I received this email December 7 from my cousin in Peru:
This morning I planned to tell you that the Peruvian Congress planned to impeach President Castillo,But before I could write you, President Castillo dissolved Congress,But before I could report that Castillo was taking action, his Cabinet ministers began to desert him,But before I could tell you that news, the Congress met and impeached Castillo,Then Castillo, still defiant, called on the Armed Forces for support,But the Armed Forces took a hard look at where they could conduct more graft,And The Armed Forces told Castillo that he was on his own,And Castillo told his family to start packing,But the family could not pack very quickly, because it was an awful lot of cash,And the police arrived at the Presidential Palace with an arrest warrant,And the family was still packing, because it was a lot of cash,And the Legislature met to swear in the VP, Dina Balluarte, a real loose cannon,And she gave a speech in which she thanked the military and god, in that order,And Castillo was photographed leaving the Presidential Palace with a police escort,And now life will go on.
Addendum December 10:
"I was recently in Monobamba, Perú, a small town at 1,500 meters near San Ramón, the city where I usually stay. Our hostess told us about her visit to a rural area another 1,000 meters up. They met some women potato farmers who said that the glacier had completely melted, and they no longer had a water source. Furthermore, the rain was two weeks overdue, and they were concerned about their potato crop. There were some lagoons within an hour’s walk for drinking water, but the long-term looked bleak.
This woman and her neighbors are only a sample of the potato farmers along the sierra at the same altitude. I don’t see a solution, and the national government has no idea what to do, so they do nothing. I take that back. The national government is busy embezzling money set aside for potato farmers at 2,500 meters in the sierra."