Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Peruvians Abusing Peruvians, cont.: New York Newsday continues its investigation on the 69 Peruvians illegally smuggled into the United States and reports that "federal agents in Peru were trying to determine how some of them received visas from the U.S. Embassy there," according to Lynn Roche, (who has been the Cultural Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Lima). CITED: Stuart Patt, (State Department's Consular Affairs). While "at least 21 of the Peruvians [claimed they] had tourist visas... 'the majority' had not entered the U.S. with tourist visas, but had been smuggled in by the ring." Said an employer of some of the protagonists: "They were wonderful people, very dedicated, hard workers." A separate Newsday story reports that "if they are fortunate, [the 69] may end up with a green card. If they are not, they could be deported to their homeland, where they may be in danger from traffickers." NOTE: "Federal sources said yesterday it is unlikely the Peruvians will be deported unless they have a criminal background because they are considered victims of the smugglers, who are the main targets of U.S. prosecutors." ALSO: The local Peruvian consulate has contracted with the International Immigrants Foundation for assistance in the case but a "controversy broke out over who will provide the immigrants with legal counsel, with some advocates criticizing the group." Also cited: The Long Island Immigrant Alliance.

Drug Conference in Lima: The South African News Agency reports on a study released by DEVIDA (National Commission for Development and Living without Drugs) which shows that "drug cartels hire Peruvian children aged between six and eight to process coca leaves ... to stamp coca leaves mixed with chemicals in order to release the cocaine." The report was released "in conjunction with a meeting of the Andean Committee for Alternative Development." The 'II Foro Internacional sobre Drogas' will be held in Lima tomorrow. IN SPANISH: See this news summary from Radio 1160.

Brazil Will Shoot Down Drug Planes: The Associated Press and the Financial Times report that "the United States and Brazil are close to agreement on ways to cooperate on shooting down aircraft over Brazil that belong to drug dealers form neighboring countries." The Financial Times reports that "Brazil, Peru and Colombia in February signed the first agreement for their military and police to co-operate in the war on drug trafficking." SEE ALSO: 'Borders' in February 12's Peruvia.

Peruvians Are Mainly ‘Type O’: Newsday reports, in a story about different blood types, "About 43% of Americans are Type O, but so are nearly 100% of Peruvian Indians."

Motorola To Help CARE: Motorola announced in a press release that they are joining CARE, the international humanitarian organization, in "a new relationship to provide mission critical technology in some of the most remote parts of the world," including Peru." Telephone and radio technology does not exist in the rough landscape of the Peruvian highlands in Puno, which suffers the country’s highest maternal mortality rate. ... Pregnant women and mothers with medical complications will now be able to call for an ambulance, reach a doctor, nurse or CARE worker for consultation and arrange transport for medicine." SEE ALSO: Current CARE projects in Peru.

Free Trade, cont.: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on the second round of talks toward the Andean Free Trade Agreement with Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and the USA and quotes Sylvia Ostry (University of Toronto) criticizing the talks saying that “When the United States seeks individual free trade treaties with Latin American nations, it hurts chances for the hemisphere-wide deal it is pushing.” SEE ALSO: ‘Free Trade’ in June 20’s Peruvia.

Macro/Micro Econ:
- Lucent Technologies released a corrected press release to announce "that it has been selected by Nextel Peru to provide managed services for Nextel's multi-vendor network." SEE ALSO: the original press release in 'Macro/Micro Econ' in June 16's Peruvia.
- Reuters reports that South African miner Anglo American "has pulled out of next month's auction for the huge Las Bambas copper project because of the Lima government's decision to impose royalties on mining companies," according to a government source.
- Oil & Gas News reports that the "$2.15 billion LNG export venture, which aims to sell natural gas from Peru’s Camisea project to the US and Mexico, received a boost when the project’s operators and the government wrapped up lengthy negotiations for a neighboring block that will add substantial gas reserves," according to Antonio Cueto, head of Perupetro.
- The Washington Times summarizes Monday's Reuters interview with CGTP leader Mario Huaman and the planned July 14 strike.

Peruvian Priest Hiding? The Dallas Morning News, following up on their earlier stories, reports that "Salesians of Don Bosco leaders have disputed a report by The Dallas Morning News that they have moved priests accused of child sexual abuse from country to country, away from law enforcement and victims." An earlier version of the story (no longer online) named "Rev. Carlos Peralta, a Salesian priest from Peru who is wanted for questioning by Chicago police."

Aguaje - The Miracle Fruit!: Ananova reports that Aguaje "is said to have become popular with Peruvian women seeking curvier figures." The fruit is "said to have a huge quantity of hormones and to give women curves" and "is also said to be an aphrodisiac." Model Paola Ruiz told Las Ultimas Noticias: "If I don't eat the Aguaje I have to go to the gym. I could eat 25 in a day." NOTE: Is this Paola?

Morning-After Pill Makes Waves, cont.: Human Life International denounced, in another press release, the NGO Flora Tristan for "its attacks on Congressman Hector Chavez Chuchon who in turned, had denounced USAID. Thomas Euteneuer, president of HLI, declared that "Congressman Chavez is a man of principles who is receiving the trashing radical feminists deal out to truth-tellers."

Ronaldo in Peru, cont.: Glasgow's Evening Times, apparently using this Reuters story, reports on Ronaldo's promotional tour for AmBev in Peru and focuses on his weight and whether he was a metrosexual. NOTE: Ronaldo will not form part of the Brazilian squad for the Copa America. SEE ALSO: 'Ronaldo in Peru' in yesterday's Peruvia.

Criminal Predator, cont.: The Associated Press, New York Newsday, and the New York Post update the story on Walter Calderon, a Peruvian doctor in Manhattan who has now "has pleaded guilty to charges of groping and fondling three female patients at Metropolitan Hospital while telling them he was giving them medical examinations." NOTE: "Calderon, a native of Peru, received his medical education and license in his home country." SEE ALSO: 'Criminal Predator' in April 30's Peruvia. Tabloid NY Post headline: 'DIRTY DOC GETS 90 DAYS FOR GROPING DISABLED PATIENTS.'

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