Thursday, October 18, 2007
PERUVIANS IN IRAQ:
- The Associated Press and Reuters are the bearers of bad tidings: Chile 2- Peru 0
- The Hill reports on Peru's Ambassador to the USA unable to enter the White House
- Prensa Latina and Xinhua News Agency report on Pucallpa going on strike
- And leave it to a news source in Missouri (Ozarks First to offer video on the world's largest sweet bread
PERUVIANS IN IRAQ:
- 'US Rejects UN Mercenary Report' (Associated Press, Alexander G. Higgins) "The report by a five-member panel of independent U.N. human rights experts said the contractors were performing military duties even though they were hired to be security guards. The killing of 17 civilians in Baghdad last month by Blackwater USA guards underscores the risks of using such contractors, said panel chairman, Jose Luis Gomez del Prado of Spain. ... Experts from the panel visited Honduras, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Fiji to look into recruiting and training practices by the private contractors."
- 'Bush Loss, Starbucks Gain' (The Hill, Daphne Retter) "President Bush has long advocated for immigration reform to make this country more welcoming to Hispanics. But at a Rose Garden ceremony last Wednesday to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Bush ended up locking a group of foreign Hispanic leaders out on the street. About a dozen ambassadors from Latin American countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru discovered to their shock and chagrin that though the White House had asked them to the annual event, they could not get past the door because their names were not on the invite list."
- 'Peru Army Reports Killing 7 Suspected Shining Path Rebels In Drug-Trafficking Area' (Associated Press)
- OPINION: 'We Do Believe That Former Heads Of State Deserve A Fair Trial' (The Guardian, Reed Brody) Brody is Counsel for Human Rights Watch
- OPINION: 'Fujimori's Trial: An Opportunity For Peru' (Upside Down, Raúl Zibechi) "could contribute to the consolidation of Peru's fragile democracy and may even reduce the culture of fear. ... Anyone who knew Peru back in the 80s and who now walks down its streets today will notice important changes. The country is different, but not truly changed, for that would require social and cultural change."
- 'Reforms Have Resulted In Sizeable Benefits And Should Continue' (World Trade Organziation, press release) "Peru has continued to liberalize its trade regime which, in the context of other reforms and a favourable external environment, helps explain its robust economic performance since its previous Review in 2000 according to a WTO Secretariat report on the trade policies and practices of Peru. However, Peru has also moved away form its largely uniform tariff structure, thus increasing the level of effective assistance to some sectors." Read also the Accompanying government response.
- OPINION: US Republican Presidential Candidates Focus On Peru, Not Children (New York Times, Gail Collins)
- 'Tampa To Host Export Council Conference' (Tampa Bay Business Journal, Larry Halstead and Alexis Muellner)
- 'Bush Declares That He Remains Relevant' (Washington Post, Peter Baker)
- 'Press Conference By President Bush' (White House transcript) "Now Congress needs to begin moving on trade agreements with Peru."
- '63 Films Qualify For Foreign Oscar Category' (Hollywood Reporter, Gregg Kilday) Peru, "Crossing a Shadow," Augusto Tamayo San Román nee: Una Sombra Al Frente
- REVIEW: Fitzcarraldo, by Werner Herzog (Blogcritics, Dan Schneider) review of the Anchor Bay collection not the Criterion version
- 'Peruvian Jungle Region Paralyzed By Strike' (Prensa Latina) "The Peruvian jungle region of Ucayali stopped works Wednesday, while a strike of university teachers took place and entered its second day in the middle of a tense atmosphere in the nation. Ucayali Governor Jorge Velazquez expressed his support to the measure, and Angel Lopez, president of the regional Fighting Front, highlighted the relevance of the strike, which will continue until Thursday. The protest demands to preserve tax exonerations established to compensate the unfavourable geographical situation of Ucayali, which the government wants to eliminate."
- 'Peruvians On Strike Over Taxes In Amazonian Region' (Xinhua News Agency) "Ucayali's Defense Front (Fredeu) general undersecretary Angel Lopez declared, 'We reject the government's intention to withdraw our tax exonerations when we have many comparative disadvantages in comparison with the coastal and sierra development towns'."
- 'SCC Unions Press Labor Ministry To Reach Pay Deal' (BNAmericas)
- 'Peru's Central Bank Intervenes To Buy $7 Million' (Dow Jones, Rebecca Howard)
- 'Latin America Growth To Slow As Inflation Quickens, IMF Says' (Bloomberg, Patrick Harrington)
- 'IMF Urges Latin American Governments To Adopt More Reforms' (Dow Jones, Matthew Cowley)
- 'Adoption Of New Labour Law Fully Complying With ILO Standards Urgently Needed' (International Trade Union Confederation) "The report argues that the extreme flexibility of labour markets combined with serious legal obstacles faced by workers seeking to form or join a union has led to a sharp decrease in the number of collective agreements signed in the country."
