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USA Blackmails Peru

Peru replaces controversial drug tsar Ricardo Soberon

Ricardo Soberon suspended eradication in Huallaga, Peru's second largest coca producing region

Peru, one of the world’s largest producers of cocaine, has replaced its drug tsar, Ricardo Soberon.

He had come under criticism last year for temporarily suspending coca eradication efforts in the Huallaga region, where much coca is grown.

Mr Soberon said the eradication programme had not had much success.

The move raised concern about Peru’s commitment to the fight against the illegal growing of coca, the raw material for making cocaine.

Mr Soberon’s successor is Carmen Masias, who has said she thinks the destruction of coca crops is a vital part of the fight against drugs.

She has previously worked for an anti-drug charity, which is partly funded by the United States.

Cocaine exporter

In August 2011, Mr Soberon said that coca eradication in Huallaga would be halted while his office re-evaluated the eradication programme.

The move caused concern in the United States, which helps finance the Peruvian eradication efforts.

Source: BBC News Read more

Opinion:

The problem isn’t Peru, nor Peru’s growing of coca. The problem is the USA and other countries that have a drug problem.

You fix your drug problem at home!

Leave Peru alone. Coca is a traditional plant grown there and other parts of South America for use in the high altitudes of the Andes. Coca is not a drug. Cocaine is the drug, it is made to satisfy markets in the first world, therefore it is a first world problem, fix it in the first world. If you can’t, then that’s your look out, you take the consequences.

Don’t shove the blame on Peru and make them sack people for taking a responsible look at the problem so that you can get your patsy Masias in to do the dirty work because she agrees with your shitty policies.

The fact that the problem of cocaine exists shows what a sick society the first world is.

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Sterilisation: Peru’s unforgotten crime

Victoria Vigo who was sterilised against her will while in hospital to give birth. Photo / Supplied

Victoria Vigo shows no flicker of emotion as she recounts how she discovered – by chance – that she had been surgically sterilised against her will.

Heavily pregnant, she was admitted to a public hospital in the city of Piura, on Peru’s northern coast, in April 1996 to have a Caesarean section. Within hours of the procedure, her ailing newborn child had died and Vigo, 32 at the time, was being consoled by two doctors.

“I was exhausted and just wanted to go home,” she says. “The doctors were trying to comfort me and one told me I was still very young and could have more children. But then, afterwards, I overheard them talking and the other said that it would not be possible for me to conceive as he had sterilised me.”

Not only had Vigo not given permission for the procedure, the doctor had omitted it from her clinical records and failed to inform her.

“I felt totally violated and brutalised and I still cannot understand what motivated him,” Vigo says.

“He sterilised me and then hid the evidence. I could have tried for years to have another child without even knowing I could never conceive.”

Doubly traumatised, Vigo went home without confronting the doctor but eventually sued him and, in 2003, won damages of about £2000.

During the trial, Vigo said the doctor claimed that he had been following instructions and that the practice of sterilising patients – with or without their knowledge or consent – was standard among Peru’s public healthcare providers.

That allegation may now be tested in court, after Peru’s Attorney-General reopened an investigation into the alleged forced sterilisations during the government of Alberto Fujimori, President from 1990 to 2000, who is serving a 25-year prison term for embezzlement and directing death squads during the crackdown against the Maoist Shining Path.

The investigation will look at the entire issue of forced sterilisations while focusing on one sample case, of Mamerita Mestanza, a 33-year-old, Quechua-speaking mother-of-seven from the Andean region of Cajamarca.

She died in 1998 from complications from sterilisation surgery that health officials allegedly harassed her into accepting. Human rights groups say there may have been as many as 300,000 victims, most of them poor indigenous Quechua-speakers with limited Spanish.

The New York-based Centre for Reproductive Rights says that Fujimori’s Peru is one of only two instances of forced sterilisations being adopted as state policy since the Third Reich.

Prosecutors have reclassified the sterilisations as a crime against humanity, meaning there is no time limit for perpetrators to be brought to justice. That could pave the way for high-profile trials of Fujimori and his three Health Ministers, Eduardo Yong Motta, Alejandro Aguinaga and Marino Costa Bauer.

Although they have conceded there were problems in individual cases, all four deny ordering forced sterilisations. But Silvia Romero, a lawyer representing the Association of Women Affected by Forced Sterilisations, which has 2000 members, says: “This was a state policy that came from the highest spheres of power.”

Vigo also wants to see the doctors who carried out the sterilisations in the dock.

She believes allegations by Peru’s medical association, that its members were pressured into carrying out sterilisations, including the threat of losing their jobs, is too little, too late. “They had a choice,” she says. “If more of the doctors had spoken out at the time, the sterilisations might never have taken place.”

Fujimori unveiled the policy of providing free sterilisations for men and women in 1995 as a way of tackling Peru’s entrenched poverty and rising population.

It initially received a warm reception, including from the United Nations, which provided financial support. and the United States international aid agency USAid donated US$35 million.

But word quickly spread about doctors being pressured to meet sterilisation targets, and patients being tricked or bullied into undergoing the procedure. Human rights groups even reported alleged cases of medical staff and members of the armed forces being ordered to undergo sterilisations simply to allow clinics to make up the numbers.

As the scandal mushroomed out of the Fujimori Administration’s control, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights stepped in…

Source: NZ Herald Read more – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10772231

Opinion:

There are some crackpot bastards in this world. And the USA donating $35 million to this scheme should be hanging their heads in shame. The sick bastard that authorised this payment should be brought to justice too!

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Gold – More Important than People

Peru protests at huge Conga gold mine in Cajamarca

Tempers are running high in the mountains of Cajamarca

Thousands of people in northern Peru have protested against plans for a huge open-cast goldmine in the high Andes.

People in the Cajamarca region say the proposed Conga mine will cause pollution and destroy water supplies.

The US-based mining company Newmont has promised modern reservoirs to replace threatened mountain lakes.

The dispute is a test for President Ollanta Humala, who has promised to continue mining development while protecting affected communities.

Mining is the main engine of Peru’s booming economy, but it is also the cause of numerous social conflicts around the country.

The $4.8bn (£3.1bn) Conga project would be the biggest mining investment in the country’s history.

On foot and on horseback, rural protesters climbed to four high mountain lakes whose waters would be moved to make way for the gold mine.

There were also protests in the regional capital, Cajamarca, 160km (100 miles) away, where schools and businesses closed and buses stopped running.

Opinion:

Cajamarca is one of the major cities in the north of Peru. It is not as grand as the cities in the south as many of the northern cities aren’t, but it’s what the people have.

Rural Cajamarca

.The country people live a simple life, basically subsistence farming in areas like this, but that is about to change.

The plans for the new Conga goldmine will devastate the region. Displacing people, poisoning the land, polluting the water with heavy metals and it will not be long before it reduces the area to an arid moonscape like this.

No subsistence farming here

The new government has promised more share of the profits from mining for people in the region. They don’t want profits, they want their lives left intact.

The company has promised reservoirs to replace the natural mountain lakes, the people don’t want reservoirs, they want the natural pure water, just the way it is and always has been.

These people are not interested in mining being the ‘main engine’ of Peru’s booming economy. They don’t see it, they never will see the booming economy. The booming economy is only for the city dwellers, the rich, Peru’s 1%.

Like countries all over the world, the government plunder the land of the poor to enrich the rich. They ignore the people, steal what little the people have, they don’t care as long as the coffers are filled.

 

 

 

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