertine, head
of a Washington economic
forecasting service said.

Continued from page 1
will submit a self-rule proposal at an
"appropriate time."
The Moledet and Tehiya parties
see Shamir' s proposal to give the
Palestinians control of their day-to-
day activities as a step toward
Palestinian statehood.
The Palestinians intended to press
on, demanding that Israel present a
model of interim self-government.
Spokesperson Hanan Ashrawi
said "if there is to be genuine
progress, the most serious and most
immediate issue that has to be re-
solved is cessation of all settlement
The State Department has been
urging the Israelis and Arabs to get

beyond procedure and into the sub-
stance of peacemaking. Spokesper-
son Margaret Tutwiler declined to be
drawn into the dispute or to say if
the Israelis should delay their
departure, scheduled for today.
"That's for the parties to decide,"
she said while declaring the Bush
administration was "very pleased"
with the way the negotiations have
been proceeding.
Ben-Aharon said the Syrians re-
fused to discuss Israel's request that
4,000 Jews who are "held hostage"
in the country be permitted to depart.
Israel demands that Syria recog-
nize the Jewish state's existence.
Syria refuses, saying Israel must
first agree to return land seized in the
1967 Mideast War.

Continued from page 1
Jackson is still scheduled to lead a
Lansing rally at 1 p.m. today and
meet with Gov. John Engler, pro-
vided weather conditions do not
In an address in Lansing yester-
day, Jackson said the end of a state-
funded welfare program was inhu-
mane, and called on Gov. John En-
gler to work to reshape and restore
Michigan's social safety net.
"Great hardship is being visited
upon the citizens of Michigan and

LSA senior Amy Waterfield and her friend read a sign on Hill Auditorium
announcing the cancellation of Rev. Jesse Jackson's speech yetserday.

Detroit, with laid-off auto workers;
homeless people, and hungry chil-
dren," Jackson said.
Jackson said he and the Rainbow
Coalition would mount a drive to
get 100,000 new voters registered
for the March 17 presidential pri-
mary. He said he also would help
organize a conference before the
primary to bring in people from
across the state to address the social
and economic needs of the state.
- The Associated Press and
Daily Staff Reporter Rob Patton
contributed to this story.

Continued from page 1
Police reports indicate that
White's name had been mentioned
during the course of the investiga-
tion into Kuitunen's murder. How-
ever, police had not questioned
White prior to his stabbing.
There are varying accounts of the

argument that led to the attack on
White. One witness claimed that
Kuitunen's name was mentioned
during the screaming match that
proceeded the stabbing.
But accounts varied, as one wit-
ness said the two were apparently
arguing about a woman: "I heard
one guy yell, 'Tell me where she

Bush hampered by
economy in primary

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President Bush faces "a very tough
hill to climb" in New Hampshire,
his spokesperson said yesterday on
the eve of the president's initial
campaign visit to the state that gave
him his first big victory four years
Voters are upset about the re-
gion's severe economic problems
and a field of presidential rivals is
ridiculing his policies.
Although Bush's plan for a half-
dozen stops today in the state's
southern seacoast region was or-
chestrated to put him in front of
mostly sympathetic audiences,
White House and Bush campaign of-
ficials conceded a high degree of
voter frustration across party lines.

"We have six Democrats beating
us up every day and one Republican.
That's seven people running around
the state saying bad things about the
administration," White House
spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater
New Hampshire's Feb. 18
primary is the first in the nation.
Bush is being challenged by con-s
servative commentator Patrick
Buchanan, who has been brainstorm-
ing the state claiming Bush's tax
and budget policies have contributed
to the recession.
Although few expect Buchanan
to beat Bush, a strong Buchanan
showing on primary day could deal a
humiliating blow to the president
and throw his campaign off stride.



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for Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 20.
There will be no newspaper published that day.
Advertising deadlines for Thursday, Jan. 23rd's
issue are moved to Friday, Jan. 17.
Ads running on January 23
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Continued from page 1
Most classes, however, were not
When asked if his classes were
cancelled, Business school senior
Paul Schwartzman replied,
Continued from page 1
decreased capital, he said.
"Indirect cost money comes back
to the general fund of the Univer-
sity. It's the third leg of the funding
stool with the other two being state
appropriations and student fees. Ei-
ther the other two areas will have

"Unfortunately, no."
Though his classes were on,
Schwartzman had trouble making it
to class from his house near Washt-
"The streets were really icy," he
said, adding, "there were a lot of
little snowbanks, and the cross-
walks were blocked."
to make up the difference or we lose
something in the process," he said.
Since it currently receives 34
percent of its indirect cost recovery
for administrative expenses,
Kennedy said the University will 0
have to reorganize its financial
"We do not do deficit spending,"
he added.


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