Voices in the News

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A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including: Freed Christian hostage Norman Kember; Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch in Iraq; Christian Peacemaker Teams co-director Doug Pritchard; Chief Economist, Center for Automotive Research, Sean McAlinden; GM worker Randy Turlickey; immigration rally marchers in Los Angeles; White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan; Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullan Abdullah; Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; and President Bush.

LIANE HANSEN, host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen.

And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

Mr. NORMAN KEMBER (Freed Christian hostage): I'm not ready at this time to talk about my month of captivity, except to say, of course, that I'm delighted to be free and reunited with my family.

General RICK LYNCH (United States Army): Inside the house we found the three hostages in good condition. There were no kidnappers there at the time. The three hostages were by themselves.

Mr. DOUG PRITCHARD (Christian Peacemaker Teams): We pray that Christians throughout the world will, in the same spirit, call for justice and for respect for the human rights of the thousands of Iraqis who are being held illegally by U.S. and British forces occupying Iraq.

Mr. SEAN McALINDEN (Chief Economist, Center for Automotive Research): GM's offering to basically retire or transfer 18,000 of its most expensive production workers.

Mr. RANDY TURLICKEY (GM Worker): Man, I think it's great. I'm ready to go, man. I'm wore out, tired. Offer us money, give the young kids a chance to take over.

(Soundbite of immigration rally marchers in Los Angeles)

Unidentified Man (Rally Marcher, Los Angeles): How can they justify saying that a person who's here and working and not breaking any laws can be called a felon the same as somebody who's a rapist?

Unidentified Woman (Rally Marcher, Los Angeles): If it wasn't for people like my grandparents and my parents, who were immigrants, I would never have had the chance to go to college or go to graduate school.

Mr. SCOTT McCLELLAN (White House Press Secretary): It's important for the government of Afghanistan to reaffirm the bedrock principles in that constitution, one of which is freedom of religion.

Ms. CONDOLEEZZA RICE (United States Secretary of State): People must have a right to conscience and religious conscience. This is a very deeply concerning development in Afghanistan, and we have raised it at the highest level.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: The United States will not abandon Iraq. We will not leave that country to the terrorists who attacked American and want to attack again. We will leave Iraq, but when we do it will in a position of strength, not weakness. Americans have never retreated in the face of thugs and assassins, and we will not begin now.

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