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The Washington Times, June 09, 2005

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[ Embassy Row ]

A new image A senior member of a hard-line Islamic party that is a member of the ruling coalition in Bangladesh is in Washington this week meeting with members of Congress and lobbyists to project a more moderate image of his party.

[ Taking Names ]

Bach to the future A previously unknown work by Johann Sebastian Bach has been discovered in a crate of 18th-century birthday cards removed from a German library shortly before it was devastated by fire, researchers said yesterday.

[ Tuning in to Tv ]

Nye 'Eyes' returns Bill Nye is known to many TV viewers as the not-so-mad scientist behind "Bill Nye, the Science Guy." Nevertheless, the bow-tie aficionado still sees himself as an educator.

[ Out & About ]

Tsunami aid On Saturday, dancers and musicians from 11 countries will come together for a night of song and dance at Walt Whitman High School - all in the name of tsunami relief. Participants of "Around the World With Song & Dance" include the Alpine Dancers from Austria, the Narek Bell Choir from Armenia, a koto music group from Japan and other groups. Showtime is 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $20 and the proceeds benefit schools destroyed by the tsunami in Sri Lanka. 7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethes...

[ Calendar: Top Picks ]

Japanese post-World War II photographer Shomei Tomatsu currently shows at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in his first major retrospective in the United States, Shomei Tomatsu: Skin of the Nation. Noted for poetically photographing both the old and new Japan, he pictures them in deceptively simple terms - a glass bottle from Nagasaki melted in the heat of the atomic bomb, the sexual excesses of Toyko's Shinjuku's neighborhood and a U.S. Navy officer in dress whites and medals. At the Corcoran Gal...

[ Inside Politics ]

Bay watch President Bush yesterday left open the possibility that the prison camp at the U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could be shut down amid mounting criticism from former President Jimmy Carter and others.

[ Inside the Beltway ]

Filibuster and mayo How many Americans were actually paying attention when the Senate debated the filibuster around the clock?

Bush Won't Help Turkey with Kurds

President Bush yesterday rejected a request by Turkey for U.S. forces to crack down on Kurdish militants who are launching attacks against Turkey from northern Iraq. The rejection came two years after Turkey blocked U.S. troops from opening a northern front against Iraq along the same stretch of border being traversed by Kurdish fighters.

15 Gitmo Inmates Still Not Released ; U.S. Seeks Guarantees of Safety

Fifteen prisoners here have been waiting at least three months to be released as U.S. officials seek assurances from their home countries that they won't be "tortured or subject to persecution" upon their return. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said it is U.S. policy not to return detainees to their countries if it is believed "more likely than not that they'll be tortured or subject to persecution."

Mesa Warns Nation of Risk of 'Civil War' ; Rewritten Constitution Demanded

Bolivia remained in the political lurch yesterday, caught between a president who desires to step down and widespread protests grinding South America's poorest nation to a halt. President Carlos Mesa, who has submitted his resignation, warned Bolivians their country is on the brink of "civil war" and asked protesters to end their siege on the nation.

Sharon Aide: Pullout Plan Behind Schedule

Amid eroding public support for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, a top adviser to the prime minister warned this week that the government isn't ready to evacuate some 9,000 Jewish settlers. The unusual in-house criticism put Mr. Sharon on the defensive and boosted opponents of the withdrawal during the worst spate of violence with the Palestinians since a February peace summit.

Tv Show Depicts 9/11 As Bush Plot ; Green Party Chief Demands Probe

A fictional crime drama based on the premise that the Bush administration ordered the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Washington aired this week on German state television, prompting the Green Party chairman to call for an investigation. "I think absolutely nothing of the conspiracy theory that has been hawked in this series. I hope this particular TV movie will be discussed very critically at the next supervisory board meeting of ARD [state television]," said Green Party C...

U.S. Declines to Back German Bid ; Berlin Eyes Seat On U.N. Council

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday refused to endorse Germany's candidacy for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, saying the United States supports only Japan's bid for the time being. Miss Rice's public position, which she expressed after a meeting with German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, reflected what U.S. officials described privately as Washington's reluctance to have three West European countries as permanent council members.

World Asked to Urge End to 'Forgotten War'

World Vision, a Christian relief and development organization, disagrees with the Ugandan government's belief that the 16-year rebellion in that country can be resolved through force. Rory Anderson, a World Vision senior policy adviser for Africa, said in an interview with The Washington Times that the "devastation visited upon children in the north does not allow the luxury of a prolonged military campaign."

Uganda Opens to Democracy ; Parties Would Rise After New Term

Uganda, the East African nation hailed during the Clinton administration as an emerging democracy despite its prohibition of political parties, is debating a move toward multiparty politics. But it also is seeking to amend its constitution to allow President Yoweri Museveni five more years in power.

Revitalizing Reform

When President Bush's chief economic adviser was asked if Mr. Bush could accept a far smaller version of his personal retirement accounts plan, he quickly replied, "It's on the table." Asked at a recent Hoover Institution news briefing if Mr. Bush could embrace to a scaled-down 2 percent plan, instead of his far more ambitious 4 percent proposal, White House economist Allan B. Hubbard made it clear the size and shape of the plan is open to compromise. "We are open to negotiations for the Amer...

Saving Europe

Fortunately, there are few problems that have not been at least partially solved by others some time in the past - and this is true for the mess in which Europe now finds itself. In 1786, the United States was in a somewhat similar situation. Near the end of the Revolutionary War, in 1781, the Articles of Confederation were adopted that formed the United States. It quickly became apparent the Articles of Confederation were fatally flawed, in that tensions were rising among the states and the ...

'Medical' Pot Up in Smoke

To those who have worked on federal narcotics legislation for decades, the notion of state referenda allowing "medical" marijuana, as an exception to federal drug trafficking laws, has always been an oxymoron. There was nothing "medical" about smoking marijuana; the two words were mutually exclusive. The idea made no more sense than "medical glue sniffing, or free-lance "medical heroin injection." It was dangerous, indulgent nonsense at best, a cynical hoax at worst. Thanks to the U.S. Suprem...

House Panel Votes to Halve Dues If U.N. Resists Reform

A House committee yesterday voted to slash U.S. dues payments to the United Nations by half if the world body fails to enact sweeping reforms to its budget, human rights arm and peacekeeping missions. By a one-vote margin, the House International Relations Committee rejected a softer Democratic alternative that would have given Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice the power to decide whether to withhold dues.

11 Illegals Found in Virginia Amid Search for 11 Others

Federal immigration officials have caught 11 illegal aliens while searching for 11 others who had been released after a traffic stop in Fairfax County in April. Authorities found the 11 aliens in at least two residences in Woodbridge and at a restaurant in Northern Virginia, officials said. The arrests led them to begin a criminal investigation into the harboring of aliens in the Washington area.

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