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Amazon Watch joined fourteen human rights and environmental organizations in urging the United States to take immediate steps towards addressing recent political violence in Peru. The Peruvian Government's actions to quell two months of nonviolent protests by Amazonian indigenous communities have resulted in numerous deaths of both indigenous protesters and police and hundreds injured.
The protests are against the passage of controversial "legislative decrees", new laws created by Peruvian President Alan Garcia purportedly to implement the US-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA).
Today, a coalition of 15 environmental and human rights organizations is making public a letter sent last Friday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other high-level Obama Administration officials as well as key members of Congress, requesting that the U.S. Government immediately issue a formal response as to whether Peru would jeopardize the US-Peru TPA by repealing the contested decrees.
"The Garcia Administration has insisted that repealing the decrees would mortally wound the free trade agreement, opting for heavy-handed measures against protesters instead of good-faith dialogue." said Andrew Miller of Amazon Watch. "By clarifying the U.S. position on these decrees, the Obama Administration could help create the needed political space for a real dialogue between the Peruvian government and the Amazonian indigenous federation AIDESEP."
Last Thursday, the Peruvian Congress issued a 90-day suspension of legislative decrees 1090 and 1064, with the stated purpose of restoring dialogue with indigenous communities. However, the indigenous movement is demanding revocation of the decrees and is rejecting Congress's suspension as inadequate.
Beyond the indigenous federations, Peruvian legal scholars and Congressional committees have questioned the constitutionality of many of the controversial degrees. Congressional members of President Garcia's APRA party have maneuvered repeatedly to block discussions of the decrees' constitutionality on the floor of Congress.
"Whether or not the U.S. intended it, the reality is that the U.S.-Peru Trade Agreement gave license to the Garcia Administration to roll back indigenous rights and has contributed to increasing social conflict and human rights abuses in Peru," said Amazon Watch's Andrew Miller. "The Obama administration should send a clear signal that it is not willing to accept the erosion of democracy, stability, and human rights in pursuit of free trade."
The signatories to the letter urge the United States Government to call for Peru to respect indigenous peoples' rights as established in the Peruvian Constitution, ILO Convention 169, and the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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Before he left office, Bush-era Secretary of the Interior Dick Kempthorne ignored scientists and Congress and authorized destructive uranium mining on 1 million acres of land around the Grand Canyon. Soaring uranium prices have led mining companies to stake more than 10,600 claims on federal land - right along the Colorado River.
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Vice President Joe Biden delivered the concluding address of AIPAC Policy Conference 2009, highlighting the endurance of the U.S.-Israel relationship and affirming the Obama administration’s commitment to it. Biden’s address followed a speech by Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “The bond between Israel and the United States,” said Biden, “was forged by a shared interest in peace and security; by shared values that respect all faiths and peoples; by deep ties among our citizens; and by a common commitment to democracy.”Vice President Joe Biden delivered the concluding address of AIPAC Policy Conference... more
The survey showed that hearing loss is a top medical concern among parents, higher than concerns about asthma, food allergies, or exposure to tobacco smoke. More than 90 percent of parents are very concerned about hearing loss in their children.The survey showed that hearing loss is a top medical concern among parents, higher... more
The late Edward Said explained his title in what he wrote: "The extermination of the Native Americans can be admitted, the morality of Hiroshima attacked, the national flag (of the US) publicly committed to flames. But the systematic continuity of Israel's 52-year oppression and maltreatment of the Palestinians is virtually unmentionable, a narrative that has no permission to appear." It appeared boldly and courageously in Pilger's book, and it's long past time for it be prominent in the mainstream as well to finally expose Israeli crimes and demand they end. It's especially important now as Israel just began an intensive military assault against the defenseless people of Gaza, which, before it ends, may result in many deaths, great destruction of property and an overwhelming humanitarian disaster even beyond the one already existing in The Occupied Territories.
Few people anywhere have suffered more or longer than the beleaguered Palestinians. For nearly four decades they've lived under a harsh and unending Israeli occupation of their land. They've endured a continued assault to seize it, a loss of their personal and economic rights and a denial of any chance for justice or their very humanity. These courageous people remain isolated in their own land with little support from the outside. Yet it's never broken their spirit as they continue their heroic efforts to survive and struggle to gain their freedom.The late Edward Said explained his title in what he wrote: "The extermination of... more
CIA shuts down its secret prisons
Leon Panetta said the CIA no longer used harsh interrogation techniques
The US has stopped running its global network of secret prisons, CIA director Leon Panetta has announced.
