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TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011
108TH YEAR I ©2011 THE MIAMI HERALD
Strauss-Kahn to face new sex assault complaint in France BY MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN AND ANGELA CHARLTON
TYLER HICKS/NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Sudanese families use a riverbed and the concealment of trees as protection from potential government bombings aimed at opposition forces, outside the town of Kauda in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan.
Sudanese struggle to survive endless bombings BY JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
New York Times Service
LEWERE, Sudan — Fatima Ramadan, mother of six, froze, her eyes shooting up to the sky. “Antonov!” she yelled. Little girls threw down the pebbles they were playing with. Toddlers, sensing danger, started to wail. About two dozen people grabbed the young and dashed up the mountainside into a cave. It was hot and dark inside, and
the children’s eyes were wide with fear. “I don’t like this place,” said Kaka, a 10-year-old girl. Nobody does. And yet thousands of people live like this. As the July 9 division of Sudan nears, the government in Khartoum is scrambling to crush any rebellious chunks of the territory that will remain its own. Its forces have been relentlessly pounding the Nuba Mountains from
Russian-made Antonov bombers for weeks, demanding that tens of thousands of rebel ﬁghters dug in here disarm and drop their insistence on more autonomy for the distinctive Nuba people. Hundreds of civilians have been killed, including many children. Bombs have been dropped on huts, on farmers in the ﬁeld, on girls fetching water together, slicing them in half with buckets in their hands.
As the area inches toward becoming fully engulfed in war, the Nuba caves offer a crucial refuge. Every morning at sunup, Ramadan trudges up a hillside, about 1,000 feet high, lugging pots, water jugs, mats and blankets, the children hufﬁng behind. She nestles her cooking ﬁre in a crack in the mountain wall, to • TURN TO SUDAN, 2A
BY IAN JAMES
blew a kiss. “It’s the beginning of my return!” he declared from the runway in Venezuela shortly after arriving about 2 a.m. local time. Chavez’s military chiefs stood behind the president as he spoke on the tarmac, the plane’s engine still running. He wore a blue-andwhite warmup suit as he stepped off the plane in the darkness and hugged his vice president, Elias Jaua, and his elder brother, Adan. The president’s illness and three-week stay in Cuba had political observers speculating that he could be gone for months, and some questioned whether he could realistically ever return to ofﬁce.
CARACAS — Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez made a surprise return from Cuba early Monday, stepping off a plane before dawn amid rampant speculation about his ﬁtness to continue in ofﬁce following surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Looking thinner but standing straight and appearing energetic, Chavez strode across the tarmac of the Havana airport before boarding a plane. In video aired by state television, he bade goodbye to Cuba’s President Raul Castro and then from the door of the airplane saluted, raised a ﬁst, waved, and • TURN TO CHAVEZ, 2A
In Kabul, Taliban videos hold allure for youths BY PAMELA CONSTABLE
Washington Post Service
“O Talib, come to my dreams,” begins one. “The brave inﬁdel slayers are everywhere. We will burn their tanks and set them on ﬁre. The brave inﬁdel slayers are turned to ashes, but they still live . . . O Talib, come to my grave. The inﬁdel dragons have killed me; follow my footsteps when I am gone.” These are Taliban videos, made with sophisticated production techniques and vague credits such as “Quetta Jihadi Studios” and “Wardak Martyrdom Studios.” Some have been available in Afghanistan for several years, but many more have appeared in circulation here in recent months. It is not clear where the incidents featured have occurred, but the videos appear to be genuine. They are also illegal. Many sidewalk vendors charge about 20 cents to download the videos, the same price as clips of pop singers or novelty ring tones, but they can be arrested and jailed if caught
KABUL — On a street of pulsing electronic shops, young men with spiked hair and tight jeans browse through DVD stalls and huddle over sidewalk computer stands, downloading the latest hot song or video clip and passing them instantly via bluetooth technology from cellphone to cellphone. Often the content is sexually alluring and semi-forbidden in Afghan society: shimmying female singers from Iran or starlets from India. But in recent months, another craze has gripped the capital circuit, holding a more disturbing appeal for a generation of Muslim youths yearning for excitement. The images are of real war and shocking violence: U.S. military vehicles exploding; Western troops tossed high into the air; terriﬁed foreigners being dragged and mutilated. The soundtracks are a mix of gunﬁre and chants in male voices praising fallen heroes and calling • TURN TO VIDEOS, 2A for sacriﬁce in the name of Islam.
Chavez home after surgery for cancerous tumor
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez gives a salute before boarding a plane for Caracas on Monday.
PARIS — A French novelist will ﬁle a complaint on Tuesday accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape, her lawyer said, raising the prospect of a new sex assault investigation starting just as the U.S. case against the former International Monetary Fund chief falters. The announcement threw StraussKahn’s legal situation in his home country into question, and injected fresh uncertainty into a national debate about whether he will be able to return to his political career and enter the 2012 presidential race. Strauss-Kahn went on the offensive against his French accuser Tuesday evening, saying through his legal team that he planned to ﬁle his own criminal complaint of slander against her. The sexual assault case against Strauss-Kahn in New York was badly weakened last week by prosecutors’ publicly expressing doubts about the credibility of the hotel maid who accused him of forcing her to perform oral sex. As a result, France was consumed Monday morning by the question of whether the longtime Socialist Party politician would — or should — revive his dream of running against unpopular conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy. Strauss-Kahn’s supporters suffered a new shock within hours, when the lawyer for writer and journalist Tristane Banon announced she planned to ﬁle the complaint in Paris within a day. Banon, 31, said on a 2007 television show that she had been attacked ﬁve years earlier by a politician she had interviewed for a book. She later identiﬁed the man as Strauss-Kahn. “It ﬁnished very violently,” she said on the television show. “I kicked him. He opened my bra. He tried to undo my jeans. It ﬁnished very badly.” Lawyer David Koubbi said Banon had been dissuaded from ﬁling charges by her mother, a regional councilor in Strauss-Kahn’s Socialist party. Her mother, Anne Mansouret, admitted in a French television interview in May that she had urged her daughter not to ﬁle a complaint after the incident. Banon came forward again after Strauss-Kahn’s May 14 arrest in New York, but Koubbi said his client had no intention of pressing charges • TURN TO STRAUSS-KAHN, 2A
Last Vietnam-era draftee retiring from Army When the draft notice arrived protests were rampant. Draft cards in the mail in 1972 at his home in were being burned and returning FORT BELVOIR, Va. — A home- Eugene, Ore., tens of thousands of made wind chime with the word troops had been killed. Anti-war • TURN TO DRAFTEE, 5A “Whining” under a red slash is made from metal parts put in his Command Sgt. Maj. leg after a parachute accident. EvJeff Mellinger at his ery Sunday he trims his crew cut. office in Fort Belvoir. He didn’t join the Army willingly, ALEX BRANDON/AP but as Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Mellinger prepares to retire, he’s grateful he found his calling. Mellinger was drafted to ﬁght in the Vietnam War, and the Army believes he’s the last draftee to retire, after 39 years. Most did their two years and left. But Mellinger had found home. “I think I’m pretty good at it, but I like it. That’s the bottom line. I love being a soldier and I love being around soldiers,” he said. Mellinger’s motto is simple: No whining — as the wind chime attests. BY KIMBERLY HEFLING Associated Press
N.M. EVACUATION ORDER LIFTED; 12,000 GO HOME, 5A
S&P WARNS GREECE PLAN WOULD CAUSE DEFAULT, BUSINESS FRONT
FARRAR WINS 3RD STAGE OF TOUR DE FRANCE, SPORTS FRONT
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