Monday, January 26, 2004

Vladi & the CIA: The Associated Press runs with the US Embassy in Peru's response to VMontesinos. AP writer, Teofilo Caso, reporting from Callao, quotes an Embassy spokesperson: "Any assertion, inference or suggestion that any agency of the U.S. government had any involvement in alleged arms or narcotics trafficking related to this trial has no basis in fact." The Voice of America, in addition to a quick take on the US Embassy's reponse, also reports that Reuters states that in addition to CIA George Tenet, the state attorney in the case has asked for other CIA, embassy and FBI officials who were in Lima at the time to testify. The Associated Press offers a few photographs. The trial resumes on Thursday.

Deportation? The Miami Herald offers a long update on the Sandivar family who face deportation from Miami. "A Peruvian husband and wife who ran afoul of immigration authorities after 10 years in the United States have been reunited, although the victory may be short-lived." Jose Sandivar has been released from Krome Detention Center and Lourdes Sandivar's electronic ankle monitoring device has been removed. However, an ankle monitor has been placed on Mr. Sandivar AND "[o]fficials said they will seek to deport the couple -- parents of two U.S.-born children -- next week." Pleading their case are five Members of the US Congress" and "Peruvian Ambassador Carlos Velasco Mendiola. Velasco is a Lima-based diplomat responsible for Peruvian nationals living abroad. (See Reuters photos of protests in Lima and Miami; also this earlier Miami Herald piece; for more info on Sandivar family in Peruvia, on Jan 12.)

- The New York Post calls Juan Diego Florez 'Juan in a Million.' But it also suggests, "to opera lovers, he's simply Juan hot tamale."
- ic Newcastle reports that "Nobby Solano has pleaded with Peruvian officials to delay a key World Cup qualifier by 24 hours . . . to allow him to play in a potentially crucial Premiership game for Newcastle." The match in question is Peru vs. Colombia in Lima, March 30. The problems: Newcastle has a a match on March 27 and April 3.
- The Washington Post's Chess Column includes Peruvian grandmaster Julio Granda Zuniga sharing a 4th place win.
- the Associated Press offers photos with summaries of Panamanian Pacifico Castrellon awaiting "sentencing on terrorism charges in a high security prison in Lima." Castrellon, who came to Peru in 1994 with American Lori Berenson, was sentenced on Friday to 15 years in prison on charges that he collaborated with Peruvian rebels in a foiled attempt to raid Congress.

Arts Abroad: A columnist in Denver's Rocky Mountain News writes about several showings of Peruvian art in her city (including the Denver Art Museum this fall: 'Tiwanaku: Ancestors of the Inca'). She anonymously quotes Maria Landaveri Porturas, Peru's Consul General in Denver declaring that "10,000 people from that country live in Colorado, most in the metro area." The newest presentation is Contemporary Artists from Peru, an exhibition organized for the Arvada Center open through March 31. (See the Center's press release.) It highlights work by Luis Castellanos, Michelle Magot, Fito Espinosa, and Jorge Castilla-Bambren. Also mentioned: Patricia Villanueva Mavil and Sol Toledo. The Center's upper gallery currently displays 'Rites and Rituals: Fiestas in Peru' suggesting: "how indigenous people employ Roman Catholic ritual to keep alive ancient culture and beliefs."

- Pravda runs a fun piece on the "Mysteries of lost civilizations" including the "stone clods in Machu Picchu and Saksahu-Amane." [Editorial Note: Please pronounce the letters slowly.] Also mentioned is ancient astronaut theorist Alexander Kazantsev, his work here described as "another revolutionary discovery made by Soviet scientist A. P. Kazantsev in Peru."
- Canada's Edmonton Journal offers a travel/spiritual piece from Cusco, "Magic moments among the remains of Inca Peru" and includes lines like these: "[A]n eagle-eyed youth clad in a white cloak, ... reminds me of an Inca nobleman walking out of the pages of National Geographic" and "the usual array of New Age tourist trinkets." In addition: lomo saltado defined as "stewed pork with vegetables and rice."

Micro Econ: Just-Drinks.com reports on the denials Empresarial Bavaria, the Columbian beer and beverage firm, is selling its Backus & Johnston (as reported by Correo). "Bavaria and Backus both published newspaper advertisements late last week in Peru, saying they had been the victims of a campaign of 'disinformation.' "

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