News & Analysis

Social Forum of the Americas (FSA)

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. The FSA is part of the World Social Forum that began in 2001 in...

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FTA: Winners and Losers

President Alejandro Toledo called on George Bush on September 21 in a bid to speed up Peru's attempts to engineer a free trade agreement (FTA) between three of the Andean countries (Peru, Ecuador and Colombia) and the United States. With the US presidential elections...

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Ilave and Its Significance

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. Robles had been accused of...

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Ayacucho Strike Turns into a Riot

On July 1, the city of Ayacucho saw serious rioting as a teachers' strike ended in violence. A week earlier, the local teachers' union, which belongs to the national teachers union, SUTEP, declared itself on strike, occupying a number of educational buildings in the...

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Struggle for the Presidency of Congress

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. Not only does the person who holds it have an important powers to influence parliamentary business, but it was the president of...

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21 Years of Pain, a Future of Healing?

On Tuesday 22 June 2004, the families of five men who disappeared in 1983 were finally able to bury the remains of their loved ones. The remains of Virginio Moreno Machaca, Cirilo Galindo Huamaní, Francisco Huamaní Galindo, Moisés Huamaní Calloccunto y Martín Vilca...

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Protest and Pinning the Blame

Reacting to a riot in Ayacucho at the beginning of July, Prime Minister Carlos Ferrero was quick to pin the blame on Sendero Luminoso. He was backed up in this assessment by Education Minister Javier Sota Nadal and Interior Minister Javier Reategui. It is often useful...

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Mudslide in Machu Picchu

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. Hundreds of tourists visiting the site were...

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Intelligence Agency Dissolved

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. The Prime Minister Carlos Ferrero said that this was because too many agents had ties to former President...

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All That Glitters…

On the face of it, Peru should benefit enormously from the recent recovery in the prices of precious and base metals on world markets. Economists say that growth this year is likely to be in the region of 4-5% and that the country's exports should hit US$9 billion for...

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