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2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 25, 2002


FBI examines Saudi donations

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers pressed for
answers yesterday on a possible Saudi money trail in
the Sept. 11 hijackings and said regardless of
whether one exists, the kingdom must stop its
"duplicitous" coddling of terrorists.
Saudi officials spent the weekend having
bankers pore over the records of Princess Haifa
al-Faisal, wife of their ambassador to the United
States, to see how thousands of dollars from her
account might have ended up in the wrong
hands, said Saudi foreign policy adviser Adel al-

But he said it was "crazy" to suggest she had done
anything intentionally to support terrorism.
Lawmakers said the FBI's investigation should pull
no punches, and the Bush administration should be
open about the findings, despite the risk of offending
an important ally with whom relations already have
been strained.
In a harsh turn bound to be uncomfortable for
administration officials as they seek Saudi assistance
in a possible war with Iraq, senators upbraided the

Saudi government for what they see as years of com-
plicity in anti-American radicalism.
Saudis "have played a duplicitous game, and that
is, they say to the terrorists, 'We'll do everything you
want, just leave us alone,"' said Democratic Sen.
Charles Schumer of New York. "That game has got
to stop."
Sens. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) and John
McCain (R-Ariz.), who together set up an independ-
ent commission that will investigate the terror
attacks, offered piercing criticism..

Public financing
laws create new
campaign styles

BETHLEHEM, West Bank _
Israeli arny stays in biblical birthplace
On the first Sunday since Israel reoccupied Bethlehem, troops barred Chris-
tians from worshipping at the Church of the Nativity, one of Christianity's most
sacred shrines. Soldiers in another part of the West Bank searched four mosques
for suspected militants.
There were no signs that the Israelis were near an end to the operation in the
biblical town, despite a State Department call for troops to leave as soon as possi-
ble, with Christmas just a month away. Christian tradition holds that Jesus was
born in a grotto under the Bethlehem church.
Israeli forces rolled into Bethlehem, in the West Bank just south of Jerusalem,
early Friday after a Palestinian suicide bomber from Bethlehem blew himself up on a
Jerusalem bus a day before, killing 11 passengers and injuring more than 40 others.
The army has been conducting house-to-house searches for militants there.
Soldiers arrested a local Islamic Jihad leader yesterday, the military said. Since
Friday, more than 30 Palestinians have been detained, including three men
believed to be connected to suicide bombing operations, army officers said.
Church bells rang yesterday, but Manger Square, like the streets of Bethlehem,
was empty as soldiers enforced a strict curfew, confining the town's residents to
their homes.
U.S. troops in Mideast training for war
Even without the use of Saudi Arabia's vast desert expanses to launch a ground
invasion of Iraq, the U.S. military would have plenty of room to operate from tiny
Kuwait and elsewhere, defense experts say.
There already are more than 12,000 U.S. forces in Kuwait - mostly Army
soldiers - training in desert warfare. At least another 14,000 are in other Per-
sian Gulf nations, and the Navy has an aircraft carrier, the USS Lincoln, in the
northern Persian Gulf with more than 5,500 sailors and dozens of warplanes
If President Bush decided to go to war, thousands more forces would flow into
the area.
Saudi Arabia was the key to assembling the massive allied force used in the
1991 Gulf War, starting shortly after Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990. By Feb-
ruary 1991, about a quarter-million combat troops were ready to push into occu-
pied Kuwait and southern Iraq, and the fighting was declared over in 100 hours.
Those combat troops were backed by a similar number of support forces, mostly
at bases in Saudi Arabia.


The Associated Press

G I ' On the road to winning the gover-
norship in Arizona, Janet Napolitano
broke with tradition. Not because she's
a woman or a Democrat, but because
she campaigned without taking hun-
dreds of thousands of dollars from the
mining industry or trial lawyers,
unions or small businesses.
OUR AUT HENTIC FRENCH BREAD IS BAKED FRESH IN OUWhat's more, over a third of the law-
makers she will work with next year
STORES THROUGHOUT E DAY. AND IF WE DN'TEEalso won office after stepping off the
treadmill of fund-raising that domi-
DON'T SAVE IT. T HIS R EAD IS NEVER, EVER F E.FEEEnates politics elsewhere.
In Maine, an even more dramatic
NO i change took place. Three-fifths of the
new state lawmakers won running pub-
THE E ,'licly financed campaigns in which can-
didates made do with limited
government money, foregoing privately
raised or personal cash.
Proponents of so-called clean elec-
tions are optimistic that the results in
^w>>Arizona and Maine will win converts
~: SUPER': to their cause of curbing expensive
campaigns and limiting the influence
of special interests.
But skeptics complain about inde-
pendent spending they say skirts the
spirit of the law and taxpayer-financed
negative campaigning.
W E D E LIV E RBoth sides are watching to see if the
laws work or just drive the campaign
929 E. A NN ST. ~ 913.9200 money elsewhere. They're also eyeing
600ACK ~4.the candidates to see if they show
1207 S. UNIV E RSITY ~ .greater independence than other politi-
ANN Acians.
"The lobbyists will have less influ-
JIM M YJOHNS.COMence declared Napolitano, who spoke
2 00 2 JIMM Y JH ' S FRANCHISEINCo. often about how the system freed her

