News Roundup – Nov 12, 2008

Posted on 12. Nov, 2008 by in peru

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“Peru offers Obama hairless dog”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7721784.stm

The Friends of the Peruvian Hairless Dog Association has offered Ears, a four-month pup to the Obama family upon hearing about the president-elect’s concerns that his daughter has allergies.

“Peru ‘to sue Yale for Inca items'”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7719583.stm

In 1911, Yale historian Hiram Bingham discovered the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.  Scores of artifacts were sent to his university.  Almost one hundred years later, the Peruvian goverment wants most of the artifacts back and have threatened legal action.

“In Peru, a Rebellion Reborn”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/11/AR2008111102867.html

Sendero Luminoso, the communist guerrilla force that waged a civil war in Peru throughout the 80s and 90s which saw 70,000 casualties, is attempting to rebuild support after years of obscurity. The group killed 22 in October and stormed an American-owned copper mine. Although it professes to have moderated its tactics, government officials and international observers are concerned about a possible resurgence. Sendero Luminoso is listed a terrorist organization by the US, EU, and Canada.

Shining Path profile from BBC

Shining Path entry on Wikipedia

The news roundup will be a new feature to this site.  I have to include the stories of honorable mention that happened since I moved here but before the new feature.

“Naked model faces jail for offending Peru” (July 2008)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/peru/2453503/Naked-model-faces-jail-for-offending-Peru.html

Lacey Zamudio, commonly known as Leisy Suarez, has provoked a national controversy by posing nude straddling the Peruvian flag on top of a horse.  Authorities intend to press charges for defacing a national symbol.  The maximum sentence is four years in prison.  In response, Zamudio stated “I love Peru and show it with my body and soul.”  In my humble opinion, the Peruvian flag loves you too.

“Magnitude 6 quake strikes southern Peru” (July 2008)

http://www.iht.com/articles/reuters/2008/07/08/america/OUKWD-UK-QUAKE-PERU.php

6.2 earthquake hits just outside of Arequipa, killing one.  Read my post about the experience here.

“Reports: Police hurt, held hostage amid Peru protests” (June 2008)

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americas/06/17/peru.protests/

In gearing up for a big season in civil unrest and demonstrations, protesters in the mining town of Moquegua have taken over sixty police officers hostage.  Residents of the southern mining town are demanding a greater share of tax revenues from the federal government.  To put the scale of this story in perspective, I had to learn about the story online because nobody in my office even mentioned it (par for the course).  This was an active month for protest in Peru.  I have described one of the protests towards the end of this post.

“Years after slaughter, Peru opens giant burial pit” (May 2008)

http://www.iht.com/articles/reuters/2008/05/29/america/OUKWD-UK-PERU-GRAVE.php

Authorities have dug up a mass grave from the civil war between Sendero Luminoso and the government.  The 100+ corpses are believed to be civilians murdered by the military for being suspected sympathizers to the rebels.

“Fitch Upgrades Peru to Investment Grade” (April 2008)

http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20080402006293&newsLang=en

In April 2008, Fitch upgraded the Peruvian goverment to BBB-.  While it wasn’t mentioned in the article, I can’t help suspecting that my moving to Peru in that same month had something to do with the upgrade.  Standard and Poor’s followed suit in July.

“APEC finance ministers coordinate crisis responses” (APEC in Peru all year long 2008)

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/11/07/business/LT-Peru-APEC.php

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, a conference of virtually all countries with a coast on the Pacific Ocean, takes place in Peru this year.  Lima will host goverment leaders for his year’s historically significant conference (due to the world financial crisis).

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