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BOSTON — For many nations - like many people - the future depends on how they deal with their pasts. Four of our stories today show the difficulty of righting past wrongs.
Quebec's election on Monday will put Canada through yet another hand-wringing vote. French-speakers who oppose separation have not taken a liking to the save-Canada candidate
Chile tried to move beyond its past by not prosecuting its former dictator. Now Spain, with Britain's help, will move ahead to put Augusto Pinochet on trial.
Peace is winning again as Israel hands over more land to Palestinians but many individuals on both sides feel a loss. One Israeli settler fears his children will need to wear bulletproof vests.
The unfinished business in Northern Ireland's peace process is deciding how closely the British province will link up with the Republic of Ireland.
Hitler's "people's car" that won over America returns home today. The all-new Beetle hits the German market.
- Clayton Jones
* chopstick alliance? In Monday's Monitor, we'll look at the historic first trip of a Chinese leader to Japan. The two Far East giants still have historical baggage to clean up as they redefine their roles in Asia.
* INTERNET'S PRAGUE SPRING: The wide-open Internet may be prized in formerly closed-off Soviet satellite states, but that didn't stop more than 90,000 Czechs from boycotting the Internet Nov. 18 over plans by the local telephone monopoly to raise phone rates, according to The Prague Post. Now being talked about: different rates for voice and data lines. Meantime, Internet users in Poland and China are planning a similar boycott.
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* A people's BANK: Feeling betrayed by the closures of branches of national banks, Australian residents of an "outer suburb" of Melbourne seized upon an offer by a smaller operation, Bendigo Bank, and helped form a network of community banks, reports The Age, an Australian newspaper. Locals pledge seed money to start the banks, Bendigo provides the licenses and trains staff. Bank and community share the revenue - pledge money is paid back and further profits support such projects as road repair. In Minyip and Rupanyup, combined population 1,100, three-quarters of the residents are already signed up. In Upwey, 600 people signed up the first month. "Like anything, you get a number of cheesed-off people together ... and havoc can happen," says Mike Fleming, manager of the Upwey bank.