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A State Department report
announcing the release of a Witness
for Peace volunteer kidnapped by the
Nicaraguan contra rebels last month
is encouraging, Witness for Peace
members said, but the welfare of
kidnapped Nicaraguan Rolando
Mena is still in question.
Paul Fisher, 41, kidnapped Oct. 17
by the contras, was traveling on a
public bus from Juigalpa to Santo
Domingo in the province of Chon
tales, said a report from Witness for
Peace, the organization Fisher was
volunteering for in Nicaragua.
Contras kidnapped at least three
Nicaraguans in the incident, the
Representatives of the Durham
based organization have interviewed
Nicaraguans who were on the bus,
said Lucy Harris, a member of the
The Nicaraguans told Witness for
Peace that 20 contras stopped the bus
18 miles outside of Juigalpa, Harris
said. After checking the identity of
the passengers, they pulled aside
Fisher and Nicaraguans Mena, Anto
nio Rios and one other unidentified
man, she said.
Rios and the unidentified Nicara
guan escaped on Oct. 20, leaving
N.C. Democrats publish college
By DONNA LEINWAND
State & National Editor
The recently revised Issues For
Americans, a newsletter aimed at
college-age Democrats, will hit North
Carolina campuses during the next
IFA, produced by the N.C. Demo
cratic Party, took a short hiatus,
beginning in February 1986, while the
Democrats had a change in youth
leadership, said UNC junior Wayne
Goodwin, co-editor of the newsletter.
"It was generally done by the youth
director," Goodwin said. "When we
got a new state youth director, Sonny
Kirkley, we wanted to start it up
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Fisher and Mena, she said.
Witness for Peace is critical of the
State Department's handling of the
kidnappings, said Sam Hope of
Witness for Peace. He said the State
Department had not put enough
pressure on the U.S.-backed contras
to release Fisher and Mena sooner.
MI think they went through the
standard procedures, but they didn't
seem very concerned," Hope said.
A State Department official, who
declined to be identified, said the
department hoped for a quick release
as soon as communication with the
contras could be established.
"It's too early to speculate whether
or not we acted quickly enough," the
After the contras told the U.S.
Embassy in Honduras of Fisher's
release Friday morning in the village
of El Negro, about 150 miles south
east of Managua, the State Depart
ment informed Witness for Peace
officials, Hope said.
State Department officials were
not available throughout the weekend
to confirm the report, and the
remoteness of El Negro may delay
confirmation for several days, Hope
Sandinista military forces discov
ered the kidnapping after they inter
cepted a radio communication to
Goodwin said the newsletter will
address current issues as determined
by its advisory committee, comprised
of students from N.C. colleges.
"The editors call them to see what
issues are on their minds," he said.
"We'd like to inform the people of
North Carolina what the issues are
on a state and national level, give
different viewpoints and provide a
forum for discussion."
The Democratic Party will publish
8,000 copies of IFA every other
In Friday's article, "CIA completes
student interviews for this semester,"
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chief contra commander Enrique
Bermudez which said contra forces
had captured an American volunteer,
said Sarali Porta, press officer at the
Nicaraguan Embassy in Washington.
Later the contras reported the
kidnappings on their radio station,
Radio Liberacion, Porta said.
They had made no demands in
return for releasing the kidnapped
victims, she said.
During Fisher's two-week captiv
ity, congressmen have urged the State
Department to pressure the contras,
for a quick release of Fisher and
"It has been a considerable time
since Paul Fisher was kidnapped,"
Jim Killpatrick, press secretary for
Sen. Paul Simon, D-Ill., said Thurs
day. "(The State Department) has
some dealings and ties with these
people (the contras). We should be
able to press for his release."
The State Department has con
tacted the contras and explained the
concerns about Fisher, said Ben
Justesen, a State Department press
"But, as stated previously, Nicara
guan combat areas are no place for
Americans to visit," Justesen added.
Hope said Fisher had been kid
napped from a public bus on a public
month, Goodwin said.
The first issue features an article
by freshman Sen. Terry Sanford, D
N.C., on the importance of student
activism in politics and campaign
work. A front-page editorial, written
by the campaign manager of lieut
enant governor candidate Jim Craw
ford, addresses the use of religion in
the 1986 campaigns. IFA also
reprinted an article from The Spec
trum on the N.C. General Assembly
legislative agenda. ,
Placement Services, Marcia Harris,
was left out of the story,
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"He had not done anything
improper," Hope said.
Witness for Peace volunteers do
not go on roads that are closed due
to the war, Hope said.
Fisher, a computer assistant pro
grammer from Mill Valley, Calif., has
volunteered with Witness for Peace
in Nicaragua since April 1987, Harris
said. He worked with the organiza
tion's mobile reporting team, which
travels the countryside of Nicaragua
to interview people who have been
victims of contra attacks, she said.
Fisher was going to Santo
Domingo to investigate reports of
contra attacks there when he was
kidnapped, Harris said.
