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                                 The Brandeis Free Press    “COVERING THE NEWS WITH A BRANDEIS EDGE”                                                         VOLUME III, NO. 14

FBI investigates CIA plot                                                                                                 Clinton’s executive
to assassinate Iraqi dictator                                                                                             privilege challenged
                                        operation, allegedly against strict
                                                                                                                                BY ODELIA LEVY
     BY A LEX GREENBERG                                                                                                      White House Independent
                                        orders not to carry out the opera-
   On Sunday, February 15th, the                                                                                          Prosecutor Kenneth Starr con-
                                        tion. However, in 1996 the FBI
Los Angeles Times reported that                                                                                           tinued his investigation of the
                                        dropped the investigation, with no
the FBI had conducted an investi-                                                                                         alleged sex scandal between
                                        attempt by the Justice Department
gation concerning rumors that CIA                                                                                         President Bill Clinton and for-
                                        to prosecute the officers.
agents had plotted to kill Iraqi dic-                                                                                     mer White House intern
                                            “Ultimately CIA and FBI offi-
tator Saddam Hussein. The Times,                                                                                          Monica Lewinsky. Starr ques-
                                        cials realized that the investigation
quoting anonymous sources, said                                                                                           tioned President Clinton’s clos-
                                        had been prompted by misleading
that although all CIA agents being                                                                                        est aide, Bruce Lindsey last
                                        information about CIA activities in
investigated were cleared, the                                                                                            week. The President might
                                        northern Iraq that was being spread
probe affected the CIA’s ability to                                                                                       seek    executive     privilege
                                        in the region, allegedly by Iraqi
conduct operations in Iraq.                                                                                               against Starr if negotiations      Clinton’s top aide, Bruce
                                        dissident leaders unhappy with the      ligence community that the CIA
    The alleged plan to kill Saddam                                                                                       with Starr over Lindsey’s testi-
                                        Clinton administration’s reluc-         has become increasingly unable to                                            Lindsey gave testimony to
Hussein evolved out of a series of                                                                                        mony are not resolved.
                                        tance to take a more aggressive         perform its role competently. In an                                          Independent Counsel Kenneth
operations conducted by the CIA                                                                                              The controversy arose over
                                        approach to toppling Saddam,” the       article in the February issue of The
in Northern Iraq. Working in con-                                                                                         Starr wanting to question          Starr last week.
                                        article stated.                         Atlantic Monthly, Edward G.
junction with the Iraqi National                                                                                          Lindsey and other top White        House intern had met with
                                            Subsequent actions by Iraqi         Shirley, a former official in the
Congress, a front organization that                                                                                       House aides regarding strategy     Vernon Jordan, President
                                        military and security forces foiled     CIA, views the service as growing
acted as an umbrella for all anti-                                                                                        sessions they held to discuss      Clinton’s friend, earlier than
                                        two more attempts to oust Saddam        increasingly dysfunctional. Shirley
Iraqi Kurdish factions operating in                                                                                       the Lewinsky situation. The        had been originally stated.
                                        Hussein. In 1996, the Iraqis            said that the CIA “has for years
the area, the CIA organized a                                                                                             White House regards these          “Monica Lewinsky met with
                                        destroyed the remnants of the           been running an espionage charade
botched military offensive against                                                                                        conversations as confidential      Vernon Jordan substantially
                                        CIA’s covert action program.            in most countries, deceiving itself
the Iraqi army in 1995. The alleged                                                                                       and protected under executive      before the dates that have been
                                        Another attempt by the CIA,             and others about the value of its
assassination attempt was created                                                                                         privilege. In 1974, the            reported and certainly long
                                        designed to sabotage Iraq’s energy      recruited agents and intelligence
by Wafiz Samarrai, a former chief                                                                                         Supreme Court established          before there was any talk of a
                                        infrastructure, was penetrated by       production.” Shirley points out that
of Iraqi intelligence, who told the                                                                                       executive privilege and also       Paula Jones witness list, sub-
                                        Iraqi double agents who betrayed        the CIA’s method of calculating
CIA of a plan to kill the Iraqi dic-                                                                                      ruled, however, that it did not    poenas or depositions,” said
                                        Iraqi officials working with the        success in terms of the number of
tator.                                                                                                                    apply to President Richard         Ginsburg. Originally, the press
                                        CIA.                                    foreign agents recruited, “encour-
   The FBI investigation focused                                                                                          Nixon.                             reported that Lewinsky first
                                            The destruction of CIA opera-       ages decent case officers, gradual-
on five CIA officers who had been                                                                                            Meanwhile,       Lewinsky’s     met with Jordan on December
                                        tions in Iraq highlights a growing      ly and naturally, to evolve into
involved in the planning of the                                                                                           attorney, William Ginsburg,
                                        concern among experts in the intel-     liars.”
