News & Analysis

Anti-Venezuelan sentiment on the rise

As the Andean countries, including Peru, seek to work out some system for regulating the influx of migrants from Venezuela, the climate of xenophobia appears to be increasing. The precise number of Venezuelans currently in Peru is unknown, but it is thought to be in...

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Further reports of illegal mining in Cenepa region

The Vigilante Amazónico last week reported accusations by members of the Awajún and Wampi ethnic groups that mining companies had moved in heavy equipment on rivers in their territories in the Amazonas region of northern Peru. They allege that communities living along...

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Fresh trouble at Las Bambas

The government has once again declared a state of emergency along the route linking Las Bambas with the port of Matarani, giving police special powers to deal with a string of protests to have emerged over the past two weeks. Communities are protesting against the use...

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Enter Alan Garcia, stage right

Alan Garcia, who has kept a physical distance from Peruvian politics in recent times by residing in Madrid, has announced his return to the fray, hinting that he may seek to be APRA’s candidate in the 2021. At a meeting of his supporters in La Molina on 25 August, he...

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The battle for the judiciary

Investigation into the corruption scandals in Callao, the so-called ‘white collars of the port’, continues apace despite the fact that the judiciary is now apparently controlled by those under investigation. The Chief Public Prosecutor (Fiscal de la Nación), Pedro...

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Lithium project in Puno raises thorny issues

A Canadian exploration company, Plateau Energy Metals, has announced the discovery of an estimated 2.5 million tons of hard-rock lithium carbonate in Puno. It says that this could turn into one of the world’s largest lithium mines. Lithium is a boom commodity given...

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BBC reports on Tintaya

Grace Livingstone has a useful report from Peru in which she talks to people living close to Glencore’s mine at Tintaya, Espinar in Cuzco. The tale of environmental pollution is a familiar one to PSG readers. In the recording, she also talks to representatives of...

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Judicial corruption laid bare

The scale of judicial corruption in Peru has become ever clearer over the last few weeks. The leaked transcripts of taped conversations involving senior members of the judiciary laid bare details of decisions being made for favours, monetary and other. Subsequent...

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Former ECLAC head warns of dangers ahead for Peru

In a wide-ranging interview published in the La República newspaper, José Antonio Ocampo, formerly the head of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, points to the need for Peru further to diversify its economy. While recognising that Peru will...

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‘Best practice’ and poor practice

There are many important dimensions to 'best practice' when a mining company is trying to negotiate its way into a community where it will need to work for a number of years. Two of the most crucial concern the environmental impact assessments (EIAs), and the...

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