News Release

Preventing Further Disaster

HARVEY WASSERMAN
A specialist in nuclear issues, Wasserman warns of the possibility of a terrorist attack on a nuclear facility.
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CHRIS TOENSING
Toensing is editor of Middle East Report.
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PERVEZ HOODBHOY
Hoodbhoy is a professor at Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan.
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REV. GRAYLAN S. HAGLER
Pastor at the Plymouth Congregational Church UCC, Hagler will be speaking at demonstrations this weekend in Washington, D.C.

LAMIS ANDONI
President Bush met today with King Abdullah of Jordan. An independent journalist and analyst, Andoni has been banned in Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, and was blacklisted in Jordan during the 1980s. She said today: “King Abdullah is taking a big risk by joining Bush’s ‘war on terrorism.’ Over the last year, the Jordanian government has banned public protests in support of the year-long Palestinian uprising and has imposed press restrictions — the biggest setbacks for freedom in Jordan since it lifted martial law in 1991.”
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KAMRAN ALI
Assistant professor of anthropology and Middle East studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Ali is author of the current article “Pakistan’s Dilemma.” He said: “By accepting the U.S. demands in exchange for fresh promises of international largess, the Pakistani military may be saving its own skin from the wrath of a U.S.-led coalition. But in the process, the regime may be plunging Pakistan into an uncharted future. Among most Pakistanis and Afghanis, the promise of U.S. assistance in exchange for strategic support falls on deaf ears. These people remember a series of broken Western promises, most recently when the U.S. and its allies did not provide much-needed development assistance in the early 1990s.”
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HIRAM RUIZ
Senior policy analyst for the U.S. Committee for Refugees, Ruiz co-wrote the recent article “Afghanistan’s Refugee Crisis.” He said today: “As the threat of U.S. military action against Afghanistan becomes more acute, a new refugee exodus from Afghanistan is adding to an already acute humanitarian disaster. Even before the current crisis, Afghanistan was reported to have the world’s highest infant, child and maternal mortality rates and the lowest levels of per capita food availability….”
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; David Zupan, (541) 484-9167