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15 April 2011
Those engaged in social protest in Peru have repeatedly found themselves targeted by the authorities. Activists and community leaders often face spurious or trumped up charges intended to intimidate and/or to divert their time and resources away from protest activities. Officials are particularly predisposed to such methods when demonstrations are perceived to threaten large investment projects in the country. The following report by CIDSE looks at this issue, outlining the link between the extractive industries and the criminalisation of social protest in Peru and the rest of Latin America.
04 April 2011
In this special article for the PSG James Haselip of the Technical University of Denmark and Beatriz Martínez Romera from the University of Copenhagen examine whether expanding industry transparency in Peru’s energy sector will be enough to avoid the 'natural resource curse'.
01 April 2011
The Chasqui played a vital role in the Inca Empire, carrying messages across the region by running great distances at great speeds. We are currently looking for volunteers to challenge themselves in a similar way this summer by running (or walking) a half or full marathon to raise funds for the PSG.
03 February 2011
Peruvian voters seem to have a strong preference for presidential candidates who only a few years previously they were delighted to see the back of. So it was that Fernando Belaúnde returned in 1980, following his dismal showing as president in the 1960s. Then Alan García was given a second go at being president in 2006, having been roundly condemned as one of Peru’s worst presidents when his first term ended in 1990. Now, it would seem, Alejandro Toledo is staging a come-back, having been one of Latin America’s least popular presidents for most of his previous term (2001-06), with his approval ratings seldom above single-digit level.
20 January 2011
A pending free trade agreement between the European Union and Peru would allow European extractive firms easier access to Peru's natural resources. A recent report by Traidcraft Exchange, Oxfam Germany and partner organisations, questions the extent to which countries like Peru benefit from such agreements.
17 December 2010
As the date for setting presidential candidacies approaches, the Lima press is absorbed by the composition of the eventual line up. Who will run with whom? What sort of alliances are in the works? How many of the candidacies are simply tactical moves to get on to another’s list? Ultimately, the question we should ask ourselves is how much difference will it all make.
17 September 2010
Progressio, Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES) and Water Witness International have produced an interesting report on the ‘embedded water’ or ‘water footprint’ or ‘virtual water’ of importing agricultural produce. They have done it through the exemplar of importing asparagus from Ica, Peru into the UK. The report therefore has particular resonance for those in the UK interested in Peru and who eat Peruvian asparagus! The report is 90 pages long, but the Executive Summary is a very readable four pages.
Peru New 057. 17 August 2010
The government agencies responsible for protecting Peru’s forests lack the staff and resources necessary to protect and monitor the vast area which accounts for 53% of Peruvian territory, according to a report published by the Office of the Peruvian Human Rights Ombudsman (Defensoría del Pueblo).
Update 140. June / July 2010
Well may President Alan García be thinking along the same lines as Britain's Henry II (1133-89) when he, Henry, sent his underlings in to get rid of Thomas a Becket, the (troublesome) archbishop of Canterbury.
Update 140. June / July 2010
Although the Andean region has a long history of mineral extraction, this industry has significantly expanded in the Peruvian highlands over the last two decades.
By Dr. Jessica Budds, Lecturer in Geography (OU)