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August 12, 1994 Volume 2, #150 / /\__/_/\
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A sign of the times. Students in the Springfield, Ga. area will be
returning to school empty-handed. The county school board is paying
more than $110,000 to buy two sets of books for each student. One
set will be left at home, the other in school. The two-book policy
has two purposes: students will no longer have an excuse about
forgetting their books, and, it will make book bags a thing of the
past. As a result, school officials say, the school will be safer,
because without book bags, students won't be able to bring drugs
or anything else to school that could cause a problem.
Argentina's Flips Once More
By Roger Wilkison (Rio de Janeiro)
Argentina says it will not expel Iran's ambassador although his
country has been implicated in the bombing of a Jewish community
center in Buenos Aires last month. At least 95 people were killed.
Argentine officials appear to be softening their tone toward Iran
in an attempt to avoid a confrontation. The first sign of backing
away came from Foreign Minister Guido di Tella.
In an interview with the Buenos Aires newspaper "Pagina Doce," di
Tella indicated that Argentina does not assume Iran was behind
the attack. No, he said, the bombing was probably staged by
someone who had Iranian backing but acted independently.
Israel has said that the blast was the work of Hizbullah, a
pro-Iranian terrorist group based in southern Lebanon.
Di Tella's right-hand man, Deputy Foreign Minister Fernando
Petrella, told a Buenos Aires radio station Thursday that Iran
has promised to cooperate with the investigation into the
bombing, the second attack on a Jewish target in Argentina in the
past two years. Petrella also disclosed that Argentina has
no plans for the time being to expel Iranian Ambassador Hadi
On Wednesday, President Carlos Menem said the least he expected
was the removal or expulsion of the ambassador. But Menem
left the decision on the envoy's fate to the Foreign Ministry.
The investigating magistrate in charge of the case, Juan Jose
Galeano, ordered the arrest of four former members of Iran's
embassy in Buenos Aires. He also told three current employees of
the mission to be available for questioning.
Iran said the four former staff members had not been in Argentina
for at least nine months. It called the judge's charges baseless
and discourteous. It also accused Israel and the United States of
pressuring Argentina into blaming the Iranian officials.
Galeano based the charges against the Iranians on the testimony of
a mysterious Iranian defector who calls himself Manoucher Moatamer.
The judge, who questioned the defector in Venezuela, identified him
as a former Iranian government official. But Iran says he was a
shopkeeper. Buenos Aires news media are calling him an informant
for the US Central Intelligence Agency.
The Buenos Aires newspaper "La Nacion" said Thursday that Argentina
has gathered much evidence but little proof of official Iranian
involvement in the bombing.
Iran Pressures Argentina
By Laurie Kassman (Cairo)
Iran is angry about Argentina's accusations against four Iranians
named as suspects in the bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos
The official Iranian news agency quotes the Foreign Ministry
official as saying the United States and Israel are behind what he
called Argentina's baseless accusations. The official says the two
countries are pressing Argentina to blame Iran for the terrorist
act. Iran denies any link to the bombing.
But Argentina has issued international arrest warrants for four
Iranian diplomats suspected of involvement in the bombing.
Tehran Radio says the Foreign Ministry is demanding that Argentina
furnish evidence to back up the charges.
The Argentine charge d'affaires in Tehran has been called to the
Foreign Ministry twice. The protest note handed to him contends
that the four Iranian diplomats sought by Argentina have not been
in the Latin American country for at least a year. Iran identified
one of the suspects as a member of parliament who visited Argentina
King Hussein's Nephew Visits Israel
King Hussein's nephew, Prince Talal Hussein, the son of Crown
Prince Hassan, visited Israel Tuesday. The prince, who according to
the report is involved in economic development in Jordan, visited
the Mediterranean port city of Ashdod to examine the possibility of
using the port for Jordanian imports and exports.
According to Yediot Ahronot, Israel will allow Jordan to sell about
$30 million worth of goods in the West Bank for the remainder of
this year. Israel and Jordan agreed to develop joint tourist
packages which include four days in Israel and four days in Jordan.
The newspaper adds that Jordanian tourist agents will arrive in
Israel next week to meet with their Israeli colleagues. Israel
Radio reported that the United States Senate decided to forgive
$220 million of Jordan's debt to the U.S.
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