News & Analysis

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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Judicial reform runs into resistance

On 10 August, the permanent commission in Congress in charge of deciding the timetable for the sub-committee of constitutional accusations to investigate wrong doing by Judge César Hinostroza and other CNM members was unable to meet for the lack of a quorum. Only nine...

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Wampis question ‘company’ delegation

A threatening instance of poor practice appears to be occurring in Loreto. Representatives of the Wampi nation are complaining vigorously that the oil company Geopark, the proposed partner for Petroperú in Lote 64, has been working in two of their communities, Arutam...

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Vizcarra takes his referendum proposals to Congress

President Vizcarra, with the proposals for referendums under his arm, walked from the Palace to Congress on 9 August personally to hand these on to the legislature. He asked the president of Congress, Fujimorista Daniel Salaverry, to debate them expeditiously so as to...

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Municipal mafia jailed

News last week that the mayor of the La Victoria district of Lima, Elías Cuba, was the head of an organised criminal band came as no surprise to those who had seen the way he and his friends had used the municipality to enrich themselves. But the level of corruption...

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