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Friday, December 7

MSNBC / Reuters Garbage boy illustrates grim reality of Peru's poor: "Though Fujimori has been praised for reforming Peru's economy, boosting infrastructure, and ushering in average growth of some 4 percent during the 1990s, INEI this year said it now believed that the number of people living in poverty in fact grew by 2.1 million in the last four years." The same lousey poverty figures year after year -- no wonder Peruvians are cynical about politicians' promises. Meawhile, Peru's elites continue to build palatial summer homes on the beaches outside Lima -- but with higher fences.

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