Thursday, May 06, 2004

Rospigliosi Censured: The Agence France Press, the Associated Press, the BBC, Bloomberg, Dow Jones, Reuters and the Voice of America all report that Interior Minister Fernando Rospigliosi has been "effectively fired" by Congress "when it censured him over accusations he mishandled a riot in southern Peru last month that led to the killing of a mayor." The vote was 62 votes for censure; 39 against; six abstensions. The measure needed 61 to pass. Bloomberg quotes Nelson Manrique (Catholic University), Prime Minister Carlos Ferrero, and the new Apoyo poll numbers. The BBC also mentions the poll. (See 'CPI Polling' in yesterday's Peruvia.) Reuters quotes Congressman Javier Diez Canseco and Paulina Arpasi, a native Aymara member of Toledo's party, both of whom voted for censure. In addition to Arpasi, four other members of AToledo's Peru Posible party voted for censure. The AFP notes that Ilave Mayor Roble's widow, Marina Cutipa, has accused the new mayor Arturo Sandoval "of having ordered the lynching." The AP quotes Congressman Rafael Rey Rey declaring, "The problem isn't Fernando Rospigliosi, the problem is Alejandro Toledo.' Dow Jones quotes Alan Garcia and compares Rospigliosi's censure vote with AFujimori. IN PRINT: The Miami Herald gets the ouster; the Washington Post only gets in a pre-vote piece. NOTE: This is the first time the Washington Post refers to the lynching of the mayor of Ilave. Reuters offers a photograph of the resigned Rospigliosi as well as archived photos during better days.

Mayor Lynched, cont.: Latinamerica Press profiles Mayor Fernando Cirilo Robles Callomamani and includes commentary by Rodrigo Montoya: "In Peru there are two errors in politics. The first is to confuse Lima with Peru. Authorities do not want to see that there is a problem anywhere else. The second is to believe that democracy is only synonymous with elections and that we are now living in a democratic system. Democracy assumes respect for others. And when the others are discriminated against racially, trampled on, mistreated, the resentment accumulates." Agence France Press puts out a new photo of the funeral of the lynched Ilave mayor. [NOTE: The two most recent polls, Imasen and CPI, are both Lima-exclusive.]

Coca Rising, cont.: Reuters also offers an udpate on the marchers and refers to a new government study that says "Peruvian demand for legal coca products is three times larger than the government coca agency ENACO supplies." Reuters also puts out a photograph of coca farmer Eugenia Escalante among others in the march. The article suggests that demand may be in part due to two large coca-using companies: Kokka Royal Food (with quotes from Eduardo Mazzini and Cristina Tudela) and 'Vortex energy drink,' (with quotes from Christian Chang). Both companies have export plans. Others cited: Congressman Adolfo LaTorre who wants to regulate legal coca production more efficiently. And Maria Quiroz is selling coca flavoured yogurt in the informal market. For More on Kokka and Vortex see the Assoicated Press piece in 'Have Some New Coke!' in April 11's Peruvia.

S/.1.5 Billion More for The State: The Miami Herald's business section reports on the increased spending by the Peruvian government "by 1.4 billion soles ($402 million), mainly in education and health, as the government's tax revenue will increase on a new banking tax and higher income from mining companies," according to Prime Minister Carlos Ferrero. The raise comes as a result of the new banking tax and the growing income tax revenue from the mining sector.

Gold Conference, cont.: Reuters continues their coverage of the Gold Conference in Lima with a report on Minera Aruntani, "a promising new gold mine [which] cost $25 million to get up and running and reserves should 'easily beat 3 million ounces this year," according to Exploration Manager Dante Loayza. The conference hall was "packed." Others cited: Enrique Figueroa (Placer Dome) and Ramon Araneda (Minera Barrick Misquichilca).

Dirty Copper: BNAmericas reports that an "independent report on the thorny water issue at global resource giant Anglo American's US$1 billion Quellaveco copper project in [Moquegua] is due to be published shortly." Through an "well-placed source," the story states that the report "will suggest a 'mixed solution' to Quellaveco's water supply."

Peru's Submarines: Connecticut's The Dolphin notes that the USS Thomas S. Gates will participate in an anti-submarine warfare exercise with the Peruvian Navy later this year. Earlier: For another exercise with subs, see 'Peruvian Submarine' in March 15's Peruvia.

Children's Artist: North Carolina's Herald Sun profiles artist Miriam Sagasti, "the native of Peru [who] has been illustrating children's books for years." See also several books that Sagasti has illustrated.

Food in Miami: The Miami Herald runs a delightful review of Cacciuco, an Italian Peruvian seafood restaurant in Coral gables. ALSO in their food section: The Miami Herald writes about cashews and notes that "Sixteenth-century European explorers found cashew trees growing on the banks of the Marañón River basin in the Peruvian Amazon, and named its fruit marañón or jocote marañón.

De Soto's Prize, cont.: The Washington Post includes HdeSoto's Cato Instute prize in their gossip page today. The "poverty activist" will be awarded the Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty tonight in San Francisco. (See the prize's announcement in 'De Soto Wins Prize' in April 1's Peruvia).

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