                                                                                                                          claimed that the former White                         SEE PAGE 4

                                                                                Former midshipman                                                             Nigerian troops
                      UPDATE                                                                                                                                  topple junta in
                                                                                convicted of murder
                                                                                                                                                              Sierra Leone
  Use of force in Iraq protested                                                      BY ILYA ABLAVSKY                 grabbed Jones and a struggle
  As a follow-up to chanted protests that drowned out Madeleine                     Diane Zamora, a former ensued. According to Graham’s                         BY JOSEPH KOCZERA
  Albright's speech in Ohio Wednesday, demonstrators cut short Bill             Navy midshipman, was convict- confession, Jones managed to                       Nigerian army units this
  Richardson's speech at the University of Minnesota last Friday.               ed of murder in the death of get out of the car, but Zamora                   week consolidated their
  Richardson, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, was outlining the gov-             Adrienne Jones. A Texas jury insisted that Graham shoot her.                  hold over Freetown, the
  ernment's plans to attack Baghdad if U.N. Secretary General Kofi              reached this verdict after delib- Jones’s body was found the next             capital of Sierra Leone, end-
  Annan cannot come to a diplomatic solution during his visit to Iraq.          erating for just six hours. She day.                                          ing the rule of a ten month-
  Protesters voiced their opinions that the war is racist, driven by eco-       was sentenced to imprisonment             Graham and Zamora, who
                                                                                                                                                              old junta which last year
  nomic interests concerning Middle Eastern oil, and unfair to Iraqi            with the possibility of parole in     met at a search-and-rescue train-
                                                                                                                                                              topped the democratically-
  civilians, who are being starved by sanctions. (Reuters, 2/20)                40 years. Jones’s family ing class conducted at Civil Air                     elected government of
                                                                                requested that                                          Patrol in 1991,
                                                                                                                                        both excelled         President Ahmed Tejan
                                                                                the       death
  Radon linked to lung cancer                                                   penalty not be                                          academically at       Kabbah.
                                                                                                                                                                 The Nigerian troops form
                                                                                sought.                                                 their       high-
  Radon, the radioactive product of the decay of uranium in soil, has                                                                                         the spearhead of multi-
                                                                                   At trial, the                                        schools. They
  been shown to increase the risk of lung cancer, especially for smok-                                                                                        nation military force assem-
                                                                                prosecution                                             were involved
  ers. A study conducted by the National Research Council has                                                                                                 bled by the Economic
                                                                                contended that                                          in track and
  shown that radon, which collects in low, enclosed rooms, con-                                                                                               Community of West Africa
                                                                                Zamora, now                                             Zamora was a
  tributes to approximately 15,000-21,000 lung cancer deaths per                                                                                              (ECOMOG) to restore
                                                                                19, demanded                                            National Honor
  year, but only about 2,100-2,900 of those are non-smokers.
                                                                                that her high                                           Society mem-          democracy in Sierra Leone.
  (Reuters, 2/20)
                                                                                school sweet-                                           ber.        When         By all accounts, the
                                                                                heart, David                                            Graham        was     Nigerian take-over was
  Navy helicopter crashes                                                       Graham, kill Diane Zamora was sentenced to              arrested       for    quick and nearly bloodless.
                                                                                Jones following                                        murder, he had         To restore order in the capi-
  A UH-1N "Huey" helicopter, on a practice search-and-rescue mis-
  sion from the China Lake Naval Base in California, crashed last               a one-time sexu- 40 years in prison with the           just begun ser-        tal, martial law and a dusk-
  Wednesday in Sequoia National Forest, about 60 miles away. At                 al     encounter  possibility of parole.               vice at the Air        to-dawn curfew have been
                                                                                b e t w e e n                                          Force Academy.         instated while ECOMOG
  least four crew members were killed and the fifth is still missing.
                                                                                Graham and Jones. Zamora                  The most damning evidence           forces work to find and dis-
  (CNN, 2/18)
                                                                                allegedly told Graham that the         against Zamora at trial was            arm all troops loyal to the
                                                                                only way he could sufficiently Graham’s confession, as well as                junta.
