The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 7, 1996 · Page 13
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 13

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, October 7, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1996 BB The fighting has stopped, and residents in Bosnia are trying to make ends meet by keeping BUSY WITH By JEFFREY ULBRICH Ttie Associated Press OREBRICE, Bosnia- Herzegovina — Luka Dabic, a Bosnian Serb, is the assistant to the president of the Dabic Trading Co. The president of the new enterprise, he says with an infectious grin, is his energetic wife. DTC international headquarters is only a simple wooden stall sunk ankle-deep in mud near what used to be the confrontation line of Bosnia's war. But it is one of thousands of humble ventures that improve the odds for personal survival as well as economic cooperation. Muslims, Serbs and Croats pack the massive open market that has sprung up about 30 miles north of Tuzla on the Muslim-Croat side of the zone, across from the Serb portion of Bosnia. Dabic, a 42-year-old unemployed mining technician, helps his wife sell "duty-free" clothing of dubious origin in a venture that could just as well be called "Making Ends Meet, Bosnian Style." There are thousands of DTCs in this war-ravaged land, people struggling to grub a few di- nars, deutschemarks or dollars to feed their families. "Everybody is busy with business," Dabic said, waving an arm at the scores of stalls, trucks and cars selling everything from plastic buckets to auto parts to parakeets. "Nobody ever mentions politics here," Why shouldn't that be true everywhere in Bosnia? "Well, there are politicians," 'Dabic says with a sigh. "There are people with vested inter- ests. There are high, middle and lower interests. "This is the lower interest," he said, nodding toward his stall, "the one close to the mud." Bosnia has begun to bustle in the nine months since NATO- led forces deployed to enforce peace. Holes are patched. Boarded-up shops and shot-up gas stations have reopened. But much of the activity stems more from desperation than from realistic expectations. Jusuf Suljkanovic, an out-of- work chemical engineer, flips burgers in a slapped-together stand near a U.S. Army installation. The 46-year-old Muslim admires the line of hungry camouflage-clad American soldiers, but knows his customer base plans to pull out. "I have established a company, and if I can get a bank loan, maybe I'll try trading in my specialty, polyethylene plastics," he said. But loans and in-, vestment are scarce in this unstable country and besides his hard work, Suljkanovic will need a lot of luck. Nuraga Dzombic, 53, a retired coal miner with an irregular pension, still relies on his own sweat. He spent his working life in a coal mine where conditions were so bad, every year counted as 16 months toward retirement. He receives a monthly compensation of about $93 plus four tons of coal, which he sells for extra cash. Fortunately, there's a small piece of land near Srebrenik in federation territory, where Dzombic has a cow, a vegetable garden and a lot of energy. "I work harder now than I did in the mines," he says, sipping powerful plum brandy, followed by thick, sweet coffee The Associated Press A Bosnian Serb sells tools and auto parts from a shop created on the hood of his car in the town of Porebrice, where an open market replaces what used to be a confrontation line during the war. and some fresh white curd cheese slathered with cream. He has surplus potatoes. But because he would only earn about $13 for 220 pounds of them, he'd rather feed them to his cow. Nonetheless, he says, he's better off than he was a year ago. At least, for now, the fear is gone. And he has a house and furniture. Others don't, he says, and have to work even harder. Over the market drifts the mouth-watering, smoky aroma of roasting pork. Outside a ramshackle restaurant, Rajko Stoparic, a 36-year-old former printer, sells the pigs he has slaughtered. Diners sit inside, taking in the sights and smells. A few young women offer their most personal wares. Everything is for sale. Stoparic would sell pigs in his own village of Pelagicevo, but customers still are reluctant to venture into Serb territory. So he dresses them at home, crosses the line and delivers to the Muslim side. "This is a gathering of people of good will," he says, drawing slowly on a cigarette and sweeping his eyes over the huge market. "I hope the economy will finally link these people." V POPE JOHN PAUL II Pontiff enters hospital Patients flock into balconies and windows to greet the ailing pope By BRIAN MURPHY The Associated Press VATICAN CITY — Patients in casts and bandages crowded into windows and balconies Sunday to greet Pope John Paul II as'he entered a Rome hospital for an operation to remove an inflamed appendix. The 76-year-old pontiff, wearing a white cassock, walked slowly from his car into the Gemelli Polyclinic Hospital. The operation will be Tuesday morning. Patients flocked to JOHN PAUL T KUWAIT Kuwaitis elect members to National Assembly Security and budget problems are top concerns among Voters in Mideast emirate By EILEEN ALT POWELL •The Associated Press KUWAIT — Five years after the Gulf War ended Iraq's occupation of Kuwait, this oil- rich country still worries about its belligerent neighbor and struggles with the financial fallout from the conflict. , i It's no surprise, then, that the 230 candidates vying for the 50 National Assembly Seats in today's election have both security and budget reform high on their agendas. .