News BriefsPeru Fears Reemergence Of Violent Rebels
THE WASHINGTON POST -- Santa lucia, peru
In the mountains around this jungle town recently weaned from an economy based on illegal drug traffic, the stirrings of a dormant guerrilla organization are raising fears that terrorism is regaining a foothold in Peru’s countryside.
A column of rebels from the Shining Path, a radical Maoist movement that terrorized Peru in the 1980s and early 1990s, assaulted the army barracks in nearby Nuevo Progreso in June after harassing neighboring towns for several weeks. Although no one was killed, the attack coincided with what police officials here said has been a spike in drug cultivation in these eastern forests and a surge in guerrilla activity, including a Shining Path ambush in August about 200 miles south of here in which four police officers were killed.
In the last few months, the Shining Path has also begun operations in Peru’s cities. Last month, the Interior Ministry announced that it had thwarted a Shining Path plan to attack the U.S. Embassy in Lima.
Lockyer Sets Standards For Microsoft’s Foes
LOS ANGELES TIMES -- Los angeles
Just as its lengthy and expensive legal troubles appear to be ending, Microsoft Corp. is encountering fierce opposition from an unlikely source in settling its landmark antitrust case: California Attorney General Bill Lockyer.
A populist politician first and a lawyer second, Lockyer has emerged as the new standard-bearer for Microsoft’s enemies in government, and he has come out firing.
Criticizing the Justice Department’s pending settlement as too weak, Lockyer said, “Maybe we need to create a 12-step program for their executives, where they start each morning saying, ‘I am a monopolist, I am a monopolist, I am a monopolist.’ ”
Of Microsoft’s tentative settlement of more than 100 consumer class-action lawsuits, which pledges software and other products to poor schools, Lockyer said, “It’s a little like Big Tobacco being found guilty of selling cigarettes to minors, and the remedy is for them to agree to give them free cigarettes.”
His rhetoric signals that he is unlikely to be satisfied with a slightly sweetened settlement overture.
Add to the mix Lockyer’s political know-how and ambitions for higher office, and the evidence suggests Microsoft won’t be free of its 3-year-old antitrust case for years to come.
Microsoft’s defenders accuse Lockyer of doing the bidding of the company’s big California competitors, including Oracle Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc.