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12 June 2003 Military News

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Current Operations

  • Two U.S. aircraft down in Iraq Army News Service 12 Jun 2003-- Two U.S. aircraft were downed this morning during a coalition raid of a terrorist training camp in western Iraq.
  • FORT HOOD AIRMEN RETURNING FROM MIDDLE EAST MISSIONS III Corps Release 12 Jun 2003-- Soldiers aren't the only personnel beginning to return to Fort Hood from battlefield deployments to the Middle East.
  • 10th Mountain uses know-how to help CJTF-HOA fight terrorism Marine Corps News 12 Jun 2003-- After a grueling month providing their combat skills in the mountains of Afghanistan, soldiers from the U.S. Army's Company C, 4th Battalion, 31st Regiment, 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, N.Y., are here supporting Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa with their counter-terrorism expertise.
  • Exercise challenges air traffic controllers AFPN 12 Jun 2003-- Rising more than 14 stories above the runway, air traffic controllers scan a five-mile area including 3,000 feet above the base here. They are playing a key role in the movement of air traffic during Cooperative Cope Thunder, an exercise bringing pilots and ground personnel from around the world to Elmendorf.
  • De-mining resumes on main Afghan road - UN UN News Centre 12 Jun 2003 -- De-mining work has resumed along parts of the Kabul to Kandahar road, one of Afghanistan's most important routes for commerce and relief aid, after extra security measures were put in place following a recent rash of attacks, the United Nations said today.
  • NATO CONDUCTS EXERCISE COOPERATIVE BEST EFFORT IN ARMENIA NATO JOINT COMMAND SOUTH Press Release 12 Jun 2003 -- Approximately 400 troops from 19 Nations will converge on Armenia's ''VAZGEN SARGSIAN'' Military Institute from 16 to 27 June to conduct Exercise "COOPERATIVE BEST EFFORT 2003" (CBE 03), the principal NATO and PARTNERSHIP FOR PEACE (PFP) Land-based exercise in the Alliance's Southern Region.

  • RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 2, Number 20 12 Jun 2003 -- 'SOFT' TARGET SELECTION TAKES AIM AT THE BULL'S-EYE OF NORMALCY / 47 KILLED IN CLASH WITH TALIBAN IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN... / ..AND COALITION FORCES ARREST 21 GUERRILLA FIGHTERS / U.S. FORCES KILL FOUR MILITIAMEN IN AFGHANISTAN / AFGHAN TRIBAL LEADER UNMOVED BY APPOINTMENT OF SUPPORTER / FOUR GERMAN ISAF SOLDIERS AND AFGHAN KILLED IN KABUL / GERMANY, ISAF SAY THEY WILL REMAIN IN KABUL / AL-QAEDA, HEKMATYAR BLAMED FOR ATTACK... / ...AS ISAF SAID TO HAVE RECEIVED WARNINGS ABOUT THE ATTACK... / ...WHILE AFGHAN LEADER BLAMES FOREIGN TERRORISTS FOR SUICIDE ATTACK... / ...AS AN AFGHAN IS NAMED AS THE ATTACKER / GERMAN SOLDIER BLAMES SECURITY LAPSES... / ...AS GERMANS TAKE PREVENTIVE MEASURES FOLLOWING SUICIDE ATTACK / REMOTE BOMB INTENDED FOR U.S. VEHICLE INJURES AFGHAN SHOPKEEPER / OFFICIALS SILENT ON DEADLY BOMBING IN KANDAHAR / CHIEF JUSTICE CALLS FOR MORE U.S. HELP IN FIGHTING TERRORISM / BUILDING EXPLOSION IN LOGAR PROVINCE / RUSSIA AGREES TO SEND NATO SUPPORT -- BUT NO TROOPS -- TO AFGHANISTAN... / ...WHILE NEW ZEALAND DECIDES TO SEND MILITARY UNIT / AFGHAN-PAKISTANI BORDER CONTROVERSY BREAKS OUT... / ...BUT IS DENIED BY AFGHAN OFFICIAL / UN CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE REFORM OF AFGHAN MILITARY... / ...AS KARZAI TRIES TO REFORM THE CIVILIAN SECTOR / FULL TEXT OF KARZAI'S DECREE / AFGHAN LEADER VISITS U.K. TO DISCUSS SECURITY... / ...AND IS KNIGHTED, BUT FAILS TO RECEIVE AID / WOMEN BEATEN AND ARRESTED FOR PROSTITUTION IN MAZAR-E SHARIF / WASHINGTON-KABUL AIR ROUTE TO BEGIN IN JULY / FOOD AID SOLD IN JALALABAD MARKETS / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: Press Backgrounder from NATO Headquarters 12 Jun 2003 -- Press backgrounder from NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium. Also participating was Victoria Clarke, assistant secretary of defense for public affairs
  • Transcript: Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld at NATO Headquarters 13 Jun 2003 -- We have had some very good meetings today. I thanked our Allies for their strong support in the Global War on Terrorism, and especially in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Secretary Rumsfeld Remarks As Delivered at the Marshall Center's 10th Anniversary 13 Jun 2003 -- The remarks below are the text of a speech Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld delivered at the Marshall Center's 10th Anniversary, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on June 11, 2003.
  • NATO / DEFENSE MINISTERS VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- NATO defense ministers have agreed to radically overhaul the alliance's military command structure, in an effort to adapt it to new threats, and prepare it for operations outside its traditional European theater. But the meeting was clouded by a U-S warning that NATO may have to stop meeting at its Brussels headquarters because of a Belgian war crimes law that has been used to target senior U-S officials.
