2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 16, 1996
Burundi faces ethnic tensions, killings
BUJUMBURA, Burundi - During a
visit last month to this city on the northern
edge of Lake Tanganyika, the U.S. am-
bassadorto the United Nations, Madeleine
Albright, described Burundi as a nation
"on the verge of national suicide."
The U.N. secretary-general has noted
that Burundi is set "on agenocidal trend."
And the country's president says "the
spirit of genocide" hovers over the land.
Everyone knows what is wrong with
Burundi. No one appears ready to do
anything about it.
"No responsible figure will be able to
feign surprise if genocide erupts in
vate U.S. relief organizations, said in a
letter Jan. 19 to President Clinton, in
which they urged direct intervention, so
far to no avail.
As ethnic violence escalates and, ac-
cording to a U.N. investigator, a "moun-
tain ofcorpses" grows, the world is avert-
ing its eyes from this disintegrating cen-
tral African nation. An estimated 150,000
people of a population of 6 million have
died since October 1993, when a
longstanding power struggle between the
minority Tutsi and the majority Hutu
erupted into another round of massacres.
In neighboring Rwanda, with an iden-
tical ethnic mix of Hutu and Tutsi, a
horrified world watched, paralyzed, in
1994 as thousands of bodies clogged lo-
cal rivers and floated into nearby coun-
tries, part ofan estimated 500,000 mostly
Tutsi people killed by the Hutu. For the
same tangled web of ethnic hatred, fear
and a struggle for dominance, Burundi's
Hutu and Tutsi are engaged in periodic
acts ofgenocide. Unlike in Rwanda,how-
ever, here, the Tutsi are doing most of the
Since violence erupted anew in 1993,
much of the country has been "ethnically
cleansed," with the Tutsi holding major
towns andthe Hutu, the countryside. Hutu
guerrillas recently have carried the war to
the outskirts of Bujumbura, while the
Tutsi-controlled army is engaged in
bloody reprisals against the Hutu popula-
tion. Dozens die daily. Thousands ofrefu-
gees have fled into internal camps or
across the border, westward to Zaire, or
eastward to Tanzania. For those not yet
displaced, routine movement of goods
andpeople from one partof the country to
another is almost a suicidal venture.
But despite dire warnings from relief
agencies operating in Burundi, and from
political leaders and human rights inves-
tigators, the U.N. Security Council de-
cided last week to do nothing. The coun-
cil, which is controlled by the United
States, France, Britain, China and Russia,
instead instructed Secretary-General
Boutros Boutros-Ghali to investigate.
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Railroad suspects sabotage in wreck
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Sabotage was suspected yesterday in the wreck of a
runaway freight train that slammed into a railyard building, hurling steel
wreckage just short of an employee lunchroom and injuring nine men.
"There appears to have been some tampering with the train. As a result we
have called in the FBI," said Dick Russack, a spokesperson for Burlington
Northern Santa Fe in Illinois.
Russack said the brakes clearly failed, but he would not elaborate on w
sabotage was suspected.
FBI spokesperson Coleen Rowley refused to comment.
The train, hauling lumber, grain and other cargo, left a Burlington Northern
yard in Minneapolis on Wednesday night, bound for Galesburg, Ill.
It descended a hill into a Canadian Pacific Railroad yard in St. Paul,
speeding out of control at 40 mph to 50 mph. It crashed into locomotives
parked outside a one-story office and flattened most of the building.
The wreckage stopped 5 feet from the lunchroom, said Mike Johnson, a
freight car inspector for Canadian Pacific.
He said he was sure people would have been killed if the parked locomotives
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Pat
Buchanan's campaign co-chairman, Larry
Pratt, stepped aside yesterday after re-
ports linked him to white supremacists
and right-wing militia leaders, but
Buchanan said he was certain the charges,
which Pratt denied, are untrue.
Critics immediately used Buchanan's
closeties to Pratt, director ofGun Owners
of America, to revive questions about the
candidate's own views on race and equal-
"If there's a group promoting white
supremacy in America, my country, I
don't want anything to do with this,"
Buchanan said, campaigning in New
Hampshire -where he already faces ads
aired by Kansas Sen. Bob Dole that call
his views extreme.
Dole said Pratt "ought to be fired"
rather than take a temporary leave of
Added Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean of Los
Angeles' Simon Wiesenthal Center: "A
man who flirts and shares platforms with
someofthis country's worst racists should
not be the co-chairman for a Republican
candidate seeking the presidency of the
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Gun owners are a key constituency for
Buchanan in the crucial New Hampshire
primary next week, where he hopes to do
well after his strong showing in the Iowa
caucuses on Monday.
