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MIRROR March 28: WHAT IS BEHIND THE CONTENTIONS ABOUT THE TACTICAL CHARACTER OF THE NEUTRON BOMB:
– article written by Tass Political Commentator YURI KNORNILOV: This article basically restates the autrocity of the neutron bomb as being inhuman – a radiation hazard – “It is quite obvious also that the creation and deployment of this new wicked weapon would have an extremely negative impact on Soveit american relations in general – But if the West nevertheless produces this bomb, the soviet union will not remain apassive observer, snf [and] nobody should have any doubts about its ability to give a worthy answer to this challenge in order to safeguard the security of the soviet people, its allies and friends.”
MIRROR March 5: COSMONAUTS BREAK SPACE RECORD
Two soviet cosmonauts broke the world record in space after 85 days (I don¢t know if they are still up there) they were unloading supplies that had been sent up to s [a] space station. On board was also a Czechoslovakian cosmonaut who is the first person in space other than Soviet or US.
mirror: March 24: CHEDDI [Guyana opposition leader Cheddi Jagan] GETS TOP SOVIET AWARD
The Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR has adopted a decre awarding the Order of Friedship among peoples to Cheddi for “great contribution to the establishment and development of friendly relations between people of Guyana and the soviet union.” on occasion of Cheddis 60th birthday.
REMINDER: You may want to mention that Harry Eiseman was at our temple who writes for the youth paper – also we had a delegation of Russian journalists come by – also that Jimmy is planning to go to Russia this summer. Also that people in our SF temple Jean Brown and others – are learning Russina folk dance at the Soveit-American friendship society –
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SOVIET news briefs:
Mirror: march 16, 18: USSR REFUSED TO SIGN:
Algiers: The soviet union refused to sign a fishing agreement with morocco, which includes Saharoui waters, which is testimony to the consistent policy of the USSR. The background on this being that some say Rabat launched a campaign to use its trade ties to try to weaken the posture of the Soviet Government in relation to the Saharoui people. (Moroccan authorities appear to have forgotten the joint communiqué signed recently by Algeria, and the USSR, in which the latter spoke in favor of a peaceful settlement in the former Spanish Sahara based on respect for the right to self determination of the people of that territory.
Mirror: March 10: SOVIET SHIPS FOR ANGOLA
The soviets have donated 6 ships to angola in order to strengthen its fishing fleet.
Mirror: March 21: SOVIET AID BROUGHT VICTORY
Ethiopia: When a Cuban delegation recently arrived in Ethiopia. Minister of Defense Brigagier Talle gave an explanation of the battle that liberated the city (JIJIGA). He said that the aid received from the Soviets and the Cubans contributed to the victory.
Mirror: March 17: INCREASE WAGES IN SOVIET UNION:
Some 7,000 million rubles is to be paid to Soviet citizens as wage increases for the period 1976-80. Already at the end of December last year nearly nine million citizens of the USSR received increased earnings to the height of 18 percent. (at the beginning of last year workers earnings were increased in the Far North, Far East and Siberia where conditions are harsher. – Prices in the soviet union are more stable than any other country – prices of essential food items have remained the same for decades. (the price of coffee and fuel has risen – soviets are tea drinkers more so). (basically the article summarizes a lot of the stuff mentioned in cities without crisis [Cities Without Crisis] – that is cheep transportation – household essentials and basic foods at low prices – low rents –)