Sunday, September 26, 2004

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Toledo at DC Museum, cont.: The Washington Post gets an introspective interview with President Toledo as he visited the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC. After attending the opening ceremonies, Toledo "returned for a personal pilgrimage, changing his schedule and delaying his trip home." Said the President, "I have a hunch that we are witnessing a movement that is going to be very difficult to stop. What we are asking for is to be included into the life of this country or the Americas . . . we the people who were originally here." ALSO: Toledo declared, "I am an economist, but I am not a miracle maker." It turns out, it was Toledo who offered the questionable detail on democracy in Peru 500 years ago when he declared, "I am the first indigenous Peruvian who was democratically elected in 500 years. That implies an enormous expectation and a heavy weight on one's shoulders. I'm sentenced not to fail." (editorial: Whether he fails or not is yet to be completely determined. It is clear, however, that the indigenous Peruvians who ruled 500 years ago were not democratically elected.) CITED: Bruce Bernstein (Assistant Director at the museum), First Lady Eliane Karp. See Also: ‘Toledo at DC Museum’ in September 22’s Peruvia.

Peruvian Olympians: Xinhua Net reports on Peruvian swimmer Jimmy Eulert Pinto who won a silver medal in the Men's S3 50 meters freestyle at the 12th Paralympic Games in Athens. Peru is fielding a team of five athletes. In Spanish: See this Telefonica press release on Eulert’s participation.

Trading with Thailand: The Thailand News Agency reports that the Board of Trade (BOT) of Thailand "has warned the government that the planned free trade area agreement with Peru may not benefit the country as much as expected, especially in the tourism and aviation industries." Phornsin Phacharintanakul (TNA calls him Pornsil Pacharintanakul), a senior member of the Board of Trade says that "the Peruvian market is still too small and far away from Thailand. Peru’s external trade is also small; total trade in 2002 was valued at less than sixteen billion dollars compared to Thailand’s trade which was valued at more than a hundred billion dollars." NOTE: "Peru is willing to open its market, but some of its domestic regulations may make this difficult in practice and put Thailand at disadvantage," according to the BOT. "Joint ventures and investment requires a ratio of one expatriate to 20 Peruvians, a salary ceiling and a yearly employment contract for foreigners, renewable annually with a nine-year limit," added Mr. Pornsil. ALSO: "Thai Airways International has no plan to launch services to Peru for at least another five years." See Also: 'Trading with Thailand’ in June 12’s Peruvia.

LBozzo’s Troubles, cont.: The Associated Press re-reviews Laura Bozzo’s status that includes the usual colourful details. "In a recently taped segment, Erma, who prostitutes herself to cover the doctor's bills for her 12-year-old son's heart defect, confronts Gregorio, a customer-turned-boyfriend, who is two-timing her with Carolina, whose little girl has a deformed skull. Both women are shown a hidden video exposing Gregorio as a married man. His wife is brought onstage, and the three women slap, scratch and pull at Gregorio, and each other, until Bozzo re-establishes order. Black-shirted bouncers throw Gregorio off the set and Bozzo offers to pay for the children's surgery." NOTE: "Now in her fifth season with Telemundo, in a $2.5 million studio equipped with luxury living quarters, Bozzo, 53, insists her prosecution is going nowhere and she should be freed. She says her only crime was publicly singing Fujimori's praises in the months before his fraud-filled re-election in 2000." ALSO: "She could get seven years, and says she plans to take her case to the United Nations and the U.S. Congress." CITED: Luis Lamas Puccio, a legal analyst, who supports Bozzo. See Also: ‘LBozzo’s Troubles’ in September 21’s Peruvia. Lamas has been defending Bozzo for at least two years.

Human Rights/Terror in Peru: The Associated Press reports on retired USA Army officer and now law professor Jeffrey F. Addicott who is director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary's University. Addicott "has made himself a go-to guy for TV news shows on legal issues that keep popping up in Iraq and Afghanistan." NOTE: In the 1980s, "Addicott devised [a program] for the Peruvian military, then in a protracted fight against the Shining Path guerrillas. [Said a former student,] "It really turned around the very bad practices of the Peruvian government." Addicott’s 1994 Ph.D. dissertation was titled, ‘Institutionalizing Human Rights Values in the Militaries of the New Democracies the Case of Peru.’

Tennis Winners: Reuters has a photograph of Luis Horna and Ivan Miranda as they "celebrate their winning match point to beat Brazil's Ronaldo Carvalho and Gabriel Pitta in doubles to clinch their team's third point of their Americas Zone playoff for the Davis Cup, in Brasilia." NOTE: "The Peruvians swept the first three matches to claim victory with one day of play still to go."

Chachapoyas Again: The Orlando Sentinel has a travel piece on Kuélap, "an immense ruin about halfway between Leymebamba and the city of Chachapoyas." (This is a repeat of a Washington Post piece listed in 'Chachapoyas' on January 18's Peruvia.) NOTE: "With its misty, ridge-top location and 35- to 50-foot limestone walls, Kuélap often draws comparisons to Machu Picchu, the legendary Inca site to the south. Unlike tourist-packed Machu Picchu, however, Kuélap retains a palpable sense of remoteness." CITED: Warriors of the Clouds, Keith Muscutt's classic account of his exploration of the region. The article is accompanied by a ‘Getting There’ section.

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