Pratt said he suggested the leave of
absence, telling Buchanan's sister and
campaign manager, Bay Buchanan, he
did not want to distract from Buchanan's
campaign. He said he hopes to return
At a news conference, Pratt denied he
holds any racist or anti-Semitic views,
and called the reports linking him to hate
groups a move to smear Buchanan,justas
the conservative commentator is gaining
"I see this as a political effort, a tool to
try to discredit the Pat Buchanan cam-
paign," Pratt said.
He said he took part in at least one anti-
government meeting in 1992 while look-
ing intoethe incident at Ruby Ridge, Idaho,
where federal agents killed the wife and
son of white supremacist Randy Weaver,
but didn't know racist groups were going
to be there. He spoke only about gun
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other participants' racist views, he said.
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"President Clinton has stood firm
when it comes to things ordinary folks
care about, like education, the envi-
ronment and health care," said Alex
Heneken, chair of the College Demo-
crats ofMichigan. "That is why we are
going to New Hampshire, and that is
why young people in large numbers
voted for President Clinton in 1992
and will vote for him in 1996."
The MSU College Democrats have
been planning the trip since Novem-
ber. Because there were a few extra
spaces, Spoon said, they invited some
University ofMichigan College Demo-
crats to join them for the trip.
With the exception of transporta-
tion, the New Hampshire Democratic
Party is funding the group's trip.
Kevin Greary, president of College
Democrats of America, said students
are motivated to work for Clinton's
"President Clinton is a college
student's best friend," Geary said. "The
president has worked for students and
now students are working for the presi-
With more than 800,000 members
and 800 chapters nationwide, the Col-
lege Democrats of America is the largest
student political organization in the coun-
try. Membership has increased 45 per-
cent since January 1995, when Newt
Gingrich became speaker of the House.
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Federal judge blocks
part of telecom. lawv
PHILADELPHIA - A federal
judge yesterday blocked enforcement
of a new law punishing anyone who
makes "indecent" material available
to minors over computer networks,
saying the statute failed to define the
But in a ruling that seemed to per-
plex lawyers for both the government
and the coalition of civil rights groups
that sued to block the law, the judge
upheld a separate section aimed at
"patently offensive" material.
U.S. District Judge Ronald
Buckwalter said the plaintiffs have
"raised serious, substantial, difficult
and doubtful questions."
"Due process, particularly in the
arena of criminal statues, requires
more than one vague, undefined word,
'indecent,"' Buckwalter wrote.
However, thejudge left the govern-
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available to minors any online com-
munication that "in context, depicts
or describes in terms patently offen-
sive as measured by contemporary
community standards, sexual or ex-
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Lawyers for both sides seemed con-
Ms. Cinton opposed
appointing lawyer *
WASHINGTON - First lady Hillary
Rodham Clinton led the White House
opposition to a special Whitewaterpros-
ecutor, and not even the president could
get herto reconsider, accordingto White
House notes disclosed yesterday.
The January 1994 notes show that
White House aides saw themselves
caught between two strong opposing
forces in the weeks before a special
prosecutor was named .- Justice 11
partment officials seeking the appoint-
ment and Mrs. Clinton opposing it.
In notes of a Jan. 7, 1994 meeting,
Mark Gearan, the president's former
communications director, quotes Deputy
White House Chiefof Staff Harold Ickes
as commenting that Mrs. Clinton ada-
mantly opposed the appointment.
Bosnian govt, Serbs
blame each other for
stalling peace effort
- The architect of the Bosnian peace
accord fired a stern warning yesterday
at Bosnian Serbs for straining the pact,
while a top Bosnian official said other
tensions are tearing the agreement as
Serbs, too, sounded the alarm, with
one prominent leader, Nikola Koljevic,
saying the government's arrest of two
Serb military officers and their extradi-
tion to a war crimes tribunal had thrown
the agreement into crisis.
In a sign that some provisions of the
accord were being violated, NATO troops
detained I1 people late yesterday in a
round-up operation targeting the illegal
presence of foreign troops in Bosnia.
The men, many of them not natives
of Bosnia, had been captured in posses-
sion of a large quantity of weapons,
ammunition and explosives "in a house
west of Sarajevo," according to a short
At least five of the detainees were
Iranians who were believed to have left
Bosnia earlier, said a senior State'De-
partmentofficial in Washington, speak-
ing on condition of anonymity.
Mudslide kills 71,
12 missing in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -Brazil-
ians pulled bodies from the muck yes-
terday and looked for someone to blame
for mudslides that killed at least 71
people, many in hillside shantytowns
of handmade shacks.
The body of a young boy was found
under mounds of garbage ine'te
shantytown of Cidade de Deus, or
of God, in Rio. In nearby Sitio do Pai
Joao, civil defense workers pulled two
more bodies from the red mud that
Twelve people were still missiig in
Cidade de Deus, civil defense officials
said. Residents said there were twice
that many. About one-fifth of Rio's 6
million people live in its 660 slums but
few have an address.
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