"CIA no longer operates detention facilities or black sites," Mr Panetta said in a letter to staff. Remaining sites would be decommissioned, he said.
The "black sites" were used to detain terrorism suspects, some of whom were subjected to interrogation methods described by many as torture.
President Obama vowed to shut down the facilities shortly after taking office..............................................................CIA shuts down its secret prisons
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Dear President Obama:
The world was transfixed on that remarkable day in January when, to poetry, song, and dance, you gazed upon Abraham Lincoln's likeness at the Lincoln Memorial and searched for wisdom to navigate these difficult times. Indeed, you have so many things in common with that venerable President that one might imagine you were his reincarnation in different dress. You are both thin and wiry, brilliant speakers, appearing on the national stage at pivotal times. Fertile imaginations could envision you coming back triumphantly as one of those slaves you freed, to prove once and for all the proposition that all men are created equal and can achieve great things if given a fighting chance. But as Wordsworth said, our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting; and if that is true, you may have forgotten a more subtle form of slavery from which Lincoln freed his countrymen, even if you were there at the time. You may have forgotten it because it has been omitted from the history books, leaving Americans ill-equipped to interpret the lessons of our own past. This letter is therefore meant to remind you.
We are now met on another battlefield of that same economic war that visited Lincoln and the Founding Fathers before him. President Obama, the fate of our economy and the nation itself may depend on how well you understand Lincoln's monetary breakthrough, the most far-reaching “economic stimulus plan” ever implemented by a U.S. President. You can solve our economic crisis quickly and permanently, by implementing the same economic solution that allowed Lincoln to win the Civil War and thus save the Union from foreign economic masters. ..................
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My name is Anna. I am Irish. Yes I have lived in the Middle East in the past (17 plus years), and have visited Israel 200 times, possibly more often.
I have had the latest questionnaire from a rather polite man in Jerusalem, but he's sadly misinformed. So...LET'S SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT.
In the last months I have had strange messages...........some initially were bullying (during Gaza War) in an effort to silence me. Then there were those that wanted to be friendly, but two people have written long messages to me and they definitely deserve the courtesy of a reply. So lets set the record straight as such directness and honesty deserves a direct and honest reply.
During the week one asked me :
"........... the future generation has come back to say this is our land and the powers that be in the world recognize it. while i have you here im dying to know why do you hate us so much?i genuinly honestly dont understand it and desperately wish to."
I understand you were told a lot of lies growing up (as your post indicates) but as an adult I expect you to listen and read to learn the truth about how and why Israel exists. Clearly you are blinkered and want to believe you are the "chosen" race, which is about as factual as a little girl wanting to believe she is a princess because Daddy told her so.
You ask why I hate you...........I hate nobody and want peace in the region.
I speak out against wrong.
I speak out against murder.
I speak out against thieves.
I speak out against liars.
I speak out against people who kill little children and women.
I speak out against people who obstruct FREEDOM OF SPEECH and control the media.
I speak out against people who obstruct journalists reporting the facts (locked out of Gaza Strip during latest war/genocide).
I speak out against people who manipulate Congress and the White House shamelessly.
I speak out against people who starve a Palestinian population and cut off water and electricity, which was shameful, and since 2006 has caused them untold hardship.
I speak out against those who condone killing aid workers.
I speak out against shooting and dropping bombs on innocent victims.
I speak out against people who drop WHITE PHOSPHOROUS to burn the flesh of innocent victims in the way SADDAM HUSSEIN used mustard gas to kill Kurds and Iranians.
I speak out against people who commit GENOCIDE.
I THEREFORE SPEAK AGAINST ISRAEL.
I SPEAK AGAINST ISRAEL REPEATEDLY.....I also speak against RAWANDA.
I WANT THE WORLD TO SEE ISRAEL FOR WHAT IT IS despite all the Jewish owned MEDIA CORPORATIONS in the world portraying Israel as the victim.
Only when the world bands together and calls HALT to Israel's expansionism can we have peace.
Personally I don't think anyone has a right to take Palestinian land and give it away. Would Britain have a right to take Mexico and give it to the United States? No. Neither did they have a right to give Palestinian land to Jews. As for the Bible..........it's like Eve giving Adam an apple. Do you believe that is what happened? Forget the land of Canaan stuff..........and move on..........fact is you displaced the Palestinians and you don't want them to stay....you want them to run away for Israel to expand.....you even say so in your message to me.......re read it.
