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San José, Costa Rica, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, Vol. 16, No. 172
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Survivors of Guatemalan war
tell their stories for posterity

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the end of the civil war in Guatemala. During the conflict that spanned more than three decades, tens of thousands of Mayans were killed in what is known as the Guatemalan genocide. Researchers are now collecting video testimonies of the survivors to preserve the memories of what happened to prevent future genocides.

As a child, Jesus Tecu lived through horrors most people will never experience in a lifetime.

"It was exactly like the other times that my father would return. The dogs ran out to greet him. They did the same that day, but that day, that day, my father didn’t return," he recounted.

Tecu is one of many survivors whose eyewitness accounts are being recorded in the first academic oral history project documenting their experiences. Their stories are being collected as part of a partnership between the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation and the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala.

Sandra Gruner-Domic, a consultant with the foundation, said, "The military came in and separated the villages in groups and made one group kill the other. The children — they had to witness everything. Many of the survivors we had interviewed were kids at that time, and they described the pain of seeing their families, their mothers raped or their sisters killed."

"Some 200,000 civilians, mostly indigenous Mayans, were killed during the 36-year civil war — with the peak of the genocide taking place in the early 1980's," said Ms. Gruner-Domic. She pointed out the massacres were carried out in the name of Cold War fears.

"After the Second World War, the fear of spreading communism in Central America was huge," she said.

The foundation says the Guatemalan genocide is one of the least publicly understood in modern history and collecting video testimonies not only will preserve the survivors' memories, but also will help researchers better understand what happened and why. So far, 30 audio-visual testimonies have been collected and with enough funding, the hope is to get 100 by the end of the year.

The testimonies will add to the foundation's visual history archive, which includes some 53,000 testimonies of survivors from genocides, including the Holocaust.

Mrs. Clinton's emails
released by State Department

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services
The State Department has released another 7,000 pages of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails, sent and received when she was secretary of State.

The controversy over Mrs. Clinton using a private account instead of a government account apparently has hurt her presidential campaign. Mrs. Clinton denies sending or receiving any classified emails. But some voters say they do not believe she has been completely honest about the whole affair.

State Department Mark Toner said Monday that about 150 of the Clinton emails have been re-marked as classified after they were examined by the intelligence community inspector general. Toner said that so far, it appears that none of the emails was marked as classified or top secret at the time Mrs. Clinton sent or received them.

The State Department has said that retroactively upgrading emails after they have been sent is routine.

Mrs. Clinton has authorized the State Department to make 55,000 pages of emails in her private account public. She denies doing anything wrong and says it was more convenient to use one email account and one device when she was secretary of State.

"Looking back, it would have been better if I simply had used a second email account and carried a second phone," Mrs. Clinton said earlier this year. "But at the time, it didn't seem like an issue."

Critics accuse her of leaving her emails open to hackers and foreign agents by not using an official account. They also allege she is trying to hide controversial communications, including those surrounding the deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in 2012.

Kansas airport worker sent
to prison in terrorism case

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. federal judge in the midwestern state of Kansas sentenced an airlines electronics technician to 20 years in prison Monday for plotting to set off a car bomb at a Wichita airport in 2013.

The man, Terry Lee Loewen, who worked at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, pleaded guilty in June to charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He admitted wanting to kill as many people as possible.

Undercover agents from the FBI began to communicate with Loewen after he became a Facebook friend of someone who wrote about violent jihad.

The 60-year-old Loewen told one agent that he was wafting for Allah to give him the go-ahead to carry out a violent attack against civilians.

Another agent helped him build a bomb that Lowewn did not know was a fake.

Prosecutors say Loewen abused his privileged airport access for terrorist purposes.

Two journalists and translator
held in Turkey as terrorists

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A court in southeastern Turkey has ordered two British journalists and their translator remanded to custody, ahead of an eventual trial on charges of engaging in terror activity.

Monday's court ruling in the city of Diyarbakir orders the reporting crew, who work for the U.S. Internet-based VICE News, back to jail two days after their arrests near the borders with Syria, Iraq and Iran.  The French news agency says a fourth suspect, a driver, was freed.

By late Monday, there were no additional details about evidence allegedly linking the detainees to Islamic State jihadists.

Security sources said correspondent Jake Hanrahan and cameraman Philip Pendlebury were arrested Friday for reporting without proper government accreditation, as they filmed fighting between Turkish forces and Kurdish militants. The charges of aiding Islamic State militants were later added, but authorities provided no details.

In a statement Sunday, Amnesty International called the allegations bizarre.

"It is completely proper that journalists should cover this important story," the rights group said. It also called the charges "unsubstantiated outrageous."  The European offices of the Committee to Protect Journalists called for their immediate release, as did the global media advocacy group PEN International.

