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Peru, the world’s largest producer of cocaine, has a new booming illicit business: gold, according to FUSION:

Illegal gold mining has surged in the South American country, the world’s fifth biggest gold exporter. A new Univision Investigative report shows that the criminal organizations that traffic illegal drugs have diversified and are now in the business of trading the precious metal. [Mas…]

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paracasPochos, we have the sad.

When we reported in February that the famous ancient elongated skulls of Paracas, Peru contained alien DNA, we thought it was all scientific and stuff.

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quipusScientists investigating the archaeological complex of Incahuasi, south of Lima, have uncovered 25 well-preserved quipus.

The 600-year-old strings are an example of the technology of the Inca civilization, which never developed a written language.

Quipu – also called “khi-pus” or “talking knots” – are made up of colored spun thread, and sometimes, llama or alpaca hair.

The ornately knotted strings are thought to have helped in record-keeping, when authorities wanted to monitor items such as taxes and population.

Read more at io9.com.

Japanese-Peruvian_Credit_MiaWarren-300x200Not only did Uncle Sam lock up Japanese-Americans in “internment camps” during World II, but a 1942 regional security pact also became the legal cover for shipping 1800 Peruvians of Japanese descent to the very same camps. Carmen Utako Tochio Villanueva (photo), who was born into one of those families in a Texas internment camp, tells her story to LatinoUSA’s Mia Warren: [Mas…]


Who will be the new owner of the L.A. Clippers basketball team when disgraced racist owner Donald Sterling is finally forced out? We sent a camera crew to ask passersby on the streets in Peru.

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Popcorn — palomitas de maíz — was discovered-invented-perfected in Peru circa 4700 BCE, the very first domesticated corn product. Watch how the corn pops, up close and personal.

paracasskulls640“After testing samples from five of Peru’s 300 elongated Paracas skulls, a geneticist has finally released the results and they are mind-blowing,” The Anomalist reports:

The mysterious skulls found … within a gigantic graveyard contain mitochondrial DNA that shows mutations not found in humans. In other words, these guys were not human. Or at the very least were human-like. [Mas…]

usmexiconumerouno900Every country in the world has to be Numero Uno in something, right? These maps have the surprising details: [Mas…]

WTF is up with this Peruvian cane toad? Dinner time? (photo)

by Andalé Mono September 25, 2013 Cultura
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OK, people break it up. Nothing to see here. Move along now, return to your homes. Just your average Peruvian cane toad eating a bat. Like you’ve never seen this before. ¡Chale! RELATED: Peruvian bulldog has mad skateboard skills (video)

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Un perro en Perú can haz mad skateboard skillz (video)

by Verdana Bold September 23, 2013 Cultura
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This dog loves to skateboard and — as much as a dog can actually SMILE — he appears to be having happy doggy time. Woof! Good dog! PREVIOUSLY ON PERROS:

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That new mammal they discovered in the Andes? Delicious! (video)

by Comic Saenz August 27, 2013 Cultura
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It’s called an olinguito. Freakin delicious, too! Elise Roedenbeck reports: Olinguito, the cute new mammal discovered in the Andes, is nature’s newest little surprise. The small creature, related to the raccoon, looks like a cross between an Ewok and a rat. However, anyone who’s ever lived in the Andes can tell you meat is meat. […]

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Illegal American and European boat people heading for Peru (video)

by YOLO LLAMA August 8, 2013 Cultura
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They’re coming on boats and rafts from the United Estates and the Eurozone to this country on the Pacific Coast of South America — a representative democratic republic divided into 25 regions — to live The Peruvian Dream.

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Ciro Hurtado, guitar; April Espejo, dance: ‘La Negrita Tomasa’ (video)

by TYNE E. DANCER August 5, 2013 Cultura
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There’s not much to this video. Ciro Hurtado plays his original composition La Negrita Tomasa on acoustic guitar as Julio Ledezma keeps the beat on the cajon. Radiant dancer April Espejo celebrates in bare feet on an empty wooden stage. No effects. No vocals. Perfectly sweet and wonderful.

