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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Aug. 31, 1995, V3, #160
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Peres will Ask Bill Gates to Assist in Peace Process
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres is expected to meet in Milan this
weekend with American computer entrepreneur Bill Gates. The Foreign
Minister and Microsoft's chairman will participate in an
international conference on economic issues and on relations
between Europe and the Middle East.The Foreign Minister will try to
recruit Gates to participate in a peace process project to
computerize the Middle East.
Brazil Recognizes Palestinian Passport
By George Meek (VOA-Rio de Janeiro)
Brazil has become the first country in Latin America to grant
official recognition to passports issued by the provisional
government of Palestine. Orders have gone out to Brazilian
immigration officials at all ports of entry that the regular green
Palestinian passports are to be recognized immediately.
The announcement was made in Brasilia and in the
Palestinian-administered territory, Gaza, where Brazilian Foreign
Minister Luiz Felipe Lampreia met Wednesday with PLO leader Yasir
Arafat. Earlier this week Lampreia visited Israel.
Brazil says the acceptance of the passports reflects closer
cooperation with Palestine, and is a response to progress in the
Middle East peace process. A Palestinian delegation has been based
in Brasilia since November 1993.
Palestinian passports are already recognized by the United States.
Peres Visits Kazakhstan
By Doug Bakshian (VOA-Almaty, Kazakhstan)
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres is on a one-day visit to
Kazakhstan to sign agreements in the areas of science, culture and
aviation. Peres praised Kazakhstan for taking steps toward
democracy and for sheltering Jews during their times of hardship.
Peres says Israel has a deep feeling for Kazakhstan. He says the
Kazakh people saved a great many Jewish refugees at a very
difficult time in the Jews' history.
Turning to Kazakhstan's political situation, Peres says he is
following with great admiration the changes taking place in
Kazakhstan. He says the country is emerging from a complicated
past, but is taking clear steps toward a democratic system and a
Peres says Israel hopes to expand its economic and cultural ties
with Kazakhstan. The countries are signing agreements on aviation,
culture and science. Peres says he wants students and other Kazakh
people to go to Israel and learn about the country. He also
mentioned that Kazakhstan's president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, is to
visit Israel soon. On another topic, he praised Kazakhstan for
steps to disband its nuclear arsenal.
For his part, Nazarbayev said the visit by Peres lays a solid
foundation for a broader relationship between the two countries.
He noted that many Jews have left Kazakhstan for Israel.
Kazakhstan is said to have a very small remaining Jewish community,
although no figures are given. Kazakhstan was the first majority
Muslim state of the former Soviet Union to establish diplomatic
relations with Israel.
The countries have only about $2 million in trade between them.
Kazakhstan imports foods and consumer goods. Kazakhstan is also
interested in Israeli irrigation techniques, said to be among the
most efficient in the world. Kazakhstan wants to apply the system
to cotton and tobacco crops. Some Kazakh doctors and other medical
personnel are to receive training in Israel as well.
Palestinian Police Foil Attack on Jerusalem's Central Bus Station
During Monday's wave of arrests of Hamas members, the Palestinian
police took into custody a terrorist who was on his way to carry
out a suicide attack at the central bus station in Jerusalem,
Israel's television news program, MABAT, reported.
Two Hamas members who were planning assassination attempts on
Palestinians were also taken into custody. IDF forces in the
territories have been on high alert in recent days following
warnings that Hamas was preparing to carry out additional attacks.
The General Security Service is continuing its investigation of the
Hamas members arrested last week who are suspected of planning the
recent bus attacks in Jerusalem and Ramat Gan.
Not a Newspaper to Read on a Bus
Globes-Internet is the answer to the challenge by electronic media
to the written word; this electronic newspaper is up to date in
real time, easy to use, and has many applications.
The economic newspaper "Globes" went on to the media highway and
transmitted a real-time picture last Monday of the terrorist
suicide explosion of the passenger bus in Jerusalem.
The daily Ha'aretz is already marketing a computerized edition in
the U.S. and will soon make it available in Israel. As for
"Globes-Internet," there were 40,000 log-ons, 75 percent of them
Israelis. The material appears with pictures, sound and animation.
(All material on these web pages is © 2001-2012
by Electronic World Communications, Inc.)