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this boss that no one is going anywhere,"
adding that "if Gamble, Bollinger and
Cantor think they can walk over every
union on campus, I have one thing to say
- 'Over my dead body!'"
LSA sophomore Peter Romer-
Friedman, a SOLE leader, told the
crowd that the Nike Corporation on
Thursday agreed to publicly disclose
information about their factories.
With the concessions from Nike,
Romer-Friedman announced the end of
the anti-Nike movement on campus,
destroying a giant paper mache shoe, the
symbol of the movement, during the rally.
"Now that the shoe is dead, we have
another victory to attain - the living
wage," Romer-Friedman said.
LSA junior Dorothy Me Givney said
she thought the rally was "a wonderful
example of students resisting apathy
and indifference we've been led to
believe our generation and our peers are
suppose to personify."
SOLE negotiating team member
Julie Fry, an LSA sophomore, said "this
is the time to show your strength."
Mc Givney, who is not a member of
SOLE, said student activists aren't the
only ones worried about sweatshop labor.
"I don't think fellow students should
have to feel like its too late to join in
this struggle," Mc Givney said.
LSA sophomore Lucine Eusani said
she'd "like to see the rest of the
University wake up and see how this
Romer-Friedman told the crowd that
for a hat costing $20 with the University
logo, the University makes $1.50 in roy-
alties while workers only make 8 cents.
For the 1997-98 fiscal year, the
University reported $5.7 million in sales
from the sale of licensed merchandise.
"This University makes so much
money off the blood of the workers,"
With other highly-publicized sit-ins at
other schools still in the minds of the stu-
dent activists, SOLE members said they
have not ruled out any course of action.
"We will fight until we win," Romer-
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on Sadaam Hussein's regime for basic
needs because they know they will not
get help anywhere else.
The sanctions are merely hurting the
people -- not the Hussein regime -
Bennis said, and the people are not in
the position to oppose the government.
"It's a militarized government with
an unarmed population," she said.
Halliday, who formerly managed the
"oil for food" program - which would
permit Iraq to sell oil in return for
humanitarian supplies - said even that
program is ineffective because it fails to
generate enough revenue to support the
Halliday gave three suggestions to
improve conditions in Iraq that do not
include imposing'sanctions - interna-
tional arms control by officials who are
only loyal to the UN and not their own
national governments, which helps to
eliminate the fear of espionage; lifting
sanctions and giving Iraq financial sup-
port to aid in its recovery; and encour-
age the people of the Middle East to
start living and working together.
"We don't have yet the kind of move-
ment that we need ... but there is a
change afoot," Bennis said.
Part of this change, she said, is the
increased awareness on campuses
Earlier this semester, the Michigan
Student Assembly passed a resolution
to end sanctions in Iraq. Following
MSA's leadership, several other student
governments, including those at the
University of Texas at Austin and the
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee,
have passed similar resolutions.
"Start small with your organizing,
but start with a big idea," Bennis said.
With this idea in mind, national coali-
tions such as the Iraq Action Coalition
are creating a forum for coordination and
organization to increase students'
activism on campuses nationwide.
"There must be a national coalition of
some sort," Halliday said, adding that
part of the purpose of the resolutions is to
educate people about the Iraqi situation.
"The great majority of American
people do not know vghat's happening
in Iraq," Halliday said, explaining that
once the country is informed, "history
shows that the American people ...
reach out and provide assistance."
Halliday and Bennis are currently'on
a national tour to inform and educate
the public about the conditions in Iraq.
Halliday left the UN to speak out
about the conditions in Iraq - some-
thing he was unable to do as a UN
After Halliday and Bennis' lecture,
many who attended signed cards to join
the anti-sanctions movement.
It was "good to get a first hand view
of what's going on in Iraq," said Jasim
Ahmed, an Engineering graduate stu-
dent who said he would like to see an
end to the economic sanctions.
LSA senior Andrew Mathews, a
member of the Student Peace Action
group, said Halliday and Bennis' lec-
ture gave him a "greater depth of details
of the issues."
Mathews said he plans to use the
information he has learned to further
educate the Peace Action Group so they
can "speak and act constructively on
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U.S. prison pop. doubles in 12 years
WASHINGTON -The number of American adults imprisoned has more than
doubled during the past 12 years, reaching its highest level ever last year, the
Justice Department reported yesterday. The United States soon may surpass
Russia as the country with the highest rate of incarceration.
At mid-1998, jails and prisons held an estimated 1.8 million people, accord-
ing to a Bureau of Justice Statistics report. At the end of 1985, the figure w4
Viewed another way, there were 668 inmates for every 100,000 U.S. residents
as of June 1998, compared with 313 inmates per 100,000 people in 1985.
In Russia, 685 people out of every 100,000 are behind bars, according to The
Sentencing Project, a U.S. group critical of the general trend toward harsher sen-
tencing of American criminals.
A planned amnesty of 100,000 prisoners in Russia and the expectation of con-
tinued increases in the U.S. inmate population means the United States probably
will become the world's leading jailer "in a year or two," said Jenni
Gainsborough, a Sentencing Project spokesperson.
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Republicans disagreed and pressed for
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"This is a very dangerous situation
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Afghan factions OK
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan -
Afghanistan's warring factions agreed in
principle yesterday to a peace deal that
would create a coalition government in
the strife-weary nation, offering the hope
of peace after two decades of fighting.
The agreement is the first on a
shared government for the Central
Asian nation, but thorny questions
remiaiw,,over haow power would ,e
shared and whether all factions can be
persuaded to lay down their arms.
Yesterday's announcement was
greeted with caution in the Afghan cap-
ital of Kabul, where people have prayed
for an end to a war that has claimed as
many as a million lives and has touched
virtually everyone in the country.
"People in Afghanistan are thirsty
for peace like a man in the desert is
thirsty for water... but we don't know,"
said a Kabul shopkeeper, Mono Gul.
The U.N.-brokered talks involved the
Taliban Islamic movement; which rules
about 90 percent of the country, and the
northern-based alliance of opposition
groups, which controls about 10 percent.
Both sides met for four days in
Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan,
which shares a. border with
Afghanistan. The U.N. Special Missio6
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the talks had taken place "in a spirit of
sincerity, mutual respect and frank-
Serbs burn villages
on eve of peace talks
MIJALIC, Yugoslavia - Charred
houses smoldered yesterday in this tiny
farming village, which Serb force
shelled, looted and nearly burned to the
ground in apparent retribution for the
Albanian rebel slaying of two Serb
At the heart of Kosovo's war lies a
fierce ethnic hatred often played out in a
cycle of revenge - most recently with
village attacks and deadly bombings
Saturday of two northern town markets.
The bombings seemed aimed at
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