2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 4, 2004
Eurove seeks new start with Bush NEWS IN BRIEF
PARIS (AP) - European allies
alienated by President Bush's first four
years in power offered Wednesday to let
bygones be bygones, saying they want
to work with the new administration
and seeking, right from Day 1, to get
the new White House to listen more to
French President Jacques Chirac, in
a congratulatory letter, said he hoped
Bush's second term "will be the occa-
sion for strengthening the French-
"We will be unable to find satisfying
responses to the numerous challenges
that confront us today without a close
trans-Atlantic partnership," wrote Chi-
rac. He addressed the letter to "Dear
German Chancellor Gerhard Schro-
eder, who also clashed with Bush over
Iraq, wrote the president a congratulato-
ry letter expressing "great expectations"
for renewed cooperation.
"The world stands before great chal-
lenges at the beginning of your second
term: international terrorism, the dan-
ger of weapons of mass destruction,
regional crises - but also poverty, cli-
mate change and epidemics threaten our
security and stability," Schroeder wrote.
"These challenges can only be mastered
Another critic of the Iraq war, Span-
ish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez
Zapatero, said his government wants "a
relationship of efficient, constructive
cooperation with the U.S. government
and with President Bush, respecting the
ideas of each side."
Zapatero, who angered Washington
by withdrawing Spanish troops from
Iraq, stayed up most of the night to
watch as Republican red crept across
the U.S. electoral map.
Election interest in Europe was
intense, as was the disappointment
many felt over Bush's victory. Some saw
it as proof that Europe and the United
States are further apart than ever.
"There is a major and lasting lack of
understanding between the American
people and the rest of the world, in both
directions," said Hubert Vedrine, a for-
mer French foreign minister. "Almost
all nations, with perhaps three or four
exceptions, wanted change."
Others worried that Bush, strength-
ened by a bigger win than in 2000 and
backed by a Republican Congress, would
turn a deaf ear to world concerns.
"Europe will continue to criticize
Bush the same way as earlier," said
Swedish Prime Minister Goeran Pers-
son. "But I do not believe that he will be
more willing to listen."
Bush allies in the war on terror took
comfort in continuity.
"From our point of view, the Bush
administration is a known quantity,"
said Australian Foreign Minister
Alexander Downer. "We've had a very
good relationship with them for the
last four years and I'm sure we'll be
able to keep building on that over the
Russian President Vladimir Putin
said a Bush victory would mean the
Kidnappers take anther U.S. citizen
Gunmen kidnapped a Lebanese-American businessman - the second U.S. citi-
zen seized this week in Baghdad - and videotape yesterday showed the behead-
ings of three Iraqi National Guardsmen and an Iraqi officer.
Elsewhere, a U.S. soldier was killed and another wounded in a roadside bombing
12 miles south of the capital. A suicide driver detonated his vehicle at a checkpoint
near Baghdad airport, injuring nine Iraqis and prompting U.S. troops to close the
main route into the city for hours.
U.S. jets were in action again late yesterday over Fallujah, striking insurgent
targets in the northeastern and southern parts of the city where American forces
are said to be gearing up for a major assault. Residents reported fierce exchanges of
fire after midnight on the edge of the city.
Gunmen killed a senior Oil Ministry official, Hussein Ali al-Fattal, after he left
his house yesterday in the Yarmouk district of western Baghdad, police said. Al-
Fattal was the general manager of a state-owned company that distributes petro-
leum byproducts. Al-Jazeera television broadcast a threat by an unspecified armed
group to strike oil installations and government buildings if the Americans launch an
all-out assault on Fallujah.
French President Jacques Chirac shares a word with Greek Prime Minister
Costas Karamanlis, left, last week. Chirac was among the European leaders
who sought to mend ties with President Bush after his victory yesterday.
American people had not given in to
"I would feel happy that the Ameri-
can people have not allowed themselves
to be scared and made the decision they
considered reasonable," Putin said at a
Kremlin news conference after talks
with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Ber-
"Bush will keep up that policy that
gives the' United States the role of pro-
moting freedom in the world," Berlus-
British Prime Minister Tony Blair
pledged to work with Bush in the war
on terrorism and in revitalizing the
Middle East peace process, and called
on Europe and the United States to
Some say poll challengers were too tough
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the lines. One of them said, 'You Ori-
ental guys are taking too long to vote,'
Although the legal fund continues to
tally its exiting poll surveys and has no
firm estimate for the number of inci-
' dents, Fung said repeated requests from
poll workers to check identification hin-
dered the high turnout of Asian Ameri-
With their patience worn thin by the
inadequacy of their voting site, many
simply left without voting, she said.
"At this point, I don't know if this
had any effect on the election, but the
process still needs to be fixed since it's
showing that it still can prevent people
(from exercising) their vote," Fung said.
A polling site at Cleveland Middle
School in Detroit suffered some of the
same difficulties, as the site had no
translated ballots for Arabic speakers
and lacked any interpreters. Election
officer Susie Johnson said she could
only resort to explaining slowly to non-
English speaking voters how to vote.
"We just keep repeating what's on
the ballot until they understand," she
Many non-English speaking voters
managed to submit the ballot, though,
with their family members functioning
But in other polling sites across
Detroit, University student volunteers
monitoring the polling sites said they
not only encountered deficient poll-
ing sites, but also challengers from the
Republican Party deliberately aiming
to drive voters away through tactics of
"It was quiet in some places, but in other
places there was faulty election machinery
and attempts by challengers to intimidate
voters, and challengers at some points had
to be physically removed by the police,"
said LSA senior Ryan Bates, an electoral
organizer with the grassroots community
group Metropolitan Organizing Strategy
Of the Republican challengers at his
polling location, Bates said all three
were from Texas and intentionally hid
their credentials in order to create the
appearance that they were election offi-
cials. He added that they then intimidat-
ed voters by looming over them when
casting ballots and interfering with their
paper work, he added.