  Child Thrown From Speeding Car                                                atone for the infidelity was to witnesses who claimed that she                   Many of the leaders of
  A woman weaving through traffic on Interstate 95 in Florida last              kill Jones. Graham confessed had               confessed to         them.     the junta have already been
                                                                                the crime to the police and that       However, Zamora claimed that           captured; Lt. Col. Johnny
  Thursday reached speeds upwards of 90 mph before dropping her
  18-month old son out the car window and onto the median, as                   confession      was    used       at her relationship with Graham             Paul Koroma, who led the
                                                                                Zamora’s trial.                       was abusive and that she did not
  stunned motorists looked on. The woman, Kris Ann Haddad, 30,                                                                                                coup against Kabbah last
  was arrested and charged with first-degree attempted murder and                   Prosecutors alleged that take part in the murder conspir-                 May, remains at large. The
  second-degree aggravated child abuse. The toddler survived, but is            Graham, who will be tried for acy.                                            commander of the Nigerian
                                                                                murder later this year, drove             A polygraph test was admin-
  in serious condition. (Boston Globe, Knight-Ridder 2/20)                                                                                                    forces,     Gen.     Timothy
                                                                                Jones to a deserted road in            istered to her before trial, which
                                                                                                                                                              Shelpidi,       said     that
  Compiled by Scott Bleiweis, Julia Deak, and Aaron Macks                       Texas, with Zamora hiding in she failed, but the results were                 ECOMOG’s next step is, “to
                                                                                thehatchback of the car. Zamora                              SEE PAGE 4                         SEE PAGE 4
 FEBRUARY 23, 1998                                                                  OPINION                                                                                                 2

Proliferation of nuclear weapons                                                                                             From The Right
poses the greatest threat of all                                                                                       C O M M E N TA RY            B Y    J A M E S     C O U T U R E

                                                                                                                        Last week marked the departure of David Osborne from the
             BY DAVID N URENBERG                         down of Chernobyl was recorded as far away as
                                                                                                                    MassJobs Council. Without much fanfare, Osborne quietly
    The United States is on the brink of attacking       New England in the United States, it seems impos-
                                                                                                                    resigned from the post which he has held since his appointment in
Iraq for its refusal to allow inspection of chemical     sible to wage any sort of nuclear exchange without
                                                                                                                    1991 by Governor William Weld. Despite his relative obscurity,
and biological weapons sites. If we cannot con-          dealing immense destruction to all the peoples of
                                                                                                                    Osborne’s resignation should have a special significance to anyone
science the existence of such technologies, it stands    the Earth.
                                                                                                                    who ever paid a dime in state taxes or suffered through the
to reason that nuclear weapons must also be elimi-           Still, opponents of nuclear war are not necessar-
                                                                                                                    headache of dealing with a government agency.
nated. General Lee Butler, former commander-in-          ily opponents of nuclear disarmament. Many main-
                                                                                                                        Osborne is the author of “Reinventing Government,” an inspir-
chief of US Strategic Command, once declared that        tain that, even five years after the end of the Cold
                                                                                                                    ing work on how to make government more efficient and respon-
“nuclear weapons have no defensible role,” that          War, nuclear proliferation must continued so the
                                                                                                                    sive to the needs of the people. Weld and then Lieutenant Governor
“the case for their elimination is a thousand-fold       principles of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD)
                                                                                                                    Paul Cellucci seemed to embrace Osborne’s ideas as they came into
stronger and more urgent than for the deadly chem-       will stave off nuclear war. MAD, however, implies
                                                                                                                    office in the early 1990’s promising to practice a new brand of pol-
icals and viruses already widely declared illegiti-      two or more hostile states, and the current nuclear
                                                                                                                    itics on Beacon Hill.
mate, subject to destruction, and prohibited from        nations - the USA, Russia, Britain, France, and
                                                                                                                        After a promising start, the revolution to end the back- scratch-
any future production.”                                  China - have no formal declarations of hostility
                                                                                                                    ing, log rolling style of politics practiced at the State House has
     Butler is not alone. Last December, 60 generals     between them.
                                                                                                                    failed. In a rare act of political courage, Osborne resigned last week
and admirals worldwide called for the “continuous,           Furthermore, far too many factors and variables
                                                                                                                    in response to Acting Governor Cellucci’s continued failure to live
complete, and irrevocable elimination of nuclear         were involved in the Cold War for anyone to con-
                                                                                                                    up to the promises of reform that swept the Weld/Cellucci admin-
weapons.”                                                clusively say that it was MAD that prevented
                                                                                                                    istration into office. Osborne accused Cellucci of pandering to spe-
    Four formerly-nuclear nation-states - Belarus,       nuclear exchange, that if not for the arms race we
                                                                                                                    cial interests and practicing the same style of political deal making
Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and South Africa - have             would have had an all out nuclear war (especially in
                                                                                                                    that the Weld/Cellucci team campaigned against.
already given up their nuclear weapons, and              light of the findings of the Canberra Commission,
                                                                                                                        Osborne’s resignation signals that Cellucci is not willing to take
Argentina and Brazil dismantled their nuclear pro-       which suggest that Russia may never have had a
                                                                                                                    the lead in creating effective state government. Unfortunately, it is
grams.                                                   plan to invade Europe). MAD certainly didn’t pre-
                                                                                                                    the people of Massachusetts that will suffer as a result. Whether it
    Yet the United States has allocated $25-$30 bil-     vent conventional war - in fact, the nuclear weapons
                                                                                                                    be through the skyrocketing costs of the Big Dig or the continued
lion for nuclear weaponry in 1997, versus $27 bil-       states engaged in an average of 5.2 wars from 1945-
                                                                                                                    presence of tolls on the Mass Pike, we all pay costs of inefficient
lion for education and $17 billion for housing. Even     1997, versus .67 wars between non-nuclear nations.
