Thursday, August 25, 2005

TANS CRASH: Updates on the TANS plane crash is found below, following today’s other news.

PERUVIAN INJURED IN HAITI: Bloomberg (Bill Varner) and the United Nations News Service reports that a Peruvian United Nations peacekeeper in Haiti "was shot in the leg and seriously wounded when his patrol came under fire from armed bands in Port-au-Prince yesterday as violence in the city continued to raise serious concerns." Bloomberg reports that "UN soldiers from Peru were patrolling an oil storage facility just outside Cite Soleil when they came under fire yesterday from inside the slum. … The two sides exchanged fire for an hour before the troops left the area.

Rio Group To Review Haiti: Cuba’s Prensa Latina reports on the the foreign ministers and deputy ministers of the Rio Group that began today at the Bariloche tourist center, following the postponement of the Rio Summit of their presidents. "Issues under discussion will be the strengthening of the group, the multiplicity of forums, and a common position for the Summit of the Americas, promoted by the US and to be held in Mar del Plata on November 4-5. The meeting was postponed due to the inability of some heads of state to attend due to their extensive agendas and high-level meetings. The main topic is concern about continued Haitian instability weeks out from the elections due to the lack of institutionality and security, and the meeting aims for consensus to request an extension of time for the multinational troops."

Tsunami Reached Peru: Agence France Press reports on a new study by the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory which suggests that last December’s tsunami in Asia reached the Peruvian coast.

PPK Ready for Congress: Dow Jones (Robert Kozak) reports that Prime Minister Pedro Pablo Kuczynski "plans to appear before Congress Thursday to outline various policy goals for the last year of the government of President Alejandro Toledo. Congress will also vote on whether to approve Toledo's new cabinet, sworn in last week." Quotes from PPK: Theme One: "One sector is on what we will do with the economy, what we have done, and to see if the growth has trickled down." Theme Two: "We are also going to talk about the theme of security, which is fundamental for living in an orderly and prosperous nation." Theme Three: "A third theme is to see what we can do with the rest of the term to make the government more efficient."

Peru is Melting, cont.: The BBC (Hannah Hennessy) reports that Peru’s glaciers are in retreat and suggests that the Pastouri glacier’s ice caps have retreated by about 200m" in the past 10 years. Soon it, like many other glaciers in Peru, will have disappeared almost completely." NOTE: "Peru, in turn, is one of the countries worst affected by climate change in the world. … Experts predict all the Peruvian glaciers below 5,500m will disappear by 2015. This is the majority of Peru's glaciers." CITED: Marco Zapata (Institute for National Resources) in Huaraz; and Emilio Himenez a famer near the Llanganuco lakes for almost four decades. SEE ALSO: 'Peru is Melting' in July 23, 2004's Peruvia.

Commission Delays: The IPS News Service (Ramiro Escobar) reoprts on the delays in the impementation of what Peru’s Miami Herald (Jacob Goldstein) offers a ‘pisco primer’ including the current politics surrounding it, in their food section. "It may be possible to understand pisco without considering the Spanish conquest of South America, the Chilean invasion of Peru and the first Peruvian driver to finish the Paris-Dakar road rally." NOTE: There is now "a case before the United Nations-sponsored World International Trade Organization." CITED: Pisco Montesierpe and a quote from the website of Chile’s USA Embassy: "'Shared with our Peruvian neighbours, pisco is a grape brandy of high alcoholic grade'."

Press Awards: The Miami Herald applauds the honorable mention for feature writing from the Inter American Press Association for a series on the problems of land ownership in Peru, Venezuela and Mexico which ran last year, and included stories by Tyler Bridges, who is based in Lima, Peru; Jane Bussey, a business-desk staff writer who covers Latin American issues; and Frances Robles, then the newspaper's Andean Bureau chief based in Bogotá. NOTE: Héctor Tobar, Latin American correspondent for The Los Angeles Times, won the top award in the category with a series of articles on the dangers that Latin American democracies face. SEE ALSO: The August 3 IAPA press release on the awards also noted that an honorable mention for feature writing went to "Juan Ponce Valenzuela, El Comercio, Peru, for "Cara y Sello," a picture showing the contrast between poverty and wealth in portraying a beggar outside a store window containing a mannequin in a luxurious wedding dress." NOTE: The Awards Comittee included: María Ofelia Cerro Moral (La Industria de Trujillo y Chiclayo); Silvia Miró Quesada (El Comercio) Editorial Note: It is unfortunate that the Miami Herald now block their stories. For a brief summary, see 'Land: Power/Problem' in Apirl 4, 2004's Peruvia; Google still has an archived version of Bridge's story.

