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Tuesday, February 6, 2001

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  • Albanian Rebels Press Continued Attacks Against Serbian Forces in Balkans Conflict

    The two top US diplomats for Yugoslavia, James Perdue and William Montgomery have just arrived in the Serbian town ofBujanovac. They traveled there to observe the worsening situation on the ground where Albanian rebels, an offshoot ofthe Kosovo Liberation Army, have mounted increasing attacks. The diplomats’ visit comes hours after one of the mostserious attacks on Serbian and Yugoslav forces since the NATO bombing ended. These attacks have been occurring almostdaily since the end of the war and have increased dramatically in the last week. The Albanians are attacking from theeastern part of Kosovo, an area patrolled by US forces.

  • Sex, Lies and Videotapes — Peruvian Style

    Last year Peruvian TV stations aired a leaked video tape showing Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori’s spy chiefbribing an official. The resulting scandal caused Fujimori to resign and the head of the intelligence service,Vladimiro Montesinos, to flee.

  • Rhoda Berenson Talks About Her Daughter Lori’s Continuing Imprisonment

    On Dec. 1, 1995, Rhoda Berenson received a call from the Peru desk at the State Department, informing her that her26-year-old daughter, Lori, had been arrested in Lima. Six weeks later a hooded, anonymous judge found Lori guilty oftreason and sentenced her to life in prison. Though the military conviction was overturned in August, Lori Berensonis still in prison, awaiting a civilian trial on charges of terrorism that could lead to a 20-year sentence.

  • Ralph Nader On the State of Party Politics

    The Democratic National Committee elected Terry McAuliffe as its new chairman over the weekend. McAuliffe, a43-year-old financial executive, is the most prolific fund-raiser in the history of the Democratic Party. He is alsoa close friend of former President Bill Clinton, and has raised funds for the Clintons’ legal defense fund, thebuilding of the Clinton presidential library and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Senate campaign. He also put $ 1.3 millioninto an interest-bearing account to provide security for a mortgage loan to the Clintons, who were then trying to buya home in Chappaqua, New York.

  • Security Officials Meet in Munich to Discuss National Missile Defense

    Russian Defense Minister Igor D. Sergeyev said yesterday that if the US proceeds with a national missile defensesystem, Russia will respond with a new arms race to ensure that its strategic rocket forces will not be undermined.He said that Russia is not planning a new missile buildup, which it cannot afford, but asymmetrical technologies thatwould penetrate any missile shield.