NEWS

  • Toledo Gets Angry at Accusation of Corruption

    30 November 2004

    President Alejandro was accused of corruption on a live TV news programme. A few minutes later, live on air, the show took a call from Toledo himself, who launched a furious verbal attack on the presenter. He then called the host a coward before hanging up.

  • Coca Farmers Protest at Forced Crop Eradication

    30 November 2004

    At the beginning of this month massive protests broke out in San Gaban, Puno. 'Cocaleros' were protesting at the forced eradication of their crops and tried to occupy a hydroelectric dam. They have accused the police of taking advantage of the situation and setting fire to their camps while they were protesting.

  • Protests and Strikes in Cajamarca Halt Exploration at Yanacocha Gold Mine

    30 September 2004

    Yanacocha, the largest gold mine in Latin America, began scaling back its operations when protests and local strikes against expansion broke out in Cajamarca. There were violent clashes between local residents and police and security forces.

  • Camisea Gas Arrives in Lima

    30 September 2004

    Twenty years ago natural gas was discovered deep in the Amazon jungle. In August, President Alejandro Toledo inaugurated the US$1.6bn project to pipe it across the Andes and up the Pacific coast to Lima. The reserves are expected to bring in US$8 bn over the next 40 years and create 14,000 new jobs.

  • Social Forum of the Americas (FSA)

    30 September 2004

    The FSA took place in Quito, Ecuador. Organisers estimate that 10,000 people from the region, as well as special guests from other continents, attended. Campaigners from more than 45 nations took part.

  • Ilave and Its Significance

    31 July 2004

    Normally, Ilave is a fairly tranquil town, close to the shores of Lake Titicaca and to the frontier with Bolivia. This tranquility was shattered when the mayor of Ilave, Cirilo Robles, was lynched at the end of April by angry townspeople.

  • Ayacucho Strike Turns into a Riot

    31 July 2004

    On July 1, the city of Ayacucho saw serious rioting as a teachers' strike ended in violence.

  • Struggle for the Presidency of Congress

    31 July 2004

    By mid-July, the struggle was building up to see who would replace Henry Pease as president of Congress. The post is an important one.

  • Mudslide in Machu Picchu

    30 April 2004

    On 11 April, mudslides in and around Aguas Calientes, the village closest to the ancient Inca citadel of Macchu Pichu killed more than one and destroyed several homes in the area. 10 people are also missing, presumed dead.

  • Intelligence Agency Dissolved

    30 April 2004

    In March, the Peruvian government decided to dissolve its intelligence services, and set up a special commission to examine how best to restructure the service.

  • Historical Overview

    Over the past century Peru has suffered a series of autocratic governments and a civil war in which nearly 70,000 people died. Many of the country's ongoing political and social problems are a legacy of its somewhat turbulent past. 

  • Society and Conflict

    Peru’s indigenous and peasant communities continue to suffer political marginalisation and discrimination. Insufficient consultation with such groups over political and developmental decisions has fostered feelings of disenfranchisement and led to elevated levels of social conflict.

  • Climate Change

    Two important reports on the impacts of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC ) Special Report on Emissions Scenarios and the Stern Review, place Peru as one of the countries that will be most affected by the effects of climate change.

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