Sunday, August 21, 2005

Miró Quesada Defends Press in USA: The St. Petersburg Times runs an editorial on the Inter-American Press Agency [sic: it’s really the Inter-American Press Association] sending a delegation to visit New York Times reporter Judith Miller in a jail in Virginia. Said IAPA President Alejandro [Miró] Quesada, editor of El Comercio, "The U.S. is the most important reference regarding democratic principles. The governments in other countries will really be watching what happens here." See Also: The IAPA press release.

Rumsfeld in Lima: New York Daily News columnist Albor Ruiz follows Friday's NYTimes ‘Cold War’ theme on Rumsfeld’s trip to Peru. "Which is why one has to wonder whose idea it was to send Rumsfeld on a 'diplomatic' mission to South America. ‘Déjà vu’ could have been Rumsfeld's motto during his visit to Paraguay and Peru last week. It was as if the secretary of defense had taken a trip back in time to the years when the Cold War raged in all its fury."

Toledo’s Numbers Down: Angus-Reid Consultants review the latest CPI poll and concludes that "fewer Peruvians are satisfied with Alejandro Toledo: Only 10.2% of respondents in Metropolitan Lima approve of the president’s performance, down 6.3% since July." See Also: 'On PPK' in Friday's Peruvia reviewed the new Prime Minister's poll numbers.

Inca Trail to Close: The Chicago Tribune and the Times of London (following on a 10-day old Reuters story which also ran last week in this NYTimes column), reports that the Inca Trail "will be closed for three months a year under new plans from Peru’s Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry. The new proposals suggest the famous path to Machu Picchu, which currently closes in February, should be shut from January to March "to prevent the erosion of soil, destruction of flora and fauna, and build-up of rubbish."

Travel: The Washington Post has a travel story on Madre de Dios and the Manu Preserve titled, "Just Wild About Peru." The story includes a sidebar on ‘How to Get There,’ a photo of a caiman by reporter Dana Priest, as well as a stock photo of the winding Pinquen River from National Geographic. Dana Priest is the Washington Post's national security reporter .

Catching Up: The Washington Post includes a summary of the Edgar Vera story in their ‘Nation in Brief’. (See ‘Death in Texas’ in yesterday’s Peruvia.) And the Miami Herald, which had an exclusive story on Friday with Tyler Bridges story on Montesinos, runs Friday’s Knight Ridder story today on Fujimori. (See 'On Fuji' in Friday's Peruvia.)

SPORTS: Reuters has several photographs of the Gold Medal-winning women’s soccer team including Cintya Marote, Lisseth Diaz, at the XV Bolivarian Games in Pereira, Colombia.

Business: Korea’s JoongAng Daily story on conterfeit merchandise and reports that "an LG Electronics official said the company learned last year that fake cell phones tagged as LG's were being sold in Peru."

Spanish Stuck in Huayhash: The Irish Sun reports on four Basque mountaineers "who were trekking in the area of the small lake of Biskonga in the mountain change of Huayhash (5,000 meter high) in Peru were rescued after they suffered from altitude sickness. It seems the cause of the altitude sickness was the cold weather and the lack of acclimation. The four people, Eneko Arenaza, 29, Asier Mediavilla, 28, Ekain Caigal, 27, and Laura Guey, 25, have spent the night at a police station, from where they will go to a hospital in the morning. The four were taken to the town of Chiquian, 4,200 meter high. As there are no helicopters available, they are waiting for a van to be taken to a hospital and receive treatment." [Editorial Note: No knowledge of a Lake 'Biskonga' could be ascertained independently.]

Summit Coming: The Miami Herald’s Andres Oppenheimer writes today, "If I were a U.S. ambassador in Latin America and were asked by President Bush to give some recommendations for his upcoming trip to Argentina for the 34-country Summit of the Americas, I would suggest that -- in addition to trade and investment proposals -- he announce creation of a Virtual Peace Corps." ALSO: "Most Latin American leaders would tell you -- and many of us agree -- that you could make a big splash at the Nov. 4-5 Summit of the Americas by indicating a willingness to reduce our outrageous agricultural subsidies. But I'm aware that you are not prepared to do this unless the Europeans do the same." NOTE: Oppenheimer is referring to at the Miami-based Network Access Point (NAP) of the Americas, "a major Internet interconnection center in the hemisphere, and it calls for offering technological assistance in education and health."

Strengthening the Media: Tomorrow’s International Herald Tribune quotes saying Serbian Sasa Vucinic on his Media Development Loan Fund, which finances independent media companies in nascent democracies. "We want to be in places like Peru after Fujimori or Georgia after Shevardnadze, in the crucial months when a free expression can become institutionalized before the government gets annoyed."

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