                                                                                                                    government; every dollar lost to inefficiency is another dollar that
if the terms of the START II treaty are adhered to,      And MAD did not prevent the use of subtle nuclear
                                                                                                                    could be cut in taxes and put back into the pockets of the people.
by 2003 the USA and Russia will still have over          weapons, like the depleted-uranium tank shells used
                                                                                                                        The one bright spot in state government is the Treasury, which
7,500 strategic nuclear weapons deployed, with           by the USA in the Gulf War. The nuclear byprod-
                                                                                                                    is headed by Cellucci’s Republican Primary opponent Joseph D.
more in the works, even though the current global        ucts in these weapons made them dense enough to
                                                                                                                    Malone. The number of employees in the Treasury has been
stockpile of 20,000, according to the Nuclear Age        penetrate armor, but produced radiation that poi-
                                                                                                                    reduced by over 50% since Malone became the first Republican
Peace Foundation, amounts to the equivalent              soned both Iraqi and US soldiers.
                                                                                                                    elected Treasurer in over a generation. At the same time, the state
destructive force of one ton of TNT for every                Even if no nuclear missiles are ever launched,
                                                                                                                    lottery has become the most efficient in the nation. Last year the
human being on the planet.                               they still deal grave harm to the populace of the
                                                                                                                    lottery brought in nearly $3 billion in revenue at a cost only $70
    The idea of a limited nuclear war, if it was ever    world. The nuclear testing required to maintain
feasible, is certainly not so now. A single modern       weapons stockpiles results in immense environ-
                                                                                                                        If even a fraction of the success in Treasury could be duplicated
warhead yields a force of approximately 300 kilo-        mental damage, which in the United States alone
                                                                                                                    across the board, the savings could be tremendous. Unfortunately,
tons, almost 30 times as much as the bombs               will require a cleanup investment of $230 billion
                                                                                                                    far too many politicians on Beacon Hill are too busy getting reelect-
dropped on Japan in WW2 - enough force to kill           over 75 years, and this estimate is predicted to
                                                                                                                    ed to be concerned with making the bureaucracy that they help cre-
1,000,000 people instantly before even factoring the     increase. Thirty-nine groups are already suing the
                                                                                                                    ate work effectively and for the people.
effects of fallout. Considering fallout from the melt-                                              SEE PAGE 3

U.S. hypocritical in its                                                                                            LETTER TO THE EDITOR
condemnation of Iraq                                                                                               Despite apathy label, Brandeis
                                                                                                                   students are politically aware
   BY SETH D. M ICHAELS               description doesn’t refer to        duck the IMF reform require-
   Somewhere in the Asian con-        Hussein’s Iraq, but that benefi-    ments that keep the loans rolling            BY ALEX GREENBERG                   the norm. Conservative dogma-
tinent, there’s a shaky military      ciary of Western monetary           in.                                         Conventional wisdom would            tists remember well the student
regime whose dictator holds           largesse, Suharto’s imperiled           Riots are common, much as            say that politics don’t matter to       activism over civil rights and
power through force and has           Indonesia.                          they had been in 1965, when              Brandeis students. Students are         America’s war with Vietnam.
been known to invade small               As the Indonesian rupee          Suharto’s coup resulted in               stereotyped at this university as       Only by convincing the us not to
neighbors and brutally persecute      becomes more and more worth-        700,000 civilian deaths. The             having little concern over who is       be concerned with the back door
ethnic minorities within its bor-     less and food becomes more and      irony is that the U.S., the prima-       in office, Republican, or               dealings conducted to further
ders.                                 more scarce, Suharto is looking     ry funder to the IMF, is hoping to       Democrat. However, I would              elite interests at the expense of
   “There is no one who has           for options; he has held power      pull up Indonesia and maintain           submit that there are many stu-         the majority can Republicans
done to his people or his neigh-      since the 1965 military coup and    Suharto’s alliance, they are mak-        dents here who have informed            hope to achieve their ends.
bors what Saddam Hussein has          is not anxious to give it up.       ing plans to conduct bombing             political opinions.                         The second reason for writing
done,” said Madeline Albright at      Ruling by corruption, nepotism,     raids against Iraq, a chief U.S.            Not only that, but Brandeis          about this poll is to offer those
Wednesday’s Ohio State “town          and police-military repression,     ally until the 1990 invasion of          students consistently side with         among us who feel helpless in
hall” meeting, but the above          Suharto is searching for ways to                          SEE PAGE 4         the party they feel offers the best     combating dogmatic conser-
                                                                                                                   hope for improving the lives of         vatism a chance to do some-

           The Brandeis Free Press
                                                                                                                   Americans, the Democratic               thing. As evidenced in the poll,
                                                                                                                   party. In a poll conducted by the       the much talked about malaise
                                                                                                                   Brandeis College Democrats              of our student body is not the
                                                                                                                   club, only six percent of those         norm. Students are concerned
         Amanda Elk (x5646) and Andrew Szekely (x5604) - Editors-in-Chief                                                                                  with the direction that the
                                                                                                                   polled considered themselves
     MANAGING EDITOR                 SENIOR EDITOR           NATIONAL NEWS EDITOR         REGIONAL NEWS EDITOR     Republican.                             Republican party wishes to take
   Jesse Buckner-Alper            Daniel J. Galvin               Odelia Levy                 Stephen Rabin            Additionally, the most well          our country. However, many
    WORLD NEWS EDITOR                OPINION EDITOR             OPINION EDITOR               UPDATE EDITOR         known Republican currently in           may be unsure as to how best
     Joseph Koczera                 Jordan Isenstadt          Seth D. Michaels               Scott Bleiweis        office, Newt Gingrich, was rated        combat such parochial propa-
                                                                                                                   as bad or worse by over eighty          ganda.
