Sundry items from the interweb:
Chilean environmentalists praise Ecuador’s Dakar Rally rejection
"Ecuador becomes the only South American country to reject the race, raising questions about its environmental and archaeological impact.
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"FUNAM president, Raúl Montenegro, denounced the negative impacts of the race and called the actions by Ecuador an important first step toward banning it from the continent.
“Each new edition of the Dakar Rally brings flagrant violations of regulations set by the environmental impact assessment (EIA),” Montenegro said."
Sean Penn urges no Dakar Rally in Bolivia until US man freed
"Actor and humanitarian Sean Penn called Monday for the Dakar Rally to cancel its debut run in Bolivia unless an ailing American businessman being held under house arrest there is released.
"Ostreicher 'is the victim of an elaborate, high-level government extortion ring that has fleeced approximately $27 million worth of assets from the rice operation that he had been managing,' said Chris Smith, the panel's chairman, said.
"The international pressure could very well be precisely what the Bolivian president needs to be able to finally expel the malignant cancer of corruption that is killing both the Bolivian justice system and the thousands of innocent people like Jacob Ostreicher."
Bolivia lashes out at Sean Penn for proposing boycott of Dakar Rally over detained American
"Bolivia’s culture minister calls it actor-activist Sean Penn’s 'worst performance' ever. He isn’t talking about a movie.
"Minister Pablo Groux is slamming Penn’s proposal to a U.S. congressional subcommittee Monday that Bolivia be cut out of the Dakar motor sport rally unless it frees a U.S. citizen under house arrest two years after he was jailed without charge in a money-laundering probe."