Sunday, April 25, 2004

Tensions Over Asparagus, cont: The New York Times, catching up with months of wire stories, pits Peru's asparagus production against USA asparagus growers, with a provacative headline: "War on Peruvian Drugs Takes a Victim: U.S. Asparagus." Farmers in eastern Washington and Michigan argue that their jobs are being lost as a result of the Andean Trade Preference Act. Quoted are Alan Schreiber, (Washington Asparagus Commission); John Bakker, (Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board); an asparagus farmer Ed McKay; and David Murray (White House's drug policy office). The White House suggests that "a thriving asparagus industry in Peru stabilizes the country and provides an incentive to grow something other than coca leaves, the raw material of a drug used regularly by about 2.8 million Americans." According to the Peruvian Asparagus Institute, asparagus in Peru "employed 50,000 people and 40 percent came from coca-producing regions" and explicitly links their work as "another face of the battle against terrorism." The asparagus industry in the USA was valued at $217 million in 2000. Archive: See 'Free Trade or Free Trade?' in yesterday's Peruvia; 'Exports' on April 2; and 'Tensions over Asparagus' on April 1. NOTE: To read archived LATimes articles, Peruvia readers can use 'Peruvia' as both the Username and the Password.

Fair Trade or Fair Trade?, cont: An opinion column in Minnesota's Pioneer Press argues that "excess barbers in Peru do not lower haircut costs in Minnesota even though new copper mines in the same country might reduce the cost of wiring new houses here."

Cipriani Questioned, cont: The Miami Herald uses a dated Associated Press article to run: 'Murder rumors have Peru abuzz' about Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani's subpoena. See 'Cipriani Questioned' in April 21 below.

War of the Pacific, cont: The Washington Times publishes an editorial on energy politics in Latin America and how they may affect the North American consumer. "Chile's needs could be covered by Bolivia, but that is politically unfeasible. Over the past year, some Bolivian politicians have resuscitated lingering bitterness over a 1879 war with Chile, and have blocked a pipeline project that would connect the neighboring countries. ... If attempts to reroute the project through Peru prove unfeasible, Bolivia will have lost the only foreseeable opportunity for generating significant revenue for social services."

LHorna Champion! Berumuda's Royal Gazette reports that Luis Horna defeated Martin Vassallo Arguello of Italy in the XL Capital Bermuda Open singles final at the Coral Beach Club. "Horna, who swept past Frenchman Stephane Robert in straight sets on Saturday, defeated Arguello in three sets." See: 'LHorna Praised' in April 21 below.

Hiking the Trail: Colorado's Daily Camera does a travel piece on hiking the Inca trail. Cited: Leo Cusi Loaiza, (Wayki Trek); Garcilaso de la Vega (16th-century historian); and Pablo Neruda. Also: "Perhaps the most essential Spanish phrase for Cusco is ya hemos commido [sic], which means "we have already eaten." (Note: All travel was done before the recent mudslides.)

Driving with Bernuy: Florida's Naple News profiles paisano Juan Bernuy, the owner of Bernuy Driving School, who "founded the driving school for Spanish speakers 13 years ago and has schools operating in western Florida." In his native Peru, Bernuy "taught mathematics to aspiring naval officers before fleeing the country's economic chaos in the early 1980s."

What?! The New York Times' ombudsman writes a piece on the how the New York Times has viewed itself as a "newspaper of record" and quotes Bill Borders, a senior editor at the paper who declares, "Long ago, the Times used to feel an obligation to print lots of things that we knew no one much would read - the new members of the Peruvian cabinet, for example - just to get them on the record. Fortunately those days are over."

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