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  August 5, 1994 Volume 2, #145                    / /\__/_/\
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A man in Washington state says he's found a way to lose weight and make a little money. Clyde Arnold of Spokane weighed 300 pounds. Ten years ago, his doctor said he had to exercise and lose weight, or die. Now Arnold weighs just over 150 pounds. His main exercise is walking around and picking up empty cans. Arnold says he walks 25 miles a day and sells the cans he finds.

Israel Apologizes for Missile Attack

By Edward Yeranian (Beirut)

Six Lebanese Civilians, including three children, were killed and 18 others wounded in a series of Israeli raids on Southern Lebanon Thursday afternoon. The Israel Defense Force later apologized, saying the missile had gone off course.

Israeli planes bombed several targets in Southern Lebanon causing a number of civilian casualties. Police and rescue workers dug frantically through the rubble of a three story house, after an Israeli missile blew it apart.

The raids are part of an ongoing struggle between Israel and the Islamic fundamentalist group, Hizbullah. Hizbullah has been trying to dislodge Israeli forces from a 7.2 mile border zone in Southern Lebanon.

Israeli planes carried out five raids against Hizbullah oppositions during July.

'Unofficial War' Exists Between Israel and Iran

By Ed Warner (Washington)

Four recent terrorist attacks in London, Buenos Aires and Panama have led to accusations against Iran and signs of a possible link between Middle East extremists and similar groups in Latin America.

In a preliminary appraisal, investigators suspect Iran-sponsored Hizbullah carried out the bombings of Jewish organizations in London and Buenos Aires and a plane in Panama.

Graham fuller of the rand corporation and a former top middle East analyst for the CIA, agrees the Iranians were probably involved. They are the only ones with a motive, he says, while the Palestinians seem reconciled to the peace process with Israel: "Iran is the only state which has outspokenly opposed the peace process. But I would add, too, that I don't think Iran necessarily believes it can really stop the peace process. I think that's almost impossible. These explosions will have almost no effect on the peace process. But at least it establishes Iran's ideological commitment, the fact that it is continuing the struggle for the recovery of all of Palestine. It's a statement by hardliners in Iran."

Fuller says the hardliners have been gaining in Iran, partly in response to Israeli actions. Israel has identified Iran as its principal enemy in the Middle East now that Iraq has been weakened: "Iran is very sensitive to Israeli diplomatic gains, and what they see is encirclement with Israeli ties to Azerbaijan just to the north of Iran, Israeli ties with Turkey, Israeli activity in Central Asia and then the Israeli assassination of a leading cleric last year in Southern Lebanon and the recent very heavy bombings of Hizbullah camps in Lebanon. So there's an unofficial war going on clearly between Iran and Israel at this point."

Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres recently made a trip to Uzbekistan in Central Asia, where he encouraged the government to continue its crackdown on Islamic fundamentalists.

Some analysts say Middle East terrorists have forged links to similar groups in Latin America, especially Argentina, where a recent bombing occurred. They think former communists or neo-Nazis may be involved. Fuller says it's possible: "If we recall in the early days of the Islamic revolution in Iran, they said that they really have a sense of solidarity with all movements and all countries that were struggling against Western imperialism. So it could be that if the hardliners are strengthening their position and their role, they are maybe going back to working more closely with anybody that seems opposed to American interests or American allies or a Western dominated world order."

But William Ratliss, a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution who specializes in Argentina, warns against jumping to conclusions: "Some Argentines evidently were involved in the bombing, but I don't believe it really has much to do with Argentina. Argentina, I think you have to remember, has one of the largest Jewish communities in the world, and there has been a long history of some anti-Semitism in Argentina. But by all the evidence I've seen, this particular act of barbarism must be a Middle East phenomenon. I think it's just a matter of Argentina was simply the locality where an action initiated and perpetrated from the Middle East has been carried out."

Fuller says the bombings that killed innocent people will do nothing to further Iran's cause. More than ever, it will be regarded as an outlaw state.

Palestinian Leaders Visit Jerusalem

By Art Chimes (Jerusalem)

Two prominent Palestinian officials have visited Islam's sacred Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem in recent days. They are the first members of the Palestinian National Authority known to have visited Jerusalem -- the city whose status remains one of the most sensitive issues on the Arab-Israeli agenda.

Palestinian Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo and Labor Minister Intissar al-Wazir -- better known as Um Jihad -- have made low-profile visits to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest shrine in Islam. Abed Rabbo came Wednesday, and Um Jihad's visit was a bit before that.

Israeli authorities complain that the visits were not coordinated in advance with them. National police spokesman Eric Bar Chen says they need advance notice when prominent individuals want to visit Al-Aqsa mosque for security and other reasons.

"We want to make sure everything goes off smoothly. And obviously, things have to be planned in advance. (The visit by) someone of Abed Rabbo's ranking can't be compared to the visit of an ordinary citizen who lives in Gaza. No way. It's a different matter completely. Any political figure from anywhere who wants to make a visit there, obviously it has to be arranged in advance."

Opposition politicians were quick to denounce the visits by the Palestinian officials. Likud Party officials say that if the government of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin cannot prevent PLO officials from coming to Jerusalem, it will not be able to stand up to the greater challenges Israel faces as it continues negotiations with its Arab neighbors.

The status of Jerusalem remains one of the thorniest in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Rabin last week acknowledged Jordan's "special role" in administering the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem. That angered Palestinians who claim authority in the city and want to establish the capital of their future state in Jerusalem.

Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat called for immediate negotiations with Israel on the status of the city. Rabin countered by saying talks about the final status of Jerusalem would not take place until May of 1996 in accordance with last September's Israel/PLO agreement.

In fact, the agreement provides that negotiations on Jerusalem should begin "as soon as possible," but not later than the 1996 date cited by Rabin. Israel has repeatedly stated its position that Jerusalem will remain its eternal and undivided capital.

New Alzheimer's Disease Theory

Experts say that head size does not predict intelligence. So, people with large heads aren't necessarily brighter than people with small heads. But small-headed people may be at a disadvantage when it comes to Alzheimer's Disease. A researcher has found that older people with smaller heads are more likely to develop Alzheimer's and other forms of age-related dementia.

The study was conducted by Amy Graves of the Batelle Center of Public Research in Seattle, Wash. The study involved over 1,400 Japanese-Americans over the age of 65. All of them lived in King County in Washington State. Doctor Graves gave each study participant a standardized test that rated cognitive abilities. And it turns out that senior citizens with very small heads were 14 times more likely to do poorly on the test; a sign of some form of dementia.

Graves recently presented her findings at the Fourth International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease, which took place in Minneapolis, Minn.

In her study, researcher Graves also was able to show a connection between head size and the number, and size, of neurons in the brain. She speculated that a bigger brain provides a reserve of brain cells -- that the extra brain cells serve as a "buffer" against the development of dementia in old age, since people lose brain cells as the grow older.

But she emphasized that not all older people with small heads are impaired; nor is having a large head a guarantee that you won't develop Alzheimer's or some other age-related mental disorder.

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