Monday, October 04, 2004

UPDATED: Mulanovich Loses; Gonzalez Viaña in Academia; Helping Araypallpa
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Toledo Offers Emotion to TV Shows: The China Daily and Reuters report that President Alejandro Toledo “phoned the Cuarto Poder program on America Television after it aired a video it said supported allegations signatures were forged to register his party for 2000 elections. He quickly lost his temper and hung up after insulting the presenter.” China Daily notes that “an audibly furious Toledo accused the show of peddling manipulative journalism as anchor Carlos Espá tried and failed to get a word in edgeways and both men battled to be heard” and quotes Toledo concluding: "A half truth is worse than a lie. That's enough of trying to stain people's honor ... I won't permit it, I haven't anything more to say. You are a coward," after which he hung up and “the line went dead on air.” Anaylsts then stated that this “showed the Peruvian leader as hot-headed and intolerant of press freedom.” Toledo later called PanAmericana Television to say “he was only human and has a right to get angry when faced with lies and manipulation.” This became the lead story in most Lima dailies this morning. CITED: Ernesto Velit Granda (analyst); Alvaro Rojas Samanez (analyst); Juan Sheput (Ministry of the Interior) In Spanish: El Comercio reports that Toledo exclaimed, “El periodismo que Ud. acaba de hacer es canallesco y no se lo permito. No tengo nada más que decir. Es Ud. un cobarde", gritó el jefe de Estado antes de colgar abruptamente la comunicación telefónica.” Also: ‘Cuarto Poder’ debuts from this 2002 story in La Republica.

Fujimori Denies Millions, cont.: The Associated Press and Kyodo News report that Fujimori released a statement in Tokyo in which he “totally den[ies] the accusations” by Peruvian Supreme Court Judge Jose Lecaros Cornejo that he embezzled funds and suggested that “the accusations follow a poll showing he is the front-runner in the next presidential elections.” He did not cite the name of the poll. Judge Lecaros made the accusation on Saturday on CPN radio but “did not say where the accounts were located or how much they contained.” Kyodo adds that Fujimori declared, “It is completely false that I diverted donations by Japanese charities,” saying that investigations of Apenkai and Aken, which are both nongovernmental organizations in Peru, “have proven that ‘every penny’ of the donations were used to build schools.” See Also: ‘Fujimori’s Millions’ in yesterday’s Peruvia.

Tax Receipts Climb: Reuters reports that “Peru's September tax revenues rose 12.8% to 2.05 billion soles (US$613 million) in inflation-adjusted terms, higher than the 1.95 billion soles generated in August,” according to the state tax agency SUNAT. NOTE: “Tax revenues, which have been steadily increasing over the past two years, are seen as key in helping the government of President Alejandro Toledo meet a fiscal deficit goal of 1.4% of gross domestic product this year.”

Free Trade? Dow Jones reports from Quito on the trade disputes between the United States and Peru and Ecuador with a focus on the latter’s perspective. “Ecuador's ambassador to the U.S., Raul Gangotena, will meet Tuesday with U.S. government officials … and Minister of Trade Ivone Baki and her trade negotiator, Cristian Espinosa, said Monday the government in Quito is willing ‘to resolve all the pending problems with U.S. companies and organizations’.” NOTE: “On Wednesday, the InterAmerican Affairs Committee of the U.S. Congress will meet with officials from the State Department, the United States Trade Representative office and officials from U.S. companies with investments in Ecuador and Peru.” See Also: ‘Free Trade?’ in October 1’s Peruvia.

Helping Araypallpa: The University of California’s Santa Barbara Daily Nexus reports that the university’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), worked with the residents of Araypallpa (in Paruro, Cuzco), population 450, to install “solar panels that provide a source of electricity for lighting used in classrooms.” CITED: Kaitlin Ergun (university student) NOTE: “Members of EWB spent significant time with the people of Araypallpa to get an idea of their needs. The EWB team surveyed locals on everything from their heath and hygiene to education and economic information.” ALSO: “The people [in Peru] were amazing. We made great friendships with the people of Araypallpa," Ergun said. “We were the first group of people to go into their community [to help] and I had never received such a welcome in my entire life.” See Also: The project summary from Engineers Without Borders and EWB’s work in other locations in Peru.

Whose Pisco?, cont.: The Taipei Times puts out a slightly modified and abbreviated Associated Press from over the weekend and this one begins, “When ships sailed out of this port some 150 years ago, it wasn't the guano fertilizer in the holds that high-flying California miners were waiting for -- it was the Peruvian firewater also stowed on board. The bird-dropping boom has been over for more than a century, but Peru now is hoping to rekindle foreign interest in pisco, a clear grape brandy bearing the name of this rundown town 205km down the Pacific coast from Lima.”

Newmont Review: The Associated Press reports from Cajamarca on “Yanacocha, 51% owned by Denver-based Newmont Mining Corp., [which] still has a serious image problem to overcome.” The story is pegged largely on a half dozen interviews, though none from the government. Gerardo de la Cruz, a 42-year-old farmer, is one of thousands who spent two weeks blockading the mine. Segundo Briones, a community leader says, “the frogs, ducks and trout we used to have in the Rio Grande are gone. We won't be fooled anymore.” ALSO: Doug Hock (Newmont) said Yanacocha “underestimated water concerns but was eager to work more closely with the community on the new water study.” And Antonio Brack, a leading Peruvian ecologist, “blames Yanacocha and the government in distant Lima, which he says gives short shrift to the region's traditions and water needs and thinks of its people as ‘poor peasants, period’.” See Also: ‘Newmont Gives Up’ in October 2’s Peruvia.

More Mining:

Baggage on Delta: Delta Air Lines announced in a press release its annual baggage policy for flights to select Latin American cities during the holiday travel season. “From Nov. 15, 2004, through Jan. 15, 2005, Delta is limiting the total number of both checked and carry-on items, as well as the size and weight parameters for these items.” Details for travel to Lima are offered in the press release.

Kon-Tiki Falling Apart: The Norway Post reports that the Kon-Tiki Museum has warned the Ministry of Environment that “Thor Heyerdahl's ‘Kon-Tiki’ raft made from balsawood logs is cracking up and disintegrating. It says that the reed boat "Ra II" is also in danger of falling apart. NOTE: “The Kon-Tiki expedition drifted across the Pasific Ocean, from Peru to Polynesia in 1947.”


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