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May 1998 Military News

  • INDONESIA UNDER HABIBIE: 'BREAKING WITH THE PAST'? USIA Foreign Media Reaction Report May 29, 1998 -- The swearing in of B. J. Habibie as Indonesia's third president--following President Soeharto's resignation just over a week ago--stole the editorial spotlight in all quarters of the globe over the past week. Nearly all commentators welcomed the change, with many judging that former President Soeharto's resignation had averted "a massacre of possibly Tiananmen proportions" in Indonesia. Initially, most writers perceived Mr. Habibie as being "too close" to Mr. Soeharto to win the confidence of those wedded to the cause of "true reform" in Indonesia. These assessments, however, became more positive as the week's events unfolded.
  • SPAIN / ETA Voice of America 28 May 1998 -- POLICE IN SPAIN HAVE ARRESTED NINE PEOPLE AFTER RAIDS IN WHICH THEY SEIZED TONS OF FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS LINKED TO THE VIOLENT BASQUE SEPARATIST GROUP, ETA.
  • INDONESIA TORTURE Voice of America 23 May 1998 -- U-S DEFENSE OFFICIALS REFUSE TO CONFIRM A PUBLISHED REPORT BLAMING A U-S TRAINED INDONESIAN MILITARY UNIT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. THE "KOPASSUS" TROOPS WERE INVOLVED IN FREQUENT TRAINING EXERCISES WITH U-S FORCES -- UNTIL RECENTLY.
  • EGYPT / SUDAN Voice of America - 21 May 1998 - EGYPT CONTINUES TO ACCUSE SUDAN OF SUPPORTING AN ATTEMPT TO ASSASSINATE PRESIDENT HOSNI MUBARAK DURING A VISIT TO ETHIOPIA. BI-LATERAL RELATIONS WILL REMAIN STRAINED UNTIL KHARTOUM STOPS HARBORING INTERNATIONAL TERRORISTS.
  • INDONESIA/DISAPPEARANCES - Voice of America 12 May 1998 - IN RECENT WEEKS, AT LEAST 12 OPPOSITION ACTIVISTS IN INDONESIA HAVE BEEN REPORTED MISSING.
  • SUDAN PEACE TALKS 06 May 1998 - Voice of America -- THE PARTIES TO THE CONFLICT AGREED TO LET THE SOUTHERN SUDANESE VOTE ON THEIR INDEPENDENCE, BUT FAILED TO AGREE ON THE SIZE OF SOUTH SUDAN OR THE ISSUE OF RELIGION.
  • U.S JOURNALIST THREATENED IN MEXICO NUEVO AMANECER PRESS - EUROPA May 6th, 1998 -- The Mexican government-run news agency "Notimex" released a dispatch which dealt with declarations made by members of the ruling party in Mexico, the PRI (Partido Revolucionario Institucional), in the Congressional Commission on Indigenous Affairs. The congressmen made public a list of 163 foreigners that they consider to be "international destabilizers" involved the conflict in the state of Chiapas.
  • SPAIN / ETA 06 May 1998 - Voice of America -- IN SPAIN, A CITY COUNCILMAN IN PAMPLONA WAS KILLED WEDNESDAY. THE MURDER FOLLOWS ARRESTS SINCE LAST WEEKEND OF SIX PRESUMED MEMBERS OF THE BASQUE SEPARATIST GROUP "ETA," AND THE SEIZURE OF DOCUMENTS LISTING POSSIBLE VICTIMS, INCLUDING KING JUAN CARLOS.
  • SAF MERCENARIES 06 May 1998 - Voice of America -- SOUTH AFRICA'S PARLIAMENT WEDNESDAY PASSED THE WORLD'S FIRST LAW BANNING MERCENARY ACTIVITY.
  • GUATEMALA / BISHOP 05 May 1998 - Voice of America -- A GUATEMALAN JUDGE HAS ORDERED A SUSPECT TO BE HELD IN PRISON PENDING FURTHER INVESTIGATION INTO THE RECENT KILLING OF A ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP.
  • PAK AFGHAN DRUGS 05 May 1998 - Voice of America -- IT IS THE HARVESTING SEASON FOR OPIUM POPPIES IN PAKISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN. THE TWO COUNTRIES HAVE VERY DIFFERENT DRUG ISSUES.
  • SUDAN PEACE TALKS 04 May 1998 - Voice of America -- NEW PEACE TALKS FOR SUDAN OPENED IN NAIROBI MONDAY. WHILE ALL PARTIES WERE PRESENT, FEW WERE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE OUTCOME.
  • Active Protective Systems: Impregnable Armor or Simply Enhanced Survivability? ARMOR May-June 1998
  • What Makes Our 120mm Tank Ammo The Best on the Battlefield? ARMOR May-June 1998



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