   REPORTERS: Ilya Ablavsky, Julia Deak, Alex Greenberg, Alex Riss
                                                                                                                   percent of those who responded              There are several forums
   COLUMNISTS: James Couture, David Nurenberg
                                                                                                                   to the poll.                            already on campus that stand
   L AY O U T S TA F F : Eva Tayrose, Julia Deak, David Liu, Aaron Macks                                               I submit these results to the       against the ideology of the right.
                                                                                                                   student body for two reasons.           Get involved with political par-
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FEBRUARY 23, 1998                                                                   NEWS                                                                                                       3

                                                                      WEEKLY FOCUS
World community divided over U.S. plan to attack Iraq
       BY EITAN HOENIG                 1991, Iraq has been obstructing        stand enough that in a speech to         access to the eight so-called pres-      The British Foreign Office is
   Last week, the crisis in Iraq       access, including preventing           the Pentagon, he put emphasis on         idential sites. Significant French       pushing for the creation of a
seemed to be shifting more             UNSCOM from putting monitor-           implementing the “essence” of            oil interests have led Chirac and        Security Council resolution after
towards a diplomatic resolution.       ing cameras at 2 missile test sites,   the U.N. resolutions, which gives        his government to oppose any             the end of Annan’s mission that
Even though 6,000 American             preventing entry into the Iraqi        Annan much more maneuvering              form of military solution.               will either “codify” Iraq’s com-
troops were transported to the         Ministry of Agriculture, and           space.                                       Opposition comes from two            pliance or “condemn Iraqi defi-
Middle East, pressure by France,       denying inspection of four                The French government has             other permanent members of the           ance to show that any action
Russia, China, the Vatican, and a      Special Republican Guard sites                                                  U.N. Security Council, Russia and        taken has the support of an inter-
significant number of Arab nations     labeled “presidential areas” by                                                 China, who have also ruled out all       national consensus.” This resolu-
caused the Clinton administration      the government.                                                                 military solutions. Russia has been      tion would delay any attacks by
to tone down its threats against           Annan’s visit, which began on                                               at the forefront of pushing for a        at least a week; more important-
Hussein.                               Friday, has been seen as a last                                                 diplomatic solution, and President       ly, foreign opposition to military
   This shift towards diplomacy        chance effort to avert war.                                                     Boris Yeltsin has warned about           action coupled with their veto
as a means of averting war and         According to the British Foreign                                                using force to allow access.             power would make the passage of
solving the crisis was most obvi-      Office, “If Khofi Annan isn’t                                                       On Tuesday, Russian Foreign          such a resolution that would sup-
ous in U.N. Secretary General,         able to succeed over the week-                                                  Minister Yvegeny Primakov said           port the use of force almost, if not
Khofi Annan’s plans to meet with       end, we and the others would                                                    in a televised statement that the        totally impossible.
the Iraqi government in Baghdad        take a lot of persuading that there                                             “has indications that Iraq is ready         Further indication that the
and craft a solution. At the begin-    is any other diplomatic means                                                   to carry out U.N. demands.”              Clinton administration’s plans to
ning of the week, the Clinton          that could be tried.”                                                           Also, Russian President Yeltsin          use force may be blunted is the
administration did not favor               Clinton has also told reporters                                             and chairman of the Chinese              large Arab opposition to U.S. poli-
Annan’s plans. Only after sub-         that “if diplomacy fails, we must      U.N. Secretary General Khofi             State Council, Lee Peng, issued a        cy. According to,
stantial negotiation during            be and we are prepared to act.”                                                 joint statement last week calling        a moderate Internet daily based in
                                                                              Annan will plans to meet with
Annan’s meeting with the five          Additionally, Annan said that “I                                                for a peaceful settlement that           Egypt, Presidents Hosni Mubarak
                                       don’t think it is misplaced” in ref-   Iraqi government in an effort to         would “provide for Iraq’s full           of Egypt and Hafez Assad of Syria
permanent members of the U.N.