  • Statement on Capabilities Issued at the meeting of the North Atlantic Council In Defence Ministers session held in Brussels NATO Press Release 12 Jun 2003 -- "We are determined to strengthen our defence capabilities, as demanded by current and future threats and challenges to our security and to Euro-Atlantic stability. Our forces and defence structures must be flexible enough to respond quickly and effectively to these threats and challenges. "
  • Meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission in Defence Ministers' Session STATEMENT NATO Press Release 12 Jun 2003 -- The NATO-Ukraine Commission met today in Defence Ministerial Session at NATO Headquarters. Ministers discussed the contribution of the NATO-Ukraine Distinctive Partnership to peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area and reviewed the implementation of defence and security sector aspects of the NATO-Ukraine Action Plan and Annual Target Plan 2003 (ATP) including the efforts of the Joint Working Group on Defence Reform (JWGDR).
  • NATO MISSILE DEFENCE ADVANCES: New Missile Defence Feasibility Study Reaches Major Milestone NATO Press Release 12 Jun 2003 -- NATO's new Missile Defence Feasibility Study (MDFS) has cleared a major funding hurdle and with this has achieved a key milestone in Alliance efforts to examine options for protecting Alliance territory, forces, and populations centres against the full range of missile threats.
  • NATO: Restructuring, Reform High On Agenda Of Defense Ministers RFE/L 12 Jun 2003 -- Defense ministers from NATO's 19 member states and the alliance's seven candidate nations are meeting in Brussels today and tomorrow. Modernization of the alliance is the main issue on the agenda, both in terms of streamlining command structures and building new capabilities. The meeting will be the first to allow candidate representatives to participate in the deliberations of NATO's main policy-making body, the North Atlantic Council.
  • NATO Ministers Okay Sweeping Command Changes AFPS 12 Jun 2003 -- NATO defense ministers approved the most extensive command structure revision in the history of the alliance today.
  • NATO Has Weathered the Storm, Robertson Says AFPS 12 Jun 2003 -- After a tough "spring storm," NATO is "stronger and more united", NATO Secretary General George Robertson said today.
  • NATO Defense Planning Committee, Nuclear Planning Group Meet Washington File 12 June 2003 -- NATO's Defense Planning Committee (DPC) and Nuclear Planning Group (NPG) met in Brussels June 12 and expressed concern over recent pronouncements by North Korea that it possesses nuclear weapons and has withdrawn from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
  • North Atlantic Council Renews Commitment to NATO Transformation Washington File 12 June 2003 -- Defense ministers of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) met June 12 in Brussels and reaffirmed their commitment to transform NATO capabilities "to conduct or support operations wherever the Alliance decides, to ensure our common security and collective defence."
  • Lord Robertson Signals "a New NATO, a NATO Transformed" Washington File 12 June 2003 -- NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson opened a meeting of the 54-year-old security alliance's defense ministers, saying it is the beginning of a new NATO and a NATO transformed to meet 21st-century threats such as terrorism.

  • ARMY ANNOUNCES SELECTION OF OBJECTIVE FORCE WARRIOR LEAD TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATOR Army News Service 12 Jun 2003-- Today, the Army announced selection of Eagle Enterprise Inc., a Division of General Dynamics of Westminster, Md., as the Lead Technology Integrator (LTI) for the Objective Force Warrior (OFW) Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD) program.

  • Belgian Law May Force U.S. to Stop Attending NATO Meetings AFPS 12 Jun 2003 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today that American officials may stop attending NATO meetings in Belgium because of a law that allows "spurious" suits accusing American leaders of war crimes.
  • Croatia: Zagreb Refuses To Exempt U.S. From War Crimes Prosecution RFE/L 12 Jun 2003 -- Croatia is refusing to sign a treaty with the United States exempting U.S. citizens from prosecution by the new international war crimes court.

  • Security Council Renews Immunity for U.N. Peacekeepers Washington File 12 June 2003 -- The Security Council June 12 renewed a year-old resolution exempting peacekeepers from nations who do not accept the jurisdiction of the new International Criminal Court (ICC) from prosecution by the court.
  • Cunningham Praises UNSC Vote Renewing ICC Immunity for Peacekeepers Washington File 12 June 2003 -- The Security Council resolution exempting U.N. peacekeepers from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC) "is consistent with the fundamental principle of international law," U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham said June 12.
  • Annan voices concern over extending UN peacekeepers' immunity from ICC UN News Centre 12 Jun 2003 -- As the Security Council met today to consider extending immunity for United Nations peacekeepers from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC), Secretary-General Kofi Annan voiced concern that it might become an annual routine that could undermine the tribunal's and the Council's authority, as well as the legitimacy of UN peace operations.
  • UN peacekeepers exempted from war crimes prosecution for another year UN News Centre 12 Jun 2003 -- The United Nations Security Council today approved a 12-month extension of immunity that effectively shields UN peacekeepers from potential prosecution by the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal.
  • UN / INTERNATIONAL COURT VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- The United Nations Security Council has renewed a one-year exemption for U-S peacekeepers from prosecution by the International Criminal Court. France, Germany and Syria signaled opposition to the measure by abstaining from the vote.
  • UN: Security Council Set To Renew Immunity From ICC For U.S. Peacekeepers After Public Debate RFE/L 12 Jun 2003 -- The UN Security Council is expected today to approve a resolution that protects from prosecution personnel in UN peacekeeping operations if their countries have not ratified the statutes of the International Criminal Court (ICC). It extends by one year a resolution that averted a peacekeeping crisis last summer and satisfies U.S. concerns about the jurisdiction of the court. But a number of states plan to use an open debate in the Security Council today to reaffirm their support for the court and its goal of prosecuting -- and preventing -- the world's worst crimes.
  • State Department Lists Countries Who Have Signed Article 98 Agreements Washington File 12 June 2003 -- Following is the official answer to a question taken at the June 12 regular State Department briefing

Defense Industry

  • General Dynamics Wins Army’s Objective Force Warrior Agreement General Dynamics 12 Jun 2003 -- General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) was awarded the lead technology integration agreement today for Phase II of the U.S. Army’s Objective Force Warrior (OFW) Advanced Technology Demonstration program. The OFW program will provide the core network-centric soldier systems deployed by all soldiers by 2010.
  • RAFAEL Introduces Python 5 Rafael 12 Jun 2003 -- RAFAEL introduces Python 5, the latest member of the Python Air-to-Air Missile family. The new, fifth generation air-to-air missile provides pilots with a full sphere launch capability when engaging an enemy aircraft. The missile can be launched from very short to beyond-visual ranges with greater kill probability and excellent resistance to countermeasures, irrespective of evasive target manoeuvres or deployment of countermeasures.
  • Major soldier system integrators establish standardisation initiative Thales 12 Jun 2003 -- During the European Infantry Days exhibition, the major European companies involved as Prime Contractors in the Future Soldier System signed an agreement to establish a Soldier Systems Standardisation Industrial Working Group.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $1.95 Billion Intelligence Systems Support Contract General Dynamics 12 Jun 2003 -- General Dynamics Network Systems has been awarded a four-year basic contract with two three-year incentive options and a potential value of $1.95 billion to support and maintain critical intelligence and command and control systems and networks for U.S. defense and intelligence operations worldwide. The contract was competitively awarded by the U.S. Air Force Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, under charter of the Defense Intelligence Agency. General Dynamics Network Systems is a business unit in the General Dynamics Information Systems and Technology group.

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 12 Jun 2003
  • I-L-O / ABDULLAH VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- Following the latest Israeli-Palestinian violence in the Middle East, Jordan's King Abdullah has called for regional and international leaders to redouble their efforts for peace in the region. The Jordanian monarch told several thousand delegates attending the International Labor Organization's annual conference in Geneva that his part of the world was at a critical crossroads.
  • POWELL / MIDDLE EAST VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell was telephoning Middle East leaders Thursday, urging action against Hamas and other Palestinian groups he says are trying to wreck chances for progress on the "road map" to an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. Mr. Powell returns to the region for first-hand talks on the situation next week.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a car in Gaza City today (Thursday), reportedly killing five people, including an infant, and wounding 25 others. It was the fifth such attack in the past 48 hours.
  • POWELL / MIDDLE EAST VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says he is telephoning leaders throughout the Middle East to try to persuade them to in his words, "put the hammer down" on Hamas and other Palestinian groups he says are trying to wreck chances for progress on the "road map" to an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord.
  • Powell Says U.S. Determined to Help Move Toward Mideast Peace Washington File 12 June 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell, in remarks June 12 at the State Department to the annual meeting of the Bretton Woods Committee, said "The Middle East is much on my mind this morning, and I'm sure in your mind. I have been on the phone most of the morning talking to the leaders in the region to encourage them to come down hard on Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and these other terrorist organizations that are determined to deny us this latest opportunity for peace."
  • Terrorists Trying to Destroy Mideast Peace Process, U.S. Says Washington File 12 June 2003 -- The White House and State Department said June 12 that the Islamic militant group Hamas and other like-minded groups opposed to an Israeli state are trying to stop the U.S.-led Middle East peace process.
  • New Israeli Missile Strike Kills Hamas Leader VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- Palestinian medical sources say a leader of the militant group Hamas is among seven people killed by a new Israeli missile strike Thursday, in Gaza City.
  • Powell Launches Effort to Stop Israeli-Palestinian Violence VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says he is telephoning leaders throughout the Middle East to try to persuade them to in his words, "put the hammer down" on Hamas and other Palestinian groups he says are trying to wreck chances for progress on the "road map" to an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord.
  • Mideast 'At Critical Crossroads', says Jordan's King VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- Following the latest Israeli-Palestinian violence in the Middle East, Jordan's King Abdullah has called for regional and international leaders to redouble their efforts for peace in the region.
  • Israel Targets Hamas Militants in Helicopter Attack VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a car in Gaza City Thursday, reportedly killing five people, including an infant, and wounding 25 others. It was the fifth such attack in the past 48 hours.
  • 3 Dead in Israeli Helicopter Attack on Gaza City VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- Palestinian medical sources say at least three Palestinians have been killed by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City.

