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New culture minister inherits poisoned chalice

Yet another minister of culture was sworn in last week, Luis Jaime Castillo, an archaeologist. He replaces Ulla Homquist who had only lasted four months in post and left for health reasons. Castillo is the fourth minister in President Martín Vizcarra’s 16-month...

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Green light to new confrontation at Tía María

Tía María is no longer just a conflict between the farmers and people of the Tambo valley in Arequipa and a mining company, Southern Peru Copper, but a conflict over the future of mining investment in Peru and the rights of people to oppose projects that threaten...

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Seminario doubts growth forecast

Bruno Seminario from the Universidad del Pacifico is perhaps Peru’s deepest thinker about growth patterns, having pioneered the study of growth over the duration of the republic. According to him, the government’s revised growth forecast for 2019 is still overly...

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Fujimori hearing postponed

5 July was the day that the Supreme Court was to adjudicate on whether Keiko Fujimori should be released from jail or not. Just before the session was due to begin, one of the judges, Jorge Castañeda, was obliged to retire from judging the case following recordings...

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Rosa Bartra and the art of delay

As widely predicted, including by PSG, the ‘fujiaprista’ majority on the congressional constitution committee appear to be doing their best to procrastinate in delivering the political reforms demanded of them by the executive. With the closure of Congress fast...

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Agrarian reform: 50 years on

It was on 24 June, then renamed ‘Dia del campesinado’, that President Juan Velasco decreed the agrarian reform in Peru. 50 years on, the reform, which was one of the most radical exercises in property redistribution ever attempted in Latin America, remains a hot...

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