Monday, January 12, 2004

GBush Gives AToledo USD $20 Million: The Associated Press' Nestor Ikeda headlines his story from Mexico: "Official: United States to return $20 million in stolen funds to Peru." These are from some the dollars that VMontesinos squired away in USA banks. The pending announcement comes "a month after the United States signed the U.N. Convention Against Corruption, which requires countries to cooperate in investigations and return funds to the countries where they were stolen. Dozens of other countries have also signed the U.N. treaty." (The AP is first and, so far, solo with the story.)
in related news: The Los Angeles Times reports on GBush's arrival in Monterrey for the Summit of the Americas as "Bush Visits Neighbors No Longer So Friendly." It includes PHakim and JCastanheda quotes.

US State Dept: No More Political Asylum: WPLG, a TV Channel in South Florida, reports that despite all the changes about to happen in immigration policies in the USA, a Peruvian family "In U.S. For 10 Years Fights Deportation." The family arrived in the USA in 1993 but "Peru is now considered safe so the Sandivar's asylum application has been denied." The father is being held in Miami's Krome Federal Detention Facility and the family has been ordered back to Peru by Feb. 5.

A Sad Story Retold: The Palm Beach Post assigns Lucien Chauvin to place in context the sad story of Monica Marina Rivera Valdizan, the young woman who was murdered on January 2 in suburban Boca Raton, Florida. "Rivera Valdizan had traveled to Florida on a tourist visa with her mother in October, but decided to stay for a few months to earn some cash and perfect her English. She landed a job as a nanny, joining the estimated 1.33 million Peruvians who live and work in the United States." Says Teofilo Altamirano, a migration specialist at Lima's La Catolica: "There is a new version of the 'American dream,' in which people will accept any kind of treatment, putting up with discrimination and mistreatment because there are tangible results. Adversities are compensated, not only for those who leave but for the families back home through remittances." (See also Altamirano's book Migrants, Regional Identities and Latin American Cities ; for a table of contents, click here.)

Just Rumours? Just-Drinks.com reports Columbia's beer company Bavaria denying Correo press reports that it is "in talks to be acquired by Interbrew." earlier, Backus & Johnston had been reported to be in talks as well but Backus has also denied the report. (See "A Belgian Backus & Johnston?" on Jan 9 below.)

Salvation Army/Cocaine Connection, Pt II: The New Zealand Herald updates the case of Salvation Army euphonium player Robert James Campbell Stewart "who was jailed in Peru for allegedly trying to smuggle out 6kg of cocaine." He was sentenced to seven years' in Lurigancho Prison in 2001 but released last year. The newspaper quotes a journal saying that the prison "squashes 6000 people into a space meant for 1600." (This archived piece from 2000 offers a quick re-cap.)

Listening to Your Pet: USATODAY features Animal Talk: Breaking the Codes of Animal Language, a new book by their Science writer, Tim Friend, and leads with a bit of his book: "Just before midnight, I crawl off my hammock and slip quietly out from the blessed drapes of mosquito netting. The kerosene lanterns have been dimmed to barely a flicker across the long, raised, wooden platform that serves as our base camp in the tropical rainforest of northwestern Peru. I arrived with four other journalists and a guide late in the afternoon after hiking through the muddy, tangled jungle since early morning." (USAToday also places the whole first chapter, which includes more on Peru on their site. More travel/adventure than science.)

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