Articles

  • Corruption, drug trafficking and political 'smokescreens'

    21 September 2015

    Increasingly issues of party funding are becoming enmeshed in flows of money from organised crime while, as electioneering is stepped up, politicians of all colours become the subject of accusations of dodgy deals and media manipulation.

  • Shades of Right?

    21 September 2015

    If the opinion polls are to be believed, the most plausible candidates for next year’s presidential elections all agree on the same thing: the continuance of the economic model of neo-liberalism to which the government of Alberto Fujimori gave birth in the early 1990s.

  • Former vice-minister doubts 'miracle'

    12 September 2015

    José De Echave, formerly vice-minister of the environment under Ollanta Humala, and director of the NGO CooperAcción, has come out with a strongly-worded attack on the ‘flavour’ of announcement by the IMF and World Bank.

  • First Lady under fire

    12 September 2015

    Nadine Heredia Alarcón, the wife of President Ollanta Humala, has been under investigation and there have been repeated attempts to link her to Martín Belaunde Lossio. In the past weeks this questioning has intensified.

  • The decentralisation of opposition

    12 September 2015

    The recent mobilisation in Loreto in defence of Petroperú and its claim on Block 192 underlines one of the most salient facets of Peruvian politics in the last 15 years: the decentralisation of opposition to the liberal economic agenda of the central government

  • Block 192: Government in disarray; indigenous indignant

    7 September 2015

    Peru’s government and its Congress appear to be at loggerheads over control of Block 192, the country’s main onshore source of crude. The issue throws into question the government’s whole approach to prior consultation.

  • Socialising mining

    7 September 2015

    Teams of people are being dispatched by a PR company called Interprod to deliver glossy leaflets and to canvass opinion, about Southern Peru's proposed Tía María mine, among the majority of households in Cocachacra, Deán Valdivia and Punta de Bombón districts of Islay province.

  • 'We are not neutral': National Human Rights Coordinator releases its Annual Report

    30 August 2015

    The National Human Rights Coordinator (Coordinadora Nacional de los Derechos Humanos) has published its annual report for 2014-15 and it makes for sober reading.

  • Mendoza's announcement; a step towards unity on the left?

    30 August 2015

    The announcement by Veronika Mendoza earlier this month that she intends to run for president is but the first shot in what looks likely to be a fractious battle to see who (if anyone) emerges as the candidate for the left.

  • The Cardinal and plagiarism

    30 August 2015

    Lima’s Cardinal Archbishop Juan Luis Cipriani has become the subject of allegations that he has plagiarised material in his sermons and in articles published in ‘El Comercio’

  • Historical Overview

    Over the past century Peru has suffered a series of autocratic governments and a civil war in which nearly 70,000 people died. Many of the country's ongoing political and social problems are a legacy of its somewhat turbulent past. 

  • Society and Conflict

    Peru’s indigenous and peasant communities continue to suffer political marginalisation and discrimination. Insufficient consultation with such groups over political and developmental decisions has fostered feelings of disenfranchisement and led to elevated levels of social conflict.

  • Climate Change

    Two important reports on the impacts of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC ) Special Report on Emissions Scenarios and the Stern Review, place Peru as one of the countries that will be most affected by the effects of climate change.

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