Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Peruvians Abusing Peruvians, cont.: Newsday continues its reporting on the 69 Peruvians caught up in the smuggling ring in Long Island and joins it with an editorial today calling for their quick release. The news story says that 59 of the undocumented immigrants were granted "temporary legal residency."  As a result, "the 'continued presence' legal status means the Peruvians can remain in the United States for as long as a year as an investigation continues and as long as they cooperate with prosecutors," according to Wade Horn, assistant secretary for Children and Families in the Department of Health and Human Services.  ALSO: "Three natives of Peru, Mariluz Zavala, her husband, Jose Ibanez, and their daughter, Evelyn Ibanez, have been charged with operating the trafficking ring locally, which authorities describe as one of the largest uncovered in the United States in terms of the number of victims rescued." NOTE: The Rev. Allan Ramirez, a leading Latino advocate, "accused authorities of subjecting them to a second kind of captivity by refusing to let the men and women publicly reveal details of their abuse." The accompanying editorial calls on "the feds should do all they can to make this new form of captivity as brief as possible. These immigrants appear to have suffered enough already."  SEE ALSO: 'Peruvians Abusing Peruvians' in July 10's Peruvia.
JPerez de Cuellar on Iran: Iran offers an interview with Javier Perez de Cuellar and on his views of the Iran-Iraq war during the 1980s when he was Secretary-General of the United Nations.  "In response to a query about the reason that the UN Security Council did not officially announce Iraq as the aggressor, he replied, 'Given that the UN Security Council includes 15 member states and even its five permanent members fail to reach consensus on issues on the agenda, this was quite unlikely.' "  ALSO: "The former secretary general is currently serving as Peru's plenipotentiary envoy to France and its permanent representative to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)."

Peru Negro Nominated: The Associated Press reports that Peru Negro's latest albmu, 'Jolgorio,' has been nominated for a Latin Grammy in the "Best Folk" category (see #26).
Climing Huascarán: Everest News reports on the Andalucía-Antarctica 2004 Expedition, which is sponsored by Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte de la Junta de Andalucía. In this new activity, Seven Summits plans to ascend to Churup Lake (4,485 m.) and the snowy peaks around like Vallanaraju and Jagyaraju.  Other possibilities are Ishinca (5,530 m.), Urus (5,495), Pastoruri (5,240 m.) and other summits like Ranarapalca, Tocllaraju and Palcaraju West, without leaving out the higher peak of Cordillera Blanca, the snowy peak of Huascarán Sur (6,768 metres)."

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