Security Council, where the            erence to reports that it is a “last   solve the crisis diplomatically.         implementation of U.N. con-              have both been “exerting all
British ambassador to the United       ditch effort.”                                                                  cerned resolution” and would             efforts to bring about a peaceful
Nations hammered out a compro-             This mission hinges on what is     repeatedly blasted the Clinton           “open the way to lift the sanc-          solution.” Mubarak also publicly
mise position, did the United          termed a success. Although the         administration’s policy over the         tions imposed on Iraq.” Since            gave strong support to Annan’s
States agree.                          U.S. ambassador Richardson has         last week. The French Foreign            Iraq has a large amount of debt          mission, and in a telephone call
   Annan plans to travel to Iraq       said that “we reserve the right to     Minister has stated that “war            owed to Russia from transactions         with Clinton, he stressed the
to create an agreement which           disagree if the conclusion of the      means a confrontation with the           in the 80’s with the Soviet Union,       importance to deal with the Iraqi
would give UNSCOM, the U.N.            trip is not consistent with our        Arab world and that is needless.”        Russia has repeatedly called for         crisis peacefully and referred to
special committee formed by the        interests,” the significant amount     French President Chirac has given        liberalized relations with Iraq          the extensive efforts of Russia,
1991 Security Council resolu-          of international and internal          strong support to Annan’s meet-          that would allow Russian con-            France, and the Arab league to
tions, declaring a cease fire in the   opposition makes that unlikely.        ing, including having a special          cerns to be repaid by Iraqi indus-       rule out the military option. Also,
Gulf War and charged with dis-         In fact the lack of any kind of        meeting on Thursday with Annan           tries.                                   Mubarak said in Cairo last
mantling all of Iraq’s weapons of      coalition similar to the one           on the Secretary General’s way to            Britain, the United State’s clos-    Tuesday that he “received a mes -
mass destruction, greater access       George Bush created in 1991 to         Baghdad. Chirac has also stated          est ally in this crisis and a partici-   sage from President Saddam
to sites that Hussein has declared     oppose Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait       that he hoped “wisdom and reason         pant in the proposed air strikes has     Hussein containing a number of
off limits to the inspectors. Since    has caused Clinton to soften his       will prevail” in this crisis over        begun to show signs of wavering.         positive points.”

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US Department of Energy over nuclear-induced                the globe and to generations yet unborn.” By this same
environmental damage involved in the maintenance            reasoning, maintenance of nuclear armament makes
of the 19 publicly known sites across the country,          no sense as well. This year marks the 50th anniversary
totaling 3,900 square miles. In the former Soviet           of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Nuclear abo-
Union, Lake Karachi in the Southern Urals is report-        lition movements are attempting to bring about a for-
edly so irradiated from nuclear testing that an hour’s      mal declaration of the illegality of Nuclear Weapons,
walk on the shore could result in lethal radiation poi-
                                                            as well as a commitment to disarmament, by the year
                                                            2000. This would be an important step, but by no                     Does nuclear holocaust
   President John F Kennedy stated that nuclear war         means the only one, for it is still incumbent upon the                    scare you?
“makes no sense in an age when the deadly poisons           citizens of nuclear nations to organize and demand an
produced by a nuclear exchange would be carried by          end to one of the greatest threats to our planet.
                                                                                                                              Do you want to help work
                 WALK ON THE WEIRD SIDE                                                                                      for total disarmament and
                                                                                                                               non-proliferation of the
 Mayors terrorize towns                                     Real cemetery for virtual                                        world's nuclear arsenals?
    A month after his defeat in the polls, Mayor
 Daniel F. Delvin of Upper Darby, PA, was charged
                                                            pets founded in England
 with robbing a bank. He stole $1500 while threat-              British entrepreneur Terry Squires has created a              Come to the Brandeis Abolition 2000
                                                            cemetery for Tamagotchis, the “virtual pets” that have
 ening the tellers with a bomb. Three days later, in
                                                            become popular worldwide. Despite the fact that
                                                                                                                                       presentation on
 an apparently unrelated incident, Snow Hill, MD
                                                            Tamagotchis, being virtual, can be “resurrected,”
 Mayor Craig Johnson was arrested for allowing a
                                                            enough people have apparently become sufficiently
                                                                                                                                     Thursday, February 26
 town police car to be used in pornographic pho-
 tographs. (Chuck Shepard’s News of the Weird,              attached to send them to Squires for burial. His                    Pollack Auditorium from 7-9 PM
 Valley Advocate)                                           fenced-off plot of a pet cemetery in Southern England
                                                            has reportedly become a graveyard for Tamagotchis
                                                            from Switzerland, Germany, France, Canada and the                 Speakers, short films, and
 Professor or local vandal?                                 United States. (CNN)
                                                                                                                              discussion will help inform
    Emory University Business School professor
 Jeffrey Sonnenfeld resigned after security camera          One ton pig sacrificed in                                      participants of the facts, issues,
 footage revealed him to be the person responsible for
 vandalizing campus. According to the Valley                Taiwanese contest                                               and possibilities for activism.
