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Monday, April 8th, 2013

Muslims in Peru against Al-Qaeda

Not translated at this point, but you can make some of it out.

My Spanish is weak, but managing this site has forced me to learn some words.

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

You wouldn’t see this here in the USA


NOTICE: They have their babies in the dance – Posted on YouTube in Oct 2012

This is Peru. Peruvian women dancing with their babies to an Arab tune. This is how mainstream Arab music is in South America. Half of these women are part-Peruvian Indian.

The YouTube comments (Click Here) says:

Mamis bailando con sus bebes al ritmo de la danza árabe…por la Semana Internacional de la Crianza en Brazos..organizado por Nueve Lunas y Portabebes Mi Alma. Artista invitada Aleyah Bellydance bailarina y profesora de danzas arabes Dj Jonathan Diaz Manrique encargado de la mezcla de ritmos tradicionales y modernos


Mothers dancing with their babies to the rhythms of Arab dance … for the Interntional Weeek of Infant Rearing … organized by Nine Moons y My Soul Porta Babies.

Invited artists: Aleyah Bellydance artist and teacher of Arab dance.

DH Jonathan Diaz Manrique in charge of the mix of traditional and modern rhythms.

Now, you may consider this small change; but can you imagine any American corporation introducing a line of products with Arab dance?

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

The Arab in Lima. Closer Than You Think.

Used the Google Translation Engine because my Spanish is so so.

The Arab in Lima [Peru]. Closer than you think

Conocidos por nuestros abuelos llanamente como “los turcos”, la herencia cultural árabe y las olas de inmigrantes que llegaron al Perú trajeron consigo costumbres y usos que han calado profundamente en nuestra identidad cultural, como bien lo recuerda el sociólogo e historiador Nelson Manrique en entrevista con Perú21.

Desde la arquitectura colonial hasta los más queridos platos de nuestra “mistura gastronómica”, la III Cumbre de Jefes de Estado y de Gobierno de América del Sur y los Países Árabes nos da una excusa para revisar una vez más el legado de la cultura del Medio Oriente en suelo peruano.


Known by our grandparents simply as “Turks”, the Arab cultural heritage, and the waves of immigrants who arrived in Peru brought with them customs and practices that have penetrated deeply into our cultural identity, as recalled by the sociologist and historian Nelson Manrique in interview with Perú21.

From colonial architecture to the most beloved dishes from our “Mistura gastronomic [fair]“, the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of South American and Arab Countries gives us an excuse to once again review the legacy of the culture of the Middle East on Peruvian soil.

The webpage – with a video that would not embed, due to script problems – had a short discussion about Arab heritage in Peru in light of the 2012 Arab-Latin summit which was held in Peru in October, 2012.

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