Peru

Peru’s entire political establishment engulfed in bribery scandal

By Cesar Uco, 29 November 2017

A mushrooming scandal involving hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes from Brazilian construction contractors is implicating high-level politicians.

Peru cabinet shakeup exposes crisis of rule

By Armando Cruz, 29 September 2017

The decision to remove and replace some ministries came in the aftermath of a powerful 71-day teachers’ strike.

Corruption crisis engulfs all major parties in Peru

By Cesar Uco, 14 September 2017

The Odebrecht scandal is threatening to put two other former presidents behind bars and to drag down the current head of state, Pedro Pablo Kucsynski.

Peruvian teachers strike as Kuczynski’s government plunges into crisis

By Armando Cruz, 23 August 2017

Reportedly, more than 200,000 teachers in 18 regions of the country are participating in the strike, making it one of the largest in the last decade.

Vice President Pence visits Latin America amid deepening Venezuelan crisis

By Andrea Lobo, 22 August 2017

Pence compared Trump’s “vision” to that of Theodore Roosevelt, making clear that Washington intends to reassert US hegemony in the region.

Peruvian pseudo-left bitterly divided over launching of new party

By Armando Cruz, 7 June 2017

The divisions over the launching of “Nuevo Peru” center on the best political means for diverting the rising militancy of the working class.

As toll from Peru’s storms mount, capitalists see new source of profits

By Cesar Uco, 1 April 2017

The ravages of El Niño have exposed the stark social inequality that pervades Peruvian society and the indifference of the country’s ruling elite to the conditions of the masses.

Strike continues at Peru’s largest copper mine in defiance of government

By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 27 March 2017

The Cerro Verde miners strike has now entered its third week, despite a government decree declaring the action illegal.

Death toll rises from Peru’s El Niño flooding

By Cesar Uco, 20 March 2017

The disaster has exposed the inability of the Peruvian government to either prepare for or properly respond to increasingly frequent climatic catastrophes.

Peruvian president wanted in Odebrecht corruption scandal

By Cesar Uco, 2 March 2017

The Odebrecht corruption scandal has implicated leading politicians not only in Peru, but throughout Latin America.

Twenty-three dead, thousands homeless due to lack of infrastructure as floods and mudslides strike Lima, Peru

By Cesar Uco, 10 February 2017

Those who drowned in the floods and who were buried alive in the mud are victims of the capitalist system.

Top Peruvian politicians implicated in Brazil’s “Lava Jato” corruption scandal

By Armando Cruz, 8 February 2017

Among the major figures that may be targeted by prosecutors is the current Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

Rescue attempts abandoned for seven buried Peruvian miners

By Cesar Uco, 24 January 2017

There are thousands of informal mines in Peru, with miners risking their lives working for third parties under extremely dangerous conditions.

Privatized highway toll sparks mass protest in Peru

By Cesar Uco, 17 January 2017

The eruption of violent clashes in Lima over the imposition of tolls follows a similar pattern seen in Mexico with the protests over the hike in gasoline prices.

Peru’s president facing mounting crisis after six months in office

By Cesar Uco, 4 January 2017

After six months in office, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski confronts mounting corruption scandals along with growing social unrest.

Deadly political violence in Peru as Kuczynski completes first 100 days

By a reporter, 10 November 2016

The armed clashes in a small town in eastern Peru were emblematic of the political crisis and corruption dominating the country following President Kuczynski’s assumption of power.

Video of summary executions exposes Peruvian police death squads

By Cesar Uco, 7 October 2016

The Peruvian security forces have been rocked by revelations of extra-legal killings and rampant corruption.

Peru: Kuczynksi takes office along with right wing pro-business cabinet

By Armando Cruz, 10 August 2016

Like the president himself, the incoming cabinet is drawn from the higher echelons of Peruvian and international big business.

Wall Street’s candidate wins elections in Peru with support from pseudo-left

By Armando Cruz, 16 June 2016

Decisive in the narrow victory of the former IMF official was the unconditional support granted by the Broad Front of the Left (Frente Amplio).

Two right-wing candidates to contest second round in Peru’s presidential vote

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 21 April 2016

National and international investors welcomed the results, as both contenders back policies facilitating the exploitation of the Peruvian working class.

Peru’s electoral board bars two presidential candidates before first round of elections

By Armando Cruz, 22 March 2016

The elections are dominated by the thoroughgoing alienation of the Peruvian population from the political establishment as a whole.

President Humala declares state of emergency in Peru’s port of Callao

By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 31 December 2015

The state of emergency is intended as a demonstration for the domestic and foreign business elites that the government can—and will—suspend democratic rights as it sees fit.

Peruvian pseudo-lefts select former ruling party member as presidential candidate

By Armando Cruz, 18 November 2015

The most revealing thing about Peru’s “left” primary is that the vote count was entrusted to a branch of the US National Endowment for Democracy.

Social conflicts erupt in Peru following bloody mine clash

By Cesar Uco, 17 October 2015

After the settlement of a strike in which police shot and killed four workers, some 200 similar social struggles are continuing across the country.

