• 30 March 2015

    Renewed protests in Espinar

    Dozens of campesinos from the province of Espinar in Cuzco came out on to the streets on 27 March in protest. They were demanding that the government stop dragging its heels in implementing the agreements achieved in a round table negotiation especially with regard to remedying the situation faced by people, including youngsters, with unacceptably high presence of heavy metals in their body.

  • 22 March 2015

    Newmont under fire, again

    An American judge has taken the unusual step of ordering Newmont, the giant US mining company, to supply photographs, videos and other information on communications between the company and the police in Cajamarca. Newmont is the majority shareholder in Yanacocha the gold mining company in Cajamarca that had sought to open up the massive new Conga gold project in the province of Celendín in Cajamarca.

  • 22 March 2015

    Castaneda irks the art community, and others

    Lima’s new mayor, Luis Castañeda Lossio, keen to reverse projects associated with his predecessor Susana Villarán, has run into fierce criticism in the last two weeks, especially among the artistic community.

  • 22 March 2015

    New forestry law at last enacted

    On March 16, the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation Juan Manuel Benites was joined in a ceremony by seven organisations representing 52 indigenous or native peoples, to enact a new forestry law, replacing the law of 2000.


  • . 30 March 2015

    Leaked TPP document sparks row over foreign investment privileges

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being negotiated between Peru and eleven other countries (including the United States). Last week, Wikileaks published a draft text of the chapter on investment to a number of newspapers in TPP aspirant countries, including Peru’s La República. The text expands on the faculties granted by Peru to foreign investors under the provisions of the FTA with the United States. It allows, for instance, for arbitration by international mediators in investment disputes even while local courts may still be engaged in seeking settlements.

  • . 30 March 2015

    Environmental protests lead to 'scrapping' of Tia Maria

    An 'indefinite' strike was called on Monday, March 23 against the Tia María copper and silver mining project in the Valle del Tambo in the Arequipa region of southern Peru. Demonstrators blocked the Pan American highway and violent clashes followed with the police. There appear to have been some injuries. On the following Friday (March 27) came a shock announcement from the company, Southern Peru Copper, that it was scrapping the project and terminating its investment in the area.

  • . 22 March 2015

    Andahuaylas electricity protest

    Andahualas last week made news when, after six days of protest by locals against a huge hike in electricity prices, the government finally intervened to cancel the increase.

  • . 22 March 2015

    Petroperú sidelined

    The abrupt dismissal last week of the president of Petroperú, appears to put an end to a long-running argument as to whether the state oil company should actually be involved in producing crude. Its role now seems destined to be no more than a refiner of largely imported crude for the domestic market.

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