Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Mummy discovered in Peru photo

The European Union's Humanitarian Aid department offers a review of the need for assistance in San Martin "to train people in disaster prevention and emergency response. This project was implemented by a local organization, ITDG Soluciones Prácticas."


Monday, May 14, 2007

Petro Problems: Reuters reports that "Indigenous Peruvians, who last week filed a class action suit against U.S. firm Occidental Petroleum Corp., claiming environmental damage, said on Monday they would contest any further concessions granted to oil companies." Earlier today, FECONACO's Andres Sandi gave a press conference saying, "Despite the contamination, and the fact the people don't have fish and are living in extreme poverty, the Peruvian government keeps handing out concessions."

Trade Talks: The New York Times economics columnist, Paul Krugman, joins in on the discussion on the trade talks going on before the US Congress. See Also: The Huffington Post responds to Krugman's column; and yesterday's Washington Post editorialized that the agreement with Peru was only a first step for the Bush administration.

Old Scandals: Living in Peru catches up with Cuarto Poder's reporting on Congressman Walter Menchola (Solidaridad Nacional) providing college student Karen Ku with a job she didn't have to work in but still received her salary.

MVLl: Fabula runs an ordinary review of Mario Vargas Llosa's The Temptation of the Impossible. The book "is written with considerable zest, discrimination, and enthusiasm."

No Syncretism: The New York Times (Larry Rohter and Ian Fisher) follow Pope Benedict XVI in Brazil and report that he may have rubbed Peru among others the wrong way: "Some modern-day Latin American theologians have lamented the destruction of indigenous civilizations and sought to incorporate elements of those cultures into the Mass as one way of making amends. But in a statement likely to be controversial in countries with large Indian populations, including Mexico, Peru, and Ecuador, Benedict rejected that approach.

Wolfowitz/Daniño Cont.: The New York Times brings up former Prime Minister Roberto Daniño again as one of World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz's accusers who "went behind his back on the Riza matter. Bank officials say that with Mr. Wolfowitz’s word pitted against these three officials, it would be hard for the bank board not to side with the accusers."

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