Monday, March 29, 2004

IADB in Lima, cont: Reuters leads this morning from Lima with the Inter-American Development Bank's annual report which "forecasts four percent growth for Latin America in 2004, driven by the global recovery and demand from China's booming economy."
Also, IADB related:
- China's Xinhua Net reports that the Organization of American States' Secretary General Cesar Gaviria declared that the OAS "would not intervene in the extradition of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori from Japan." Gaviria is in Lima for the IADB meetings.
- Russia's Pravda adds to the chorus of critics on the IADB's Camisea loan quoting Jon Sohn of Friends of the Earth, "Camisea is an environmental disaster and the IDB should stop supporting this nonsense with US taxpayer dollars given the issues of non-compliance." (See 'Camisea Controversy' in yesterday's Peruvia.)
- The Miami Herald touts the "traveling road show promoting Miami as the preferred site for a free-trade headquarters" by a Florida delegation to the IADB meetings, headed by Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood and Miami-based businessman Charles Cobb.

False Transcript: The New York Times reviews USA Today reporter Jack Kelley's fabrication of stories and reveals that elements of Kelley's reporting on the missionary plane shot down near Iquitos, particularly his cover story on April 26, 2001, was "suspect." Challenged in the article is the verbatim "contents of a cockpit recording made on a C.I.A.-operated surveillance plane over Peru that was tracking a plane of missionaries." The transcripts were apparently false.

Macro/Micro Econ:
- Syntroleum put out a press release to announce they had "closed the sale of its 95 percent interest in the Exploration License for Block Z-1, offshore Peru to Nuevo Peru."

Retrospective: Canada's National Post runs an introspective piece by a reporter who writes, "When I was 26 and dispatched on my first assignment to the interior of Peru as a foreign correspondent, I met a little girl at an army base who has haunted me ever since. Her name was Adelia, and she must have been six years old. According to the Peruvian military commander at the base, she had been found by a patrol in a remote village. Her parents had been killed by Shining Path guerrillas."

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