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Al Madrigal: Latinos CAN assimilate — they’re haters, too! (video)

by Comic Saenz July 16, 2013 Cultura
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The Daily Show (with Jon Stewart)’s Al Madrigal disputes the lie that Latinos can’t assimilate in America’s Melting Pot. They can be as good h8rz as any other group! [Disclosure: Al Madrigal insists we keep him on the POCHO masthead as our Migrant Editor because it helps him with thick Chilean chicks.]

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Sleeping with my husband, puta? I’ll throw you off a cliff (video)

by Barney Asada June 20, 2013 El Now
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In Peru, love hurts. Next step: Couples counseling?

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Elise Roedenbeck’s ‘MiJA Weekly’ Tax Day Espectacular 4.15.13 (video)

by Elise Roedenbeck April 15, 2013 El Now
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Happy Tax Day, pochos! This week on MiJA I discuss the near conclusion of back-room negotiations on immigration “reform” and delve deep into the heart of the Internets to discover Barbies of the World. You think Mexican Barbie is bad — Peruvian Barbie comes with an anchor baby (and she’s not the worst of them!)

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Inca round-up of vicuña to gather ‘The Gold of the Andes’ (video)

by LIL BOPIP March 6, 2013 Cultura
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In the high desert of the Peruvian Andes, the descendants of the Inca form a human chain to perform the Chaccu, the ritual round-up and shearing of the wild vicuña.

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Elise Roedenbeck’s ‘MiJA Weekly’ breaks the ñews 03.04.13 (video)

by Elise Roedenbeck March 4, 2013 El Now
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Hey there, Pochos! This week on MiJA I totally don’t pole dance, Obama isn’t a dork, and the Gang of Eight don’t mix well with vinegar. Also, Kim Jung Un has one black friend. Don’t make me unleash my powers of brujería! Leave your comments and questions below. Previously on MiJA Weekly….

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Elise Roedenbeck’s ‘Mija Weekly’ breaks the ñews 02.25.13 (video)

by Elise Roedenbeck February 25, 2013 El Now
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This week on Mija: so much crying! I explain the sequester with a stick of butter and discuss Marco Rubio’s visit to Israel. Plus, a bunch of dead sea animals wash ashore mi tierra, Peru and I wear a sweater! Make sure to leave your questions and comments below.

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Elise Roedenbeck’s ‘Mija Weekly’ breaks the ñews 02.04.13 (video)

by Elise Roedenbeck February 4, 2013 El Now
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This week on Mija Weekly I discuss immigration and la ganga de ocho, Obama’s love of skeet, and I celebrate Black History Month Peruvian style — all while battling the flu! Don’t forget to leave me your comments below; I promise I’m not contagious. PREVIOUSLY ON MIJA WEEKLY…

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Elise Roedenbeck’s ‘Mija Weekly’ breaks the ñews 1/28 (video)

by Elise Roedenbeck January 28, 2013 El Now
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In the second installment of Mija Weekly ñews wrap I discuss lip-synching, immigration, my chusma hair dresser and I answer questions from you pochos. Also I don’t drop the F-bomb. Thank you to everyone who watched last week! Don’t forget to leave me your comments below. RELATED: Previously on Mija Weekly…

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‘Mija Weekly’ with Elise Roedenbeck breaks the ñews (NSFW video)

by Andalé Mono January 21, 2013 El Now
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POCHO’s New Jack City Burro Jefe Elise Roedenbeck wraps up this week’s ñews in the premiere installment of Mija Weekly. Please note she is quite insistent that you leave comments below. (NSFW language.)

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Woman reunited with beloved childhood llama – llama indifferent

by Elise Roedenbeck November 30, 2012 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from PERU) Rosalin Llosa learned the hard way that absence doesn’t always make the heart grow fonder. On a recent trip to her birthplace of Arequipa, Peru, Rosalin was reunited with her beloved childhood llama, Pepita. Though Rosalin raised the orphaned llama from infancy, the animal remained aloof to her presence. “I thought she’d get […]

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Happy Hispanic Heritage Month? Money won’t buy you love

by Elise Roedenbeck September 17, 2012 Cultura
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It’s Hispanic Heritage Month. Break out a novelty sombrero and a bottle of Patron, because like a taco smothered in salsa, heritage is waay more palpable when it’s smothered in consumerism… I often encounter people who don’t understand why I identify as Hispanic. I’ve given it a lot of thought and I think it comes […]

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