Sunday, July 04, 2004

Keiko's Wedding: The Associated Press and Reuters report on yesterday's wedding of Keiko Sofia Fujimori to American Mark Vito Villanella with "at least 500 guests ... including former Cabinet members and congressmen," according to the Associated Press and "officiated by Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, a friend of Fujimori," according to Reuters. Alberto Fujimori declared in his weekly radio address from Tokyo, "what I would like most in this life is to be by her side ... Keiko was at my side supporting me during the most difficult decisions at the end of my government." The AP says that the wedding was accompanied by a group of demonstrators on the street outside the Virgen de Fatima church in Miraflores who "shouted insults against the disgraced former leader." NOTE: Hiro Fujimori, Keiko older brother, walked her down the aisle and gave her away at the altar. ALSO ATTENDING: Susana Higuchi, and younger siblings Sachi and Kenji as well as Carlos Raffo. Ms. Fujimori is still awaiting a judges decision as whether recent "charges merit opening a trial." Kyodo reports on the wedding and notes that the former president "is wanted on charges there including dereliction of duty, corruption and authorizing death squads." The Associated Press and Reuters offer photographs of Fujimori detractors and Fujimori supporters outside the church, the bride and brother Kenji, the bride and brother Hiro, and several shots of the bride and groom. SEE ALSO: 'Keiko: Wedding and/or Jail?' in June 26's Peruvia.

History Revisited: The Miami Herald's Andres Oppenheimer writes a column on this fourth of July about the 'big comeback' of South American independence heroes through biographies of Simón Bolívar, José de San Martín and Bernardo O'Higgins among others. He wonders why and asks José Ignacio García Hamilton, the Argentine author of a bestselling biography of San Martín who offers two reasons for the recent interest: "First, people are disheartened by the lack of progress in our countries, and for Latin America's relative backwardness in the 20th century. So people try to dig into their roots, to find out what is the reason behind our stagnation. The second reason is that, at a time of globalization, when we hear around the clock what is happening everywhere, people want to know what has happened in their own village.'' ALSO: "All of them were democrats in their youth. ... But later, after they liberated their countries, all three became dictators." IN SPANISH: The column mentions 'Los Mitos de la Historia Argentina' by Felipe Pigna; Heroes Malditos' by Mario O'Donnell; and Simón by José Ignacio García Hamilton.

Copa América News:

- PERU: The Associated Press declares that Copa America will be Jefferson Farfan's "chance to bid adieu to Peru" as he joins PSV Eindhoven after the continental championship. NOTE: "A disciple of an agile, almost dancing Peruvian style made famous by Alejandro Villanueva, Teofilo Cubillas and Pedro Leon, Farfan is considered by many to be the most promising star from this Andean nation in years."

- ARGENTINA: The wires offer P-H-O-T-O-S of Team Argentina in the Chiclayo stadium. Reuters also has a photo of a banner being hung outside Chiclayo's International Airport. SEE ALSO: The Northern Report has photographs of the preparations of the Elías Aguirre Stadium in Chiclayo.

- BRASIL: Reuters reports from Arequipa on Brazil midfielder Julio Baptista who "missed training on Saturday because of tendinitis in his right foot." The Associated Press (registration: peruvia@peruvia.com/peruvia) (last item) and Xinhua reports that Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has warned his players not to drink coca, "a common liquid remedy to fight off the effects of altitude change." ALSO: The wires offer P-H-O-T-O-S of Team Brazil in Arequipa's Melgar Stadium.

- COLOMBIA: The Miami Herald (second item) says that "another prestigious tournament begins Tuesday in Peru with defending champion Colombia play[ing] Venezuela in the tournament opener." Colombia coach Reinaldo Rueda said, "We must play Copa America with dignity and honor.'' However, a separate Associated Press piece says that the defending Copa champions are in no shape to retain the title.

- MEXICO: The wires offer F-O-T-O-S of the Team Mexico arriving in Chiclayo.

- New Jersey's Star-Ledger reports on jockey Edgar Prado who last year, "swept into town and guided Peace Rules to a 1 3/4-length victory in the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap. Making his first trip to Monmouth Park since that score, Prado returned for the $750,000 United Nations Handicap yesterday afternoon."
- The Independent runs a diary by tennis player Mario Ancic who was put up against Luis Horna in Wimbledon last month. "I now face Luis Horna of Peru, who I should be able to beat. I do, but only after losing the first set. I get it together in the end and win 6-7 6-4 6-3 6-4, but it just goes to show that there are no gimmes in Grand Slams."

Peruvians Entering USA: Iowa's Courier reports on the difficulty Peruvian and other international students are having getting student visas to study in the USA. Robert Pesek, the University of Northern Iowa's culture and intensive English program director, says "he has heard of student visa applicants having their motives questioned by visa officers in the U.S. embassy in Lima, Peru." Adds US Senator Charles Grassley, "It frustrates me to hear that fellow Americans who work in our embassies abroad are questioning Iowa's reputation. Whether an individual is seeking a good education or an employment opportunity, our consular officers should not judge a visa applicant for his or her decision to travel to the Midwest. We deserve more than that." NOTE: "Pesek recently gave a presentation in Peru, and the embassy there has seen many applications for visas to Iowa, several of which have recently been denied. One consulate official reportedly asked why all of a sudden so many students wanted to go study in Iowa. Pesek also is concerned about reports of rude treatment." SEPARATELY: The Detroit News reports on USA J-1 visa waivers which "aims to strengthen medical services in rural America and inner cities" and includes Dr. Claudia M. Velarde and her husband, "both Peruvians, [who] are among several foreign doctors recruited by the Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center." Says Velarde, a kidney specialist, “Not many physicians are willing to spend their lives in a small place."

La Perichole Lives: Florida's News-Journal reviews a production of Jacques Offenbach's 'La Perichole' by the Seaside Music Theater. Said Julia Davidson Truilo who plays the 18th-century Peruvian street singer Perichole, "I did as much research as I could on colonial Peru and the 17th and 18th-century Spanish court. I also looked at modern Peruvian fabrics to get the feeling, and then put it all together."

Pablo Romero Dies: The San Francisco Chronicle publishes the obituary of Pablo Elias Romero. "Born in Callao, Peru, he came to San Francisco in 1963, and worked for The San Francisco Chronicle for 25 years."

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