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PAGE 8 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 15, 2016 Let' s Design It ! by Jeanette Cataldo Let's Talk How To Use Lighting... The correct fighting can make or break a room. Here axe a few suggestions on how to use lighting: Accent lighting ~ Direct attention adds drama to the things you want noticed in your room. An example is light- ing artwork. Accent lighting will give it a beautiful presence. Controlled lighting -- Dimmers, dimmers dimmers, every light should have a dimmer. You may never use it but, in my opinion, it's always better to have the option. It also saves electricity and the life of the bulb. Lamps ~ It doesn't always have to be permanent light- ing. Lamps axe versatile and a fabulous choice to light a space. Track lighting ~ This type of lighting gives you the ability to change the direction of the lighting. With all the styles out today, it's a cost-effective option. Recess lighting ~ It's here to stay and it works with just about every d6cor. 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They had good reason to fear; over the last year over one hundred officials had been murdered. Still, it seemed as if the Shin- ing Path, at least the bigger fish, could not be stopped. In part, this was because they operated in shadows, in part, because people were too afraid to speak up and, in part, because any Alberto Fujimori, a rising police or government official leader and hero of the who took a stance soon became people ... a victim. Besides the terror and bloodshed, the acts of the Most of the figures I have Shining Path destroyed Peru's looked at throughout my series economy, especially when tour- have one thing in common, ists stop coming or investing they axe divisive. An exception in the nation. By the late 80s, is Alberto Fujimori, who the Peru's economy was in a truly Peruvian president from 1990 to dire situation. 2000, unified Peru across class, Though considered a dark age, and ethnicity. What he did horse candidate, Fujimori rode for Peru and the way he turned his campaign and owes his vic- a turbulent country around toryin 1990 to a promise ofeco- cannot be overemphasized and nomic reform. And he did deliv- neither can his continued popu- er, in itself an accomplishment laxity. And yet, he sits in jail for among politicians. His tactics corruption. On a visit to Peru in became called Fujischock and March of 2015, I was surprised began a radical transformation to discover how many Peruvians of Peru's economic system: He still love the man, and for good relaxed price controls, removed reason. By any objective stan- exchange controls, and greatly daxd, the good he did for Peru reduced restrictions of invest- outshines the bad. ments, imports, and interest Born to Japanese immigrants, rates. It worked, and within two Fujimori was little known in years Peru's economy was on Peru before the election of 1990. the rebound. He was well-educated, fluent Nonetheless, Fujimori knew in Japanese and Spanish, and that the only way to truly get a lecturer of mathematics. To Peru back on track was to wel- understand Fujimori's popu- come back the backbone of its laxity in Peru it's important to economy, tourism; and the only consider what was happening way to do that was to eradicate in Peru at the time of his elec- the Shining Path. tion. For a decade, the Maoist Since their start in 1980, the guerilla group known as the terrorist group had claimed Shining Path had been terror- over 20,000 lives in Peru, and izing Peru, especially the rural the last straw was a bombing areas as peasants were the on Lima's Taxata Street in July easiest to intimidate. Led by of 1992 which killed forty peo- Abimael Guzman, a university pie. Fujimori decided to strike professor who had travelled to hard. Undoubtedly, given the China and become enchanted audacity and boldness of The with the policies ofMao Zedong, Shining Path and their bar- the group started out terror- baric limits, drastic measures izing the country with simple were needed. Fujimori gave the brutal scare tactics such as military fffll control in searching nailing dogs to posts and walls for, apprehending, and dealing with communist signs pinned with suspects of insurgency. on them. Eventually they pro- Many of the suspected terror- gressed to bombings and brutal ists were tried in private courts attacks. First, they targeted the outside of the public eye. This countryside knowing peasants was criticized, and not unrea- were the most easily coerced, sonably, as a violation of hu- They would target single farms man rights as due process was ordering the family to give up not visible. Fujimori, it must their sons, who they would be said, had a good reason for then be inducted into their doing what he did. Any public insurgency. If the families re- display of the trial would catch fused to give up their sons or the eye of the Shining Path hid them, the family wo.uld and lead to intimidation from often be massacred. In cities them at best, or more violence such as Lima, they targeted at worst. In addition, knowing schools were students could the peasants were the most fre- be abducted more freely. Any quently targeted victims of the politician or official that took Shining Path, Fujimori began a stand against them would be arming peasants with firearms slaughtered in public. Lima was and other weapons to fight off hit by bombs numerous times insurgents. These groups even- throughout the 1980s,. but it tually organized into "peasant made international headlines patrols." in 1988 when a deliberate train The 1992 Taxata bombing was derailment in Cuzco led to the one of the last outbursts of the death of Anna Cucci, then vis- Shining Path. By the end of the iting with her husband, Jersey year, thanks in large part to Fu- City mayor Anthony Cucci. Also jimori's methods, terrorism was killed in the derailment, and the in sharp decline. But Fujimori's likely intended target, was Doris biggest victory was the capture Chacon, wife of then mayor of of group leader Abimael Guz- Cuzco Carlos Chacon, who had man, an event which created long been a target of the Shining a boost to his approval rating. Path. It got so bad that in 1989, Say what you will about Fuji- 25 percent of Peru's provincial mori and his methods, but the districts cancelled elections for results prove they worked. The ... to a political prisoner. economy skyrocketed back to stability and the Shining Path was vanquished. Today, Peru is a country on the way up, safe, secure, and with a healthy tourist sector. In two years he accomplished what many before him were too scared to do. Inevitably, there were detrac- tors who decried his tactics and the lack of regard for hu- man rights. At first there was enough support for Fujimori to marginalize dissent, but things took a turn for the worse after his messy divorce from his ~fe, Susana Higuchi. On public TV, Higuchi personally accused her ex-husband of corruption and abuses of power. To escape prosecution, Fuji- mori went on self-exposed exile in Japan in 2005, where he re- mained until he was extradited to Peru in 2007. In December of that year, he was convicted of illegal search and seizure. In 2009, he was further con- victed of human rights abuses, followed by a conviction for embezzlement later in 2009. He is still in prison, serving a maximum sentence of 25 years. Fujimori is in many ways the classic tragic politician who, after a great victory, becomes intoxicated by power. He began to think himself invincible and above reproach. Fujimori proves the old adage that absolute power corrupts absolutely. And yet, for a sense of justice to his legacy, it must be recognized that the good he did for Peru far outweighs the scandals and corruption. Almost single- handedly, he rid the country of barbaric murderers that hid in the shadows until they struck. With their removal, Peru re- turned to being a politically stable country with a thriving economy. With the Shining- Path gone, the tourists came back and with them, the tourist dollar. Alberto Fujimori rescued Peru; he should be credited with nothing less. Understandably, he remains one of the nation's most beloved presidents. While visiting Cusco, I struck up a conversation with a young local and we began talking about Peru. I asked him about Alberto Fujimori and what he thought of his former president. "In my opinion, Fujimori was one of the best presidents we ever had," he said. A similar sentiment was voiced by a col- league of mine who also came from Peru at a young age. parents both loved him," she said. qt's funny, my mother was a rich girl from the city and my dad was a poor farm- er, you know, but that's the one thing both of their fami- lies agreed on, he was a great president."