2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 11, 2003
Bush dismisses Iraq concession
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraq
reversed its opposition to U-2 surveil-
lance flights over its territory yesterday,
meeting a key demand by U.N. inspec-
tors searching for banned weapons.
The Bush administration, however,
brushed aside the Iraqi concession as
too little, too late. White House
spokesman Scott McClellan said, "The
bottom line is the president is interest-
ed in disarmament. This does nothing
to change that."
President Bush accused Iraqi leader
Saddam Hussein of regarding the Iraqi
people as "human shields, entirely
expendable when their suffering serves
Iraq's acceptance of the U-2 flights,
as well as its submission of new docu-
ments to the United Nations over the
weekend, came as international oppo-
sition to U.S. military action intensi-
fied. France, Germany and Russia
called for more inspectors to disarm
Iraq without resorting to war.
'Nothing today justifies a war,"
French President Jacques Chirac said
at a news conference in Paris with
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"This region really does not need
With the threat of war looming large,
Baghdad appeared eager to display new
cooperation with the inspectors in
hopes of encouraging opposition to an
imminent military strike.
"The inspectors are now free to use
the American U-2s as well as French
and Russian planes," Mohamed al-
Douri, Iraqi ambassador to the United
Nations, told The Associated Press in
On Sunday, chief U.N. weapons
inspectors Hans Blix and Mohamed
ElBaradei said they sensed a positive
Iraqi attitude during weekend talks in
Baghdad though they acknowledged
they had achieved no "breakthrough."
Blix and ElBaradei had said they
expected agreement on the surveil-
lance flight issue by the end of the
week. It was unclear whether U-2s
have been flying over Iraq as part of
secret U.S. intelligence-gathering.
Now that Iraq has given its consent,
the high-flying planes can operate over
NEWS IN BRIEF
Israel barnicades West Bank, Gaza Strip
Israel clamped a total closure on the West Bank and Gaza Strip yesterday, ban-
ning all Palestinians from entering Israel, citing warnings of Palestinian attacks.
Earlier yesterday, Israeli troops killed two suspected Palestinian militants,
including an unarmed fugitive, and caught a would-be suicide bomber who hid an
explosives-laden suitcase in a hotel.
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz canceled measures aimed at easing restrictions
during the Muslim feast of the sacrifice holiday this week, the ministry said.
Quoting unidentified military sources, Army Radio said there were reports that
militants intend to carry out terror attacks in the coming days.
Total closures are infrequent, though Israel had severely restricted access for
Palestinians to Israel throughout 28 months of Israeli-Palestinian fighting.
The military had said it would ease restrictions for workers to enter Israel and
would allow Palestinians over age 45 to pray at a hotly disputed holy site in the
Old City of Jerusalem during the holiday. "The defense minister also instructed
the (army) to exhibit extra sensitivity toward the Palestinian population during the
holiday," said a military statement issued earlier yesterday.
Canceling the orders meant that Israeli roadblocks on West Bank roads would
remain in place, preventing Palestinians from moving around freely to visit rela-
tives or work.
SEOUL, South Korea
Officials believe N. Korea to be unarmed
South Korea's No. 2 official said yesterday he believes North Korea does not
possess nuclear weapons, contradicting U.S. assertions that the communist nation
has one or two atomic bombs.
The comment by Prime Minister Kim Suk-soo appeared to reflect differences in
how South Korea and its main ally, the United States, view Pyongyang. Many
South Koreans do not think their neighbor's nuclear development is a serious
threat, while President Bush has defined the North as part of an "axis of evil"
intent on acquiring weapons of mass destruction.
In Tokyo, U.S. Ambassador Howard Baker warned of a possible North Korean
missile test over Japan in what could be an effort to increase tension over the North's
nuclear programs. North Korea alarmed the region by firing a rocket over Japan and
into the Pacific in 1998.
"We hear reports that they may engage in a missile test, perhaps overflying the
island of Japan," Baker said, addressing a forum on regional security.
In comments in the South Korean National Assembly, Kim said there was no
evidence that North Korea had atomic bombs.
Chief U. N. weapons inspector Hans Blix walks through Saddam
Hussein International Airport in Baghdad yesterday.
the country with Baghdad's permission
and provide its findings to U.N.
Iraq had objected to such flights as
long as U.S. and British jets continued
patrols in the "no-fly" zones.
Yesterday, U.S. and British bombed a
surface-to-air missile site in the southern
no-fly zone, the U.S. military said. The
Iraqi News Agency reported two civil-
ians were killed and nine others were
Oi shortage ups gas,
WASHINGTON (AP) - Prices for heating oil
and gasoline are soaring and likely to keep rising as
energy markets cope with a colder than expected
winter, the loss of Venezuela's production and wor-
ries about war with Iraq.
A deep freeze in the Northeast caused heating oil
prices to spike by 20 percent last week. The Energy
Department, citing low stocks - as well as higher
natural gas prices - said heating bills could be 50
percent higher this year than last winter.
Consumers are getting hit at the gasoline pumps as
well. Nationally, gasoline prices increased for the
ninth straight week to an average of $1.60 a gallon
for regular grades, 50 cents a gallon higher than a
year ago, according to the federal Energy Informa-
tion Administration. Many parts of the country have
seen price hikes of 20 cents a gallon in recent weeks.
Crude oil on Friday moved above $35 a barrel, the
highest it has been in two years. Government analysts
forecast that prices probably will stay a
barrel this year, even if a war is avoided in
The price of light sweet crude was $34
rel at noon yesterday on the New York
Although OPEC oil producers have b
duction, they have yet to make up the oil l
ical unrest in Venezuela. Crude inventorie
below the low end of the normal range" a
January, said the Energy Department.
crude prices and some shortages, refin
back operations, choosing to perform norn
nance a few weeks early, some analysts sa
That has caused suppliers to draw heav
ing oil stockpiles, causing prices to jump.
wholesale heating oil prices on theI
exchange soared to $1.20 a gallon, a j
cents from a week earlier.
