Friday, April 30, 2004

Mayor Lynched, cont: The Associated Press and MineWeb update the Ilave/Mayor story, reporting today from Tilali, Puno where "some 800 Indians in this village held five councillors hostage after their mayor [Melecio Larico Quispe] fled [to Juliaca], fearing he also would be lynched." The president of the village council, Ruben Coasaca, stated, "'We have been protesting for 18 days, demanding the resignation and removal of the mayor." On Ilave: "Mayoral duties were handed to [murdered mayor] Robles's deputy, who is under investigation for allegedly inciting the mob that killed him." The article ends with some anthropological musings including quotes from Rodrigo Montoya Rojas and this: "it is not uncommon in isolated Indian communities for residents to mete out vigilante justice against local officials accused of corruption, beating them or parading them naked through the community." MineWeb reports that Daniel Jimemez, president of the Puno Department, told Radioprogramas radio that "the uprising should serve as a wake-up call to the central government in Lima of the dire social and economic problems in the rural Andes." In Spanish: Caretas provides a good wrap-up of three municipalities in Puno.

Saving Water, cont: The New York Times includes a version of yesterday's Reuters story on SEDAPAL's "plans to halt the supply of water to Lima." [NOTE: Only The Miami Herald, among the major USA dailies, has included anything on the lynching of the Ilave mayor in their print editions.]

Terror in Peru: The United States Department of State released their "Patterns of Global Terrorism - 2003" report which suggests that "the total number of international terrorist attacks in 2003 was the lowest since 1969." (See today's Washington Post article for the low-key news coverage.) However, in the section on the Western Hemisphere, Peru was #2 on their list of concerns. "The State Department indicated that on a country-by-country level for the Western Hemisphere, the domestic terrorist threat was particularly serious in Colombia, and to a lesser degree in Peru." More Detail: "The most serious SL event in 2003 was the kidnapping of 68 workers and three police guards in June at a Camisea gas pipeline project in Toccate, Ayacucho Department."

Sendero Suggests Strikes, cont: Reuters reports that the Interior Ministry "offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the capture of 'Comrade Artemio,' the highest-ranking leader of the Shining Path rebel group still at large." (The Wanted Poster on the Ministry of Interior's website has a toll-free number as well as an email address.) Reuters says that the televised interview from earlier this month was with "a masked man claiming to be Artemio." In that April 18 interview, 'Artemio' gave the government 60 days to come up with a response in the search for a political solution. ARCHIVE: "Sendero Suggests Strikes, cont.' in April 20's and April 19's Peruvia.

Colombia Calling Montesinos: The Miami Herald includes a short piece (not found anywhere else) in their 'America's' column reporting that "Colombia's top prosecutor [Judge Ines Tello] has asked to interview Vladimiro Montesinos."

MPicchu Rails Seem to Be OK: Orient Express put out a press release to announce their "recently launched Hiram Bingham luxury train." For US$2,750, you can puchase a 7-night/8-day package and enjoy a stay at "all of the Orient-Express hotels in Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu; take a luxury train journey aboard the Hiram Bingham between Cusco and Machu Picchu, including afternoon tea, dinner, water, and coffee and tea, and enjoy a guided tour of the ruins at Machu Picchu." (See 'Mudslides in MPicchu' in April 13's Peruvia.)

Miners Strike, cont: Dow Jones reports that Energy and Mines Minister Jaime Quijandria is downplaying the effect of the strike. "The strike by the federation didn't have an important effect in its first day, as it didn't paralyze activities at the main mines," Quijandria told Congress. Elmer Gallegos (Cuajone mine workers' union) declared, "95% to 100% of workers are supporting the stoppage." This Bloomberg piece from late yesterday re-stated that among other miners, "all 1,300 workers at Southern Peru, the nation's biggest copper miner, and 1,500 employees at Shougang Hierro Peru, the nation's only iron miner, went on strike," according to Guillermo Panca from Southern Peru's Toquepala mine and Julio Ortiz from Shougang Hierro Peru SA. The Numbers: "The mining industry is helping drive Peru's 4 percent economic growth this year and accounts for about 27% of all income tax paid," according to the Energy and Mines Ministry. Also quoted were Pedro Escate (general secretary of the Mining Workers' National Federation); Guillermo Vidalon (Southern Peru); but not Liu Wei (Shougang).

'What the Eye Doesn't See': Francisco Lombardi's 2003 film is playing tonight in Rhode Island and tonight and tomorrow in Washington DC. RIsland's Providence Journal summarizes the movie: "Six stories set during Peru's Watergate-style scandal of 2000, which toppled President Fujimori." (Archive: See this review in the Miami Herald.)

Macro/Micro News:
- Reuters reports that "Peru's consumer prices fell 0.02% in April, helped by lower food and drink, cultural and educational items and services," according to INEI.
- BNAmericas reports that Banco de Crédito, Peru's largest bank, "expects this year to beat the 309mn soles (US$89mn) in net profits recorded in 2003 thanks to reduced costs and greater efficiency," according to investor relations manager José Hung at parent Credicorp.

JBond in Peru: Commander Bond, a James Bond fan-site, reviews the new video game for 'Everything or Nothing' with this: "003 has suddenly gone missing, and has failed to report to Mi6 for several days. 003 was investigating Diavolo in Puerto Viejo, Peru. M ships our 007, a gadget laden Porsche Cayenne Turbo SUV." (See also '007 in Peru?' January 13's Peruvia.

Jockey Winner: The Thoroughbred Times headlines: "Top Peruvian jockey boots in first U.S. winner at Aqueduct." The winner is 22-year-old Victor Fernandez who "scored his first win in the United States on Wednesday after arriving in New York just last week." Fernandez is a three-time leading jockey in Peru.

Rossellini Joins The Goat: Variety reports that Isabella Rossellini "will topline "The Feast of the Goat," Luis Llosa's bigscreen adaptation of the novel by his cousin, Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa." (For an earlier Variety report, see February 18's Peruvia.)

Criminal Predator: New York's Newsday reports on Dr. Walter Calderon, 34, a Peruvian, who "was taken into custody Wednesday night after being arraigned on charges of molesting two 'vulnerable' female patients."

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