Thursday, February 12, 2004

Toledo Told To Step Aside: The Associated Press reports on an El Comercio editorial urging Toledo "to cede power and assume a figurehead role if he wants to salvage his presidency." (See the front page editorial in yesterday's El Comercio.) The article interviews El Comercio's political editor Juan Paredes Castro who explains that "Toledo has lost his ability to govern" and is "facing a constitutional ultimatum." The New York Times' version (written by Juan Forrero in Colombia) includes El Comercio's editorial, and suggests that Carlos Ferrero's future as Prime Minister was "unclear." It repeats the APRA point from yesterday and adds a Rolando Breña Pantoja quote: "A new republic has to be built." Also named: Raul Diez Canseco, "his young girlfriend," and Beatriz Merino.
ALSO: The Associated Press offers a photo of newspaper kioskos in Lima - - but doesn't show El Comercio. Reuters offers photos of disgruntled Pais Posible party members showing their feelings. The Associated Press offers a Toledo/Olivera photo.

Coca Rises: Reuters runs a piece on the Confederación Nacional de Productores Agropecuarios de las Cuencas Cocaleras del Perú (CONPACCP) who warn they will take "radical measures" against AToledo's DEVIDA program "after giving it one last chance to draft a credible plan for eradicating illegal coca." This reprises the coca farmer's marches from a year ago including demands for freedom for their jailed leader, Nelson Palomino." Quoted in the article are CONPACCP's Nancy Obregon Peralta and Elsa Malpartida Jara and their announcement of their three-day convention in Lima starting February 18.

Borders: The BBC and Reuters report on a new joint effort between Peru, Brazil, and Colombia to combat arms and drug smuggling across their shared borders. The BBC states that the agreement was "signed by the three countries' defence ministers on a boat" in Tabatinga. Reuters names the boat: Patrol Vessel Pedro Teixera. The Associated Press shows all the security in Tabatinga for the participants, Roberto Chiabra Leon (Peru), Jose Viegas Filho (Brasil), and Jorge Alberto Uribe Echavarria (Colombia). Not included in either article is the change to allow Peruvians and Brazilians to enter each others countries without passports.

Museums and Mining Co.: The Denver Post relates that the exhibit, "Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas," opens tomorrow at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and "showcases the power of a place with no written history to maintain its mystery." However, Denver's Westword focuses on the exhibit's $25,000 sponsor, Newmont Mining. After recalling the 300 pounds of mercury spilled at Yanacocha three years ago, the essay gets quotes like: "It's like a slap in the face." Says a Newmont representative: "We're one of the largest taxpayers in Peru." The article also quotes Marita Landaveri-Porturas, the consul general of Peru in Denver who collaborated on the exhibit. The piece calls (positive) attention to "Colorful Cuadros: Stitching Stories of Peruvian Life" at Denver's Museo de las Américas "which features textiles created by Peruvian women who have been displaced from their homes because of terrorism."

For Valentine's Day, cont: California's North County Times (near San Diego) does a full profile of Mariella Balbi and her Guanni Chocolates enterprise. (See an earlier story in "For Valentines Day" in February 10 below.) The article details where she sells her wares and offers the names for the bonbons: 'Loreto,' 'Capuli,' 'Cuzco,' and 'Cocoroco.' Best of all, the article provides the web page for Guanni Chocolates.

Macro/Micro Econ:
- The Financial Times reports that Peru "has fallen off the list of investible emerging equity markets” at Calpers, the California Public Employees' Retirement System, although it may offer Peru "a one-year cure period, in which to improve their standing in order to avoid exclusion from the portfolio." (See Calper's February Report.)
- Canada's Vancouver Sun reports on the 'No Dirty Gold' campaign "targeting the gold industry for its mining practices and alleged implication in human rights violations" by Earthworks and Oxfam America. Among the campaign targets are Tambogrande and Yanacocha.
- Reuters reports that the USA is "eagerly" purchasing Peru's clothing and textile exports which have “surged 28 percent in 2003.” Among the named USA buyers are Van Heusen and DKNY. The source of this change: the Andean Trade Preferences and Drug Eradication Act.

- The Boston Globe reports that Roman Catholic Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley is in Peru "where he is attending a meeting of the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle, an association of priests who volunteer to work in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru."
- A widely dipsersed Knight Ridder story (ostensibly from the Orlando Sentinel) includes this puzzling line: "[A]s if the Olympics never were touched by commercialism before Michael Jordan dunked on that poor Peruvian."
- The Korea Times quotes Peru's Ambassador to Seoul, Jorge Bayona Medina, on the "Dream Program's" winter athletics. "Three girls, three boys and a coach will attend the event from Peru, where trekking is the most popular winter sport."
- Reuters and the Associated Press say that Spain is ready for the "friendly soccer international against Peru in Barcelona on February 18."
- The University of Colorado, Boulder writes up a profile of paisana Jessica Kaplan and her nonprofit EMPOCO, "that currently helps women in Peru ... including a sexual education program."

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