 Advocate, Sonnenfeld was caught on tape “vandaliz-            A 2,114 pound boar claimed the prize for biggest
 ing a wall in a school corridor,” and was “suspect-        pig in Taiwan, the largest winner ever in the contest’s                    This will be the first in a series of be the one who previously had gouged doors,        200-year tradition. 14 men were required to lift the                      presentations, in association with the
 woodwork, and furniture in the building.” (Chuck           boar, which was killed in a sacrifice at the temple that
 Shepard’s News of the Weird, Valley Advocate)                                                                                   Peace and Conflict Studies Program
                                                            sponsored the competition. (AP)

                                       COMPILED BY DAVID NURENBERG
FEBRUARY 23, 1998                                                             NEWS                                                                                                   4

New evidence sheds                                                          Starr questions Clinton aide
light on Ramsey case                                                        FROM PAGE 1
                                                                            11, three days after the White
                                                                            House found out she could be a
                                                                                                                 on Starr’s questioning of
                                                                                                                 Marcia Lewis, his ex-wife. “To
                                                                                                                 pit a mother against her daugh-
  BY RENEE J. FERNANDES                                                     potential witness in the Paula       ter, to coerce her to talk — to
    The murder of six year old                                              Jones case against the President.
JonBenet Ramsey shocked the
nation over a year ago. Over a year
                                                                            However, Ginsburg claims that
                                                                            Lewinsky met with Jordan in
                                                                                                                 The investigation
later no major developments have                                            early November.                           reflects a
been made regarding the case, and
                                                                                                                 denigration of the
                                                                               Nathaniel Speights, one of
just recently, investigators were                                           Lewinsky’s lawyers, sent a
further set back by a loss of vital
information and evidence in the
                                                                            complaint to the Office of
                                                                            Professional Responsibilities at
                                                                                                                  political process
form of interviews and palm                                                 the      Justice     Department.      - Professor Woll                     Vernon Jordan is reported to
                                                                                                                                                       have met with Monica Lewinsky
prints.                                                                     Speights claimed that Starr and
    The young girl was found dead                                           his office leaked information                                              in November, earlier than stated
on December 26, 1996 in the base-     JonBenet Ramsey’s murder has          regarding testimony and violat-                                            before.
ment of her Boulder, CO home.         been unsolved for over a year.        ed grand jury secrecy rules. He      me it’s reminiscent of the
                                                                                                                                                       president’s ability to run the
The child beauty pageant contes-      the National Enquirer for being       also advocated the administer-       McCarthy era, of the inquisi-
                                                                                                                                                       country. He also added that in
tant had been brutalized and          inaccurately accused as a suspect.    ing of a polygraph lie detector      tion, and even, you know, you
                                                                                                                                                       his opinion, sexual behavior is a
choked.                                  There have been recent set-        test for Starr and his staff.        could stretch it and say the
                                                                                                                                                       private matter that is “obviously
    The most recent evidence          backs in the ongoing murder              Lewinsky’s father, Dr.            Hitler era,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                       not relevant” to what the public
found regarding the investigation     investigation. Authorities have       Bernard Lewinsky, spoke pub-            Professor Peter Woll (POL),
                                                                                                                                                       elected him to do. Professor
was an unidentifiable palm print in   lost palm prints and interviews of    licly for the first time. He         commented that the investiga-
                                                                                                                                                       Woll expressed his disapproval
the Ramsey’s home, and skin sam-      several friends and neighbors of      expressed support for his            tion “reflects a denigration of
                                                                                                                                                       of Clinton vs. Jones, the
ples found underneath JonBenet’s      the Ramsey’s. Several people          daughter during an interview         the political process. It reflects
                                                                                                                                                       Supreme Court case that
fingernails. In order to further      close to the case claim that they     with Barbara Walters, on the         scandal and unsubstantiated
                                                                                                                                                       allowed Paula Jones to bring
process this information, police      were asked to be tested and give      ABC program “20/20” . During         charges...the media is also
                                                                                                                                                       suit against President Clinton.
are currently taking DNA samples      interviews again. A neighbor of       the interview he criticized          responsible.”
                                                                                                                                                       “Sitting presidents should not
                                      the Ramsey’s reported that he         Starr’s actions as “uncon-              Professor Woll didn’t believe
                                                                                                                                                       be subject to lawsuits,” he said.
In addition to mis -                  was interviewed a second time by      scionable”. He also commented        that the scandal affected the
                                      Boulder police and not informed
                                      that they had lost their notes from
                                      the original interview. Detective
                                      commander Mark Beckner, the
                                                                            Junta leaders flee from capital
 investigation has                    head investigator who took over       FROM PAGE 1
                                                                            go after the junta leadership
                                                                                                                                                       observers found it ironic that
                                                                                                                                                       Nigeria, a dictatorial nation
                                      the case last fall, has refused to
 also resulted in a                   discuss the evidence. JonBenet’s      into the hinterland. Most of                                               with a poor human rights
                                                                            them are now fleeing... but we                                             record, would intervene to
 libel suit against                   parents, John and Pat Ramsey,
                                      continue to be “under the umbrel-     will chase them anywhere                                                   restore a democratic regime to
    the Ramsey                        la of suspicion,” according to        they go.”
                                                                               ECOMOG will be aided in
                                                                                                                                                       power, U. S. officials were
                                                                                                                                                       supportive of ECOMOG’s
                                      Detective Beckner.
       family.                           The Boulder police also            this quest by anti-junta mili-                                             intervention in Sierra Leone.
