Articles

  • Sign up for the Chasqui Challenge

    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.

  • Your Guide to What is on Offer at April's Elections

    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.

  • Undermining Development? EU Trade Policy on Natural Resources

    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.

  • Editorial: The Politics of Tweedledum and Tweedledee

    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.

  • Embedded Water

    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.

  • Peruvian Forest

    Peru Lacks Resources to Protect its Forests

    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).

  • Editorial: Will No-One Rid Me of These Turbulent Priests?

    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.

  • Mining in the Peruvian Andes

    New Research on Water and Mining in the Peruvian Andes at the Open University

    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)

  • Peru's Government Questions Data On Coca

    Peru News 056. Peru News 056 - June 2010

    Peruvian authorities have questioned the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report which shows an increase in Peru’s coca leaf production. According to this report, if “the current trend continues, Peru will soon overtake Colombia as the world’s biggest coca producer”.

  • Editorial: Towards a Festival of Democracy?

    Update 139. April / May 2010

    Thirty years after Peru held its first democratic elections, following 12 years of military rule, the country is gearing up for the latest round of electoral contests: municipal and regional elections in October, followed by presidential and congressional elections next April.

  • 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.

  • PSG MineWatch

    There are numerous social conflicts related to extractive concessions operated by British firms in Peru. This PSG database shows which firms and which projects have proved the most contentious this month.

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