Monday, February 13, 2006

NEW APOYO #s: The Associated Press (Monte Hayes) and Bloomberg (Alex Emery) report on APOYO’s latest poll on presidential candidates which puts Flores Nano with 35%; Ollanta Humala at 25%. (Download the poll here; the Miami Herald also offers a summary of the AP piece.) Bloomberg has the better, more detailed version. The AP version lets opinion seep in several times, noting that Ollanta’s “surge in voter support in recent months had rattled Peru's financial markets and its political establishment.” Numbers of other candidates include: Alan Garcia (17%); Valentin Paniagua (8%); Martha Chavez (6%). ALSO: “The poll did not survey potential voters in Peru's most remote rural area representing 19% of the electorate.”

LURCHING LEFT? Without explicit Humala undertones, the Christian Science Monitor offers an oped by Christopher Sabatini (Americas Society) and Eric Farnsworth (Council of the Americas) titled ‘Latin America’s Lurch to the Left.’ NOTE: “Indeed, with 12 presidential elections in 14 months, 2006 could well be a watershed for the region, recasting US policy toward its neighbors. Yet, characterizing the region as hopelessly drifting away from US interests or as uniformly jettisoning the market economy "model" underestimates the complexity of both US relations and democracy in the region.” SEE ALSO: The Los Angeles Times reprints yesterday's Telegraph opinion piece by Niall Ferguson on ‘Who Lost Latin America’ (see yesterday's Peruvia).

AT SEA IN CHINA: Xinhua News reports that the Peruvian navy training vessel Mollendo “arrived in east China's Shanghai on Monday for a four-day goodwill visit ... with 397 officers and soldiers aboard.” The Captain is identified as “Zuazo Del Asuila Percy Dany.” The Captain’s name is Percy Dany Zuazo Del Aguila. In January, the Mollendo docked at Pearl Harbor, according to this US Navy report before continuing toward Korea, according to the Korea Times.

AT SEA AT HOME: BNAmericas reports that ProInversión has “pushed back the date to award the 30-year concession contract to build and operate the Muelle Sur terminal at Callao port.”

CABLE CAR IN AREQUIPA: BNAmericas reported that the regional government of Arequipa has “approved the launch of the bidding process to build a cable car system to attract more tourists to Arequipa,” according to El Peruano. NOTE: “The cable car system would lead from the city to El Misti.” ALSO: The project will require an investment of US$12 million and tickets are expected to cost US$42-50 each. This project has been developing over many years; see this 2003 story.

TRANS-AMAZON HIGHWAY: BNAmericas reports that “several companies have expressed interest in the concession to upgrade and operate stretches 1 and 5 of Peru's Interoceánica highway and have until June 5 to present documents,” according to ProInversión’s Guillermo Rebagliati Escala, the coordinator of the project. NOTE: “Stretch 1 involves upgrading and repaving the 763km San Juan de Marcona-Urcos route while stretch 5 involves paving 62km and upgrading another 752km on the road from the port of Ilo to Juliaca and the Matarani-Azángaro link further inland.” ALSO: See here for more background information; progress in Sections 2, 3, and 4 are already under way. AND: 'Trans Amazon Highway' in Aug 27, 2005's Peruvia and 'Trans Amazon Cooperation' in Sept 16, 2004's Peruvia.

PERUVIAN JAZZ: The Jazz Police (Minn) reports on an upcoming concert by Peruvian musicians Andrés Prado and Enrique Luna. Prado’s sets “range from Coltrane to Peruvian folk themes … with his wide-ranging repertoire rooted in the Andes and Amazon, from Creole waltzes to Afro-Peruvian grooves.” NOTE: Prado, a guitarist, recently released 'Chinchano' on the RPM Records label— and along with bassist/composer Enrique Luna, the co-founder of the jazz-fusion band Peru Jazz, they relased 'Jazz Imagery' on the same label.

AFRO-PERUVIAN PHOTOGRAPHY: The Battalion (Texas A&M University) reports that in honor of Black History Month, Cushing Memorial Library and Archives “is displaying 23 prints by Peruvian photographer, Lorry Salcedo-Mitrani. From his portfolio, "Africa's Legacy: Photographs in Brazil and Peru," the prints on display are drawn from a larger portfolio of nearly 100 prints recently acquired to support the study of Afro-Latino culture.”

JOURNALISTS UNDER SEIGE: The Guardian (Dan Glaister) reports on Latin American journalists who “face increasingly violent intimidation from drug gangs who do not want to see their activities in print.” NOTE: “In Peru 40 journalists were attacked last year.”





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