2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 23, 2006
Leftist Evo Morales sworn in as NEWS IN BRIEF
Bolivia's first Indian president
Farmer's son has promised to
alleviate country's poverty, resist
free-market economic policies
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) - Evo Morales, Bolivia's first
Indian president, took office yesterday with a promise
to lift his nation's struggling indigenous majority out of
centuries of poverty and discrimination.
Morales, a former leader of Bolivia's coca growers
and a fierce critic of U.S. policies, raised a fist in a left-
ist salute as he swore to uphold the constitution.
"I wish to tell you, my Indian brothers, that the 500-
year indigenous and popular campaign of resistance
has not been in vain," Morales said.
The 46-year-old son of a peasant farmer, Morales
vowed that his socialist governmen t would reshape
Bolivia. He criticized free-market economic prescrip-
tions supported by the U.S. and international donors,
saying they had failed to end chronic poverty.
"The neoliberal economic model has run out," said
Morales, an Aymara Indian.
Thousands of Aymara and Quechua and other Indi-
ans attended, many wearing the varied styles of hats
imposed on them when Bolivia was a Spanish colony
hundreds of years ago. They stood alongside miners,
students and leftist sympathizers waving Cuban and
Venezuelan flags on the cobblestone plaza outside the
colonial-era Congress building.
"Power is in the hands of the Bolivian people for
the first time," said Walter Villarro, among 2,000
miners who turned out dressed in their trademark hel-
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates
U.S. Navy seizes pirates near Somalia
U.S. sailors boarded a suspected pirate ship in the Indian Ocean and
detained 26 men for questioning, the Navy said yesterday.
The 16 Indians and 10 Somali men were aboard a traditional dhow that
was chased and seized Saturday by the U.S. guided missile destroyer USS
Winston S. Churchill, said Lt. Leslie Hull-Ryde of U.S. Naval Forces Cen-
tral Command in Bahrain.
The dhow stopped 54 miles off the coast of Somalia after the Churchill
fired warning shots, the Navy said. U.S. sailors boarded the ship and seized
a cache of small arms.
Sailors aboard the dhow told Navy investigators that pirates hijacked their ves-
sel six days ago near Mogadishu and used it to stage attacks on merchant ships.
The crew and passengers were questioned aboard the Churchill yesterday
to determine which were pirates and which were legitimate crew members,
Troops exposed to polluted water in Iraq
An indigenous woman throws confetti as Bolivia's new president Evo Morales passes by In La Paz
Sunday, Jan 22, 2006. Morales, a former leader of Bolivia's cocoa growers, was sworn in yesterda
mets and black leather jackets.
Morales compared decades of discrimination
against Indians to apartheid, saying "Bolivia seems
like South Africa" as he recounted how, decades ago,
Indians were barred from entering the plaza.
He said he planned to bring Bolivia's v
ural gas reserves under more state cont
call a constitutional assembly to answer
demands for a greater share of power at a
of society, he said.
Troops and civilians at a U.S. military base in Iraq were exposed to contami-
nated water last year and employees for the responsible contractor, Halliburton,
couldn't get their company to inform camp residents, according to interviews and
internal company documents.
Halliburton, the company formerly headed by Vice President Dick Cheney,
disputes the allegations about water problems at Camp Junction City, in
AP PHOTO Ramadi, even though they were made by its own employees and documented
in company e-mails.
ay. "We exposed a base camp population (military and civilian) to a water source
that was not treated," said a July 15, 2005, memo written by William Granger,
vast nat- the official for Halliburton's KBR subsidiary who was in charge of water quality
rol, and in Iraq and Kuwait.
Indian "The level of contamination was roughly 2x the normal contamination of
ll levels untreated water from the Euphrates River'" Granger wrote in one of several docu-
ments. The Associated Press obtained the documents from Senate Democrats who
are holding a public inquiry into the allegations today.
~ DAMADOLA, Pakistan
n, Al-Qaida sympathy surges in mountai town
Sympathy for al-Qaida has surged after a U.S. airstrike devastated this remote
mountain hamlet in a region sometimes as hostile toward the Pakistani government as
nd Ellery it is to the United States.
Saturday, A week after the attack, villagers in the region insist no members of the terror net-
aught fire work were anywhere near the border village when it was hit. But thousands of protest-
ern West ers flooded a nearby town chanting, "Long live Osama bin Laden!"
st weeks Pakistan's army, in charge of hunting militants, was nowhere to be seen.
hat led to The rally was the latest in a series of demonstrations across Pakistan against the Jan.
xposed to 13 attack, which apparently targeted but missed al-Qaida's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri.
o Mine in
Calls for mine safety gain stean
SW. Va. lawmakers seek
to pass laws to make
mines safer for workers
CHARLESTON, WVa. (AP) - In
death, 14 West Virginia coal miners have
achieved something that just a month ago
seemed an unlikely goal: Labor, industry
and lawmakers are united in demanding
that a dangerous subterranean occupation
be made safer.
Hours after the bodies of two miss-
ing miners were found Saturday in
Aracoma Coal's Alma No. 1 mine at
Melville, Gov. Joe Manchin and West
Virginia's congressional delegation
called for a major overhaul of state
and federal mine safety laws.
Both the National Mining Associa-
tion and the United Mine Workers of
America said yesterday that they, too,
will press for change.
"This is a time for all of us who share
responsibility for mining safety to come
together and look for ways to make mining
safer;' said Carol Raulston, spokeswoman
for the National Mining Association in
Washington. "We have made dramatic
improvements over the last 15 years, but
there's more to be done"
The bodies of Don Bragg, 33, a
"Elvis" Hatfield, 47, were foundI
two days after a conveyor belt ca
inside the Alma mine in south
Virginia. Their deaths came ju
after a Jan. 2 mine explosion th
the deaths of 12 other miners ex
carbon monoxide inside the Sag
the northern part of the state.
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Four children among the latest dead in Iraq
Insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades at a policeman's home northeast of Bagh-
dad yesterday, killing his four children and his brother and raising to at least 23 the
number of Iraqis killed in attacks this weekend.
Also yesterday, police found the bullet-riddled bodies of nearly two dozen men
abducted last week north of Baghdad after being rejected entry into a police academy,
The violence continued as Iraq's political parties began gearing up for talks on a new
coalition government that U.S. officials hope will win the confidence of disaffected
Sunni Arabs and undermine support for the insurgency. That would hasten the time
when U.S. and other foreign troops can go home.
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