The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 2,1993-- Page 9
Russian hard-liners question weekend talks with Clinton
MOSCOW (AP) - Hard-line
Russian lawmakers are criticizing
* President Boris Yeltsin's weekend
summit with President Clinton and
warning that Western aid is aimed at
the wrong target.
"How will America help us?
With more promises? It is very sad
President Clinton is trying to help
our president," said Gen. Anatoly
Kortunov, a member of the hard-line
"Fatherland" faction in the Congress
of People's Deputies.
"He should help the Russian
people," said Kortunov, echoing a
common criticism that U.S. policy
toward Moscow has been concen-
trated too much on one person -
first Soviet President Mikhail
Gorbachev and now Yeltsin.
This criticism comes at a time
when Clinton and his aides are
stressing that key elements in his aid
package are designed to reach the
Russian people directly, not the
Russian government. U.S. officials
have said hundreds of Americans
with expertise in farming and
business will be sent to Russia for up
to two years to help modernize farms
and factories and transform state in-
dustries into private enterprises.
The Russian president is taking a
risk traveling to Canada at a time of
political upheaval, but he wants to
show his compatriots that Western
democracies consider him the
legitimate leader of Russia and the
guarantor of political and economic
'The U.S. needs to think about how to help the
democratic process and not just one man. I
have great sympathy for Mr. Yeltsin, but to-
morrow there may be someone else in his
- Yevgeny Ambartsumov
the Russian people.
Moderate lawmakers urged U.S.
leaders to support all democratic
forces in Russia and not just Yeltsin.
"Tactless, primitive help will
weaken Yeltsin's position," said
moderate Yevgeny Ambartsumov.
"Americans need to think about the
consequences of their acts even
though they are well-intentioned.
"The U.S. needs to think about
how to help the democratic process
and not just one man. I have great
sympathy for Mr. Yeltsin, but to-
morrow there may be someone else
in his place," said Ambartsumov,
chair of the Committee on
Reformers in Congress are anx-
ious for the United States to do more
than just make a symbolic gesture of
help at the summit.
"Our problem is a critical
problem for America. There is no
greater problem in the world than
Russia. The more energetic the help,
the better. But the help should not
just be symbolic," said lawmaker
Sergei Kovalyev, a former political
prisoner and strong Yeltsin
Although the recent turbulent
session of Congress at times raised
doubts about whether Yeltsin would
be able to attend a summit, most
lawmakers said they thought it was
safe for Yeltsin to leave the country.
While hard-liners are downright
hostile to Yeltsin's pro-Western
policies, moderates say the summit
may further weaken Yeltsin, whose
powers were reduced anew at a four-
day emergency session of Congress
that ended Monday.
The Soviet-era Congress has
emerged as the main forum for
criticism for Yeltsin's policies,
which hard-line and moderate
lawmakers say have concentrated
too much power in the president's
hands and caused undue hardship for
Clinton program clears Senate
despite Republican opposition
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
Senate gave final approval to the
core of President Clinton's economic
program yesterday, as united
Democrats hurried a mammoth bud-
get-cutting blueprint through
Congress in record time.
The five-year, $496 billion out-
line for tax boosts on the rich and
Pentagon reductions cleared the
Senate on a virtual party-line 55-45
vote. On Wednesday, representatives
also divided by party had approved
the House-Senate compromise on a
240-184 roll call.
The Senate fight over a
companion $16.3 billion jobs bill
showed signs of nearing resolution.
Republicans released a letter show-
ing that all 43 of them would use
Senate procedures to block approval
of the bill indefinitely, suggesting
the measure might have to be
trimmed to meet GOP demands.
After Democrats discussed the
standoff privately for nearly two
hours, leaders vowed to plow ahead
and if necessary work into their
Easter recess, which starts
tomorrow. They said there would be
"We're going to stay here until
we get this done," said Senate
Majority Leader George Mitchell
The jobs measure would increase
public works spending and other
A fish called Wanda
Local residents release a 32 foot-long inflatable fish from their net while an unidentified scientist checks its
pulse on the Valras Plage Beach in southern France yesterday. The fish is part of an effort by the local tourism
office to celebrate April Fool's Day and promote the resort town.
Caribbean students to make
a 'home away from home
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organizations , a
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by Peter Matthews
Daily Staff Reporter
Students who come from the
Caribbean or are of Caribbean de-
scent have recently formed an orga-
nization called the Caribbean
Peoples' Association (CPA).
CPA was conceived as a social
group to offer students who are at-
tached to the Caribbean a means to
meet others with similar back-
grounds, interests, and tastes - re-
gional food and music are highlights
of CPA parties.
Christopher Hughs, a kinesiology
senior and a CPA organizer, said the
group is "awesome for people to
meet others that feel more at home
with people from the Caribbean.
"We want this to be like an ex-
tended family, a home away from
home," Hughes added.
Michael Eccleston, an LSA se-
nior who is a member of CPA,
shares some of Hugh's sentiments.
"I think everyone who has some
history or family (in the Caribbean)
will want to be part of this. When I
came here I would have felt very
alone if it wasn't for the Jamaicans
who provided me a community and
helped me find out what was going
Students from Jamaica, Trinidad,
St. Lucia, St. Thomas, the Domini-
can Republic, and the United States
attended CPA meetings.
Luis Pichardo, an LSA junior,
said he goes to meetings to "learn
more about the culture, not just from
books but from the people."
Hughs, who left the Virgin Is-
lands for his University education,
said his first year in Ann Arbor was
"We say it is coming to the rat
race when you come up here. St.
Thomas moves a little slower."
Hughs said he and many of his
compatriots "come to the United
States because we want exposure to
this country and are looking for the
education provided here."
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