  • LIBERIA FIGHTING VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- Liberian peace talks have begun in Ghana after West African mediators got assurances from all warring sides that they would stop fighting.
  • LIBERIA/FIGHTING VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- West African mediators are trying to get warring sides in Liberia to sign a formal cease-fire, to improve the atmosphere for peace talks in Ghana.
  • Liberia: UN reports relative 'quiet,' difficult humanitarian conditions in capital UN News Centre 12 Jun 2003 -- With peace talks between Liberian Government officials and opposition leaders expected to begin in earnest today in Ghana, United Nations staff in Monrovia reported little gunfire but "extremely difficult" humanitarian conditions for thousands of frightened people crowding into spontaneous camps that have sprung up throughout the capital.
  • LIBERIA: 30,000 displaced people living in a stadium IRIN 12 Jun 2003 -- The Liberian capital Monrovia remained quiet on Thursday for the second day running, but relief workers said nearly 50,000 people displaced by a rebel push into the city's western suburbs were living in extremely difficult conditions at a sports stadium and several schools
  • LIBERIA: Taylor demands lifting of indictment in exchange for peace IRIN 12 Jun 2003 -- President Charles Taylor demanded on Thursday that his indictment for war crimes by a Special Court in Sierra Leone be rescinded as a condition for peace in Liberia and the sub-region.
  • U-N/CYPRUS VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- The Security Council has extended the U-N peacekeeping mission in Cyprus for six months and added 34 police officers to deal with the increasing travel between the Greek and Turkish communities on the island.
  • UN Security Council Extends Cyprus Peacekeeping Mission VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- The Security Council has extended the U.N peacekeeping mission in Cyprus for six months and added 34 police officers to deal with the increasing travel between the Greek and Turkish communities on the island.

  • IVORY COAST / RECONCILIATION VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- A controversial new book in Ivory Coast is calling for resistance against a French-mediated peace deal, which is being implemented slowly due to opposition from the party of President Laurent Gbagbo. The book is called, France's War Against Ivory Coast, and it was partly written by the nation's parliamentary speaker, Mamadou Koulibaly.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: More West African peacekeepers arrive IRIN 12 Jun 2003 -- A first contingent of about 60 paramilitary gendarmes arrived in Cote d'Ivoire on Thursday to beef up the West African peacekeeping force in the country, where rebels occuping the north are shortly due to begin a process of disarmament.
  • PHILIPPINES / MUSLIMS CEASEFIRE VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- The Philippine government has vowed to continue its military offensive against Muslim separatists despite fresh conciliatory gestures from the rebels. There appears to be no plan now to restart peace talks to end three decades of conflict in the southern Philippines.
  • Armitage Says Sri Lanka Peace Would Be "Tremendous Signal" Washington File 12 June 2003 -- The fifty-one nations that assembled at the Sri Lanka Donor's Conference in Tokyo voted "with their pocket books, [and] with their wallets" that they believe the peace process between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will be successful, said Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.
  • Security Council delegation set to arrive in war-torn Bunia, DR of Congo UN News Centre 12 Jun 2003 -- United Nations Security Council diplomats are expected to arrive in the ravaged northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo town of Bunia today on a mission to revive a political process and end violence in the resource-rich region of Ituri.
  • Guinea-Bissau on a 'downward course' - Annan UN News Centre 12 Jun 2003 -- Contrary to earlier expectations, the political, economic and security situation in Guinea-Bissau has worsened and the country's leaders should make every effort to ensure peace-building agendas can be put back on track, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report.
  • Central Africa: UN agency repatriates 1,108 refugees IRIN 12 Jun 2003 -- The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has repatriated 1,108 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the neighbouring Republic of the Congo since Monday, an official of the Central African Republic told IRIN on Wednesday.
  • CONGO-RWANDA: Kigali, Brazzaville, UN agency sign repatriation pact IRIN 12 Jun 2003 -- Rwanda, the Republic of Congo (ROC) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have signed an agreement for the voluntary repatriation of Rwandan refugees from the ROC, Radio Rwanda reported.
  • BURUNDI: Government to hold talks with rebel group IRIN 12 Jun 2003 -- The Burundian government is due to hold two days of talks beginning on Friday with the Conseil national pour la defense de la democratie-Force pour la defense de la democratie (CNDD-FDD) rebel faction led by Pierre Nkurunziza, a Burundian radio station reported.
  • DRC-RWANDA: Kigali denies involvement in North Kivu fighting IRIN 12 Jun 2003 -- The Rwandan army has denied taking part in fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo between two local rival militia groups, the Rwandan News Agency reported on Wednesday.
  • DRC: EU authorises troop deployment IRIN 12 Jun 2003 -- The EU Council adopted on Wednesday a decision to deploy troops to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to form part of the 1,500-strong multinational force requested by the UN Security Council.
  • ANGOLA-ZAMBIA: Landmine causes repatriation setback IRIN 12 Jun 2003 -- Angolan refugees about to return home from Zambia this week suffered a setback when an unexploded landmine was discovered on an Angolan road they expected to travel on.
  • NIGERIA: Death toll rises to 15 in northeast religious riots IRIN 12 Jun 2003 -- At least 15 people have died as sectarian violence which first flared in the northeast Nigerian town of Numan at the weekend spread to nearby villages, the police said on Thursday.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 12 Jun 2003 -- Defense ministers seek to streamline military command, boost forces / CIA taps ex-UN inspector to help find Iraq weapons / Rumsfeld raps opposition to war in Iraq, Belgian law on war crimes / U.S. administration rejects Iran offer of nuclear monitoring in exchange for technology access / U.S. can't rule out North Korea strike
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 12 Jun 2003 -- NATO to slash bases in global security role drive / Spain to join Poland in central Iraq peacekeeping mission / U.S. Senator Warner wants NATO troops in Israel / Congress requests study into possible relocation of NATO headquarters / Suicide bombers being trained to attack foreign troops

