Posts tagged "Peru"

Indigenous People’s Day should replace Columbus Day

Indigenous People’s Day should replace Columbus Day
We should not celebrate a man who brought genocide and the destruction of native peoples. Christopher Columbus did not “discover” the Americas as people were living and thriving before he arrived. Many local governments from Seattle to Minneapolis and Berkeley have stopped celebrating Columbus Day and instead celebrate indigenous people or Native Americans. The United... Read more »

Descendants of the Incas work to preserve their culture

Descendants of the Incas work to preserve their culture
Earlier this month, I was in Aguascalientes, or Machu Picchu village, a town set below this Incan wonder of the world. I was having dinner with my husband and seated outside at a restaurant on a narrow uphill street. The next day we would go up to Machu Picchu. You have to hike 2.5 miles... Read more »

Why daily newspapers thrive in Lima, Peru? No Internet at home.

Why daily newspapers thrive in Lima, Peru? No Internet at home.
One good thing about not having the Internet is that people still buy the newspaper. That is what the director of El Comercio, Peru’s leading newspaper, told students and faculty from Columbia College Chicago when we visited the newsroom earlier this month. Only about 20 percent of households in Peru have Internet at home, said... Read more »
Advertisement:

María Elena Moyano: a portrait of courage

María Elena Moyano: a portrait of courage
María Elena Moyano was an activist and a defender of women and the poor in slums of Lima, Peru. She was killed on Feb. 15, 1992 by the Shining Path, a terrorist organization that wanted to destroy the government and cause civil unrest. The story of Moyano is depicted in a 1999 film called “El... Read more »

Peruvian drive-by

Peruvian drive-by
You can see all sorts of people on the streets of Lima, Peru. There are flame throwers, street vendors selling Inca Cola, and this guy. Driving into the historic center, I saw him while we were stopped at a red light. He reminded me of the types of characters I have seen on Las Ramblas... Read more »

Finding our way in Lima, Peru

Finding our way in Lima, Peru
I was walking down the street with my husband in the historic center of Lima, Peru. From a bridge we gleaned a view of San Cristobal hill with humble homes made of concrete painted pink, pale blue, yellow and orange. We walked over the heavily guarded bridge located behind the presidential palace to get a... Read more »
Advertisement:

Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa is the fifth Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Who else should win?

Mario Vargas Llosa courtesy nobelprize.org Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize in Literature Thursday. The Swedish Academy said he won “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat.” Vargas Llosa fuses art and politics. He unsuccessfully ran for president of Peru in... Read more »

Hillary Clinton in Peru or Joran van der Sloot in Peru. What's the bigger story?

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Peru. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets Peruvian President Alan Garcia. Photo from the State Department. Unfortunately, the detention of Joran van der Sloot, the leading suspect in the 2005 murder of  Natalee Holloway, now suspected of killing a Peruvian woman, Stephany Flores, is garnering bigger... Read more »

Susana Baca from Lima to Chicago

Susana Baca, the Grammy-winning Afro-Peruvian, singer will perform in Chicago Friday night. And when I was in Peru in January with my colleague Elio Leturia and a group of Columbia College Chicago students we interviewed Baca at her home in Lima. Here is a video that I took of Baca in Lima, and she sang... Read more »
Advertisement:

Machu Picchu region hit by mudslides stranding tourists

I was in Peru’s Machu Picchu, one of the modern wonders of the world, just 11 days ago. It was slightly rainy and foggy but that did not stop us from appreciating the incredible beauty and spiritual energy of the famous archaeological ruins. But in recent days mudslides have stranded as many as 2,000 tourists... Read more »