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Tuesday, October 14

Cross-border activity with Brazil pinned on Sendero

Shining Path rebels 'tax' logging in Brazil jungle: "Peruvian loggers pay poor Brazilians to cut down precious tropical timbers. The wood is then hauled into Peru where Shining Path taxes the loggers in return for free passage to markets. The fee helps the group finance its activities, Sposito said." Reuters AlertNet Either Sendero has become a very enterprising venture in other areas besides politics or else someone is taking Sendero's name to cover for their criminal activities. There are, at most, two or three guerrilla columns on the eastern slopes of the Andes, and they do not traditionally reach as far as the Brazilian border. Even in Sendero's heyday, they could not have pulled this off. I have serious doubts about the authenticity of this story.

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