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Voice of America, 96-09-02

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From: The Voice of America <gopher://gopher.voa.gov>


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  • [01] MONDAY'S EDITORIALS BY ANDREW N. GUTHRIE (WASHINGTON)

  • [01] MONDAY'S EDITORIALS BY ANDREW N. GUTHRIE (WASHINGTON)

    DATE=09/02/96
    TYPE=U-S EDITORIAL DIGEST
    NUMBER=6-09759
    TELEPHONE=619-3335
    EDITOR=MOLLIE M. KING
    CONTENT=
    // EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS PERISHABLE MATERIAL AND BECOMES DATED AFTER 10 P-M E-D-S-T ON MONDAY SEPTEMBER 2ND //

    INTRO: THIS IS THE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY IN THE UNITED STATES, THE LAST THREE-DAY WEEKEND OF THE AMERICAN SUMMER, AND SEVERAL NEWSPAPERS INCLUDING THE WALL STREET JOURNAL AND THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR ARE NOT PUBLISHING TODAY. AMONG THE PAPERS ON THE STANDS, EDITORIALS FOCUS ON THE STATE OF THE U-S TRADE UNION MOVEMENT ON THIS, THE DAY AMERICA'S WORKERS ARE RECOGNIZED. OTHER TOPICS INCLUDE THE IRAQI MILITARY MOVE INTO THE KURDISH PROTECTION ZONE; THE QUESTION OF PRIVACY IN CYBERSPACE;AND SOME SUPPORT FOR THE B-B-C WORLD SERVICE. NOW, HERE WITH A CLOSER LOOK AND A QUOTE OR TWO IS _______________ AND THIS HOLIDAY EDITION OF EDITORIAL DIGEST.

    TEXT: IN FLORIDA'S BIGGEST CITY TODAY, THE MIAMI HERALD IS WORRIED ABOUT THE IRAQI MILITARY INCURSION INTO THE KURDISH CITY OF IRBIL, ABOVE THE SO-CALLED EXCLUSION ZONE. THE HERALD URGES A MULTINATIONAL RESPONSE TO THE INVASION THAT COMPRISED ABOUT 30 TO 40 THOUSAND IRAQI TROOPS ACCOMPANIED BY TANKS.

    VOICE: "AGAIN THE PERSIAN WAR RAT SNARLS, SPREADING THE MISERY OF WAR IN THE PERSIAN GULF REGION AND SENDING POLITICAL TREMORS RIPPLING THROUGH WESTERN EUROPEAN CAPITALS AND WASHINGTON. .... PRESIDENT CLINTON'S RESPONSE -- STEPPING UP AIR PATROLS, PUTTING U-S FORCES ON ALERT AND REPOSITIONING SOME, AND BEGINNING CONSULTATIONS -- IS A MEASURED ONE, APPROPRIATE TO THE CONFUSED POLITICAL SITUATION. ..... UNILATERAL RETALIATION BY THE UNITED STATES, HOWEVER WELL DESERVED, WOULD BE UNWISE."

    TEXT: THE NEW YORK TIMES IS ALSO CONCERNED AND DEALS WITH THE INVASION IN ITS LEAD EDITORIAL, NOTING:

    VOICE: "WHATEVER ELSE SADDAM HUSSEIN MAY BE UP TO IN NORTHERN IRAQ, HE IS PROBING TO SEE IF THE UNITED STATES AND ITS ALLIES ARE STILL PREPARED TO ENFORCE THE TIGHT LIMITS THEY IMPOSED ON IRAQI MILITARY ACTIVITY FOLLOWING THE PERSIAN GULF WAR. WASHINGTON NEEDS TO RESPOND FIRMLY. PRESIDENT CLINTON WAS RIGHT TO MOVE MILITARY FORCES TO A HIGHER READINESS, BUT THE FIRST RESPONSE SHOULD BE ECONOMIC, AIMED AT HALTING THE PLAN TO ALLOW LIMITED IRAQI OIL SALES ...... [OPT] THE IRAQI ACTION IS A CLEAR CHALLENGE TO THE UNITED NATIONS. ..... BAGHDAD IS PLAYING A PROVOCATIVE GAME IN CROSSING A MILITARY LINE IT HAS LARGELY RESPECTED FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS. WASHINGTON SHOULD MAKE CLEAR THAT IT IS READY TO RESPOND FORCEFULLY, IF NEEDED." [END OPT]

    TEXT: IN TODAY'S WASHINGTON POST, THERE IS CONCERN ABOUT PRIVACY ALONG THE GROWING, WORLDWIDE NETWORK OF PERSONAL COMPUTERS, KNOWN AS THE INTERNET.

    VOICE: "HOW PUBLIC IS THE INTERNET? THE ANSWER SO FAR IS 'VERY' -- A GOOD DEAL MORE SO THAN ORDINARY SPEECH, PUBLICATION OR BROADCAST, BECAUSE ANYTHING YOU EVER SAID CAN BE INSTANTLY ARCHIVED AND RETRIEVED AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON. .... A LOT OF PEOPLE FIND THAT PROBLEMATIC, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO SEE THE INTERNET .... AS A GLOBAL COMMERCIAL SYSTEM. ..... INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCES SUCH AS THE FAR MORE STRINGENT PRIVACY RULES ADOPTED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION MAY SLOW THE GROWTH OF SOME TYPES OF INTERNET COMMERCE. FOR NOW, THOUGH, THE PROPRIETORS OF SENSITIVE PERSONAL DATA BASES HAVE THE MAIN RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THEIR CLIENTS ....."

