Thursday, June 17, 2004

Camisea Spigot Turned On, cont.: Bloomberg reports that Techint Argentina "plans to sell as much as $275 million in bonds to finance the construction of gas pipelines across the Andes in the biggest debt sale in the Peruvian market in at least 12 years." Techint is the parent organization of Transportadora de Gas del Peru which has an "$800 million investment in a 460-mile pipeline connecting Peru's Camisea gas fields with Lima, that is slated to go into operation in August and is Peru's biggest energy project." Also Quoted: Ricardo Markous, Transportadora's chairman of the board.

Ilave Protests Again: Reuters reports that "an estimated 7000 native Indian peasants held peaceful protests in [Ilave] on Wednesday to demand that ... Mayor Ramon Arias resign ... saying he was inept and tainted by association with predecessor Cirilo Robles." The story is reported from Lima and is based on a telephone interview with Fidel Mamani, "a community leader," who said "thousands of people holding banners and chanting slogans against Arias and Toledo were marching to the main square."

Priceless Books Missing: The Associated Press reports that about one hundred books "are missing from a public library in Cuzco," according to Clodomiro Caparo, a city councilman. Missing: 'La Florida del Inca,' by Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, printed in 1605, and 'Leyes de Indias' a 1681 volume from a series about colonial laws. QUOTED: "Historian Hector Lopez.

Priceless JFarfan Found: Soccer 365 reports that "Peru starlet Jefferson Farfan should be sold by next week to either a PSV Eindhoven/Chelsea consortium, Real Betis or a mystery Ligue 1 side," according to Alianza Lima chief Alfonso de Souza Ferreira. Betis is offering "three instalments of $500,000, and we want the whole sum - it's not that much money." The teenage striker has been a valuable asset to the national team in the last month.

"Do Not Trust Peruvian Chickens": The Southeast Missourian declares that "Peruvian chickens can't be trusted" in a story about "a local business owner fighting with the U.S. government over 8,800 pounds of condemned powdered egg white product." In 2003, Creative Compounds "purchased the egg product from a manufacturer in Peru intending to use it in a line of sports nutrition products. But then came a snag: According to the U.S. Attorney's office, the imported powdered eggs are in violation of the federal Egg Products Inspection Act. The country of Peru has no continuous inspection system, which means the eggs are prohibited for human consumption in the United States."

Macro/Micro Econ:
- Agence France Press reports on the mining ministers of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Antofagasta "where they are discussing ways to liberalise the trade in minerals and metals." ALSO: "Latin American APEC members, including Mexico and Peru, produce 64% of the world's gold, 50% of its bauxite, 66% of its nickel, 82% of its copper and 75 of its zinc."
- Hop-On announced in a press release that it has received approval to sell is its cellular telephone from the Peruvian Ministry of Transportation and Communication.
- MercoPress reports that "Chile and Brazil agreed to renew efforts with the purpose of achieving South American countries integration emphasizing trade, communications infrastructure and science and technology development."

Governing Women: The Miami Herald's [registration: peruvia@peruvia.com/peruvia] Andres Oppenheimer pegs his column on the U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America's IX Regional Conference on Women last week which "laid out ambitious plans for greater women's participation in congress, municipalities, civil society and the private sector." ALSO: He notes the two women in Toledo's 16-minister: the Minister of Women's Affairs and the Minister of Health."

Copa America, cont.: Xinhua reports that Argentine football player Hernan 'Crespo' Crespohas will not be playing at Copa America. "Argentina will play in Group B in the northern Peruvian cities of Chiclayo and Piura with Mexico, Uruguay and Ecuador."

Photog Retrospective: The Washington Post announces that Washington Post photographer Michael Robinson-Chavez, recently named Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers' Association, will discuss his work on June 22 his 10-year project in Peru in collaboration with the exhibition "The Eyes of History, located at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

SBaca in Concert: The Guardian reviews Susana Baca's concert last night at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on stage with two other "Latin American divas." "Barefoot and backed by a classy and subtle quartet of guitar, bass and Peruvian percussionists, she presented an elegant treatment of soulful ballads and stately dance songs like Negra Presuntuosa."

Tragedy in Junin: Xinhua Net reports that "at least six people were killed and nine others injured after a bus fell off a cliff" near Rio Negro, in Junin. "Police said it was caused by the slippery road conditions after rain."

Conversion Definitions: CounterPunch, in an article titled 'Toward a Single State Solution,' writes about "a group of Indians from Peru who had converted to Judaism and moved to Israel, where they were relocated on what was once Palestinian land." It mentions Nachson Ben-Haim (formerly Pedro Mendosa) who said "he was looking forward to joining the Israeli army to defend the country. Ben-Haim and his coreligionists had moved to Israel with the agreement of the Jewish community in Peru, which did not want them because of the Indians' low socioeconomic status." The article states that to be recognized as Jewish in Israel, conversions must be approved by a religious official, which in effect means an Orthodox rabbi. See Also: 'Israeli Conversion Law May Shift' in June 1 and 'Please, No More Conversions!' in May 31's Peruvia.

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