Sunday, June 13, 2004

Strike Postponed: Reuters reports that "Peruvian airport workers have suspended a boycott against Chilean flag carrier Lan Chile and its LanPeru subsidiary planned for later this week," according to the Minister of Transportation Jose Ortiz. The Unions had "called the boycott for June 16 and 17 in solidarity with Aero Continente." NOTE: Union leaders were not immediately available for comment. ALSO: The Chicago Tribune and the Cleveland Plain Dealer report in their Travel sections that Aero Continente “is now off-limits to Americans." HOWEVER: "As a practical matter, it is unlikely that the U.S. government would find out about any American flying on the airline in South America."

Going to Huacachina: The Los Angeles Times publishes a fun, adventurous, travel story from Huacachina, Ica, "about 190 miles south of Lima." This is "love at first slide for a novice sandboarder, who falls -- again and again -- for the gritty sport while visiting a Peruvian oasis." History: "During the early and mid-20th century, the oasis rose to prominence as a getaway for the Peruvian elite, who spent their nights here in formal wear, listening to an imported orchestra and promenading around the lagoon."

Mummies Detained Before Leaving Peru, cont.: The Miami Herald has yesterday's Associated Press story on the five mummified skulls caught by customs agents. See 'Mummies Detained Before Leaving Peru' in yesterday's Peruvia.

Poor Kids in Lima: The BBC reports on children in poverty, focusing on Las Lomas de Carabayllo, "a shanty town in the desert on the outskirts of Lima," and a British nonprofit, Proceso Social, that is trying to address some of their needs. While this had none of the flair of the stories of Posh in Peru (see below), the place from which this story is reported is precisely where the British superstar went to last month.

Posh In Peru: The British tabloids get all excited about Mrs. David Beckham's visit to Peru last month. The reports include:
- The Sunday Mail: Posh in Peru
- The Sun: Posh Visits Kids in Peru
- icNetwork: 'Posh Brings Glamour to Peru Slums
- Sky: Poverty-stricken children working on a rubbish tip in Peru'
- The Mirror: Slumming It ... Posh Does Her Bit in Peru.
See Also: 'Posh In Peru' in May 25's Peruvia. Then it was the broadsheet The Guardian who reported, 'Posh, Peru and the paparazzi.' IN SPANISH: See also Caretas' take on this whole affair (second story.)

Burn Victims: The Boston area's MetroWest Daily News has an article about "Peruvian victims assisted by MetroWest's League of United Latin American Citizens." The tragedy was a fire in Andahuaylas in 2002 and the charity assisting the victims is the Shriners Burn Hospital in Boston. "To support Peruvian burned children at Shriners Hospital, contact Soledad Johndro at (508) 561-7056 or send a check to Gustavo Vara-Billota, COPEMA, P.O. Box 35470, Brighton, MA 02135."

Joint Forces: The USA Joint Force Command annouced that "over the next two weeks, U.S. and multinational forces face realistic and dynamic exercise scenarios that closely replicate operational challenges military forces routinely encounter around the world." Peru is part of the 'coalition forces' in these excercises.

Candidate for LAmerica?: The Miami Herald's Andres Oppenheimer publishes an essay on 'Is Kerry better than Bush for Latin America?' The answer isn't clear and Oppenheimer mentions Peru only in passing.

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