Reporters are told by their editors to use the word "targeted killing" when Israel murders. Gaza was called a "war"....................it strikes me as not much of a war................a few rockets made with agricultural fertilizer against the most advanced military hardware in the world................it's a joke to call it a "war". Were babies and children called "combatants"..................er, perhaps throwing their bottles and soothing rings as missiles?
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Peru’s government has declared a state of emergency in three northern provinces following nine days of protests by indigenous groups in the Amazon basin. Members of sixty-five Indian tribes are protesting a law that would make it easier for communal land to be sold to developers. The protests began when the Indians blocked an important natural gas installation and oil pipeline.
Peru’s government has declared a state of emergency in three northern provinces... more
Leysi Suarez, a Peruvian showgirl and dancer for Alma Bella band made international headlines when a naked picture of her on top of the Peruvian flag was published on the cover of a magazine.
News agencies from Reuters to the Associated Press covered the story while BBC News broadcast a report on the dancer's controversial picture.
While she initially affirmed there was nothing wrong with what she had done and stated she would do it again saying she loved Peru and would show it with her "body and soul", she has changed her mind and retracted her statements.
After Peru's Minister of Defense, Antero Flores-Araoz assigned the case to a public prosecutor and announced that charges would be pressed against Leysi, the Peruvian dancer has stated she is truly sorry.
"It was all Daysi's idea," said Leysi, blaming the woman in charge of 'D Farandula magazine.
Leysi explained she had nothing to do with the idea and was only hired to pose. "Everything was planned beforehand," said Leysi.
"If I have to apologize I will, I don't have any problem, I'll do it one thousand times," said the Peruvian showgirl.
"This experience will serve me to mature and not make the same mistake," said a concerned Leysi.
Reuters: Peru wants jail for nude woman who used flag as saddle
Associated Press: Model irks officials for nude pose on Peru's flag
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gG8eosGWaDFXSl3XLF7ln6q-cH4gD924DUVO0Leysi Suarez, a Peruvian showgirl and dancer for Alma Bella band made international... more
July 28th is Peru's independence day. Today marks the anniversary of their independence from Spain.
Over 2000 liters of pisco will flow from the fountain in the Plaza de Armas in historic downtown Lima for everyone to enjoy it.
Have a glass of Pisco Sour today in honor of Peru!
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http://thespiritworld.net/2006/06/19/pisco_sour/July 28th is Peru's independence day. Today marks the anniversary of their... more
Over one ton of adulterated medicine and empty pill and tablet containers were destroyed Monday evening by Peru’s agency for consumer protection and intellectual property rights (INDECOPI).
The fake medicine and empty containers were destroyed as a part of INDECOPI's campaign to make consumers aware of the importance of destroying expired medicine so it is not resold and used containers so they are not used again by criminals.
The consumer protection agency placed large bins in which people could leave their expired medicine or empty bottles at one hundred drug stores throughout Lima.
Concerned citizens in the districts of Lince, Magdalena, San Borja, Lima Cercado, Rímac, San Isidro, Breña, La Victoria, Surquillo, San Martín de Porres, and San Luis had the option of taking part in this campaign.
People living in La Molina, Magdalena, Callao, Pueblo Libre, San Miguel, Los Olivos, Independencia, Barranco, Salamanca, Ate, Santa Anita, San Juan de Lurigancho and La Punta also had collection bins placed in their pharmacies.
Once consumers had left expired medication or empty medicine containers at the pharmacies, INDECOPI picked them up and destroyed them.
The destroyed products were then buried so they could not be used again or resold.Over one ton of adulterated medicine and empty pill and tablet containers were... more
LIMA, Jun 18 (IPS) - Army troops from Peru and the United States are fighting very different enemies in extremely different geographical areas. But now they are eating the same rations, purchased from the U.S.-based International Meal Supply company.
The purchase of imported rations for Peruvian troops in violation of a national law stipulating that local suppliers and products must be given priority in public tenders has triggered suspicions of corruption, since the imported Meals Ready to Eat or MREs are more costly than locally available rations.