                                      expressed an interest in re-inter-    tias which have seized control                                                State           Department
and palm prints from those closely    viewing JonBenet’s 11 year old        of Bo, Kenema, and other                                                   spokesman James Rubin
associated with, or assumed to be     brother Burke. However, Jim           major towns. Nonetheless,                                                  expressed a “hope (that) the
suspects in the case. Thus far,       Jenkins, his attorney, fears that     pro-junta forces remain in                                                 democratically-elected gov-
police have been unable to find a     the police will use the interview     control of much of the coun-                                               ernment of President Kabbah
match for the palm print found.       in a misleading manner and leak       try, and have reportedly taken                                             will quickly return to
   Among those asked for palm         information to the press. He will     at least seven European aid                                                Freetown and that calm will
                                                                                                                 President Kabbah to power by
prints and DNA samples was            try to prevent the interview. The     workers hostage and also have                                              soon be restored.” Rubin also
                                                                                                                 April. In the meantime, they
Stephen Thomas Miles, a 49-           police are attempting “to use an      engaged in widespread atroci-                                              called on “all forces to exer-
year-old photographer and sus-
                                                                                                                 named the speedy distribution
                                      11 year old child as a pawn in a      ties against the local populace.     of humanitarian aid as their          cise restraint, avoid civilian
pect in the murder case. He is in     sorely misguided publicity war           Nigerian government offi-         primary goal.                         casualties, and respect the
the process of suing John             against his parents,” said Jenkins.   cials say they hope to return           Though many international          human rights of all parties.”
Ramsey, JonBenet’s father, and

Lead prosecutor                                                             Support for regimes should be
says that Graham                                                            based on more than money
will also be tried                                                          FROM PAGE 2
                                                                            Kuwait; according to William
                                                                            Cohen, “everyone in the world
                                                                                                                 ently can get away with ethnic
                                                                                                                 and interstate violence. Critics of
                                                                                                                 all kinds notice this disparity,
FROM PAGE 1                                                                 would welcome Hussein’s              from MIT’s social critic Noam
not used at trial.                                                          removal from power”.                 Chomsky to the conservative
   Meanwhile, Graham rejected                                                   Indonesia’s annexation of its    Wall Street Journal, who stated
a plea bargain offer and will go                                            small neighbor East Timor was        on Monday that “it is difficult
to trial. “We’re only half done,”                                           more violent and even more           not to be cynical about the
said lead prosecutor Mike                                                   unjust than Iraq’s invasion of       motives [of the IMF member
Parrish. “The man who pulled                                                Kuwait which resulted in the         nations]...many were Suharto’s
the trigger still needs to be                                               1991 Gulf War, and the continu-      backers or apologists...and even
brought to justice.”                  Adrienne Jones, who had a one         ing repression of Iraqi Kurds,       today they are utterly silent -
   Zamora’s attorney, John                                                  while tragic, is certainly no less   most notably in the case of
                                      night sexual encounter with
Libebrager, plans to appeal the                                             tragic than the deaths of hun-       Clinton - on the case for true
murder conviction. In interviews      David Graham, was later killed                                                                                   It is difficult not to be cynical
                                                                            dreds of thousands of Timorese,      democracy.”
that he gave, he mentioned two        by him and his girlfriend Diane       nearly a quarter of the island’s         Indonesia is one of the many      about the motives [of the IMF
possible grounds. First, he con-      Zamora.                               population, from the 1970s to the    nations whose human rights            member nations]...many were
tends that the jury did not have      lesser charges for the jury to        present (and in this vein,           atrocities are ignored by the         Suharto’s backers or apolo -
the option of considering a less-     consider is largely a matter for      Hussein’s anti-Kurdish violence      world, and whose only criticism       gists...and even today they are
er charge than first degree mur-      discretion    of    prosecution.      is roughly equivalent to that        comes when they make mistakes
der . Second, he feels that the                                                                                  which hurt the world financial
                                                                                                                                                       utterly silent - most notably in
                                      Unless the action seem to the         practiced by Turkey, currently
jury pool was prejudiced by           appellate court to be extremely       up for membership in the             establishment. It would not be        the case of Clinton - on the case
extensive pre-trial publicity.        wrong and biased, a reversal of       European Union).                     surprising if, buried between the     for true democracy .
   Professor Richard Gaskins          the conviction is unlikely.              As a student at the Ohio State    Gulf-conflict headlines, we saw a     -Noam Chomsky
(AMST) commented that both               Last Wednesday, Zamora             conference pointed out (before       major fiscal bailout of Indonesia
grounds for appeal are frequent-                                                                                                                       and unjust. Wouldn’t it be nice if
                                      was placed under suicide watch,       his microphone was shut off),        on the same day as a military
ly used, but are usually unsuc-                                                                                                                        the world stepped in when some-
                                      following an attempt to cut her       U.S. policy is not applied consis-   crackdown. Iraq’s current regime
cessful. He said that including                                                                                                                        thing besides money or credibili-
                                      arm with a razor.                     tently; some big countries appar-    is justly recognized as dangerous
                                                                                                                                                       ty is at stake?

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