-.M "As long as Saddam Hussein's regime is there, there is something threatening us," :said Youssef Abdel-Moati of the Center for Research and Studies on Kuwait. "We've i been told, 'Turn the page, forget it and go .on:' We cannot, and we should not." ;,-' The fear of Iraq — reinforced just five weeks ago when Saddam's army intervened in Kurdish factional fighting in V BRITAIN About the election • NUMBER OF OPEN SEATS: 50 in . the National Assembly.' • NUMBER OF CANDIDATES: 230. • NUMBER OF VOTERS: 107,000 men, or 15 percent of the emirate's 700,000 citizens. • POLITICAL PARTIES: They are banned in Kuwait; most candidates run as independents. northern Iraq — is behind continued heavy spending on Kuwait's small, but well- armed military. But Kuwait has not curbed its cradle-to- grave social welfare policies, and government budget deficits have exploded to $5 billion a year or more. "Our income from oil barely covers two- thirds of our spending. We can't keep going this way forever," said Khaled al-Wasmi, a Kuwait University professor competing for a parliament seat. While most candidates agree there are serious problems, few are willing to alienate voters with proposals to begin taxing Kuwaitis or charging for services. It is unclear if there will be more political will to make tough decisions after the election in this pampered society, where per capita income of $16,500 is among the highest in the world. The National Assembly is the only elected parliament in the Persian Gulf region. Although the assembly has carved out a role as a watchdog against corruption and must review all legislative proposals, Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheik Jaber al- Ahmed al-Sabah, has the final say. Still, the parliament is enough of a safety valve for public discontent that Kuwait — with a mixed population of Shiite and Sunni Muslims — has been spared the unrest seen in some other gulf countries. In tradition-bound Kuwait, only men can vote, but they must be able to trace their Kuwaiti ancestry to the 1920s. Thus, only 107,000 men are eligible to cast ballots, or just 15 percent of the emirate's nearly 700,000 citizens. Kuwait bans political parties, and almost all candidates run as independents. There are, however, a handful of candidates representing officially recognized "political movements" that range in outlook from liberal to pan-Arab to fundamentalist Muslim. The outgoing parliament, elected in 1992, had 35 deputies labeled as "opposition," including 19 allied with Islamic movements. Pro-government deputies are mainly from tribal areas. Some Kuwaitis predict fewer religiously oriented legislators will be elected this time, pointing out that one of the three major Islamic groups has collapsed and a second, Salaf, is torn by internal divisions. "I think the Islamists peaked in 1992," said Hashed al-Ajeel, a book publisher supporting a leftist candidate. "They didn't come through with a viable legislative program." windows and balconies. Some wore casts or bandages and some used wheelchairs. "Good luck. Good luck," yelled some of the nearly 300 people at the hospital entrance. The pope waved to the crowd. Italy's president, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, greeted the pope inside. "I'm very worried for him," said a nun, Sister Valentina, who had waited for the pope for hours. The pope's recurring bouts of fevers and the loss of his once- boundless vigor have led to open speculation that he suffers from a , more serious illness. The Vatican has denied every report about a chronic condition. Leaving the hospital, the Vatican's secretary of state, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, said anyone making guesses about the pope's health is "practicing witchcraft medicine." .It will be the pope's sixth operation at the hospital since surgery in 1981, when he was wounded in an attempted assassination in St. Peter's Square. His last operation was a hip replacement in April 1994. The pontiff is staying in a private lOth-floor suite that includes a tiny chapel dedicated to the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, the Virgin Mary icon dear to Roman Catholics in Poland. John Paul is Polish. In his last Vatican appearance before entering the hospital, John Paul brought 16 people a step closer to sainthood and asked the faithful to pray for him. The 2.5-hour ceremony put his stamina to the test. "I ask you to accompany me with your prayers," the pontiff told the crowd that filled sunbathed square. "I send warm greetings to those in the hospital or in nursing homes, knowing that I can count on their spiritual solidarity." When the pope finished, a man near the altar cried out: "Long life to the pope!" Wearing emerald green vestments, John Paul appeared tired and at times his voice wavered during the ceremony of beatification, the final step before consideration for sainthood. Where to send canto Get-well cards may be sent to: Pope John Paul II 00120 Vatican City Octuplets' mom wants more kids British woman who lost eight babies says she made right decision to try By The Associated Press LONDON — Sitting beside the corpses of eight babies wrapped in blue and pink shawls, the woman Who insisted on trying to carry them to term said she wants more children, a tabloid reported Sunday. Mandy Allwood, who sold her Istory to News of the World for an ;undisclosed sum, wept continuously as she described her loss, the (tabloid said. ' "I gave them my all and now I can rest with my conscience, even though I know I will have to deal with the 'told you so' brigade," the newspaper said. •; . "Just looking at them tells me 1 ;n)ade the right decision. They are so beautiful." i •• Allwood picked up each of the ibabies during the interview. ; The interview was held in All- 7 have promised Mandy that we may still have eight babies one day — but not all at once." Paul Hudson father of octuplets GREAT PLAINS DDfTON wood's hospital room soon after she lost the last of her fetuses Wednesday. She sat on her bed, and all eight corpses lay on a cot next to her. Allwood, 32, became pregnant after taking fertility drugs and disregarded doctors' advice to abort some of the fetuses to give the others a better chance. She gave birth prematurely to the first three babies, all boys, on Monday, in the 19th week of pregnancy. She lost the remaining five, including two girls, two days later. According to the newspaper, Allwood and the babies' father, 37- year-old Paul Hudson, will bury the eight babies in the same coffin this week. It also reported that All- wood is planning to have more children. "I have promised Mandy that we may still have eight babies one day — but not all at once this time," the newspaper quoted Hudson as saying. He denied that the couple pressed ahead with the pregnancy because of the offer of large sums of money from the News of the World. Estimates of what Allwood got for the story have ranged from $530,000 to $1.55 million. The News of the World would not confirm any figure. "If someone could bring back our babies, we would hand back every single penny we have ever received," Hudson was quoted as saying. Sunday, October 13, the Salina Journal will publish its annual Great Plains edition. We will look at the success, failures, and outlook for the future of rural Kansas in the area of health care, education, community development and technology. WATCH FOR IT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13! Salina Journal ',

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