2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 29, 2004
Official calls for Sharon indictment NEWS IN BRIEF
HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD a e w.- n
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's state In Gaza, the new Hamas leader brand- A resignation could trigger early ment a few months ao - to concur "
attorney recommended yesterday that ed Bush "the enemy of God, the enemy elections. But Sharon's most likely Police have been investigating Sharon
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon be indict-
ed for bribe-taking, officials said, in
what is seen as a major - but not final
- step toward his possible resignation.
Such an unprecedented indictment
of an Israeli prime minister could
derail Sharon's proposal to withdraw
from much of the Gaza Strip - or
entice him to move more quickly on
the "disengagement" plan, which has
broad support in Israel.
Sharon is meeting with President
Bush in two weeks to try to win U.S.
backing for a Gaza withdrawal.
of Islam,' but stopped short of threaten-
ing to attack U.S. targets in retaliation
for last week's assassination by Israel of
the Islamic militant group's founder.
Israeli opposition leaders demanded
that Sharon step aside while under the
cloud of indictment - but the prime
minister's aides said he planned to con-
duct business as usual. In the event of
an indictment, there would be consid-
erable pressure on Sharon to suspend
himself or resign. The prime minister
has been plagued by corruption allega-
tions since he was elected in 2001.
successor, former premier Benjamin
Netanyahu, is not considered a sup-
porter of Sharon's proposals to pull out
of Gaza and parts of the West Bank -
areas captured in the 1967 war.
Yesterday's recommendation by
State Attorney Edna Arbel to indict
Sharon is not the last word on the mat-
ter. The final decision is up to Attorney
General Meni Mazuz, who is expected
to make a ruling within a month. How-
ever, Arbel's opinion carries consider-
able weight and puts pressure on
Mazuz - appointed by the govern-
on suspicion he accepted $690,000 in
bribes from Israeli businessman David
Appel to help promote a tourism project
in Greece and rezone urban land in Tel
Aviv. Sharon allegedly received bribes as
foreign minister in 1999, and after he
was elected prime minister.
Appel was indicted in January for
allegedly bribing Sharon, but investiga-
tors still have to prove that Sharon knew
he was being bribed. Sharon's son,
Gilad, allegedly was paid large sums of
money so that his father would use his
influence to push the project forward.
Security adviser refuses
inister survives assasination attempt
Gunmen opened fire yesterday on a convoy carrying Iraq's minister of public
works, killing a driver and a bodyguard and injuring two others, the U.S.-led
coalition said. The minister, Nisreen Berwari, was unharmed.
In another attack in the same city, Mosul, gunmen killed a Briton and a Canadi-
an who were working as security guards for foreign electrical engineers at a
power station. The ambush appeared to be part of a campaign to undermine U.S.-
led reconstruction efforts in Iraq.
The attacks highlighted the tenuous security situation in Iraq's third-largest city,
once a prime recruiting ground for the officer corps of Saddam Hussein's military.
Berwari was returning to Mosul from a meeting in the city of Dohuk when her
convoy was attacked, said Kristi Clemens, a coalition spokeswoman in Baghdad.
Saro Qader, an official with the Kurdistan Democratic Party, described the
attack as an "assassination attempt." Berwari is a member of the Kurdish party.
Iraqi police said the attack occurred around 11 a.m. in the al-Karama neighbor-
hood of Mosul. They said the two men who were killed were both bodyguards,
and that Berwari was in another car that was not hit by gunfire.
Accused rapist allowed to stay in Air Force
An Air Force Academy cadet who had been accused of rape and threatened to
crash a glider into a dining hall was allowed to remain at the school for several more
months, during which he was arrested for sodomizing a woman in a wheelchair and
accused of raping another cadet, according to files obtained by The Associated Press.
Even after his arrest in Los Angeles for sodomy, the Air Force got cadet Don-
costa Seawell released from custody and took him back to the academy, according
to the files. He was accused of rape by a fellow cadet three months later.
"This is outrageous that this guy fell through the cracks of the military justice
system, and went on to do such harm to other victims," said Cynthia Stone of the
Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Seawell's alleged victims have been among the women who have accused the
academy of failing to prosecute sex offenders - claims that helped lead to sweep-
ing changes at the academy and Defense Department investigations of sexual
assault cases. An investigation determined that there had been 142 reports of sexu-
al assault at the academy in the past decade.
to testifl "
to estfy publicly
CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - White House administration off
allies and Republicans investigating the Sept. 11 rebut fresh attack
attacks pressed yesterday to hear open testimony has handled the th
from national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, Sharpening his
with one commissioner calling her refusal a ism chief Richard
"political blunder of the first order." was more aggress
Rice said in a TV interview that she wants to front al-Qaida, Os
testify publicly, but is constitutionally barred "He did somet
from doing so, a senior administration official nothing prior to
said yesterday afternoon, before the program NBC's "Meet the1
aired. Rice also said in the "60 Minutes" inter- "I think they d
view that she wants to meet with family members they did before"
of the Sept. 11 victims, to hear their concerns, the Bush's administra
official said. doing anything."
President Bush, spending a long weekend on Clarke said a sv
his Texas ranch, gave no ground, and several uments would pro
aides said he will not change his mind on letting neglected the th
Rice testify. But Bush sent her and other top months leading up
ficials out for TV interviews to
s on the way his administration
reat of terrorism.
criticism, former counterterror-
d Clarke said President Clinton
sive than Bush in trying to con-
ama bin Laden's organization.
thing, and President Bush did
September 11," Clarke told
eserve a failing grade for what
Sept. 11, Clarke said of the
tion. "They never got around to
weeping declassification of doc-
ive that the Bush administration
reat of terrorism in the nine
to the attacks.
