Magazine article Newsweek International

Periscope

Magazine article Newsweek International

Periscope

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Spain took a stand against terrorism last week, after a recent car- bombing killed a Supreme Court judge, his driver and his bodyguard. Attributed to the Basque separatist group ETA, the murders were the last straw for the 200,000 citizens who marched through the streets of Madrid last Tuesday, chanting: "ETA no." But can the people pull the politicians together? Gorka Agirre, a member of the Basque Nationalist Party, spoke to NEWSWEEK of "very bad relations with the government in Madrid," but added that ETA's tactics don't "resolve anything." And even Euskal Herritarrok, seen as ETA's political wing, seemed to be tiring of the terrorism, as some Basque councilors condemned the attack as "savage." But just over 24 hours after the Madrid march, most of the councilors retracted their statements and another carbomb exploded in Barcelona, injuring two men. The people have spoken out against the violence --but it doesn't sound like the terrorists have heard them.

PHILIPPINES

Home Alone

Philippines president Joseph Estrada's hold on power became even shakier last week. First his senior economic advisers--the four "wise men"--resigned to affirm "the loss of faith of the business community in Estrada," says a source close to an adviser. Then Trade and Industry Secretary Manuel Roxas left the cabinet. Senate President Frank Drilon and House Speaker Manuel Villar bolted from the ruling party. The House now has enough votes to move the impeachment complaint against Estrada, who allegedly accepted $11 million in payoffs from illegal gambling and tobacco taxes, to the Senate. …

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