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NORTHWEST NEWS

OSU University Day Speaker Gives Blunt Assessment of Where Science, Higher Education Need to Do Better

Science journal Editor-in-Chief Holden Thorp provided an unvarnished view of the challenges facing higher education and the scientific community, especially in light of the pandemic

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Seattle Council Shifts Money Saved By Officer Departures

More officers are leaving this year than City Hall budgeted for, yielding an estimated million in salary savings

Commission Grants Conditional Approval to I-5 Proposal

The Oregon Transportation Commission has granted conditional approval to a plan to expand Interstate 5,  as well as build a cap over the freeway to allow for the redevelopment of a Black community destroyed when the interstate was first built.

NEWS BRIEFS

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Kentucky looks to maintain momentum against FCS Chattanooga

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Mark Stoops quickly dismisses any notion of FCS Chattanooga being a “breather” game for Kentucky. Not with the Wildcats (2-0) facing another Southeastern Conference challenge looming next week at South Carolina. And certainly not with Kentucky hungry...

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OPINION

American Business Leaders Step Up to Fight Inequities in the South

With COVID-19 still an omnipresent concern and the country’s recovery still very much in jeopardy, individuals, families, and communities are struggling to deal with issues that have only been exacerbated by the pandemic. ...

Waters Statement on 20th Anniversary of September 11 Attacks

Twenty years ago today, our nation suffered devastating terrorist attacks on our soil and against our people that wholly and completely changed the world as we knew it. ...

Letter to the Editor: Reform the Recall

Any completely unqualified attention seeker with ,000 for the candidate‘s filing fee can be the largest state in the Union’s next governor ...

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Chauvin pleads not guilty to violating teen's civil rights

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Boston getting mayor of color as Wu, Essaibi George advance

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ENTERTAINMENT

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Emmy host Cedric the Entertainer says stuffiness is banned

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

'New' Van Gogh drawing to go on display in Amsterdam museum

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Ryan Lucas the Associated Press

Ali Tarhouni



BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- A U.S.-based economist appointed finance minister in the Libyan rebels' first attempt at a government admits they have made mistakes, missed opportunities and shown disorganization -- but he says they aren't short of cash, and they'll get better at their jobs.

Ali Tarhouni told reporters Wednesday that in trying to begin governing themselves, the rebels have to counter the effects of a decades-long ban on a basic element of self rule: Dictator Moammar Gadhafi banned public groups, so now the rebels have to start organizing from scratch.

Tarhouni, who teaches economics and finance at the University of Washington, was appointed to the post by the rebels' national council as part of an interim administration headed by another U.S.-educated academic, Mahmoud Jibril.

Tarhouni, who received his doctorate in finance and economics from Michigan State University, left Libya first in 1973 and then three years later for good. He returned to the country only after the rebellion against Gadhafi started on Feb. 15.

He acknowledged that the rebels have struggled with a slew of issues, including basic organization and putting forward a clearly defined image of the rebellion for the world.

``So far, we didn't do a good job of defining who we are,'' Tarhouni told reporters in Benghazi, the rebels' de-facto capital. ``I think the (transition) process was and still is very chaotic.''

As the top financial official for the rebels, Tarhouni, 60, will also oversee oil affairs. He said oil is not an immediate issue because the only significant yields are coming from the Sarir and Sidra fields, which amount to roughly 130,000 barrels per day, a relatively small total.

``Right now, there is no immediate crisis kind of need for cash. We have some liquidity that allows us to do the basic things,'' he said, such as paying salaries and immediate needs.

He added that many countries have agreed to provide credit backed by the Libyan sovereign fund, and the British government has also agreed to give the rebels access to 1.4 billion dinars ($1.1 billion) that London did not send to Gadhafi.

Tarhouni said the national council, made up of representatives of the eastern cities that have torn themselves free of Gadhafi's rule, has ``in general dropped the ball many places, although not by intention.''

He attributed the occasional stumbles to the Libyans' lack of experience with any form of independent public associations, which were banned by Gadhafi.

``There was a total vacuum,'' Tarhouni said, pledging that the new interim executive administration that is being formed will help streamline things. ``We will clean it up, that I promise you.''

Part of the lingering disarray stemmed from an initial expectation that Gadhafi would quickly crumble and flee after the uprising's initial success, Tarhouni said.

``We were betting 24 hours and he's gone from the country,'' he said. ``Now we're looking at longer. He's much more armed, and we're not as organized as we thought or can be.''

Tarhouni acknowledged the rebel military is still weak and in the process of organizing itself.

``I think (it has) a very small number, the number of tanks is also limited, and there are no heavy armaments,'' he said. Because of that, he suggested that rebels will still be dependent on the young, untrained ragtag crew of fighters that have spearheaded the uprising's fighting force so far.

The rebels are ``actively seeking, look for armaments,'' although Tarhouni said the political leadership realizes that just as pressing a need is better organization of the territory already under the uprising's control.

``You need a political body that defines what this revolution is about, and an army on the ground,'' Tarhouni said, but ``we need to put our own house in order first.''

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