- 'REPORT: Internationally-Recognised Core Laobr Standards In Peru' (World Trade Organization, 13pp.)
- 'Peru Miner Volcan's 3rd Quarter Profit Rises 44%' (Reuters)
- 'Bill To Boost Mining May Flop In Peru's Congress' (Reuters) "Peru's Congress is likely to reject a bill proposed by President Alan Garcia that would declare 20 stalled mining projects worth $14 billion in investments to be in the 'national interest' and in need of completion despite local opposition, lawmakers said on Wednesday. Mining is crucial to Peru's economy, though many poor communities in the Andes oppose new mines, often over environmental concerns. Peru is the world's No. 3 producer of copper, zinc and tin, fifth in gold, first in silver and fourth in lead and molybdenum."
- US Looking For New Country For Air Force Base (Crosswalk, Leandro Prada)
- 'NGOs Call For Regional Whale Sanctuary' (Inter Press Service, Daniel Estrada) "At the meeting, he indicated that the current dispute between Chile and Peru over their Pacific ocean border, which the administration of Peruvian President Alan García will be taking to the International Court of Justice in The Hague in November, would also be part of the debate."
- 'A Reporter On The Lam In Latin America' (Miami New Times, Chuck Strouse) "El Nuevo Herald’s Gonzalo Guillén is on the lam. His wife and son are in hiding. Colombian President Álvaro Uribe publicly belittled the reporter. Strangers repeatedly threatened to murder him. His bodyguard disappeared. "I got a call at my home ... a guy said, 'We can kill you,'" Guillén recalls from Lima, Peru, where he's been laying low for five days."
- 'IDB To Fund Indigenous Alliance' (Prensa Latina) "would finance the Aymaras without Border Strategic Alliance, a project of cultural integration and defense of traditions among Bolivian, Peruvian and Chilean municipalities."
- 'Honduran Official For UN Arbitration Between Chile, Peru' (Prensa Latina) "Deputy Foreign Minister of Honduras Eduardo Reina urged Chile and Peru to leave a maritime border solution to the International Court in The Hague."
- Ambassador Jorge Voto-Bernales At The United Nations on Burundi and Sierra Leone (United Nations Security Council)
- 'Minister Laruelle Has Earmarked Emergency Agricultural Support For Peru' (Government of Belgium) "Minister Laruelle decided to release 800,000 EURO for Peru via the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) for the emergency rehabilitation of farming activities in the affected areas."
- 'Cuban Doctors Have Treated More Than 61,000 Patients In Peru' (Granma, Cuba)
- 'Slovakia Hands Over Humanitarian Aid To Earthquake-hit Peru' (Slovak News Agency, TASR) "The transport of the aid to Hamburg was secured by the Office for Civil Protection, while Peru undertook to ship the consignment from the German port at its own cost."
- 'Chile Beats Peru 2-0' (Associated Press)
- 'Chile Sink Peru With Solid Display' (Goal.com) "After the break Peru finally came to life, and threatened the Chilean goal with the tireless efforts of Jefferson Farfan in particular, who was a constant menace."
- 'Chile Beat Peru To Kick-Start Campaign' (Reuters)
- 'Germany And Canada Bid To Host FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 - Peru Withdraws' (FIFA, press release) "The Peruvian football association yesterday informed FIFA of its withdrawal from the bidding procedure."
- 'JettyGirl Spends Some Time With Lauren Sweeney' (Global Surf News) "JG: The ASP just added the Mancora Peru Classic to the 2007 schedule. Did you get a chance to surf that wave while you were down there? What's it like? LS: Yes! That wave is awesome if it's the one I'm thinking about. All the waves in the north are awesome but Mancora is just this peeling left that doesn't break too heavy but is absolutely perfect for carving until your legs simply hurt."
- Sofia Mulanovich At Sunset Roxy Pro (Global Surf News)
- VIDEO: 'World's Largest Sweet Bread - Lima, Peru' (Ozarks First, Missouri)
- 'Cash Sent To Peru For Drugs, Court Told' (Argus, UK, Nigel Freedman) "A suspected drug smuggler wired £52,000 to his father in Peru as drugs were being posted to Crawley, a court heard."
- 'Professor Jack Hawkes, Obituary' (Independent, UK) "Botanist and potatoist; in late 1938 he voyaged to South America via Liverpool and Peru on the start of the British Empire Potato Collecting Expedition. From Lima, the party journeyed 9,000 miles through Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia, ending in Panama eight months later. Over 1,000 samples of wild potatoes, as well as landraces or varieties cultivated by indigenous people were collected and taken back to the UK, to form the basis of what is now still referred to as the "Commonwealth Potato Collection", located in the Scottish Crops Research Institute. An early film record of these travels, some on horseback, still exists."