The 5,000 troops deployed in the Apurimac and Ene river valleys, a southeastern jungle area known by the acronym VRAE, where large quantities of coca and cocaine are produced and where a remnant faction of the Maoist Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) guerrillas remains active, are fed the same rations eaten by U.S. troops in Iraq.
The decision to import the MREs was reached by Peruvian army commander General Edwin Donayre, because his men "should eat the best rations available in the world," IPS was told by a source in his office.
But the MREs prepared by International Meal Supply, based in the southeastern U.S. state of Florida, are much more expensive than those available on the local market.
Each imported ration will cost 3.27 dollars more than a locally prepared meal. The first purchase was for 50,000 rations, for which the state shelled out an extra 163,500 dollars.
When a second purchase of 50,000 rations was announced, which would bring the total additional expense to 327,000 dollars, the Defence Ministry asked for details on the operation and launched an inquiry, said ministry sources.
By contrast, the Peruvian navy, which has sent two special operations forces platoons to the VRAE to combat Sendero Luminoso, held a public tender, as required by law, and bought Peruvian field rations based on popular, widely consumed products at local market price.
But a navy source told IPS that they were "completely satisfied" with the rations purchased from a local company, and said "we have even had to turn over part of our rations to the army, because the ones they bought abroad hadn’t arrived yet."
The army source said SINTE did not request special kinds of meals for Peru, but explained that "we chose from their menus -- that is, the same thing eaten today by U.S. soldiers in Iraq."
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http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=42870LIMA, Jun 18 (IPS) - Army troops from Peru and the United States are fighting very... more
Thousands of demonstrators have overpowered riot police sent to break up a week-long blockade in a mining region in southern Peru. People in the town of Moquegua have been blocking roads to demand a greater share of taxes paid by the country's biggest copper producer for their area.
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Police fired tear gas at the crowd, put at 20,000, who beat them back and took some 65 officers hostage.
"The situation in Moquegua is no longer under police control. I have wounded here and I am in trouble, so I urge police to draw back," a police chief, Alberto Jordan told the RPP radio station at the height of the violence.
Protesters argue that Peru's economic boom, largely the result of high mineral and commodity prices, is not benefiting them.
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Peruvians have marched in the capital Lima and other cities in defiance at the state of emergency announced by the embattled president last week.
Students, workers and teachers participated, carrying banners, whistles and saucepans.
In Lima, hundreds of helmeted riot police looked on at the protests, which correspondents say could be the biggest since President Alejandro Toledo took power two years ago.
A wave of strikes - some now in their fourth week - has thrust the unpopular president into perhaps his most serious crisis so far.
Workers are demanding wage increases President Toledo promised them during his election campaign, but which he has now agreed with the International Monetary Fund to shelve.
Tanker ships carrying food and fuel had to be sent to Peru's southern regions on Friday because of protest that are not letting up in the region.
Thousands of miners and residents in the region of Moquegua blocked roads this week when it was announced that Southern Peru Copper cut some of the royalties the region normally received.
http://www.livinginperu.com/news-6685-transportation-peru-stranded-tourists-airlifted-out-mining-strike-regionsPeruvians have marched in the capital Lima and other cities in defiance at the state... more
In what has been dubbed "Electrification Week", President Alan Garcia has gone on a tour of the Andean country, inaugurating projects that are to provide electricity for Peru's most rural regions. People celebrated as they began to see the benefits of having electricity. 10 towns in Junin, 4,000 people in Huancavelica, 34 towns in the region of Piura, 13 establishments in La Libertad and 77 towns in Cusco will all benefit from having electricity.In what has been dubbed "Electrification Week", President Alan Garcia has... more
Laborers and the poor in the Andean country want a larger share of profits that mining companies are reaping from record prices for commodities. President Alan Garcia, whose approval ratings hover near 30 percent, is under pressure to make sure the benefits of a six-year economic boom reach the poor.
Peru is the world's leading silver producer, ranks second in copper and zinc, and fifth in gold, according to government data.
Striking workers at a base metals miner in southern Peru were in talks on Wednesday, aiming to end the walkout that started Tuesday.
"The strike continues, but there are talks going on with the Ministry of Labor," said Luis Castillo, secretary general of Peru's National Federation of Mining, Metallurgy and Steel Workers.
The workers walked out to back various demands.
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Protesters block roads at Southern Copper Peru
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Panoro Drills Zinc and Silver at the El Rosal Project, Peru
Laborers and the poor in the Andean country want a larger share of profits that mining... more