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2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 21, 1999 N ATION/X ORLD
U.N. urges leaders to provide all
war-tom nations equal attention



UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Secretary-General
Kofi Annan urged world leaders at the General
Assembly's annual debate yesterday to be more
ready to intervene in strife-torn regions to protect
civilians - provided the United Nations is
involved in authorizing the intervention.
His message was echoed by several of the day's
first speakers who applauded the Security
Council's relatively swift approval of a force to
restore peace to East Timor but decried its inac-
tion in African conflicts, particularly in Angola
and Congo.
"Why does human suffering in some part of the
world fuel greater indignation than when it takes
place elsewhere?" Brazilian Foreign Minister Luiz
Felipe Lampreia asked in his opening remarks.
"The plights of Angola and East Timor offer
two glaring examples of what amounts to a clear
pattern of one-sightedness and unequal attention."
With the arrival yesterday of the multinational
force in Dili and the continued U.N. peace efforts
in Kosovo, the theme of humanitarian interven-
tion was expected to feature prominently in the
two weeks of speeches by heads of state, minis-

ters and a crown prince.
President Clinton was to address the session
yesterday, delaying his address by a day in defer-
ence to the Jewish holiday of Yoni Kippur on yes-
terday - the holiest day of the year for Jews.
The United States, Israel and the American
Jewish Congress had lobbied the United Nations to
delay the start of the assembly session, but the 188-
member General Assembly refused to change the
The body, effectively the U.N. parliament, is
dominated by Islamic states and often is at odds
with Israel and the United States.
In his opening remarks, Annan reflected on the
dilemma facing the United Nations and the
Security Council in deciding whether to intervene
to stop violations of human rights, particularly in
the case of an internal conflict such as Kosovo.
Annan lamented the "tragedy" of Kosovo,
where NATO took action against Yugoslavia with-
out explicit authorization from the Security
Council because Russia and China threatened to
veto any use of force against Yugoslavia.
French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin acknowl-

"Inded, in a growing
number of challenges
facing humanlty, the
collective interest In the
national Interest. "
- Kofi Annan
U.N. secretary-general
edged NATO acted without U.N. approval but jus-
tified the intervention as an "exception" that was
necessary to stop the Serb crackdown on ethnic
. Annan said the answer was for individual states to
consider putting aside their own national agendas for
the sake of the global and humanitarian good."A glob-
al era requires global engagement," Annan said.
"Indeed, in a growing number of challenges facing
humanity, the collective interest isthe national inter-

Congress stalls as budget deadline nears
WASHINGTON - Like a college student who puts off a term paper until an
I Ith-hour all-nighter. the House and Senate are barreling toward an Oct. I dead-
line for writing the details of the new federal budget. So far, lawmakers have bare-
ly written the topic sentence.
Only four of the 13 spending bills needed to keep the government runnin
have been sent to President Clinton. Meanwhile, one of the biggest bills *
which funds a host of education, health and social programs -- has yet to be
The problem is simple to understand: shoe-horning a raft of popular spend-
ing items into strict budget limits that Congress imposed on itself two years ago.
But lawmakers are having an extraordinarily difficult time figuring out how to
do that.
The effort has turned the Capitol into an open-air bazaar of ideas on how to cut
spending - or cook the books so it looks like they have. The result is cacophony
in the halls of Congress: Slash the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration's budget! Abolish the Selective Service! Take back welfare money
from the states! Or maybe just postpone writing government checks for a month o



Continued from Page: 2
"You'll be seeing a great deal of
Steve in Michigan,"Weiss said.
The Mackinac Island conference pro-
vided a perfect audience for Forbes to
showcase himself and his campaign, she
said, because many elected GOP offi-
cials tend to support him.
"Steve was very pleased with the
reception he received," Weiss said.
Dan Godzich, campaign manager
for Alan Keyes, said the magnitude of
the conference allowed Keyes to
speak in person with many potential
"We're a very grassroots-oriented
campaign," Godzich said in a phone
interview from Des Moines, Iowa,
where Keyes officially declared his
candidacy last night.
"People have to hear the message,
see the person. We don't just throw it all
on TV"
Television commentator Pat
Buchanan backed out of the conference
several weeks ago and is contemplating
a defection to the Reform Party,
prompting criticism by Michigan
Republican Party Chair Betsy DeVos
Michigan GOP spokesperson Sage
Eastman called the conference the
"most successful" of the 23 GOP


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gatherings held on the island every
two years. He attributed its success
to the possibility that Republicans
could both regain the presidency and
retain majorities in the House and
"Certainly the mood was one of opti-
mism," Eastman said.
Bush appears to be steamrolling
through the early portions of the
campaign, which has included an
endorsement by three-term
Republican Gov. John Engler and
record-breaking fundraising num-
But with five months remaining
until primaries begin, Eastman said,
the final outcome is still up in the
"I think Republicans in this state are
still open as far as who they're going to
vote for in tle February primaries," he
With Michigan's earliest-ever prima-
ry slated for Feb. 22, the state is even
more of a focus for campaigners than
usual, Eastman said. Only three states
will hold primaries before Michigan,
and all have significantly fewer elec-
toral votes at stake.
"Michigan has always been an
important state in the elections, espe-
cially under the leadership of Gov. John
Engler," Eastman said.
"We haven't had this type of promi-
nence in more than a decade."
Continued from Page 1
today they cannot fathom life without
"You don't miss it until you've had
it," LSA senior Steven Wangn said.
"But once you start using it, you can't
do without it."
Marketing experts say the phone
companies are wise to focus on embed-
ding the new devices in the everyday
lives of users. College students, whose
independent lives are just beginning,
are an obvious target of the marketing
"The key is to get students to try it
out, find that it fits into their lives, and
have it become indispensable,"
Business Prof. Rajeev Batra said.
He said recent promotions from
some of the nation's largest service
providers seek to do just that. For
example, Sprint offers a $50 monthly
fee, with 500 free minutes. The flat fee
plan does not penalize users for each
additional minute they use.
"If people think the clock is ticking,
they are discouraged from talking,
Batra said. "To get people to use the
phones all the time, you have to take
away the ticking."
Prouhet pointed out that the rate he
pays - 10 cents per minute to any-
where in the country - was compa-
rable to long-distance rates on most
home phone lines. Most students said
they use their mobile phones, not
their land lines, to call home.
The growth in mobile phone
usage among students at the
University is reflected in the dra-
matic rise in phone thefts reported
to the Department of Public Safety
each year. In 1990, one phone was -
reported stolen. In 1998, that num-
ber had risen to 71.
The influx at the University mirrors
national trends, It is estimated that
there ar# over 69 million mobile phone
subscribers in the United States today,
up from near 100,000 in the mid-
1980s, according to figures from the
Cellular Telecommunications Trade
Jeff Nelson, the association's director
of communications, said the industry's
growth correlated with a steady drop in

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FBI pursues suspected
scientist spy
shadow Wen Ho Lee constantly these
days, watching and trailing the for-
mer nuclear weapons expert so
closely that the Feds call it "bumper-
lock surveillance"
"He hears footsteps behind him,"said
one official. "It's 24 hours a day, wherev-
er he is. Multiple agents follow him."
Even though Lee's case continues
to have widespread repercussions,
including an internal overhaul of the
Energy Department's nuclear
weapons programs and a likely
Senate vote this week to force a more
sweeping restructuring, the Taiwan-
born scientist and U.S. citizen
remains in legal limbo.
Lee, who was fired six months ago
from the Los Alamos National
Laboratory and publicly identified as
a possible spy, has been the subject
of a three-year FBI investigation into
whether he gave secrets to China
about America's most advanced
nuclear warhead.
Yet, he has been neither arrested nor

cleared. Justice Department lawyers, in
fact, have given up on charging Lee with
espionage. They instead have dusted off
an early-1980s in-house analysis of an
obscure law that has never been used for
a criminal prosecution.
U.S. Airways flight
attendents may strik.
WASHINGTON - Time may be
running out for Stephen Wolf's dream
of turning US Airways into a major
global airline.
Unless a new contract with the'
International Association of
Machinists is agreed on by 12:01
a.m. Sunday, the airline faces a
potentially crippling strike. And once
that contract is settled, it faces anotg
er labor test with flight attendants.
The labor unrest has created slow-
downs and even occasional sabotage
that has wrecked the airline's schedule
and left many of its best customers
looking elsewhere.
During July and August, US Airways
canceled an average of 130 flights daily
because of weather or maintenance




Strong earthquake
shakes Taiwan
TAIPEI, Taiwan - A strong earth-
quake struck Taipei before dawn today,
knocking out power and shaking build-
ings. State radio said it was the
strongest in Taiwan in 10 years.
The U.S. Geological Survey
National Earthquake Information
Center in Golden, Colo., said the quake
had a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 and
was centered 90 miles south-southwest
of Taipei.,
"There also are tsunami warnings
out. There are warnings for Taiwan,
Japan, the Philippines, Yap, Guam, and
Palau," geophysicist John Bellini said.
Telephone service was interrupted by
the quake, which occurred at about 1:45
a.m. The Broadcasting Corp. of China
said it was followed by six aftershocks
and cut electric ice in parts of the city.
Sirens - from fire trucks and police
cars - resounded through Taipei,
which is home to about 2.6 million
people and is the largest city in Taiwan.

But there was no sign of panic.
In the southwestern Chiang Kai-shek
district, some people brought candles
into the street. Many carried umbrellas
to stay out of the rain, huddling arou
battery-operated radios.
Elephant puts up
fuss over leg splint
MPANG, Thailand - Motola, the
Thai elephant that trod on a land mine,
frustrated attempts yesterday to fit a
splint to her wounded front left leg.
Experts from the Thai Ro
Prosthetic Foundation had to postpo
attaching the last part of the splint after
the 38-year old cow elephant swung
her limb around to stop the team from
completing the job they started on
"She must be upset or in pain. We
hope to try again tomorrow,"
Boonyuu Thitiya, the team leader,
told The Associated Press.
- Compiledf om Daily wire repor.


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