Tuesday, April 1, 1997

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  • A Retrospective On Rwanda

    Today, a PBS Frontline documentary looks back at the origins and horrors
    of one of the worst genocidal massacres since the Nazi Holocaust: The slaughter of some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus by the nationalist Hutu regime of Rwanda in 1994. Valentina’s Nightmare tells the miraculous story of a 13-year-old Tutsi girl who survived the massacre by living among a group of dead bodies for 40 days. The film also explores Rwanda’s search for justice and reconciliation in the aftermath of the bloody genocide.

  • Documenting Peruvian Prison Conditions

    With the hostage crisis in Peru well into its fourth month, there’s still little optimism that a negotiated end to the standoff can be reached. Just this weekend, President Alberto Fujimori again rejected key demands of the Tupac Amaru rebels that are holding 72 diplomats and Peruvian government officials inside the Japanes ambassador’s residence. The sticking point in negotiations seems to be the rebels’ demand that their comrades be released from jail. The rebels also consistently demand improvement in the overall condition of Peruvian prisons, which international human rights groups have universally condemned as inhumane.

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    Juan González on How Puerto Rico’s Economic "Death Spiral" is Tied to Legacy of Colonialism
    Could Puerto Rico become America’s Greece? That’s a question many are asking as the island faces a devastating financial crisis and a rapidly crumbling healthcare system. Puerto Rico owes $72 billion in debt. $355 million in debt payments are due December 1, but it increasingly looks like the U.S. territory may default on at least some of the debt. Congress has so far failed to act on an Obama administration proposal that includes extending bankruptcy protection to Puerto Rico and allocating more equitable Medicaid and Medicare...


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