Saturday, February 21, 2004

Trouble Reading Peruvia? Press 'F11' key near top of your key board twice.

COCA, FARC, and SL: Reuters reports on Colombia's FARC growing coca in northern Peru, according to Peruvian Defense Minister Roberto Chiabra. He also declared that Sendero Luminoso "was involved in drugs in the Vizcatan region near Ayacucho. The story, reported by Monica Vargas from Ayacucho, presents some doubt on this official picture and reminds that "Coca growers have been meeting in Lima this week demanding more state support for legal uses of their crops."
ALSO: The Associated Press has several photos of AToledo "relaunch[ing his] government's agricultural policy at the Government Palace."

Violence in Yungay, cont: UNESCO has also "condemned the murder of radio journalist Antonio de la Torre Echeandía" in Yungay, Ancash on February 14. Said Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, "I am confident that the authorities will do all they can to investigate this heinous crime fully and punish those responsible for it, in keeping with the resolution adopted by UNESCO's Member States in 1997 calling for an end to impunity for attacks on journalists." (See "Violence in Yungay" in Thursday's Peruvia below.)

AFF: The Japan Times wraps up the Peruvian delegation's visit to Japan seeking AFF's extradiction. Conclusion: "Japan and Peru remained divided." Neverthess, this was "the first time that Peruvian officials have traveled from Lima to directly make the extradition request." Quotes come from the Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hatsuhisa Takashima and the Peruvian Foreign Ministry's undersecretary for Asia affairs, Martha Chavarri, who led the mission. In her own press conference, Chavarri declared she was "satisfied" with the meeting "but urged Japan not to use domestic law to override international law in considering the extradition." A related piece in Kyodo News quotes Chavarri declaring that "Peru has not set a time limit for Japan to reply to its official extradition request submitted last July, but hopes it would not be 'too extended.' " This piece also allows for posted comments and they currently are overwhelmingly pro-Fujimori. One poster colourfully describes the Peruvian press: La Republica is "a government press tool" and El Comercio is the "century old local paper own by creoles descendants of foreign usurpers." Reuters offers a photo of Chavarri.

Macro/Micro Econ:
- Reuters reports that "internal demand for goods and services grew 3.7 percent in 2003, down from 4.1 percent in 2002," according to the Central Bank.

Academic Exchange: North Carolina's Fayetteville Observer reports on the exchange program the University of Piura made with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in December.

- Sky Sports takes in an interview with Nolberto Solano, "[f]ollowing his stunning goal for Peru in their midweek friendly with Spain" and previews tomorrow's local derby against Birmingham.
- Toronto's Star includes Juan Diego Florez in their review of the New York's Metropolitan Opera's "very palpable comic hit," Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri.
- Reuters offers photos of MVLl with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar in Cartagena.
- The Washington Post reports on local soccer midfielder Jose Alegria, (D.C. United) who "has been sent home from training camp in Florida and appears in danger of being released."

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