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Peru: Morning News Roundup – Saturday Jan 5

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Intel Quits Effort to Get Computers to Children

A frail partnership between Intel and the One Laptop Per Child educational computing group was undone last month in part by an Intel saleswoman: She tried to persuade a Peruvian official to drop the country’s commitment to buy a quarter-million of the organization’s laptops in favor of Intel PCs. Intel and the group had a rocky relationship from the start in their short-lived effort to get inexpensive laptops into the hands of the world’s poorest children. But the saleswoman’s tactic was the final straw for Nicholas Negroponte, the former Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer researcher and founder of the nonprofit effort. (NYTimes – click here to read complete article by John Markoff)

Fujimori trial resumes with testimony from massacre witness

A newspaper reporter testified Friday that Alberto Fujimori ordered his abduction in 1992, as the trial of Peru’s former president on murder and kidnap charges resumed following a holiday break. Peruvian reporter Gustavo Gorriti, at the time was the correspondent for the Madrid daily El Pais, told the court that his arrest had been instigated by Fujimori’s right-hand man and intelligence chief Vladimiro Montesinos. He said Peru’s top general at the time Nicolas Hermoza told him as much in prison, where Gorriti interviewed him while investigating his own arrest after Fujimori’s downfall in 2000. (AFP – click here to read complete article)

South America, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Cuba

The presidents of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela officially launched on Dec. 9 the Banco del Sur, whose principal objective is to finance infrastructure projects in South America. The bank will have a base capital of some US$7 billion and its headquarters will be in Caracas. (latinamerica press – click here to see website)

Trip to help kids in Peru

Adventurous Leeds duo Arthur Gallagher and Mick Battle are busy preparing themselves for the trip of a lifetime when they travel to Peru in May. The pair are travelling to the South-American country to raise cash for children’s charity UNICEF. They have organised various fundraising events in an attempt to generate money for the trip, and have already raised a considerable amount of their £10,000 target. The club’s banqueting suite will host a night of live music. Tickets cost £15 and all proceeds go towards helping disadvantaged children in Peru. (Yorkshire Evening Post – click here to read complete article)

CIDA: Minister Oda Visits Peru and Colombia

The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, will visit Peru and Colombia from January 6 to 13, 2008. She will meet with Peruvian and Colombian government officials and various Canadian, local and international partners working with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) on Canada-funded initiatives in governance, education and earthquake relief efforts after the earthquake that hit Peru on August 15, 2007. (marketwire – click here to read complete press release)

Peru President Explains What "Free Trade" Deals Are Really All About

Like Vicente Fox speaking on CNN about the goal of a North American Union and an Amero currency, Peruvian President Alan Garcia did not get the memo about keeping quiet about the real meaning of "free trade." His frank remark to U.S. Chamber of Commerce executives is one of the most honest summations yet of what managed trade deals under U.S. trade policy are all about. (JBS – click here to read complete article)

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