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Friday, May 25

NY Times Candidates in Peru's Presidential Race Peck at Fading Military: "But the humiliation of the officers has been deep. Interim President Valentín Paniagua and Congress have quietly cut the military budget by more than $300 million this year. Investigations are under way to determine the military's culpability in a series of massacres between 1980 and 1995 during the war against two terrorist insurgencies. The military has even been forced to accept the appointment of a human rights truth commission and the unearthing of several clandestine graves — two developments that would have been impossible just six months ago." How the armed forces absorb the blows and the Montesinos purges will set the tone for future military involvement in politics. Don't think that some factions within the military might lash out at this new civilian oversight.

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