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Saudi Arabia severs ties with Taliban
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - All but
sealing Afghanistan's isolation, Saudi Ara-
bia formally severed relations with the hard-
line Taliban government yesterday. Stung,
the Taliban denounced the Saudi move as
intolerable to all Muslims and accused it of
siding with "the infidel forces."
Fierce fighting was reported in northern
Afghanistan, where an opposition alliance is
trying to wrest strategic territory from Tal-
iban fighters. Reports were sketchy, and the
two sides made conflicting claims that could
not be reconciled.
From the organization of Osama bin
Laden, the accused terrorist mastermind at
the heart of the hardening confrontation
between Afghanistan and a U.S.-led coali-
tion, came a volley of new threats. "Wher-
ever there are Americans and Jews, they
will be targeted," said a statement issued in
the name of Naseer Ahmed Mujahed, mili-
tary chief for bin Laden's al-Qaida network.
"The holy warriors are fully prepared,"
added the statement, faxed to news organi-
zations in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.
Muslims everywhere, it said, "should pre-
pare for jihad (holy war), and by the grace
of God, victory will be Islam's."
Later, the Taliban's leader, Mullah
Mohammed Omar, appealed to Americans to
"be wise" and urged Washington to reconsid-
er its policies toward Islamic countries, as
well as its next move. His statement also was
faxed to news organizations in Islamabad.
In the two weeks since suicide attackers
used hijacked planes to topple the twin towers
of the World Trade Center and smash a wing
of the Pentagon, many Islamic nations have
agreed to support the emerging US.-led anti-
terror coalition. But the prospect of American
retaliation against Afghanistan has stirred
anger in much of the Muslim world.
In a drumbeat of rhetoric, bin Laden and
his Afghan hosts have sought to exacerbate
anti-American sentiment and portray the
showdown over the exiled Saudi millionaire
as a battle between the West and Islam.
American and European officials, including
President Bush, have worked equally hard
to counter that view.
In the rugged mountains of northern
Afghanistan, where the opposition alliance is
battling Taliban troops, reports say heavy
fighting erupted yesterday around Mazar-e-
Sharif, a city that has been in Taliban hands
since the late 1990s. Accounts of the battle
came from Afghan nationals working for the
United Nations, said Rudy Rodrigues, head
of UNICEF in neighboring Uzbekistan.
Alliance spokesman Mohammed Ashraf
Nadeem, reached by telephone from the
Afghan capital, Kabul, said the opposition
captured several villages in the northern
Sangcharak district and killed six Taliban
soldiers amid duels fought with artillery,
tanks, mortars and rocket launchers. Several
alliance soldiers were wounded, he said.
Taliban military officials, though, scoffed
at reports that Mazar-e-Sharif might fall,
and Taliban-run radio said the attacks had
been repulsed and the opposition suffered
many casualties. It gave no details.
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi gestures during a
meeting with U.S. President Bush yesterday in the White
House Rose Garden.
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people from defending freedom,"
Bush said, wagging his finger for
emphasis during a Rose Garden cere-
mony with Japanese Prime Minister
The White House sharply cut back a
scheduled presidential trip to Asia in
October to keep Bush close to home.
The pace of events quickened as
Washington readied for war, though
government officials refused to say
how soon the first strike might come.
Bush's gathering international coali-
tion received a boost when Russian
President Vladimir Putin, meeting
with German leaders, offered fresh
words of support. "We must give no
quarter to terrorists," he said.
At the White House, Koizumi
pledged $40 million in aid to help
maintain Pakistan's stability. Two
Japanese newspapers said the country
will send warships to the Indian Ocean
as early as this week to carry out intel-
ligence and surveillance.
The U.S. economy remained a nag-
ging concern, with the stock market
fluctuating and new data showing con-
sumer confidence has plunged in the
aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan
Greenspan told lawmakers privately
that if they pass an economic stimulus
package of tax cuts and other mea-
sures, a proper total could be as much
as $100 billion, senators said. Bush is
weighing his own package.
A s investigators tried to track terror-
ists to bin Laden, Bush backed
Ashcroft's push to impose stronger
penalties on those who harbor or
finance terrorists, increase punish-
ments of terrorists and expand the
FBIs wiretapping powers.
"We've got to know what's on their
minds," Bush told weary FBI agents.
For the first time, Bush suggested
that the people of Afghanistan should
rise up against the Taliban.
He said the best way to fight ter-
rorism "is to ask for the cooperation
of citizens within Afghanistan who
may be tired of having the Taliban in
place or tired having Osama bin
Powell said the Taliban could be
spared - and perhaps even receive
Western aid - if they hand over bin
Laden and rip up the al-Qaida terror-
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regarding their landlords' legal obligations and students' roles
as tenants in Ann Arbor.
"If you want to see the AATU here this year, $26,000 is the
amount it needs to survive," said Law Rep. Chris Sheehan.
The money in the MSA budget, meant to fund student
groups and services, comes from a mandatory fee added to
each student's tuition. MSA supports the Ann Arbor Tenant's
Union, which is not a student group, with 5 percent to 7 per-
cent of its budget each year.
The increase was opposed by some who argued that the
money would be more beneficial if allocated elsewhere.
"Last year the AATU missed deadlines even when they
were given extensions. They have done nothing and continue
to do nothing," said Siafa Hage, last year's MSA treasurer.
BAMN member Agnes Aleobua speaks at last night's
Michigan Student Assembly meeting.
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"I think it depends what kind of
media you look at or look to, to process
it by working through different people's
reactions," she said. "Television is
biased but a forum like this provides a
much more real and varied explanation
than what you'd get on CNN, NPR or
any of the major networks.'
The panel included experts from the
anthropology, history, political science
and Near Eastern studies departments as
well as a graduate student who had
recently completed field work in Pak-
Speakers commented on topics
ranging from the history of the current
crisis to the politics and perspectives
impacting attitudes around the nation
and the world.
"To the extent that we in this country
think this is what Islam said, it doesn't
lead us anywhere to think this is Islam's
opinion about the U.S.," said political
science Prof. Mark Tessler. "This isn't
an Islamic position; religion doesn't tell
us how people are going to think."
Tessler said instead that global per-
ceptions of the United States are root-
ed in policy as opposed to culture.
Ann Arbor resident Jan Calle said
she came to see the panel because of
the variety of speakers and found the
panel informative and equally impor-
"They're new ways to look at the
information we're being given," she
said, "and to see the number of students
and mature adults at the teach in -- that
it is available to us and people are taking
advantage of it - it shows that this is a
questioning community looking for
answers to their personal questions."
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paid ... so they wanted additional leverage," he said.
State Rep. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake Twp.), the bill's
sponsor, downplayed the possibility of jail time for viola-
"I'm talking about 15- to 16-year-olds and when there's a
chronic problem," Kowall said. "It is not aimed at first
offenders. It is aimed at chronic offenders."
Sen. Gary Peters, the ranking Democrat on the Senate
Judiciary Committee, who voted against the bill in its first
reading, said he is keeping an open mind about the bill but
that he believes jail time is too harsh of a penalty.
"We need to have punishment that is commensurate with
the offense," said Peters, of Bloomfield Township.
Sen. Bill Bullard (R-Highland) concurred with Peters. "I
think the court has other ways of seeking compliance with
court orders other than jail time," he said.
Another criticism aimed at the bill is the fact that district
judges already have the ability to place those who do not
pay fines, attend treatment or participate in community ser-
vice under contempt and that there is no need for a bill
offering penalties such as jail time.
Sen. William Van Regenmorter (R-Georgetown Twp.),
the chairman of the committee, said jail time issued for con-
tempt of court for an MIP violation might be constitutional-
ly challengeable and thus the legislation is necessary.
"Jailing someone for contempt of court when the under-
lying offense doesn't carry jail time is illogical," said Van
Regenmorter, who plans to bring the bill up for another vote
in committee but expects it to be amended substantially.
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What do you have to say?-
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those responsible for the attacks.
"The public is so angry that they want
not just retribution for vengeance sake;
the public wants to prevent these das-
tardly set of events from occurring
again," said political science Prof.
Emeritus Raymond Tanter, a scholar-in-
residence at the Middle East Institute in
Washington. Tanter said he also believes
the polling data suggests the public is
sending a message to President Bush to
"take his time and get it right."
Far less certain is what officials
might be forced to do should another
terrorist strike take place before the
United States begins its offensive. Yes-
terday's poll shows 66 percent of Amer-
icans think more attacks could happen.
But while most agree that Bush has
time on his side, University of Michigan
political science Prof. J. David Singer
believes the president's war rhetoric has
left him with little room to maneuver.
"The administration is, I think, com-
mitting a very serious blunder, because
as you get the public revved up for war,
you've got to do something," adding,
"There really is so little that can be done
from a pragmatic point of view"
Despite overwhelmingly high poll
numbers showing support for the Pres-
ident and his current strategy, many
students remain divided on what form
a U.S. response should take.
"This is going to last more than a
year, and I think people's attitudes are
going to change when we start sending
soldiers over there and they begin
coming back in bodybags," said LSA
senior Joanna Parnell.
Music sophomore Stephen Dimos
said not enough is being done by stu-
dents or the University administration.
"The only way to cure hate is to
replace it with love and respect," Dimos
said. "Students need to be more active,
and Bollinger needs to be more vocal."
Organizers of anti-war and anti-dis-
crimination groups said the polls did
not phase them. This Saturday in
Washington, what was originally a
protest against the World Bank and
International Monetary fund has
become the People's Summit to Glob-
alize Justice and Peace.
The newly formed Coalition to Stop
Racial Scapegoating and the War met
Monday night to organize students to
attend the Summit. They also are sup-
porting a national green armband cam-
paign which encourages people to
stand in solidarity with Arabs, Mus-
lims, and Middle-Easterners.
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That reaction and the fact that neither he nor Annie
knows of anyone else here who is married speak to the
small number of students who marry while still in school.
While the University does not keep data on marital status,
occupancy rates from Housing do provide more information.
Married couples live in 1,143 (78 percent) out of 1,462
Family Housing apartments on campus, said Jeffrey Micale,
data systems manager for University Housing. Of the 1,143
couples, 4 percent are undergraduates, 86 percent are graduate
students, and the remaining 115 10 percent are faculty or staff.
would have been another two years.
"If we feel we're right for each other and ready to make
that commitment, what's the point of waiting when we have
the capability of getting married in college," he said.
Brandon said he and Annie also felt it wasn't necessary to
wait because their parents supported them in their decision.
Annie agrees that they - and everyone else thinking of
getting married while in school - "really need the parents'
"If you don't have it, there's a reason," she said.
Counseling and Psychological Services does offer cou-
ples counseling on a couple-by-couple basis but does not
have anything specifically geared toward those looking to
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