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Ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m.
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be distributed on Friday, December 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in
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to talk about issues rather than ask for
cash. "Hopefully, we'll have more leg-
islation that's based on what's good for
the most people, as opposed to what's
good for a particular group."
Clean election laws, which vary
slightly in each state, aim to allow
near-total public financing of cam-
paigns in return for a promise from
candidates that they will forego private
money after collecting some small
contributions up front.
Candidates in Arizona must prove
they're viable by gathering hundreds of
individual $5 contributions. Then they
get set amounts of cash to campaign
and can't raise any more private
money. If they're outspent by privately
funded candidates, the state will keep
pace, but only up to a point.
Though four states have passed
clean elections laws, Maine and Ari-
zona are the only states where the leg-
islations have truly worked.
In Vermont, courts put spending lim-
its in doubt and no candidates chose
public financing this year. Massachu-
setts voters passed an initiative in
1998, but lawmakers refused to fund it;
a judge ordered the state to auction off
state property to cover the costs, but
there was still only one publicly
financed candidate for governor and
11 for state Legislature.
In 2000, voters in Missouri and Ore-
gon rejected clean election initiatives.
Despite those setbacks, advocates
have high hopes that Arizona and
Maine will offer a model for how pub-
lic financing can cure the ills of big
money in politics.
Continued from Page 1A
were in Hindi, introductions to the
dances were often done in English and
the language of the region in India
where the dance originated, such as
Assamese, Bengali, Gujurati, Marvari,
Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil, and Hindi,
India's national language.
The many different languages
spoken and the variety of dances
from different regions of India
reflected the diversity of India,
which encompasses a variety of cul-
tures and languages.
The show's focus on tradition, how-
ever, did not mean that there were no
elements of modern culture.
"It still had lots of modern
music," Ruchi Shah said, who
attends the International Academy
in Bloomfield Hills. "I think every
year they incorporate both tradition-
al and modern aspects."
Chokshi said there were around
300 participants in the show.
"It was our goal to make sure that
the show internally was catered to
our participants. We wanted people
in the audience to acknowledge that
this was the particpants' show, all
student-run," she said.
Chokshi said because of renova-
tions of Hill Auditorium, where the
show is usually held, both the mati-
nee and evening show had to be
moved to the Michigan Theater.
She said they usually sell out more
seats at Hill; 4,000 seats compared
to the 3,000 for the two shows com-
bined at Michigan Theater, but that
they enjoyed the closeness and
comfort of the smaller Michigan
"Each show has a different per-
sonality to it," Engineering sopho-
more Anar Shah said. She
performed in an act that featured
dances to a compilation of Bolly-
wood film music.
"There was so much work put
into this that it paid off in the end,"
she said.

Dockworkers ready
to sign new contract
West Coast dockworkers and ship-
ping companies reached tentative
agreement on a contract that could end
the drawn-out labor dispute that shut
down the coast's major ports for 10
days and prompted the president to
The six-year contract would pro-
vide wage and benefit improve-
ments for union members, plus
technology and dispute-resolution
improvements that the companies
needed, said Peter Hurtgen, head of
the Federal Mediation and Concilia-
tion Service.
He praised both sides, saying lead
negotiators "demonstrated statesmen-
like leadership, which made this agree-
ment possible."
The agreement, reached late Satur-
day still must be ratified by a majori-
ty of the 10,500 members of the
International Longshore and Ware-
house Union.
Coffin could contain
Christ's brother
The French scholar who discov-
ered the purported burial box of
Jesus' brother, James, strongly
defended the artifact's identification
yesterday against skeptical points
raised at a convention of religion
Despite the doubts, Andre Lemaire

asserted that "myself, I have been very
cautious. I say it is very probable."
The animated panel discussion,
attended by 800 people, involved main-
ly crucial technical points such as
grammar and the forms of handwriting
in the inscription, which reads "James,
son of Joseph, brother of Jesus."
The words appear on a 1st century
bone box known as an "ossuary," a
form of Jewish burial that ended in
A.D. 70. The New Testament identifies
James as Jesus' brother and the leader
of Jerusalem's early Christians.
QUITO, Ecuador
Former coup leader
wins presidency
A former coup leader viewed as a
crusader against corruption won
Ecuador's presidential runoff yesterday,
defeating a billionaire businessman
who socializes with America's rich and
With 97 percent of the votes count-
ed, Lucio Gutierrez, a cashiered army
colonel, had 54.3 percent of the votes
compared with 45.7 percent for
Alvaro Noboa, who heads a banana
and shipping empire that includes 110
The 45-year-old president-elect,
who led a 2000 coup that toppled a
highly unpopular president seen as
corrupt, campaigned as an anti-cor-
ruption crusader.
That appealed strongly to voters fed
up with leaders who plunder govern-
ment coffers.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.



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