Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Toledo is 'Acrobat': Pravda calls AToledo "the Latin American Acrobat" and asks, "[h]e is still in office, but... For how long?" Reporter Hernan Etchaleco slips in "the US educated leader," re-uses Reuters "headaches," and declares that Toledo's only asset is the memory of one AFujimori. The 'news analysis' ends with AGarcia.

State Markets: Reuters reports that "Peru will list 10 percent of the shares of state-run firms on the Lima Stock Exchange to increase the transparency of their operations" according to Economy Minister Jaime Quijandria. "The idea is to list on the exchange a small portion of all shares in state firms, a very minor percentage of some 10 percent ... with the purpose of giving them more transparency," Quijandria said.
Also: BNAmericas reports that "Repsol YPF plans to invest USD$65-67 million in Peru in 2004." A main focus of the investment will be on Block 39 in the Maranon river basin on the border with Ecuador.

Good Asian News: Thailand's Bangkok Post reports that the Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra plans to visit Peru in November. Deputy Foreign Minister Luis Solari Tudela discussed the matter with Thai Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai during the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation over the weekend. The Post also reports that the countries are negotiating a free-trade area arrangement and will "speed up talks on transfers of offenders, extradition, agriculture, and fisheries."

Bad Asian News: Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports that a Peruvian man is "held over baggage theft" at the Kuala Lampur airport. "Malaysian police believe they have smashed a Peruvian syndicate specialising in stealing luggage at airports with the arrest of one of the suspects." The story includes details that, unfortunately, may seem all too familiar with paisanos the world over: "One of the Peruvians trailed a potential victim, another distracted him, while the third man snatched the bag and walked away, he said." The Embassy of Peru in Malaysia has been informed of the arrest.
Also: Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun also has a Peruvian among those "arrested over 49 million yen cash van heist at a supermarket in Asao Ward, Kawasaki."

11,000 Dead: Tech Central Station" has this bit in an article entitled, "The Risky Business of Understanding Risk": "Facing a revenue shortfall during a budget crisis, Peruvian officials used this supposed threat to public health as a justification to stop chlorinating much of their country's drinking water. That decision contributed to the acceleration and spread of Latin America's 1991-1996 cholera epidemic, which afflicted more than 1.3 million people and killed at least 11,000. "

USAID and Religion: A religious opinion website which focuses on abortion issues, Lifesite, reports that USAID "funded an October, 2003 event aimed at the promotion of legalization of surgical abortion there." It claims that "[a] letter from 10 members of the Peruvian congress addressed to Andrew Natsios, administrator of USAID, expressed concern over the USAID sponsorship of an event aimed at promoting a new proposed law, Bill 7869."

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