"Vice News condemns in the strongest possible terms the Turkish government's attempts to silence our reporters who have been providing vital coverage from the region," Kevin Sutcliffe, Vice's head of news  programming for Europe, said in a statement. "We continue to work with all relevant authorities to expedite the safe release of our three colleagues and friends."

The news team had been reporting from the region as government forces press their campaign against militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, known as the PKK.  The militant group, founded in the late 1970s, launched a fight for regional autonomy in 1984.

Analysts say more than 12,000 Turkish military and civilian casualties have been tallied since then, while the military reported 32,000 "terrorists" neutralized as of  2008.  Fighting later waned and all but stopped in 2013, when peace talks began. 

Hostilities erupted anew in late July when the PKK scrapped the truce after Turkish warplanes bombed their positions in Iraq as PKK fighters battled Islamic State forces.

Obama says moment is now
to effect climate stability

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama declared climate change to be the defining threat of this century as he began a historic visit to the far northwestern state of Alaska.

Speaking Monday at a State Department-sponsored summit on Arctic environmental issues, President Obama said the world is not acting fast enough to address climate change.

"On this issue of all issues, there is such a thing as being too late,'' Obama said. "And that moment is almost upon us."

Obama, the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Arctic Circle, called climate change an urgent and growing threat, noting its particularly devastating effects on Alaska.

"Human activity is disrupting the climate, in many ways, faster than we previously thought. The science is stark. It is sharpening. It proves that this once distant threat is now very much in the present," he said.

The president also hit out at his domestic critics, saying there does not have to be a conflict between sound environmental policies and economic growth. "Those who want to deny the science are on their own. They are on their own shrinking island," he said.

Earlier, ministers from 11 countries and the European Union reaffirmed a commitment to take urgent action to slow the pace of global warming in the sensitive Arctic region.
The officials from countries including the U.S., France, South Korea and Singapore announced their pledge in a joint statement on Monday, at an Arctic conference on climate change in Alaska.
Delegates at the U.S.-sponsored conference have focused on the global implications of climate change.
“We take seriously warnings by scientists,” said the ministers in their joint statement.
“Temperatures at the Arctic are increasing at more than twice the average global rate. Loss of Arctic snow and ice is accelerating the warming of the planet as a whole,” they said.

Native Alaskans attending the conference expressed concern that they are on the front lines of climate change.
“We are very, very concerned about our Mother Earth,” said Alaska Tribal Chief Lee Stephan. “Alaska is not causing global warming. However, the actions of the globe is affecting Alaska.”
The meeting in Alaska comes ahead of a U.N. conference on climate change later this year.
Obama's three-day tour of the region will include a hike to a glacier.
Ahead of his trip, the president drew fire from some lawmakers for his decision to change the name of Alaska’s tallest mountain from Mt. McKinley to Denali.
The peak was named Mount McKinley in honor of William McKinley, an Ohio resident who became a U.S. president. The Republican McKinley was assassinated in office in 1901.
House Speaker John Boehner said the name had served as a testament to McKinley’s great legacy. He said he was deeply disappointed with Obama’s decision to change the name.
In a statement, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said McKinley never visited the region and had no significant connection to the mountain, which native Alaskans called Denali.

The Obama administration has also drawn fire over environmentalists for a decision to allow the Shell Oil company to expand drilling off the coast of Alaska.

In his weekly address, Obama defended the decision, saying that safety in the environmentally sensitive region will be a priority.
“We made it clear that Shell has to meet our high standards in how they conduct their operations,” said the president.
The White House says the goal of the conference is to boost awareness of how the effects of higher temperatures in the Arctic are affecting the rest of the world and what people can do in response.
Obama has announced plans to make U.S. power plants cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent below 2005 levels, while also boosting the amount of power they generate using renewable resources.

Scientists have warned that letting global temperatures rise more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels will bring extreme weather and rising seas that would affect populations all over the world.

Seabirds are prone to eat
a variety of plastic items

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Ninety percent of all seabirds have eaten plastic and nearly every one will have by 2050, according to a new study.

The report Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said less than 5 percent of seabirds were carrying plastic in their bodies in the early 1960s, just after a boom in industrial plastic manufacturing.

The researchers say they found all sorts of plastic items inside seabirds, including balloons, glowsticks, cigarette lighters, model cars and toys.

They said albatross, penguins, shearwaters and seagulls are most likely to eat plastic, which can cause severe illness or death.

The birds mistake the plastic pollution for fish eggs or other legitimate food.

The study says while plastic ingestion has fallen around U.S. and European waters because of a reduction in the use of plastic pellets, it is especially bad in the Pacific near Australia and New Zealand where a large number of bird species live.

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