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SAPAC plans
.events to educate
'U' about rape.


U.S. reinstates law
to sanction Japan

Rape Prevention Month, sponsored
1y the Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center (SAPAC), begins
Kristi Breen, a SAPAC counselor,
explained that the center planned ac-
tivities for the month as part of its
mission to educate the public about
rape and violence against women.
"We're just trying to raise aware-
ness on the issues," Breen said.
tThe activities begin tonight at 8
.m. in the Honigan Auditorium of the
Law School, with keynote speaker
Kimberle Williams Crenshaw. A pro-
fessor of law at UCLA, Crenshaw has
worked extensively on civil rights and
assisted in Anita Hill's legal team.
A reception willbe held in the Phelps
Lounge of the Business School prior to
Crenshaw's speech. Breen encouraged
anyone interested to attend the recep-
*ion because "they'll have a chance to
speak to (Crenshaw) in person and to
learn about her background."
SAPAC organized other speakers
and discussions for the rest of the month,
ranging from a self-defense workshop

to a panel discussion on "gangsta rap"
- a type of rap music viewed by some
as misogynistic.
"In all of our events there is an
opportunity for discussion," Breen said.
"We want to hear other people's
thoughts on these issues."
Breen added that SAPAC has been
publicizing the events with posters and
flyers because she thinks the month
offers something for everyone. "We
tried to include different genders and
ethnicities," she explained.
As part of Rape Prevention Month,
members of the campus community
will be able to participate in SAPAC's,
10th annual contest on sexism in ad-
Melaina Brown, the coordinator of
SAPAC's general volunteer program,
explained that the goal of the contest is
to "create awareness that the violent
and degrading depiction of women in
advertising helps society as a whole
accept the sexual victimization of
SAPAC volunteers selected 12 ad-
vertisements - out of a pool of more
See CRENSHAW, Page 2

WASHINGTON - Triggering a storm of
protests from Japanese leaders, President Clinton
yesterday reinstituted a provision of U.S. trade
law that will allow the United States to retaliate
against Japanese imports if Japan fails to open its
markets to U.S. goods.
The measure will allow the administration to
impose trade sanctions, such as punitive tariffs,
against any country found to be engaging in
unfair trade practices that keep U.S. products out
of foreign markets.
Delays built into the process, as well as the
administration's plan to only gradually turn up
the pressure on Japan, make it unlikely that the
measure would have a tangible impact on the
cost of Japanese products in this country unless
the dispute festers until the end of the year.
Nevertheless, there is significant symbolic
impact in the decision, which U.S. Trade Repre-
sentative Mickey Kantor announced after Clinton
spoke earlier in the day by telephone with Japa-
nese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa.
The provision, known as "Super 301," ex-
pired in 1990, two years after Congress enacted it.
During its earlier use, it provoked deep oppo-
sition among the Japanese. Although sanctions
were never applied, U.S. officials said that with
varying degrees of success it pushed Japan into
increasing purchases of U.S. satellites, some
wood products and super computers.
The administration's action follows the break-
down of trade liberalization talks between Clinton
and Hosokawa last month. It brought a warning

of trouble to come from Tokyo.
"Such a unilateral approach to solving trade
disputes will result in a shrinkage of world trade,"
said Hideaki Kumano, Japan's vice minister of
international trade and industry.
The toughened trade regulation, which would
remain in effect through 1995, is one in a series
of steps contemplated by the White House to put
pressure on Tokyo to open its markets to U.S.
products. In 1993, Japan ran up a $59.3 billion
trade surplus with the United States, and a $131
billion global trade surplus. Simultaneous with the
new trade action, the administration also moved to
use antitrust measures to combat practices judged
to inhibit sales of American goods in Japan.
In a speech to the Japan Society in New York,
Anne Bingaman, assistant attorney general for
antitrust, said the administration would take le-
gal action against monopolistic practices both in
Japan and by Japanese companies operating in
the United States.
Bingaman noted that Japan has promised for
years to stop organizing industry cartels that
exclude foreign competitors. "But, after all is
said and done," she said, "the question still
remains whether there has really been any mean-
ingful change in Japan."
The decision to reinstate the "Super 301"
trade provision represented a clear signal to
Japan, in the wake of the breakdown in trade
talks, that the administration will make it more and
more costly for the Hosokawa government to back
away from an agreement its predecessor made
with Clinton last summer.

Local flower shop employee Juan Morton tries to
deliver greetings from an admirer yesterday to a
resident at Helen Newberry. He eventually found her
walking up the street.

.Students unite. to mourn victims of mosque massacre

The silent mourning of people marching
through the Diag with lit candles tonight will be
heard louder than any shout.
In response to the massacre at a Hebron
mosque last week, the Arab American Student
Association (ARAMSA) is sponsoring a candle-
*ight vigil at 8 p.m. to honor those killed at the
mosque, the 12 Lebanese Christians killed in
Lebanon the day after the massacre and the four
Hasidic Jews wounded Tuesday in New York.
"It's completely humanitarian," said
ARAMSA member SandyAbdelall, who ex-
pects about 200 people to attend the march.

"There are no religious undertones or political
ideas involved at all."
The marchers will walk through the Diag to
the steps of Rackham Auditorium in complete
silence, holding lit candles and carrying
posterboard containing the names of all those
killed. The names of all the Muslim victims
from the Hebron mosque massacre will be read
at the ceremony.
In an advertisement in today's Daily, Hillel
condemned the massacre and offered condo-
lences to the families of the victims.
Hillel, although not directly involved with
the vigil, is encouraging people to attend.
"I fully support the vigil," said Bill Plevan,

an LSA sophomore and memberof Hillel. "I'm
very happy to see that a memorial can be put
together without political platitudes or an-
tagonistic language."
Orit Kamir, a Jewish graduate student, said
she is somewhat disappointed that the event is
being held on a Friday night, interfering with
Shabbat, which begins at sundown.
"ARAMSA did try to change it, and it's
unfortunatethatit can't be.moved," Kamirsaid.
Plevin added, "It's the best response to this
situation. It's very important step in healing the
wounds. It's the best response because it pro-
motes peace and asks students to come to terms
See VIGIL, Page 2

Israel releases 400 prisoners to ease tensions

RAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank (AP)
-Israel freed 400 Palestinian prisoners yester-
day in a effort to stop violence ignited by the
Hebron mosque massacre, while it faces grow-
ing defiance from Jewish extremists.
Despite releasing 1,000 prisoners the past
three days, there has been no sign that outraged
Palestinians in the occupied territories would
stop protesting and return to stalled peace talks.
"This release won't change the hatred be-
tween us and the settlers," said 19-year-old
Yasser Sharabati, a Palestinian activist freed

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is
facing growing defiance from extremist Jewish
settlers in the territories. Following last week's
attack by a settler who mowed down at least 39
Palestinian worshipers in a mosque, the army
disarmed 18 settlers and banned them from
Palestinian areas.
The crackdown has focused on Kach and
Kahane Lives, militant Jewish movements in-
spired by the late Meir Kahane, an extremist
anti-Arab militant.
Settler leaders yesterday called on them to
See ISRAEL, Page 2

abstract art
comes to
As he tried to fill his life with mean-
ing through his art, so will the
University's art museum fill its walls.
The newest additions to the
University's art museum include seven
paintings by Mark Rothko. The ex-
hibit, which opens tomorrow, will run
through May 8.
Rothko, an American abstractionist,
ainted from 1945 to 1969 and had a
lasting effect on modern art. He is best
known for his canvas paintings, char-
acterized by blocks of color.
The paintings on display will con-
sist of three watercolors on paper, two
acrylics on paper and two oils on canvas.

U.N. forces fire warning shots,
cease-fire broken temporarily

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herze-
govina (AP) - French peacekeepers
fired a warning burst from a machine
gun yesterday to quiet another truce
violation along the Sarajevo front,
and U.N. officials appealed for nearly
11,000 more soldiers.
Yasushi Akashi, chief of the U.N.
mission in former Yugoslavia, said
the troops are needed to secure truces
between Serbs and the Muslim-led'
government in Sarajevo, and between
Croats and Muslims in central and

southwestern Bosnia.
He said both cease-fires generally
were holding but expressed concern
about increasing violations.
"We very much need not only the
full compliance by the parties of the
agreements they have already ac-
cepted or reached, but also we ... need
additional resources, additional per-
sonnel," he said in Zagreb, Croatia.
Akashi said he needed 4,600 more
soldiers for Sarajevo and 6,050 for
the rest of Bosnia.

With the United States declining
to commit troops without an overall
peace accord, and Britain, France and
Canada reluctant to send more troops,
it was unclear where Akashi might
get additional peacekeepers,
The U.N. mission's military chief,
Gen. Jean Cot of France, said rein-
forcements were needed immediately
to avoid "losing what has been done."
Cot had harsh words for the U.S.
decision not to commit ground troops
See BOSNIA, Page 2

This untitled piece, done in 1945, is part of the exhibit of American artist
Mark Rothko's works, now being shown at the University's Museum of Art.

French producer of abortion pill RU-486
negotiates U.S. testing of controversial drug

The Rothko exhibit will be
unveiled today and will be open
to the public through May 8 at
the University Museum of Art.

Rothko's art was to force viewers to
see the world in a different way and
attempt to explain his fears and ideals.
Rothko was "in search of universal
themes that would communicate cos-
mic issues of life and death to all view-

Six years after the controversial
RU-486 abortion pill was legalized in
France, a New York-based population
research group and Roussel Uclaf, the

ductive Rights Action League, said
Roussel "is dragging its feet" on get-
ting the drug into the United States
because of the intense battle over abor-
tion in this country.

month after its approval. Two days
later, however, the French health min-
ister ordered the company to resume
distribution, declaring that "RU-486
became the property of women, not

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