  • BRITAIN / FRANCE VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair ended a visit to France Thursday, aimed at shoring up cross-channel relations which took a beating during the Iraq war. Differences remain, despite Mr. Blair's apparently upbeat meetings with France's president and prime minister.
  • BURMA/SANCTIONS / ASIA VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- The United States is among many countries working to toughen sanctions on Burma, after its government cracked down on opposition leaders. That has led to new debate over the effectiveness of sanctions, especially in Asia, where many governments have been trying to engage Rangoon.
  • ZIMBABWE / TSVANGIRAI VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- Lawyers representing Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai concluded the bulk of their case Thursday demanding his release on bail. Mr. Tsvangirai, who has been held in police cells for six days, is charged with treason in connection with last weeks' national strike and protests.
  • EDITORIAL: POWELL ON CUBA VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- Cuba's brutal Communist dictator Fidel Castro maintains an oppressive system that deprives the Cuban people of their livelihood and freedom. The Castro regime persecutes dissidents and human rights activists. Hundreds of political prisoners languish in Cuban jails. Independent journalists are harassed and intimidated.
  • CHINA / TIBET VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- China's Foreign Ministry is indicating there has been a slight thaw in the frosty relations between Beijing and Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. The comments follow a rare unofficial visit by high-ranking Tibetan exiles.
  • CHINA / SARS / AIDS VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- China has given a great deal of attention to its efforts against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS -- which has been the Chinese government's apparent top public health priority in recent weeks. At the same time, though, critics charge that comparatively little attention has been paid to AIDS, which is a much bigger and more deadly problem in China.
  • ASIA SARS VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- The World Health Organization has declared that Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome is nearing its end in China, but not in Taiwan. The U-N agency says it will review new information from China before lifting SARS-related travel advisories.
  • BANGLA/STRIKE VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- In Bangladesh, a general strike called by the main opposition party to protest rising crime has paralyzed much of the country. The strike coincided with a parliamentary session on the country's next budget.
  • U-S-Burma VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell, in a commentary published Thursday, called for stepped up international pressure on Burma's military authorities to accept democratic reform. He said the Bush administration will work with the military junta's critics in the U-S Congress on a new tougher policy approach to Rangoon.
  • CZECH REPUBLIC/E-U VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- The Czech Republic holds a referendum Friday and Saturday on European Union membership. Six of the nine candidate countries slated to vote on joining next year have already voted 'yes,' and Czechs also appear to favor E-U membership. But the country's president is skeptical.
  • ZIMBABWE / STRIKE VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- Almost a week has past since the strikes and mass protests called by the opposition in Zimbabwe. The government and media outlets controlled by the government say the protests did not achieve anything, but the opposition considers them very successful.
  • Bush Administration Continues Safe Skies Effort with EAC Signing Washington File 12 June 2003 -- The Bush Administration is continuing a U.S.-African partnership begun five years ago to make air travel on the African continent safer and more secure, with the June 10 signing of an agreement with the East African Community (EAC) that will assist member states in upgrading their navigational systems.
  • "It's Time to Turn the Tables on Burma's Thugs," by Colin L. Powell Washington File 12 June 2003 -- This column by Secretary of State Colin Powell, published in the Wall Street Journal June 12, is in the public domain. No republication restrictions
  • Trafficking Report Says Burma's Military Uses Forced Labor Washington File 12 June 2003 -- The State Department designated Burma as a Tier 3 government in its third annual Trafficking in Persons Report due to the Burmese government's lack of significant efforts to meet congressionally set standards for combating human trafficking.
  • Senate Passes Burma Sanctions Bill by 97-1 Margin Washington File 12 June 2003 -- The Senate passed by a 97-to-1 vote June 11 a bill that would ban exports from Burma and freeze assets of the Rangoon regime in the United States.
  • Kazakhstan: Prime Minister Resigns Over Government Land-Reform Dispute RFE/L 12 Jun 2003 -- Kazakh Prime Minister Imanghali Tasmaghambetov stepped down yesterday in a move he said was prompted by a dispute over controversial legislation allowing the private ownership of land.
  • EU: Czechs Head To Polls To Vote In Referendum, With A Few Twists RFE/L 12 Jun 2003 -- The weekend's almost here. That means there must be a referendum on European Union membership looming somewhere in Central Europe. This time, it's the Czech Republic's turn. It's a familiar story in many ways -- Czechs are mainly pro-EU, although voter turnout may be sluggish. But there are also differences. The Czechs have no minimum threshold to validate their referendum. And they have a president who isn't saying how he'll vote -- and who has warned of the dangers of a centralist EU.
  • General Strike Paralyzes Bangladesh VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- In Bangladesh, a general strike called by the main opposition party to protest rising crime has paralyzed much of the country.
  • MAURITANIA: Presidential elections set for November despite coup attempt IRIN 12 Jun 2003 -- Mauritanian President Maaouiya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya has confirmed plans to go ahead with presidential elections in November after narrowly surviving a coup attempt that led to two days of heavy fighting in the capital Nouakchott.
  • DRC: Rivals vow to form government by 30 June IRIN 12 Jun 2003 -- Rival opposition movements and the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have assured a visiting UN Security Council delegation that they would form a transitional government by 30 June.
  • Northrop Grumman Offers Comprehensive Agilent Technologies' ADS Design Kits for Velocium GaAs HEMT and HBT Processes Northrop Grumman 12 Jun 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) Space Technology sector is making available three new design kits for the Agilent Technologies Advanced Design System electronic design automation (EDA) software.
  • ORBITAL-BUILT BSAT-2c SATELLITE SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED Orbital Sciences Corp. 12 Jun 2003 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that the BSAT-2c geosynchronous orbit (GEO) communications satellite the company built for Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) of Japan was successfully launched aboard an Ariane 5 rocket on Wednesday, June 11, 2003.



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