News & Analysis

President opposes ‘gagging law’

A piece of legislation proposed by Mauricio Mulder has been approved by Congress in spite of firm opposition from President Martín Vizcarra. This is the so-called ‘Ley de Mordaza’ (or Gagging Law), sometimes also referred to as the Ley Mulder; it seeks to prohibit the...

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UK review of anti-corruption law praised

In a press release issued on 13 June, Global Witness, a UK-based organisation that fights against corruption and looks into links between natural resource exploitation and conflict, has welcomed the recent British government endorsement to the 2015 anti-corruption...

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Law to exclude Guzman and Mendoza fails, for now

Legislation under discussion in the Constitutional Commission of the Peruvian Congress designed to exclude candidates from the 2021 presidential elections suffered a setback on 13 June. The legislation, originally promoted by APRA’s Mauricio Mulder, has now been...

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Fiscal comes under Fujimorista pressure

Public Prosecutor José Domingo Pérez has indicated that he will now open formal investigations on former presidents Alejandro Toledo, Alan García, and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, based on the information that all their campaigns received financing from Odebrecht. This is...

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Gustavo Gutierrez at 90

Gustavo Gutiérrez, the famed author of ‘A Theology of Liberation’ celebrated his 90th birthday on 8 June. Gustavo, as he is affectionately known, developed his ‘option for the poor’ in the 1960s and 1970s. Liberation Theology became a highly influential current of...

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Disappearing glaciers: how long will they last?

Estimating how long Peru’s glaciers will last if nothing is done to halt climate change is a sobering exercise in futurology. The Instituto Nacional de Investigación de Glaciares y Ecosistemas de Montaña (INAIGEM) has just published a book which provides a timeline as...

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Kenji Fujimori suspended, but not ousted

On 6 June, members of Congress decided to suspend Kenji Fujimori, Bienvenido Ramírez and Guillermo Bocángel while the judiciary investigates alleged vote-buying designed to maintain then president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in power last March. Kenji has declared that he...

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Anibal Quijano (1928-2018)

It is with sadness that we note the death of Anibal Quijano, one of Latin America’s most distinguished sociologists. Quijano became a point of reference in the debates that raged in the late 1960s and early 1970s with reference to the persistence of colonial power in...

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