After a New Hampshire terminal couldn
bove $30 a ing oil for four days, Jack Sullivan, chief executive of
Iraq. the New England Fuel Institute, warned in a letter to
.78 per bar- the Energy Department of "a supply and pricing cri-
Mercantile sis" if more heating oil isn't made available.
"The demand is extraordinary. It's absolutely hor-
oosted pro- rific," Sullivan said in an ititerview yesterday. His
ost to polit- organization, which represents 1,000 heating oil
s fell "well companies, urged the government to release stocks
it the end of from an emergency heating oil stockpile. No deci-
With high sion on such a release has been made.
ners scaled Economists say that the supply crunch and price
mal mainte- spiral stem from a variety of factors, especially
id. unease over war with Iraq and the possibility that
ily on heat- Kuwaiti and Saudi production could be disrupted.
On Friday, "The dramatic price rise we've seen in the last cou-
New York ple of weeks is primarily associated with fear about
ump of 30 war in Iraq, the disruption of oil exports from
Venezuela and extremely cold weather," said Kyle
n't get heat- Cooper, an energy analyst for Smith Barney.
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selectively exposes brain tumors to
chemotherapy; Sir William Castell, a
chief executive of Amersham, one of the
world's leading companies in disease
treatment and diagnosis; and Peter Corr,
the head of research and development
for the Ann Arbor-based international
pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc.
The purpose of the advisory board
will be to counsel faculty and staff on
issues ranging from scientific research
to business investments to ethics, LSI
Managing Director Liz Barry said. But
the board will not have any executive
control over the institute, she added.
"We wanted to make a board that
would be both extremely useful for
both the institute and the University
and at the same time be an interesting
endeavor to the people who serve on
the board," Barry said. "All of that
* + " pointed to having people with a mix-
ture of background and talents."
The 15-member board will first
meet in October to discuss issues and
ideas pertaining to the institute, which
is scheduled to first open its doors to
faculty members in September.
"The collective wisdom of the board,
I hope, will bring some external guid-
ance to the program. Everybody should
have one. ... It's a reality check," said
advisory board Chairman Ronnie
Cresswell, the former vice president of
Warner Lambert Co. "You are taking a
group of very well-recognized scien-
tists and you are letting them look at
your program, and you are going to get
comments from them and hopefully
Dl9g these comments will be helpful."
Board member Randy Schekman, a
University of California at Berkeley pro-
fessor, said he expects to address the
recruitment of new faculty members as
one of the institute's primary issues.
Schekman, a former president of the
American Society for Cell Biology,
said he hopes the institute will focus on
Aud hiring faculty who have just obtained
their doctoral degrees and can make
their first marks on the scientific com-
munity at the University.
"That's where this institution should
try to grow, is by hiring young faculty
who are out looking for their first job,"
Though the institute has already
named several of its faculty members,
the full staff will not be in place for
another five years, Barry said.
Schekman said he hopes he will help
the institute take all the time it needs to
find the best people. He added that the
board will also be tackling other issues,
such as how to help the institute build
partnerships and bridges with other
"I think the major challenge now is
to complete the building and to start
the process of very carefully identify-
ing areas for growth," he said. "I am
hopeful that the faculty at Michigan
will take advantage of the members of
the board and their expertise."
SPACE CENTER, Houston
Analysis of left wing
shows possible cause
NASA said yesterday it has recov-
ered part of Columbia's left wing, a
section thought tohave played a major
role in the space shuttle disaster.
It was not clear where the piece fit
in the wing, said Michael Kostelnik, a
deputy associate administrator. He
said engineers were analyzing the
piece at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.,
after it was found east of Fort Worth,
"I think they have identified that they
have at least one piece of the left wing,"
Kostelnik said of searchers.
The piece included some carbon-car-
bon tile, an extremely dense material
that covered the leading edge of the
wing, he said.
The fragment could be important,
given that all.trouble apparently began in
the left wing during the final minutes of
Columbia's flight Feb. 1. The shuttle
broke up above Texas as it returned to
Earth, killing all seven aboard.
Charity leader pleads
guilty to terrorism
The head of an Islamic charity linked
to Osama bin Laden pleaded guilty yes-
terday to illegally paying for supplies
for Muslim rebels in Chechnya and
troops in Bosnia in exchange for the
government dropping a charge accusing
him of supporting al-Qaida.
Under a plea deal, Enaam Arnaout, a
Syrian-born U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty
to a single racketeering conspiracy count
as jury selection was about to begin.
Arnaout, 41, admitted in court papers
that his Benevolence International
Foundation had furnished funds to buy
boots and uniforms for the Muslim
fighting forces while claiming to aid
only widows, orphans and the poor.
He did not acknowledge any rela-
tionship with bin Laden and his al-
Qaida terrorist network. But federal
prosecutors said ample evidence
remains that Arnaout helped al-Qaida
in several ways.
Regan betrayed U.S.
Government prosecutors, summing
up their case against a retired Air Force
man suspected of spying, maintained
yesterday that Brian Patrick Regan
"betrayed his country" with a willing-
ness to sell classified information'to
Iraq, Libya and China.
The 40-year-old Regan would
have harmed his country for $13
million, the government contended,
as Regan's espionage trial wound
down in this Virginia suburb of the
Regan, of Bowie, Md., has denied
that he tried to sell classified infor-
mation. The retired Air Force enlist-
ed man worked both as a military
service member and as a civilian
employee for defense contract TRW
Inc. at the super-secret National
Reconnaissance Office, the govern-
ment's spy satellite agency.
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