"At one point, there was a problem
where a women's ballot was spoiled,
and she asked the challenger if she
could have another one. And with a
direct quote from the challenger, 'This
isn't Afghanistan, you don't get to vote
twice here,' " Bates said.
Republicans have said their chal-
lengers monitor the elections to pre-
vent voter fraud, and they sued Detroit
officials Tuesday for allegedly barring
some challengers from the polls.
Even with the end of election day,
problems with the voting system still
seem to be cropping up everywhere.
Starting her day of work in the morn-
ing at the U Club in the Union yesterday,
LSA senior Rita Schiesser said her man-
ager found an interesting surprise when
he opened the restaurant.
"He found two metal boxes with bal-
lots in them.... There were about 1,700
ballots in them," she said.
The ballots were picked up by the Ann
Arbor City Clerk's office after her man-
ager informed them, but Schiesser said
she can only imagine how many ballot
boxes are just waiting to be found.
The clerk's office was unable to com-
ment on the forgotten ballots.
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candidate won, so much as which party
was elected," said Engineering fresh-
man Sean Murphy, who voted absentee
In some states, youth voters turned out
just as much as older voters in propor-
tion to their population. In the 10 most
contested "battleground" states, youth
turnout was 64 percent, up 13 percent-
age points from the 2000 election.
"Young people are definitely more
interested than they were four years
ago. They're more invested in their
community," Teresi said.
She said young people have more
concerns tied into the election, for
example the war in Iraq and how they
plan to pay for college.
The economy and the possibility of
a draft were issues that motivated LSA
freshman George Thomas to vote.
"The issues that most concerned me
were jobs, the war in Iraq, tax cuts for the
rich and a possible draft," Thomas said.
Other students, like LSA freshman
Alyse Dunn, voted because of contro-
versial proposals on the ballot.
"I voted in Ohio. I was most con-
cerned with the proposal that would ban
gay marriage," Dunn said.
Ohio Issue 1, the proposal that bans
same-sex marriage in the state, passed
with 62 percent of the vote. Exit polls
show that among voters ages 18 through
29, 51 percent voted 'yes' and 49 per-
cent voted 'no.'
More than 100 organizations in the
Youth Vote Coalition devoted their
efforts to raising youth participation in
the election. Partners in the Coalition
include MTV's "Choose or Lose," Proj-
ect Vote Smart, Speak Out, and World
Wrestling Entertainment's "Smack-
down Your Vote!" The organizations
had a goal of bringing 20 million youths
out to the polls.
The Youth Vote Coalition set up field
sites in Ann Arbor and East Lansing
to help build local coalitions, which
focused mainly on door knocking and
calling young voters.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Winter Soldier investigation
PAR IS, France
Arafat's health worsens, Palestinian officials say
Yasser Arafat's condition deteriorated significantly Tuesday, and doctors treat-
ing him at a Paris hospital remain unsure what has caused the 75-year-old Palestin-
ian leader's illness, Palestinian officials said early today.
The Palestinian sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed an Israeli
TV report that Arafat was in very serious condition. They said details would be dis-
closed at a previously planned news conference scheduled for today at 10 a.m.
Arafat, who has been ill for three weeks, was flown to a French military hospital
on Friday after passing out briefly at his West Bank headquarters.
Mohammed Dahlan, a former Palestinian security chief in Paris with a group
of Arafat aides, denied, however, that Arafat's condition has worsened. "The pres-
ident's condition is stable," he told reporters.
Arafat initially was said to have been suffering a severe case of influenza, but
later was diagnosed with having blood abnormalities and trouble with his diges-I
tion. Palestinian officials insist leukemia has been ruled out, but say doctors remain
uncertain what is causing Arafat's illness.
Court considers age discrimination lawsuits
Note to lawyers: It's probably best not to bring up the infirmities of the elderly when
arguing an age discrimination case before the white-haired Supreme Court justices.
Attorney Glen Nager tried it and got a cold reception Wednesday as justices
debated standards for on-the-job age discrimination lawsuits. The stakes in the
case are huge for businesses, because a loss in the case would open them up to more
lawsuits when layoffs or other cutbacks hurt older workers.
Nager, in asking the court to limit lawsuits, said age discrimination claims are
different from race and gender bias cases. Treading not so gingerly, he told the
court, "It's painful," considering justices' ages, to point out that older employees
have different mental and physical abilities. The justices, whose average age is 70,
seemed unamused. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reminded the Washington lawyer
that artists like the composer Giuseppe Verdi did their best work in their 70s.
Police arrest suspects in m er's kiling
Police arrested eight more suspected Islamic radicals yesterday in the slaying ofi
a Dutch filmmaker who criticized Muslim customs. Lawmakers questioned why
authorities hadn't kept tabs on the alleged killer, who had a record of violent crime
and contacts with a group under surveillance.
The arrests were made in the 24 hours since Theo van Gogh was slain while
cycling down an Amsterdam street yesterday - believed to be the first Islamic
terrorist attack in the Netherlands. Six of the detainees are of Moroccan ancestry,
one is Algerian and the last has dual Spanish-Moroccan nationality, prosecution
spokeswoman Dop Kruimel said.
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