IAPA vs. Luis Toledo: The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has a press relesase that expresses "outrage at attacks carried out by a brother of Peru’s President Alejandro Toledo on two television reporters while they were investigating alleged wrongdoing by government officials. According to complaints received by the IAPA from local news media, journalists and press organizations, the president’s brother, Luis Toledo Manrique, punched reporter Gino Márquez Alvarez and cameraman Germán Huaroto Parra from the América Televisión news program ‘Cuatro Poder’, who at the time were investigating allegations of unlawful use of official vehicles."

Rumsfeld in Lima, cont: Cuba’s Granma International (Juana Carrasco Martin) reports that "the most noteworthy recent visit, and the one with the most commitment to the southern geographic area, has just been made by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, on his fifth tour of the region and his third in just 10 months, this time through Paraguay and Peru. He suspended his stopover in Uruguay given that the work agenda had been made public." NOTE: "With that usual Bushite-team blindness, Rumsfeld told the Peruvian president: ‘We recognize and respect the leadership role that you have taken in this country politically and from an economic standpoint as well as a security standpoint.’ And – surprise! –, while Toledo affirmed that "encouraging democracy is a shared responsibility," he also stated that he did not want to discuss other countries’ internal affairs."

Ayahuasceros and Shamans: The Guardian (Mark Pilkington) reports that "in 1985, Swiss-Canadian anthropology student Jeremy Narby spent a year at Quirishari in the Peruvian Amazon, studying how the Ashaninca tribe made use of indigenous resources. Asking where their knowledge of jungle plants and animals originated, Narby was pointed towards ayahuasceros, shamans who work under the influence of the hallucinogenic plant brew, ayahuasca. They told Narby their knowledge came to them during ayahuasca sessions, and that they were taught by nature itself." SEE ALSO: Narby’s 1998 book, The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge.

China in Lat Am: International Relations Center (Sam Logan and Ben Bain) offers an anaylysis titled ‘China’s Entrance into Latin America: A Cause for Worry?’ NOTE: "Last November Chinese President Hu Jintao swept through South American capitals with pledges of future investment and carrying a "golden pen" that he used to sign agreements along the way with Chile, Argentina, Peru, and Venezuela." NOTE: "According to figures from a recent report published by fellows Tomoe Funakushi and Claudio Loser from the Inter-American Dialogue (IAD), Chinese trade with Latin America jumped from $200 million in 1975 to $40 billion in 2004."

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Life and Death on the Cordillera: Cambridge Evening News offers story on Peter Shefford embarking on the challenge of a life time - a high altitude Peruvian trek in an effort to raise funds for the National Autistic Society. Swiss Info (Rosa Amelia Fierro) reports that Michel Siegenthaler scaled 60 South American peaks over 6,000 metres – one for every year of his life. NOTE: "He first set foot on a glacier in the Andes in 1982, when he visited the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. Since then he has visited the region more than 30 times."

Pervian Cuisine: The Miami Herald (kira Wisniewski) and Sun Sentinentel (Deborah Hurtz) reports on the month-long ''Flavors of an Empire: The Art of Peruvian Cuisine'' at the Panorama Restaurant on the eighth floor of the Sonesta Beach Resort Coconut Grove, 2889 McFarlane Rd. "In coordination with Sonesta Hotels Posadas del Inca of Peru, the Consulate General of Peru in Miami and Club de Peruanos, the culinary festival features menus fusing traditional and contemporary Peruvian delicacies."



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