    TEXT: IN BALTIMORE'S THE SUN, WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THE B-B-C WORLD SERVICE, WHICH COULD BE MERGING INTO BRITAIN'S DOMESTIC RADIO OPERATION AS A COST CUTTING MEASURE.

    VOICE: "ACROSS THE GLOBE, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO DON'T TRUST THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT MEDIA BELIEVE THE B-B-C. IT IS ..... THE MOST POTENT FORCE IN PROJECTING BRITISH INFLUENCE IN A POST-IMPERIAL WORLD. BRITAIN OUGHT TO BE TRYING TO STRENGTHEN THE WORLD SERVICE OF THE BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION. INSTEAD, BRITAIN IS PLANNING TO DISMANTLE IT. ..... THE 'CAMPAIGN TO SAVE THE WORLD SERVICE' DESERVES SYMPATHY. BUT IT MIGHT HEED THE ADVICE OF THE ECONOMIST MAGAZINE AND URGE TOTAL INDEPENDENCE OF THE B-B-C TO BE PAID FOR BY ADVERTISING OR DONATIONS."

    TEXT: AND NOW TO SEVERAL OF THE EDITORIALS ON LABOR DAY AND THE STATE OF THE U-S TRADE UNION MOVEMENT WHICH ARE TRADITIONAL ON THIS HOLIDAY. THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION SEES THE HOLIDAY AS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW YEAR.

    VOICE: "TODAY, SUMMER'S OVER. AND WASN'T IT A STRANGE ONE. FOR ATLANTANS, THE SUMMER OF '96 WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED AS THE OLYMPIC SUMMER, THE YEAR WHEN THE WORLD CAME TO TOWN FOR A ROWDY ... THREE

    WEEK ROLLER-COASTER OF EMOTIONS. .... IT SEEMS A LITTLE ODD TO HAVE IT ALL BEHIND US. YET ..... FALL HAS ARRIVED. MOST CHILDREN ARE BACK IN SCHOOL ....... AND UNSETTLING AS IT SOUNDS, WE ARE NOT THAT FAR AWAY FROM THE FIRST CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS IN STORES."

    TEXT: THE NEW YORK TIMES RUNS "AN ODE TO SEASONALITY," IN WHICH IT LAMENTS THE BLURRING OF THE TRADITIONAL SEASONS, AS LABOR DAY BECOMES LESS A MARKER OF THE END OF SUMMER AND THE BEGINNING OF BOTH SCHOOL AND THE POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS.

    VOICE: "LABOR DAY CELEBRATES THE NATION'S WORKING MEN AND WOMEN. BUT ONCE IT ALSO SERVED ANOTHER USEFUL FUNCTION, MARKING THE BEGINNING OF ELECTION CAMPAIGN SEASON. NOW, OF COURSE, THE IDEA THAT A CANDIDATE WOULD RESTRICT HIS OR HER CAMPAIGN TO TEN WEEKS SEEMS QUAINT ..... POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS GO ON YEAR-ROUND. VOTERS HAVE KNOWN SINCE THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING THAT THE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEES WERE INEVITABLY BOB DOLE AND BILL CLINTON."

    TEXT: ACROSS NEW YORK CITY, THE DAILY NEWS SALUTES BOTH THE AMERICAN LABOR MOVEMENT AND THE CHANGES COMING TO THOSE WHO CAN, BUT DO NOT, WORK.

    VOICE: "LABOR DAY IS THE DAY TO CELEBRATE THE AMERICAN WORK ETHIC. TO HONOR THE INDIVIDUAL WORKING MAN AND WOMAN FOR WHOM A JOB MEANS NOT JUST A PAYCHECK, BUT A WAY OF LIFE. IT MEANS NOT ONLY BREAD ON THE TABLE, BUT DIGNITY. THIS YEAR, WITH THE LONG-OVERDUE ENACTMENT OF WELFARE-REFORM LEGISLATION, MULTITUDES OF HANDOUT-ADDICTED AMERICANS WILL MOVE INTO THE WORK FORCE. MANY HAVE BEEN DEPRIVED OF THE DIGNITY OF WORK FOR SO LONG THAT THEY HAVE FORGOTTEN .... THAT SUCH A THING COULD EXIST. ....... SO THIS YEAR, LET US CELEBRATE NOT ONLY LABOR ...... BUT [ALSO] WORK [ITALICS FOR EMPHASIS]."

    TEXT: AND THAT CONCLUDES THIS BRIEF SAMPLING OF EDITORIALS FROM TODAY'S LABOR DAY HOLIDAY EDITIONS OF U-S PAPERS.
    NEB/ANG/MMK
    02-Sep-96 11:19 AM EDT (1519 UTC)
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    Source: Voice of America


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