Peru: Morning News Roundup – Thursday January 31

Peru Left: Neolibs Squeezed Humala

Progressive parties and social organizations will start Wednesday a series of protests to support opposition leader Ollanta Humala, due to an accusation that aims to imprison and exile him. The Coordinator of the meeting stated that tonight’s demonstration will be the first of a series of rallies, marches and other actions throughout the country, to condemn the verdict by criticized attorney Gladys Fernandez. Mario Huaman, general secretary of Peru’s General Confederation of Workers, said Humala’s accusation is a result of the manipulation of power groups to bloc any option contrary to neoliberalism that serves their interests. Rolando Brena, leader of the New Left Movement, said the case that motivates the fiscal’s verdict must be impartially investigated and rejected use of the issue against the opposition and Humana, leader of the Peruvian Nationalist Party (PNP). (Prensa Latina – click here to read complete article)

Chile- Peru: developments in the dispute over maritime borders between the two countries

In recent years, Chile’s economy has flowered and this success in is most part due to copper exports. Peru has also experienced a strong increase in exports and consistent economic growth, but it remains a nation in which the majority of the population lives in poverty. The two nations have many economic and cultural ties but politically, they have been rivals since the time of the Pacific War at the end of the 1800’s, during which Peru lost the provinces of Arica and Tacna, territories with a wealth of mines. During the past few days, at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), a long-running dispute over maritime borders has been underway, and the debate seems to be very alight. (Equilibri – click here to read complete article by Elisa Pini)

Logging Firm Accused of Using Workers’ Identities for Tax Fraud

Impoverished local residents of the Amazon jungle town of Orellana in Peru have filed a complaint against a logging company for using their identity documents to commit tax fraud in illegal timber sales worth more than 200,000 dollars. The affected workers say they took no part in the swindle and never saw any of the money, and accuse the Consorcio Maderero company of hatching the entire scheme. The company holds one of the 240 logging concessions granted by the National Institute of National Resources’ office on forestry and wildlife (Intendencia Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre) in a region which concentrates nearly half of all of the concessions awarded in the country. (IPS – click here to read complete article by Milagros Salazar)

Accommodations worry Peru ahead of two international summits

Accommodations have become a headache for Peruvian authorities as the country prepares to host two large international summits this year. The South American country has limited capacity, and some hotels have moved to jack up prices ahead of the European Union-Latin America and the Caribbean summit in May and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in November. EU-LAC summit organizer Ricardo Vega Llona said Wednesday that some hotels have increased their prices fivefold and the law gives the government few tools to prevent price gouging, since it is the market that establishes prices. (Earth times – click here to read complete article)

For Peru’s Indians, Lawsuit Against Big Oil Reflects a New Era

Peru — Tomás Maynas Carijano strolled through his tiny jungle farm, pinching leaves, shaking his head. The rain forest spread lushly in all directions — covering what oil maps call Block 1AB. "Like the trunk of that papaya, the cassava and bananas are also dying," said the spiritual leader of this remote Achuar Indian settlement in Peru’s northern Amazon region. "Before Oxy came, the fruits and the plants grew well." Oxy is Occidental Petroleum, the California-based company that pulled a fortune from this rain forest from 1972 to 2000. It is also the company that Maynas and other Achuar leaders now blame for wreaking environmental havoc — and leaving many of the people here ill. (washingtonpost.com – click here to read complete article by Kelly Hearn)

Peruvian teen hopes to find second chance in Seattle

Some of the best doctors in the world and some of the biggest hearts in the world reside in Seattle. And the unique combination came together this week to give a Peruvian teen with a potentially fatal tumor a second chance at life. Christian Choccota is just 18, but he has a tumor on his pituitary gland that’s grown to be the size of an orange. If it’s not removed, the tumor will kill him. But thankfully a non-profit organization called Healing the Children came to his rescue. The volunteer group works to provide medical care for children around the world who do not have access to appropriate care. The organization arranged for Choccota to leave his home in Peru and fly to Seattle for a life-saving surgery. He arrived at Sea-Tac Airport on Wednesday. (KOMO – click here to read complete article)