News & Analysis

British missionary found dead in Iquitos

By Martin Scurrah from Lima Sallesian bother Paul McAuley was found dead last week in the centre he founded in Iquitos for poor indigenous youths who had left their communities to pursue high school or university studies in the city. His burnt body was found on the...

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Parliamentarians in trouble

Several investigations gather pace in Congress, as the immunity from judicial prosecution is on the verge of being rescinded in the case of several members. The most notorious is Héctor Becerril from the Fujimorista party Fuerza Popular (FP) whose links to organised...

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Deal announced over Las Bambas

On 7 April, as we went to press, it was announced that an agreement had been struck between the leaders of the community of Fuerabambas, the Chinese company that owns La Bambas, and government negotiators headed by Prime Minister Salvador del Solar. The meeting was...

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A week of conflict in Las Bambas

The past week the conflict over mining operations at Las Bambas copper mine reached new heights. Tensions mounted over the detention on 21 March of the president of the community of Fuerabamba, Gregorio Rojas Panuira, and of community leader Carlos Fernando Vargas...

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Background to Las Bambas

This is a translation of an article by Carlos Monge in Diario Uno, published on 1 April. The conflict surrounding Las Bambas is entirely the responsibility of the government and MMG. Officials, media analysts and business people respond indignantly that the only thing...

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Letter from Cajamarca (2): the rondas campesinas

Hualgayoc is a cold and rather forbidding town. Its mining traditions are very clear, and it has been the centre of mining activity since colonial times, if not before. It is also a politically lively place where the rondas campesinas loom large in maintaining order...

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