Monday, January 19, 2004

PeruNegro: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel previews music CDs released tomorrow including the latest offering from Afro-Peruvian troupe Peru Negro, whose latest offering "traces the evolution of contemporary black music styles in its land on the oft-explosive 'Jolgorio' (translated roughly as 'a state of celebratory frenzy.') Earlier, Knight Ridder had given it "a "B-plus." You can see the press release as well as hear sound samples of Jolgorio as well as see tour dates from Peru Negro's redesigned website which includes West Coast and East Coast dates in North America over the next 10 weeks.

Some Views from Above: Two American news sources carry stories that paint Peru in an unsavory light, in the context of changing immigration policies in the USA. The Robesonian (from North Carolina) quotes somebody saying that "Bush's plan refers only to Hispanic people from Mexico. But the illegals in this country are from all over South and Central America. That's why an illegal from Peru carries an ID saying he's from Mexico. If INS busts someone from Mexico, they're sending him to a border town in Texas, then back to Mexico, where they can just walk right back into this country. If they bust someone from Peru, they're shipping him to Lima. 'You do the math on how much more expensive it is to send someone to Peru as opposed to Texas.' " An editorial from something called Michigan News somehow relates the condition of the Rimac River to the type of immigrant that arrives in the USA.

Eco-Tourism: The New York Times runs a piece on ecotourism in Ecuador. However, the piece includes bits on Posada Amazonas (located in Madre de Dios) which, among other ecotourism lodges, has "sparked intense interest from such divergent groups as the World Bank, the Japanese government and environmental groups like Conservation International." The piece also quotes Dr. Amanda Stronza, an anthropologist whose focus has been on "community-based conservation and sustainable development in the Amazon."

- Martin Chambi gets a nice, if short, note today in this 'About' blog.
- MercoPress picks up a bit on Richard Ralph, the British Ambassador in Lima, and the threats to his Embassy over the New Years holidays.
- The Thoroughbred Times reports that "Peru's reigning champion grass mare, Rioja, scored a comfortable victory in the traditional Clasico Ciudad de Lima on Sunday at Hipodromo de Monterrico."

Inca Flames?: Arizona's Daily Star has a piece titled, 'Cleansing with Inka fire' on people who "gather each month beneath the full moon to participate in an Inca-inspired ritual that helps them banish pain and invite joy into their lives" in the monthly Inka Full Moon Fire Ceremony.

BolPeChi, Cont.: The Miami Herald runs an op-ed by Cuban Carlos Alberto Montaner on "Chile offers Bolivia best chance possible to reach the Pacific." The piece does not stop with unsubtle Chilean bias but twists history suggesting that the Bolivian/Chilean/Peruvian disputes began over some changes in Bolivian tax policies. He concludes saying that the Chilean offer "[n]o doubt, ... is not a totally satisfactory solution for the Bolivians, but it is better to renounce all unreal territorial claims, which only increase the people's frustrations, than to renounce one's common sense."

The Mountain, Cont.: The Washington Post also offered a review of 'Touching the Void' (see "The Mountain" in yesterday's Peruvia below) which is a more personal piece, and makes the movie much more of a psycho-drama than other reviews. It also includes the director saying that he "ignored the book" and "cut the script from ... interviews."

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