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Web-only Exclusives
November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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DIED

Brigadier Nalin Angammana, 50, commander of Sri Lanka's 3rd army division; after his vehicle hit a land mine planted by Tamil separatists; in coastal Batticaloa district July 30. He was returning from an investigation into a rebel attack on a government camp. Thirteen other members of the security forces were wounded in the mine blast. Angammana was the highest-ranking officer to be killed by the guerrillas since Brigadier Denzil Kobbekaduwa died in action in August 1992.

Kumon Toru, 81, founder of the Kumon method of learning mathematics; in Osaka July 25. Teacher Kumon devised a new system of back-to-basics lessons based on repetitive worksheets, each one progressing incrementally to a higher level of difficulty. His method was adopted by tutoring centers across Japan and in the U.S., where it is now being taught to about 65,000 students.


SENTENCED

Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, 37; former Philippine congressman and the only son of deposed president Ferdinand Marcos; to nine years imprisonment for tax evasion; by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court July 31. The young Marcos was found guilty of failing to pay income taxes totaling $340 between 1982 and 1985, when he was a provincial governor and his father was president. Reportedly abroad, he failed to attend the trial, prompting the court to revoke his $8,000 bail.

Reynaldo Berroya, 47, Philippine police colonel; to life imprisonment for conspiracy to kidnap; in Makati City July 28. The most senior police officer convicted of a crime in the Philippines, Berroya was found guilty in the 1993 kidnapping of a Taiwan businessman, who was later released after paying ransom. At that time, Berroya headed the government's anti-kidnapping task force. Two others also received life sentences. Retired police general Dictador Alqueza was acquitted for insufficient evidence.

Chuon Mean, 30, Khmer Rouge guerrilla; to 15 years in jail for his role in the murder of three Western tourists; in Sihanoukville July 26. Australian Kellie Wilkinson and Britons Dominic Chappell and Tina Dominy were taken hostage in Cambodia in April 1994 and later shot. Four other Khmer Rouge guerrillas were sentenced in absentia to prison terms ranging from 16 to 20 years.


CONFESSED

Harry Wu Hongda, 58, human-rights activist detained in China; to falsifying information in a documentary on Chinese prisons; in Beijing July 27. The Chinese released a videotape of Wu being questioned in a police cell. He admitted painting an unfairly harsh picture of Chinese prison conditions in a 1994 documentary he made for the British Broadcasting Corp. The program also alleged that prison labor was used to make clothing for export and that organs of executed prisoners were sold for transplants. Wu spent 19 years in Chinese jail for political offenses before he was allowed to leave for the U.S., which eventually granted him citizenship. His arrest on July 8 while visiting China put more pressure on Sino-U.S. ties, already strained over the private visit to America of Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui.


ARRESTED

Park Yong Gil, 76, South Korean widow of dissident Moon Ik Hwan; for making an unauthorized trip to North Korea; at the border town of Panmunjom July 31. Park traveled to Pyongyang via Japan and China to attend the first anniversary of the death of Kim Il Sung on July 8. She was shown on North Korean television by the side of Kim's son and heir Kim Jong Il. Her late husband spent several years in a South Korean prison for making a similar trip in 1989. It is a crime under South Korean law for citizens to visit the communist north without permission.


ORDERED RELEASED

Subandrio, 80, Omar Dhani, 71, and Sugeng Sutarto, 77; Indonesian political prisoners; for humanitarian reasons; announced by State Secretary Murdiono in Jakarta July 28. Murdiono said the three men.


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