2 -The Michigan Daily -Tuesday, February 20, 2001
Iraq threatens Kuwait, Saudis
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi
media yesterday threatened to punish
Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, saying they
helped U.S. and British airstrikes
against sites around Baghdad last
Some 11,000 Iraqis marched yester-
day in the capital, some burning
American, British and Israeli flags and
carrying banners declaring "aggres-
sion will not scare us and sanctions
will not harm us" - the latest in daily
rallies since Friday's attack.
'In Kuwait, the foreign minister
brushed off the suggestions of retalia-
tion in Iraq's state-run newspapers.
"They have the right to ... say what
they want," Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al
Sabah told reporters in the Persian
Gulf emirate. "But Kuwait is protected
by its people, its friends, its Arab
brothers and its allies."
The indirect threat came in yester-
day's edition of A-Thawra, the news-
paper of Iraq's ruling Baath Party.
"Must Iraq forgive Saudi Arabia and
Kuwait for participating in the aggres-
sion?" the paper asked. "Does Iraq have
the right to take military measures to
retaliate for the aggression and those
who facilitate it ... if they continued the
aggression and repeated it?"
The answer, it said, was left to
"Arabs, especially those in the Gulf
The Iraqi government is basking in
widespread international support
against the U.S.-British raids. Arab
allies of the United States have criti-
cized the attacks, as have France, Rus-
sia and China. Now the uproar
threatens to overshadow U.N-Iraqi
talks next week.
The United States and Britain say
their planes hit long-range radar and
associated facilities that Iraq has
increasingly used to coordinate its
defenses against allied planes
patrolling no-fly zones over southern
and northern Iraq. The United States
and Britain say Iraq cannot fly its
planes over those areas of its own ter-
ritory; Iraqi says the no-fly zones are
Kuwait and Saudi Arabia allow
allied planes to fly from their air bases
to enforce the no-fly zones. U.S. offi-
cials said the planes in Friday's attacks
flew from land bases and carriers in
the Gulf, without specifying.
Bush dedicates bombing site museum
NEWS IN BRIEF
BALATA REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank
Sniper assassinates Palestinian activist
A leader of the militant Palestinian Hamas was shot and killed from
long range yesterday in another apparent targeted killing by Israeli forces.
Witnesses said Mahmoud Madani was walking from a mosque in th
Balata refugee camp when he was gunned down. His brother Noor said
Madani cried out, "I've been hit" and tried to crawl away. Doctors said
Madani was shot four times in the upper body. He died several hours later
in a Nablus hospital.
Witnesses said the gunfire came from Israeli positions 150 yards away.
Palestinians and Israeli media assumed this was an Israeli killing of a Palestin-
ian uprising activist, though the Israeli military refused to comment.
Israel has targeted and killed at least a dozen Palestinian activists in
recent months, according to Palestinians. Usually the Israelis refuse to
comment, but officials say often that Israel will hit those who attack
In a newspaper interview, the deputy Israeli military chief of staff, Ma
Gen. Moshe Yaalon, said a decision has been made "to deal with, includ-
ing harm, those who activate gangs against us." Yaalon told the Maariv
daily that Israel prefers to capture militants instead of killing them.
U.N. employees charged with extortion
At least four United Nations employees are under investigation for allegedly
extorting bribes of up to $5,000 from refugees seeking resettlement in Western
countries, a U.N. spokesman said yesterday.
Paul Stromberg, a regional spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner A
Refugees, said three Kenyan employees have been assigned new duties pending
the outcome of the probe.An Italian employee did not have his contract renewed
after reports that refugees seeking resettlement in the United States, Canada,
Australia and Europe had been asked to pay bribes, he said.
Three U.N. employees - an American and two Europeans who reportedly
knew about the scheme - were withdrawn from the Nairobi office last year after
they received death threats, Stromberg said.
"They were threatened with death if they cooperated with the investigation,'
he said. "We had real reason to take the threats seriously, so we moved the staff
out of the country.'
A fourth person was relocated at least temporarily because of death threat
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Offering a simple
"God bless," President Bush yesterday dedicated a
museum devoted to the Oklahoma City bombing,
recalling the horror of the deadliest terrorist attack
hon U.S. soil and the heroic response.
"The time for mourning may have passed, but the
time for remembering never does;" Bush said before
joining Gov. Frank Keating in the official opening of
the Oklahoma City National Memorial Center.
The memorial is near the site where a powerful
truck bomb sliced into the Alfred P. Murrah Federal
B3uilding in April 1995, killing 168 people, 19 of
u: At an outdoor ceremony, Bush quoted St. Paul:
'Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with
good." He said the memorial may not ease the pain
of the bombing but it can encourage the nation to
-Jkeep its obligation "to confront evil wherever and
whenever it manifests itself"
y : "Your loss was great and your pain was deep, but
-far greater and deeper was your care for one anoth-
dr" Bush said. "That is what lasts."
3 He said: "Oklahoma City will always be one of
those places in our national memory where the worst
rand the best came to pass." Bush toured the museum
'with his wife, Laura, and afterward they signed
white tiles to be added to a guest registry on one
fwall. Bush signed his name and "God bless,' while
the first lady wrote "With love" and her name.
The Bushes stopped first at a wall showing a mon-
-age of pictures from ordinary days at the building
before the blast. They stood grim-faced before a
-gallery of photos and mementoes of the dead.
"This is my daughter here;' said tour guide Jean-
; ine Gist, pointing to a picture of victim Karen Carr,
::isplayed with one of Carr's business cards and a
snapshot of her car with a sign, "Please honk, it's my
"That was really a hard job, to pick out something
4hat represented somebody's life," Gist told the
aZBushes, who nodded sympathetically.
Bush walked past pictures of Secret Service
agents who died. "We knew some of the agents
here," Bush said, noting Alan G. Whicher, who had
served on the elder President Bush's detail.
Besides Gist, the Bushes were guided by Okla-
President Bush and first lady Laura Bush yesterday attend the dedication of a museum at the Oklahoma City
National Memorial Center, a monument to the 1995 Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing. They are
escorted by Jeannine Gist, whose daughter Karen was killed in the blast.
homa City Police Maj. Ed Hill, a rescuer, and bomb-
ing survivor Richard Williams, a General Services
The center depicts the frenzied panic after the
bomb exploded at 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995, a short
distance from the building's day care center. Visitors
can hear a tape recording of the blast, and see per-
sonal effects of the victims: car keys, watches, a
brown leather briefcase, the pink-and-white sneaker
of a 4-year-old girl, as well as window blinds, file
cabinets and concrete mangled by the blast.
Gulf War veteran Timothy McVeigh, convicted in
the attack, is scheduled to die by lethal injection May
16 in what would be the first federal execution in 37
years. He has halted his appeals.
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Congress approved $5 million to create the muse-
um. It will be maintained through endowments,
membership dues and admission fees.
The visit set a somber start to a week that Bush
otherwise is devoting to education and taxes,
Bush scheduled visits this week to Ohio, Missouri
and Tennessee to lay the groundwork for budget and
tax-cutting proposals he will present to Congress on
Republican lawmakers warned last week that
Bush's $1.6 trillion tax-cut plan was in trouble. Polls
suggest Americans favor tax cuts, but do not want
the reductions to come at the expense of popular
government actions, such as school dollars and
reducing the debt.
GENEVA (AP) - Tropical island
paradises and glistening Alpine skiing
retreats may be lost to future genera-
tions, while melting ice caps in polar
regions could unleash climate changes
that would continue for centuries,
. according to a U.N. report released yes-
The report by the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change said poor
countries would bear the brunt of devas-
tating changes as a result of global
warming. But it warned that the rich
wouldn't be immune, with Florida and
parts of the American Atlantic coast
likely to be lashed by storms and rising
in! "Most of the earth's people will be on
the 1oninn 4cidp " Harvai tivPr~itv
McCarthy, who co-chaired the panel,
The report was a summary of 1,000
pages of research into "Climate
Change 2001: Impacts, Adaptation
and Vulnerability," conducted by some
700 scientists. Given the political sen-
sitivities of the climate debate, the 19-
page summary was subject to
line-by-line scrutiny by government
representatives during weeklong dis-
cussions prior to release.
"Projected climate changes during
36 A81) the 21st century have the potential tc
lead to future large-scale and possiblk
h irreversible changes in Earth systems;
with "continental and global conse-
quences," said the report, adding that
climate change will lead to:
More "freak" weather conditions
A like cyclones, floods and droughts.
tions. Massive displacement of popula.
tions in the worst-affected areas.
0 Potentially enormous loss of life.
SAO PAULO, Brazil
Prison riots sweep
Authorities regained control of pris-
ons across Sao Paulo state yesterday
after the biggest riot in Brazil's history
left least 15 inmates dead and pointed
up the growing power of the group that
led the rebellion.
The uprising began Sunday after-
noon at Sao Paulo's. notorious
Carandiru prison complex, the nation's
largest, where some of its 10,000
inmates took guards hostage and held
nearly 8,000 visitors inside.
That touched off revolts in 28 other
prisons in the state, in what officials
said was a well orchestrated plan set in
motion by an organized crime group
called the First Capital Command, or
"It was a carefully planned opera-
tion by an organization that exerts its
influence over inmates in other pris-
ons," said Marco Vinicio Petreluzzi,
Sao Paulo's public security secretary.
Russia warms up
to NATO alliance
By playing host to NATO Secretary-
General Lord Robertson this week,
Moscow is signaling its desire to ease a
tug-of-war with the alliance.
But talks are sure to be difficult: Rus-
sia saw NATO's 1999 decision to bring
Poland, Hungary and the Czech Repub-
lic into the alliance as a direct threat to
its security, and has warned that granting
membership to three former Soviet
republics in the Baltic region - Estonia,
Latvia and Lithuania -would be going
too far.Robertson's packed two-day
visit, which began late yesterday, is
timed for the reopening of NATO's
information office in Moscow, which
Russia shut down in spring 1999 in
protest of the NATO air campaigt
He also has plans for talks with Russ-
ian officials, including peacekeeping,
Russia's military doctrine, the alliance's
strategic concept and arms control.
KIEV, Ukraine -
accused o misdeeds
Ukrainian President Leonid Kuc
ma, who has long painted himself
his country's leading defender of
democracy, now faces accusations he
is anything but that.
His opponents allege he ordered the
abduction and murder of a crusading
journalist, condoned a grenade attack on
a political opponent, threatened to jail
officials who didn't produce enough
votes for him and knew about the th
of$100 million of government revenu '
The scandals, which Kuchma calls
"absurd" and "insane," have cost him
control of parliament and drawn pro-
testers to the streets of this capital.
The controversy comes at a pivotal
moment in Ukraine's 10-year.-old
democracy. It could determine whether
Ukraine, which is about the size of
France and has 47 million people, is a
Soviet-style dictatorship in disguise,
like neighboring Belarus.
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