Articles

  • Congress v Saavedra

    11 December 2016

    The interpelación (questioning) of Education Minister Jaime Saavedra led to the Fujimoristas in Congress deciding to push ahead with a motion of censure. The Fuerza Popular (FP) majority block says it intends to push ahead with the vote against Saavedra, probably in the next few days.

  • Government responds on Las Bambas dispute

    11 December 2016

    The government’s proposals on the Las Bambas dispute were delivered in person by Vice-president Martín Vizcarra on 7 December. He was accompanied on his visit to Cotabambas by the ministers of justice and of agriculture, and by Rolando Luque, head of the Oficina Nacional de Diálogo y Sostenibilidad (ONDS).

  • Congress versus Saavedra

    4 December 2016

    Following weeks of speculation, the official questioning (interpelación) of Education Minister Jaime Savedra has been approved by Congress and is due to take place on 7 December. He faces legislators over accusations about alleged mismanagement of computer procurement and delays in preparations for the Pan-American Games.

  • Drought in the highlands

    4 December 2016

    Lack of rain in the Andes has caused serious problems of water supply, with the government declaring on 28 November a state of emergency in 37 river basins from Piura in the north to Tacna in the south.

  • Espinar: the use and abuse of dialogue forums

    4 December 2016

    We recently reported on an agreement reached in Espinar, Cuzco, between the government and representatives of the local community, in the three-year-old saga of the dialogue forum (mesa de diálogo) there.

  • Nadine Heredia's FAO posting causes ructions

    27 November 2016

    On 24 November, Nadine Heredia, the former first lady, travelled to Geneva to take up a posting with the United Nations Food Programme. In Peru, the reaction was immediate. Not only did many politicians demand she return to Lima but even the foreign ministry requested her post be rescinded.

  • Rio Blanco returns to the front line

    27 November 2016

    An agreement appears to have been reached between the Peruvian government and the Chinese Xiamen Zijin Investment Development Corporation to push ahead with the development phase of Rio Blanco. This is potentially one of the world’s biggest copper mines, but it has met with consistent opposition from the highland communities of northern Piura region.

  • Some good news from Espinar?

    27 November 2016

    A long-running issue in the field of mining and human rights has taken what may be a significant step forward. Senior government officials appear to have agreed to building health facilities in Espinar to deal with problems arising from mining there.

  • APEC and the festival of globalisation

    20 November 2016

    The APEC summit in Lima, which took place on 19-20 November, brought together leaders from around the world, reflecting rather different traditions of capitalism. For President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the summit was a golden opportunity to be seen hob-nobbing with world leaders and to reassert both his core beliefs in the virtues of international business integration and the need to bin harmful regulatory obstacles to the free-flow of capital.

  • Frente Amplio seeks its own registration

    20 November 2016

    Verónika Menoza, candidate for the left-wing Frente Amplio, has announced that as of 2 December she will be spearheading a campaign to collect enough signatures to register a new grouping, known as the Movimiento por el Nuevo Perú, as an official party. To do so will require up to a million signatures.

  • 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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