2 -- The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 28, 1995
One year later, Chechnya still sees violence
GROZNY, Russia (AP) - Over-
looking the ruins of Grozny's presi-
dential palace, Tamara Mamukova's
10th-floor apartment had new panes of
glass in the windows, but nejther heat
nor electricity. Her bedclothes were
cold and damp.
"I sleep cold, I get up cold and I eat
cold," sighed the 85-year-old Russian
woman, her breath visible as she
Nearly ayearafter Russia sent 40,000
troops to put down a separatist govern-
ment, the weary residents of this shat-
tered city still live amid violence and
Fog and drizzle wrap battle-scarred
buildings. Russian armored vehicles
churn up the muddy roads. The streets
empty long before the 9 p.m. curfew as
gunfire and explosions rock the city
each night with monotonous regular-
"The war is over, the city is de-
stroyed, but the conflict continues,"
said Col. Carlos Rey, the deputy head
of the Grozny mission of the Organi-
zation for Security and Cooperation in
Some Chechens are so weary of the
fighting that they are eager for elections
- whether or not the Russian troops
"We can't fight all ourlives. Weneed
somebody in power to stop the anar-
chy," said Khasambek Kilalov, a 40-
year-old Chechen who said he is no fan
of Moscow but is ready to make con-
cessions to have peace.
Kilalov has not been paid since he
began work two months hunting for
usable bricks from the rubble in down-
town Grozny. He risks injury or death
from unexploded shells and often finds
bodies in the ruins.
On Dec. l1, 1994, the Kremlin sent
troops to the southern Caucasus repub-
lic to topple the government that had
declared independence three years ear-
lier. The army rained thousands of shells
on Grozny in the worst fighting on
Russian soil since World War II.
After suffering bloody defeats, the
Russian army finally drove the rebels
out of Grozny and other big towns, but
failed to crush them completely.
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Court punishes anti-abortion activists
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court piled on more bad news for anti-
abortion activists yesterday, refusing to free five demonstrators from paying
nearly $100,0000 in lawyer fees to an abortion clinic they targeted.
The action, taken without comment in a case from Sacramento, Calif., extended
abortion foes' recent losing streak in the nation's highest court. It marked the first
time the issue of lawyer-fee awards in abortion-linked litigation had been consid-
ered by the justices.
"That the court would let this $100,000 penalty stand is outrageous, and sends
a very chilling message to pro-life demonstrators," said Jay Sekulow, a lawyer
with the anti-abortion American Center for Law and Justice.
The justices let stand rulings that said the lawyer-fees award against the abortion
protesters did not violate or wrongly "chill" their free-speech rights.
Last month, the court rejected a free-speech appeal by California protesters
arrested for picketing too close to an abortion doctor's home. Also last month,
the court rejected a sweeping challenge to federal limits on abortion clinic
In the last year, the justices have turned away appeals by anti-abortion activists
who say they are being wrongly sued as racketeers in their efforts to stop women
from having abortions.
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Gin rch announces
he won't run in '96
WASHINGTON - House Speaker
Newt Gingrich ruled out a 1996 presi-
dential run yesterday, leaving a clearly
defined field to fight for the GOP nomi-
nation and little doubt the speaker will
himself be a campaign issue.
It had long been clear that Gingrich
was unlikely to join the presidential
race, but not untilyesterday did he slam
shut the door. He said he would not
endorse a candidate, but hoped to serve
as chairman of the Republican conven-
tion next August in San Diego.
Explaining his decision, Gingrichlisted
the daunting challenge he faces in trying
to shepherd a balanced budget through
Congress, calling it "one of the most
important decisions we've made in do-
mestic government in the last 60 years."
Political calculations also played a
part. Iowa's caucuses and New
Hampshire's primary are less than three
months away, followed by a blizzard of
"I didn't see how I could be both
speaker of the House and run a cam-
paign of that scale," Gingrich said.
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Sri Lankancivil war
NEW DELHI, India - The Sri
Lankan army's plan was for"Operation
Sunshine" to have scored a decisive
victory by now. Instead, that nation's
civil war is slogging grimly on, with
many doubting that even a knockout
success by government forces will end
the bloodshed any time soon.
Yesterday, 42 days into an offensive
launched by the army to capture the
Tamil rebels' northern heartland and the
coastal city that has served for five years
as their de facto capital, the advance had
visibly slowed - and perhaps stalled.
"They say they are consolidating their
positions, which means that they haven't
advanced beyond yesterday," military
journalist Iqbal Athas, based in the Sri
Lankan capital, Colombo, noted tartly.
At least 300 die-hard fighters from
the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
are reportedly holding out in the center
of the besieged town of Jaffna, con-
founding theSri Lankan military, which
had believed they would flee with the
civilian populace, Athas said.
Booby-traps and minefields in the
densely built city are also badly ham-
pering the army's advance.
Over the weekend, the rebels staged a
counterattack cloaked in achokingeloud
of tear gas, but the army retaliated, kill-
ing at least 80 guerrillas, military spokes-
man Brig. Sarath Munasinghe said.
Deadly vixus hits
BROKEN HILL, Australia - It
sounds like a script for a Hollywood
horror film: A deadly virus escapes
from a biohazard lab. Corpses litter the
landscape as a plague spreads across a
Rather than flee in terror, Australians
are cheering a virus that is wiping out
rabbits across the outback. The real
plague, people say, is the rabbit popula-
"It's history, and we'll look back on
this month and say what a wonderful
thing it was," said sheep rancher David
Australians do not view rabbits as
cute, carrot-nibbling harbingers. of
Easter. Most see them as pests that
gobble down native plants and farm
- From Daily wire services
His decision leaves the GOP field
with a clear front-runner, Senate Ma-:
jority Leader Bob Dole. Texas Sen.
Phil Gramm, former Tennessee Gov.
Lamar Alexander, publisher Steve
Forbes and commentator Pat Buchanan
are among those clamoring for an open-
ing or a Dole stumble.
Christmas tree set up
at White House
WASHINGTON - Christmas at the
White House unofficially began yester-
day afternoon as Hillary Rodham Clinton
stepped out on the South Lawn to accept
the first family's Christmas tree.
"Starting today we begin the holiday
season in earnest," she announced.
This year's tree is an 18.5-foot Fraser
fir from Ashe County, N.C. It rolled up
to the White House on a painted green'
cart drawn by two Belgian horses named
Fred and Dick.
Ron Hudler, the tree's owner, said
the tree would stay vibrant through-
out the holiday season. "It's going to
look great. It's going to smell great,
and it's going to last forever,"'he
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