Fisher is not the first American to
be kidnapped by the contras, Harris
said. In 1985, a 20-member Witness
for Peace delegation was kidnapped.
All were released three days later,
Over the last two years contras
have often targeted foreign volun
teers, catching the attention of the
international media, Harris said.
But foreign kidnappings by the
contras have been rare compared to
the more than 5,000 Nicaraguan
kidnappings documented by the
Central America Historical Institute
at Georgetown University in
Washington since 1980, Hope said.
A permanent feature of the news
letter, "Regarding the sitting gover
nor," reprints humorous and critical
passages from state newspapers about
Gov. Jim Martin, a Republican.
Goodwin said the publication
welcomes submissions and letters to
the editor. Photographs and cartoons
are also accepted.
The next issue, scheduled for
December, will feature the U.S.
Constitution, Goodwin said. Since
the following issue will appear soon
before the March 8 primary, it will
focus on Super Tuesday, he said.
be around forever)," his statement
said. "We are looking for someone
that students can work with in the
years to come."
Thorpe was endorsed because he
is aware of student concerns and has
had a great deal of contact with
students, Bailey said, and because he
represents the minorities of Chapel
and experience, as well
as an understanding of r the issues,-:
Both Town and University need Jonathan Howes' skill and
experience as Mayor. A member of the faculty since 1970 and
of the Town Council for 12 years, Jonathan Howes is the only
candidate with the understanding of both communities and the
ability to bring them together.
New Supreme Court nominee
involved in ethics controversy
From Associated Press reports
Court nominee Douglas Ginsburg
had almost $140,000 invested in
a cable television corporation
when he "personally handled" a
Justice Department effort to have
the court extend First Amendment
protection to cable operators.
An administration source close
to Ginsburg said Sunday that
Ginsburg apparently did not raise
the possibility of staying out of the
case with Justice Department
superiors or with agency ethics
officers. He said Ginsburg dis
cussed " the situation with a
On June 2, 1986, the Supreme
Court adopted Ginsburg's argu
ments in a decision that will reduce
government regulation of cable
"It is a First Amendment rights
case that had economic conse
quences to it . . .," said a former
federal ethics official familiar with
the cable case but not with Gins
burg's role in it. "If I'm holding
cable stock, that is a good thing
Ginsburg, nominated by Pres
ident Reagan to succeed retired
Justice Lewis Powell on the court,
apparently did not violate criminal
conflict of interest laws because
the company in which he invested
was not a direct party to the case
even though it could benefit from
But ethics experts said Gins
burg's actions could be viewed as
skirting a presidential executive
order forbidding actions that
create an appearance of a conflict
or of favoritism. Violation of that
order carries administrative penal
ties, such as a letter of reprimand
Ginsburg, through his informal
spokesman W. Stephen Cannon,
declined on Sunday to comment
on his role in the cable case until
were reasons cited for endorsing
council candidate Wallace.
The students said Howes, a council
member for 12 years, was their choice
for mayor because his experience with
the University has given him an
understanding of its relationship with
Student leaders said they see
, Howes as "pro-Chapel Hill" rather.
pthah' "pro-student," but his expe-
rience, insight and philosophy make'
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Iran condemns United Nations
MANAMA, Bahrain Iran's
powerful Parliament speaker on
Sunday accused the United
Nations of cheating Iran in the
world body's efforts to end the
seven-year-old Persian Gulf war.
Speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani,
in comments carried by official
Iranian media, indicated his coun
try will not accept a U.N. reso
lution to end the war with Iraq.
The comments were Iran's harsh
est criticism to date of the United
Meanwhile, Iraq and Iran said
their war planes flew more raids
against each other's oil installa
tions, and a senior Soviet diplomat
visiting Tehran was quoted as
condemning "ugly" U.S. actions in
In a report on Tehran radio,
monitored in Cyprus, Rafsanjani
said, "The work on the interna
tional forums will come after a
decisive blow on the battlefield."
Babbitt mildly injured in crash
PHOENIX, Ariz. Demo
cratic presidential hopeful Bruce
Babbitt and his son escaped
serious injury but their car was
destroyed when a motorist rear
ended the auto and it hit a car
Babbitt, 49, suffered possible
whiplash, said campaign spokes
man Vada Manager.
The former Arizona governor
and his son Christopher, 12, were
heading to play basketball at a
hotel health club when a van with
rain-soaked brakes collided with
the rear of Babbitt's 1977 Buick
LeSabre, Manager said.
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him the best candidate.
Bailey said student leaders would
help the candidates they endorsed by
getting students to the polls and
telling them when and where to vote.
RHA President Kelly Clark, Jeff
Smiley, president of the Graduate and
Professional Student Federation,
Stuart Hathaway (Dist. 12), chair
man of Student Congress Rules and
Judiciary Committee, and Bailey
were present at the" press conference.