Thursday, December 26, 1996

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  • Peruvian Hostage Crisis

    AS THE PERUVIAN HOSTAGE CRISIS ENTERS INTO ITS SECOND WEEK, THE NATURE OF PERU’S JUDICIAL SYSTEM REMAINS A KEY NEGOTIATING POINT BETWEEN THE REBEL TUPAC AMARU REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT AND PRESIDENT ALBERTO FUJIMORI. THE REBELS, WHO ARE HOLDING SOME 100 VIP HOSTAGES IN THE JAPANESE EMBASSY, ARE DEMANDING THE RELEASE OF HUNDREDS OF THEIR COMRADES JAILED IN PERU’S NOTORIOUSLY BRUTAL PRISONS.

  • Mayan Campaign to Stop Logging in Belize

    MAYAN INDIANS LIVING IN THE CENTRAL AMERICAN COUNTRY OF BELIZE HAVE LAUNCHED AN INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO STOP A MASSIVE LOGGING EFFORT THAT THREATENS THEIR HOMES, VILLAGES AND LIVELIHOODS. JUST ONE SINGLE LOGGING CONCESSION TO A MALAYSIAN COMPANY INCLUDES ONE THIRD OF THE MAYA VILLAGES AND ROUGHLY ONE HALF OF THE MAYAN POPULATION. NOW THE MAYANS ARE FIGHTING BACK. WITH THE INDIAN LAW RESOURCE CENTER BASED IN WASHINGTON DC, THEY ARE FIGHTING THE INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK, OR IDB, WHICH IS CONSIDERING A LOAN TO THE BELIZE GOVERNMENT TO PAVE THE SOUTHERN HIGHWAY THAT WILL LEAD TO AN EXPLOSION OF LOGGING ON MAYAN LAND.

  • Solar Energy in the United States

    WHILE THE MAYAN INDIANS FIGHT TO PRESERVE THEIR LAND AND WAY OF LIFE, ENVIRONMENTALISTS IN THE UNITED STATES CONTINUE THE BATTLE AGAINST HARMFUL FOSSIL-FUELS AND DANGEROUS NUCLEAR ENERGY TO POWER THE NATION’S HOMES AND INDUSTRIES. THE CLEANEST FORM OF POWER IS SOLAR ENERGY, YET 20 YEARS AFTER THE NIXON WHITE HOUSE PLEDGED TO DIVERSIFY THE COUNTY’S ENERGY SOURCES, AMERICANS STILL RELY OVERWHELMINGLY ON OIL, COAL AND GAS. THE AUTHORS OF A NEW BOOK ON SOLAR ENERGY ASK WHY AND LOOK AT HOW AMERICA’S POWERFUL MULTI- BILLION DOLLAR ELECTRIC UTILITIES INDUSTRY FIGHTS TO KEEP THINGS THE WAY THEY ARE. PACIFICA’S LARRY BENSKY SPOKE WITH: