Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Chiribaya Mummies: Reuters is the first to announce the discovery of two of the oldest mummies ever found in Peru, "a young boy and a man in his mid-30s," which, according to the Instituto Nacional de Cultura are "at least 700 years old" and identified as being of the Chiribaya culture. The mummies were found on February 12, in Islay, Arequipa. Age and occupations were also noted by Reuter's reporters Miguel Zegarra and Robin Emmott. The Associated Press offers photos as does Reuters. The Voice of America runs Reuters' copy.

AFF: The New York Times interviews former President AFujimori in an "austere [Tokyo] hotel office [with] a white table, white chairs and a scattering of books in French, a language he does not read." The article focuses on AFF's website, and declares him to be "a political exile in the age of the Internet." Others quoted in the article include Hatsuhisa Takashima, the Japanese Foreign Ministry's spokesman, Luis Quesada, a Peruvian diplomat, Nelly Calderón, Peru's chief prosecutor, and his paramour, Satomi Kataoka who "is about to start private Spanish lessons." (The story also runs in the International Herald Tribune.)

Macro/Micro Econ: BNAmericas reports that "[s]everal major international mining companies are interested in participating in the auction" of the Las Bambas copper-gold project in Peru, according to Energy and Mines Minister Jaime Quijandria. He also stated that "with the current high copper price the winner would be prepared to invest US$2 Billion in the project," in Apurimac.

Baltazar Garzon in Lima: The Associated Press has photos of Spanish judge Baltazar Garzon during his visit to Peru and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Peru Negro: The New York Times reviews Peru Negro's weekend show at Town Hall. "This was more than two hours of celebration, and those two hours added up to be a very good time." Like the Washington Post reviewer, "[a] few pieces belabored their points, among them two comic sketches: one about a creaky old dancing master and his impudent young students and another about some rival tap-dancers."

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