News & Analysis

The Construction Club

Both officials at the transport and communications ministry and executives within the construction industry will wait with bated breath to see what will be revealed as two members of the so-called ‘Construction Club’ (Club de la Construcción) prepare to spill the...

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Lessons from Brumadinho

The catastrophic failure of the Vale tailings dam in Brazil, the second in three years, is a test for worldwide mining industry. Such tailing dams are some of the largest structures in the world with failure rates one hundred times greater than for water retention...

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JNJ law passes Congress

After months of delay and much congressional wrangling, the law replacing the suspended National Magistrates Council (CNM) was finally passed on 1 February. It brings into being the National Justice Board (Junta Nacional de Justicia, JNJ). The old CNM was suspended...

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Towards some unity on the left?

Passing the mid-way point in the current legislature, attention will be increasingly focused on likely runners in the next presidential and congressional elections in 2021. Perhaps it was in recognition of this that left-wingers met last weekend in the city of...

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Oil palm expansion puts forest, communities at risk

Communities in Loreto and Ucayali regions stand firm in their opposition to the expansion of large-scale oil palm plantations which, they say, violate their land rights. They have sought international help. Despite official development efforts to boost home-grown...

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Cipriani bows out, Castillo replaces him

On 25 January, Juan Luis Cipriani bowed out as archbishop of Lima, a post he has occupied for 20 years. He is replaced by Carlos Castillo, a Lima diocesan priest. In his parting words, Cipriani announced his “great respect for a diversity of opinions”. However, he...

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Peru recognises Guaidó as president in Venezuela

Following hard on the heels of US President Donald Trump, Peru – in conjunction with several other members of the so-called Lima Group – recognised Juan Guaidó as the legitimate president of Venezuela on 23 January. The decision appears to have been worked out well in...

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