Sunday, April 18, 2004

AToledo Visits Colombia, cont: The Associated Press and Dow Jones report that AToledo's luncheon with President Uribe aboard the Colombian navy's flagship was cancelled. "Toledo was scheduled to dine aboard the three-masted Gloria, docked in Cartagena, with military commanders to explore increased cooperation in the war on drugs, but instead had a private lunch with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe in a colonial palace." Today's print Miami Herald runs an edited version of the AP story. Today's print Los Angeles Times runs yesterday's Associated Press piece on the story. Reuters offers new photos of the presidential visit.

Montesinos & Panama: Reuters reports that Panama's Supreme Court has agreed to a request from Peru's government "to probe the origin of money Montesinos deposited in Panama." The last three such requests from Peru were denied "on the grounds that documents were not filed correctly." Said an anonymous Court official, "What we're trying to do is determine ... if the money was taken from Peru's government or if it came from drug trafficking."

Literati: The Washington Post announces that award-winning Peruvian poet Antonio Cisneros will present "a bilingual reading of his work at the Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center in Washington DC on Thursday at 12:30. Washington Post Book World Editor (and paisana) Marie Arana, "will serve as translator for both the reading and the discussion that follows." Also at the IDB's Cultural Center: 'Tradition and Entrepreneurship: Popular Arts and Crafts fron Peru,' until April 30. The Associated Press includes a photograph of Alfredo Bryce Echenique in Bogota at the XVII International Book Fair. Archive: Listen to a 1994 interview with Bryce on CUNY-TV.

LHorna Not In Finals: Reuters reports on the loss by Luis Horna to Andy Roddick 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston on Saturday. "The seventh seeded Peruvian had defeated Roddick the last time they met in 2001, but could not keep pace with the American on this occasion." (See 'LHorna in SemiFinals' in yesterday's Peruvia for more details.)

Mudslides in MPicchu, cont: The Los Angeles Times' Travel section uses a Bloomberg piece to report that "Tourists began returning to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu after mudslides plowed through the nearby town of Aguas Calientes and buried a rail line leading to Peru's most popular tourist site."

De Soto's Praise, cont: The Independent releases TIME magazine's list of Top 100 people and, included in the 'Scientists and Thinkers,' is Hernando de Soto. De Soto also gets a partner-in-arms from Robert Guests' The Shackled Continent: Africa's Past, Present and Future as described in this book review in the Guardian. The author "recognises the crucial importance of the informal economy in Africa and supports the theories of the Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto which say that dwellers in shanty towns need to acquire property rights to give them a foothold on the capitalist system."

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