Pacific Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives May 16 1983, Page 1

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 16, 1983, Tokyo, Japan If 1 Al Al 30 22 h a m Pacific stars and stripes Olgh 17 m Wila Joseph e Bullas 38th 135 250 an authorized unofficial publication for the personnel of the department of other government agencies and authorized personnel within the Pacific command May aussie defoliants probe Sydney up the australian government will investigate the effect of chemical defoliants on australian troops who served in the veterans affairs minister has Arthur Gietzel told the fourth annual Congress of the Vietnam veterans association that a Royal commission of inquiry Australia highest Independent judicial investigative body would look into the widespread use of chemicals by the military during the War to flush out communist forces in the Jungles of South part of this general study on the use of defoliants will be an investigation of the effects of defoliants on australian who served in Vietnam from 1965 to Gietzel said the commission will be headed by Federal court Justice Phillip who will launch the investigation As soon As judicial commitments the terms of reference for the inquiry have been made deliberately wide and comprehensive looking at the use of All chemical agents in not just agent Gietzel the commission also will look at effects of the defoliants on the families of australian Vietnam Veter see Page 7 lava flows away from its natural Channel and into the artificial Channel top left after the blasts divert Etna lava course mount Sicily up three dramatic blasts of dynamite shortly before Dawn High up on erupting mount Etna saturday signalled history first attempt to tame a Volcano with explosives placed in the for eight minutes it looked As if the 160 engineers and Volcano experts involved in the project which was As colourful As a circus event at times had succeeded in diverting the flow of lava into an artificial Channel leading away from three threatened but then the lava blocked up the 15yard breach ripped in the Wall of the original Channel and resumed flowing in its old albeit More it was Only a partial italian Vul can Logist Renato Cristofolini said after the dynamite quite a lot of lava is still flowing Down the natural the million project was the first time engineers tried to divert lava flow with explosives packed into holes drilled into the experts said Only once before had explosives been tried against a Volcano and that was in the form of Aerial the in 1942 on Hawaii Mauna Loa was Ine Fec mount at feet Europe highest and most Active has been erupting Down its Southeastern slopes since March the govern ment decided to try using explosives after the lava flow showed signs of threatening the villages of Belpasso and since the government gave its approval for the project april scores of workers using More than 100 mechanical shovels and tractors have dug an artificial Channel 7 Yards wide and 3 Yards starting near the main site of the eruption some feet up the see Page 7 Council of churches favors nuke freeze san Francisco a the National Council of churches has expressed resounding support for a Call by the National conference of Catholic Bishops for a nuclear arms it is the latest development in what has become a groundswell among Church leaders for a nuclear weapons the Council Resolution went even farther than the Bishops Howe taking exception to provisions in the Bishops pastoral letter tolerating nuclear weapons for deterrence and conceding that conventional arms escalation is the Price of nuclear reductions or a Nofiro Stuie nuclear see Page 7

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