Saturday, March 06, 2004

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

Peru's Silver Lining? The Miami Herald runs a 'news analysis' on the "political meltdowns and economic stagnation" in Latin America and notes that "U.S. leaders are barely paying attention," based on opinions by Michael Shifter (Inter-American Dialogue), Julia Sweig (Council on Foreign Relations), Stephen Johnson (Heritage Foundation), Philip McLean (Center for Strategic and International Studies), and Robert Pastor (American University). Johnson believes there's a 'silver lining' in the turmoil in Peru: ''There's political chaos but modest economic growth. Maybe that will show not everything depends on a single personality.''

More Mummies: The Agence France Press, Pravda, Reuters, the Voice of America report on the discovery of dozens of mummies dating back more than 500 years found near proposed highway near Puruchuco-Huaquerones. Archeologist Guillermo Cock declared that "[t]he mummies were once farmers and craftsmen and lived under the dominion of the Lati and Ishma Inca leaders." Also included were Armando Molina and Federico Kauffmann Doig who is in favor of continuing the highway construction "because it could yield further findings." The Associated Press has several photographs of the findings.

Macro/Micro Econ:
- Monthly Numbers: Reuters reports the Central Bank's announcement of the "US$140.3 million trade surplus in January compared with a $22.5 million deficit during the same month in 2003."
- Block 64: The Oil & Gas Journal reported that Occidental Petroleum's program in Peru is preparing to "begin exploration work on Block 64 in the Marañon basin" after six years of negotiation with "a sector of Ashuar Osham communities in the area." Occidental has a 50% interest in Block 64 while Burlington Resources and Repsol-YPF are partners in the other half. Occidental will now hold "a public hearing Apr. 14 for modifications in the environmental and social impact study covering the northwest portion of Block 64." The leaders in the negotations were Peas Kaisar and Loreto's regional President Robinson Rivadeneyra. Next up: Block 101.
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- France's Sulliden Exploration announced in a press release that they "acquired the remaining 30 per cent stake in a gold and silver property in Peru that it did not already own in a cash-and-stock deal worth more than $31 million."

Orchid Thief: The Associated Press and the Miami Herald report that Peruvian Manuel Arias-Silver was arrested by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at the Miami International Orchid Show. The article declares that "Arias did not try to bring any of the rare orchids at the heart of the criminal investigation to the Miami show. But prosecutors allege the illegal shipments passed through Miami in 2002 and 2003 en route to husband-and-wife collectors in suburban Houston who were reselling them to high-end hobbyists willing to pay black-market prices."

Copa America: Reuters offers photographs on Peru's Copa America coordinator Irzio Pinasco and singer Gianmarco Zignago, for the "fixture-drawing for the upcoming Copa America soccer tournament. Matches will take place in Lima, Arequipa, Chiclayo, Piura, Cuzco, Trujillo and Tacna."

Watching Macaws, V: Grist Magazine continues with 'Day Five' of a trip to Puerto Maldonado and beyond. See 'Watching Macaws' in yesterday's Peruvia.

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