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice listens to President
Bush yesterday as he answers reporters' questions at the end of
a Cabinet meeting at the White House.
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"I've taught my kids and then they'll
teach their kids,"he added.
Gaskin said this Pow Wow also
serves a larger purpose of bringing the
Ann Arbor community "to see what
the beauty and the variety of our own
Native American culture has to offer.
"(The pow wow), it's a social event,
but it's also spiritual. For Native Amer-
icans, our spirituality goes through
everything. To be social is to be spiri-
tual," he said.
Wearing a breastplate fashioned out
of hollowed bones, with a ring of eagle
feathers strapped around his waist,
Gaskin and others swayed their bodies
to the banging of the drums throughout
the afternoon's first dances, rhythmi-
cally tapping Crisler Arena's floor with
Other dances featured during the Pow
Wow ranged from traditional dancing
based on the movements of animals to
more contemporary routines called
fancy dancing, Gaskin said. Young boys
and girls also participated in the dances.
Over the years, the Pow Wow has
become increasingly popular to the Uni-
versity and the Native American com-
munity, said George Martin, who
attended the first Pow Wow 32 years
ago. Martin was invited to be the Pow
Wow's head veteran, who is the tradi-
tional leader of the opening ceremony.
"We had one dancer 32 years ago.
Now we have over 150. We used to
have one drummer, but now we have
so many" he said.
Still, even with its growing size,
some think there needs to be more
acknowledgment of Michigan's Native
Education senior Erin Crain said of
the event, "I enjoy watching the
dances. It's something different."
But she added that more students
should have come to the Pow Wow. "I
would say that not many people know
this is going on. There doesn't seem to
be a large awareness of the Native
That' why it's so important to hold
cultural events like the weekend's Pow
Wow, Martin said.
"(We want to show everyone) that
we're here, that there are Native Amer-
icans here," he said.
Continued from Page 1A
competing in the Pow Wow.
Organizers noted a stark difference
between this year's event and last
year's. Students said they had to con-
duct "dozens of hours" of fundraising
this year, with a goal of raising about
$10,000. Many said although fundrais-
ing has largely been successful, budget
cuts have necessitated numerous com-
promises this year, including cuts in
prizes and the number of drums.
"I feel that the upper administration
has not taken student services like Pow
Wow, the Sexual Assault Prevention
and Awareness Center and the Office
of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs seri-
ously and hasn't given them priority.
They boast about diversity and boast
about supporting diversity, but these
budget cuts don't reflect that," said
LSA senior Nickole Fox, who is a co-
chair of NASA.
Many other students are "frustrated
and angry," as Fox said, and cuts and
changes to student services have led to
the formation of the group Student
Voices in Action, which lobbies the
administration for change.
The budget cuts directly result from a
decrease in state appropriations and an
increase in campus-wide costs.
Although University President Mary
Sue Coleman said she plans to accept
Gov. Jennifer Granholm's tuition plan
- saving the University roughly $20
million annually - state funding will
still decrease by 2 percent this year. If
Coleman accepts the plan, the net costs
across campus will rise by $20 million
over this year's costs.
Administration officials say budget
cuts are an unfortunate result of the
foundering state economy and some of
these cuts must fall on student affairs.
Vice President for Student Affairs E.
Royster Harper is eager to meet with
students and start planning for the
future, University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson said. When students rallied
outside the Fleming Administration
Building on Thursday, Harper and
Dean of Students Ed Willis spoke with.
SVA, acknowledged a lack of student
input in administrative decisions and
tentatively scheduled a meeting for
today at the William Monroe Trotter
House at noon.
France's ruling party
suffers election blow
French voters delivered a stinging
defeat to President Jacques Chirac's
government and its program of painful
economic reforms in regional elections
yesterday, according to exit polls.
The heavy losses in many regions
will increase pressure on Chirac to
reshuffle his conservative government,
and perhaps even ditch his prime minis-
ter, the unpopular Jean-Pierre Raffarin.
Polls of voters as they left voting sta-
tions showed the opposition left getting
nearly half of the votes, compared with
about 37 percent for the right.
One of at least eight regions that the
government appeared to have lost was
Poitou-Charentes in western France,
once Raffarin's fiefdom. The midterm
bruising, Chirac's first national test
since he and his party swept elections
in 2002, could also make it difficult for
the government to pursue promised but
unpopular economic reforms.
Vitamin E may lower
bladder cancer risk
Getting plenty of vitamin E by eating
foods like nuts and olive oil appears to
cut in half people's risk of bladder can-
cer, the fourth leading cancer killer
The research, released at a cancer
conference yesterday, is the latest blip in
the ups and downs of perceptions about
this nutrient's powers to ward off disease.
Experts once had high hopes that vita-
min E would prove to be an important
safeguard against heart attacks. But that
idea eventually faded as repeated studies
failed to show any protective effect.
Whether vitamin E does anything to
stop cancer is still far from proven, but
some think the vitamin may be helpful,
perhaps by warding off the damaging
effects of oxygen.
Afghan leader delays
elections until fall
Afghanistan's landmark national elec-
tions will be delayed until September to
give the United Nations more time to
register voters and organize the balloting,
President Hamid Karzai said yesterday.
Officials had warned repeatedly that
the country's first post-Taliban elec-
tions, originally scheduled for June,
would be delayed because of logistical
problems and security fears.
"We are ready to manage both elec-
tions, for the parliament and presiden-
cy, in September," Karzai told reporters
at his palace in the Afghan capital.
So far, only 1.5 million of an estimat-
ed 10.5 million eligible voters have
been registered for the elections.
a lecture by
Dr. Tom Regan
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy
North Carolina State University
Wednesday, March 31st
Michigan League Ballroom
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