Monday, April 12, 2004

How To Make A Park, Part II: The Chicago Tribune comes up with Part II in their reporting on the Cordillera Azul National Park, this time titled, "Preservation vs. Profit," with a dateline of Tarapoto. "It's not easy to build a national park," said Avecita Chicchon, and the article relates how the challenges were countered with some "high-stakes political poker, Chicago-style." New actors introduced by today's article include the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; U.S. Agency for International Development; Sewall Menzel, a Florida Atlantic University professor and author of "Fire in the Andes"; Luis Benitez, superintendent of the Cordillera Azul; César Rengifo Ruiz, head of CEDISA, a forestry agency working with loggers in the park area; Orlando Pereira, general manager of Occidental Petrolera del Perú; John Terborgh, co-director of the Center for Tropical Conservation; Alaka Wali, director of the Field Museum's Center for Cultural Understanding and Change at The Field Museum; and Maximo Trujillo, a coca farmer in Loboyacu, Loreto, "whose story is a parable of the power of drug money and the ecological recklessness it can create."
The "high-stakes political poker" involved Jonathan Fanton, president of the MacArthur Foundation, John W. McCarter, the Field Museum's president, Robert Abboud, a former Chicago banker and ex-president of Occidental, Ronald J. Gidwitz, then chairman of the Field Museum board, and news anchor Bill Kurtis. The discovery was that "good old-fashioned Chicago clout can work across international borders."
ARCHIVE: See also this May 2001 Chicago Tribune article on "Field Museum aids push for national park."

Mudslides in MPicchu, Cont: Britain's Independent has the best update with two reporters on the scene: "Saturday's disaster could prove ... economically catastrophic ... [u]nless the line from Cuzco is repaired promptly, Machu Picchu will be off-limits to all except those able to pay for helicopter transfers, and Peru's tourist industry will suffer greatly." Wire stories also run in the print versions of the Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald. Australia's ABC News reports that "an Australian tourist trapped ... by mudslides has been evacuated by helicopter."The Voice of America reports that tourists have been evacuated and that "anyone still in the area is out of danger."

Kim Il Sung in Peru: The Korea Central News Agency announces that North Korea's President Kim Il Sung's works were published in Peru, including his most "famous works 'On the Three Principles of National Reunification' and '10-Point Programme of the Great Unity of the Whole Nation for the Reunification of the Country' by the Publilaser Publishing House of Peru. Summary of 'On the Three Principles of National Reunification': This book "comprehensively clarifies the three principles that call for achieving national reunification independently and peacefully on the principle of promoting the great national unity free from outside interference and the orientation and ways for the north and the south to cooperate with each other in all fields of politics, economy and culture."

SpiderMan in Peru: Silver Bullet reports that the new Spider Man (#506) begins like this: "After looking in on the mysterious Ezekiel as he pays a visit to a temple in the jungles of Peru, we see Spider-Man's bid to rescue a hostage being held a gunpoint is aided by the arrival of Ezekiel."

Sporting News: Reuters notes that Alianza Atletico's 3-1 win away to Deportivo San Martin while Alianza Lima were held 1-1 at Union Huaral.

Macro/Micro Econ:
- Dow Jones Newswire reports that Peru's Foreign Reserves crept up to USD$10.450B on April 5.
- Dow Jones notes that "Peru's economic output could reach 3.6% in the first quarter of the year," according to the Finance Ministry and its index of leading economic indicators.
- The Christian Science Monitor lists Peru among the top eight nations who receive the most economic and military aid annually from the USA.
- This week's Business Week magazine writes that "There are a few exceptions [to the global economic malaise] -- the Indian, Japanese, Peruvian, and Mexican bourses are climbing ever higher."

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