Peru faces Wall Street downgrade

By Cesar Uco, 26 August 2015

The bid by the government of President Ollanta Humala and the Peruvian bourgeoisie to market Peru as a haven for foreign capital is rapidly failing under the impact of deepening crisis.

Economic slowdown in Peru ignites social tensions

By Cesar Uco, 1 August 2015

Two out of three Peruvians report being unable to live off of their salaries, while just 113 families monopolize 46 percent of the country’s wealth.

Chinese premier concludes four-country tour of South America

By Alexander Fangmann, 30 May 2015

The trip yielded a variety of trade and investment deals, along with infrastructure initiatives—all aimed at counteracting slowing domestic growth while expanding influence in the region.

Peruvian government repeals law targeting young workers

By Armando Cruz, 30 January 2015

Marches against the bill were met with state violence, along with a campaign of intimidation by the government and alleged infiltration by agents provocateurs.

Mass layoffs follow election of new right-wing mayor in Lima, Peru

By Armando Cruz, 21 January 2015

The sudden layoffs have caused mass outrage and provoked speculation that a vast reorganization of the municipality may be under way.

Thousands of Peruvian youth and students protest labor law

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 30 December 2014

Under the pretext of promoting youth employment, the law is an attack against the working class, aimed at redistributing wealth to big business.

Municipal elections a debacle for Peruvian “left”

By Armando Cruz, 21 October 2014

The right-wing candidate Luis Castañeda, a former two-term mayor of Lima, was swept back into office in the Peruvian capital.

Peru faces threat of housing bubble

By Cesar Uco, 13 October 2014

The rise of Peru’s GDP in recent years can be quickly erased, returning millions of Peruvians to conditions of extreme poverty.

Wall Street hails Peru’s economic “reforms”

By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 19 July 2014

Moody’s upgrading of Peru’s debt comes in the wake of new pro-corporate economic measures.

Artistic resistance to the US-backed juntas

Losing the Human Form: A seismic image of the 1980s in Latin America

By Armando Cruz, 10 April 2014

The exhibition, presented in Madrid in 2012 and recently in Lima, Peru, is a fascinating compilation of works from the 1980s that voiced opposition to the militarized regimes in Latin America.

Public health care workers clash with riot police in Peru

By César Uco, 25 February 2014

Doctors working for the Ministry of Health earn US$1,000 a month, making them among the lowest paid in Latin America.

World Court decision on Peru-Chile border fails to quell nationalist rivalries

By César Uco and Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2014

Last week’s ruling by the International Court of Justice settling a dispute over maritime boundaries between Chile and Peru has failed to quell nationalist tensions between the two countries.

Brazil’s Petrobrás sells off Peruvian stake to China

By César Uco, 15 January 2014

Petrobrás, the government-run oil company, is selling off international assets to finance its investments in offshore oil.

Peru military-police scandal throws government into crisis

By Armando Cruz, 20 December 2013

The exposure of extraordinary police protection for a convicted criminal of the Fujimori dictatorship has thrown Peru’s government into crisis.

Peru’s economy sags as social conflicts mount

By César Uco, 17 August 2013

The collapse of President Humala’s pretense of “social inclusion” has led to growing popular struggles.

Peruvian government approves labor counter-reform

By Armando Cruz and Luis Arce, 23 July 2013

The Civil Service Law passed by the Peruvian Congress is the latest attack on the working class by the “left” nationalist government of President Ollanta Humala.

Wall Street embraces Humala’s “left” government in Peru

By Armando Cruz, 6 June 2013

Measures carried out by Humala, who won the presidency in 2011 promising to battle “neo-liberalism,” have placed him to the right of his predecessors.

Peruvian government crushes riots in Lima market

By Armando Cruz, 7 November 2012

Four dead and more than 100 wounded was the outcome of the repression of a riot in La Parada, an old wholesale market in the working class district of La Victoria in downtown Lima.

Humala government outlaws strikes by Peruvian teachers and doctors

By Armando Cruz, 27 September 2012

A pair of wildcat strikes by teachers and doctors has become the latest episode of class struggle to undermine the government of Peru’s nationalist president, Ollanta Humala.

Peru’s President Humala imposes another state of emergency against mine protests

By Armando Cruz, 10 July 2012

Ollanta Humala declared another “state of emergency” in the northern highlands region of Cajamarca to suppress a powerful movement opposing the multi-billion-dollar Conga mining project.

Peruvian government imposes state of emergency to quell mine protests

By Armando Cruz, 6 June 2012

Peruvian president Ollanta Humala has imposed a state of emergency in the province of Espinar in Cusco to quell violent protests over a mining company’s environmental destruction.

Three workers killed in Peru mining protests

By Armando Cruz and Luis Arce, 29 March 2012

On March 15, three workers were shot dead in protests against Peruvian government decrees penalizing those involved in “informal mining.”

Fire kills 29 at rehab center in Lima, Peru

By Luis Arce, 25 February 2012

Twenty-nine people died as the result of a fire that ripped through the “Christ is Love” rehabilitation center located in one of the poorest districts of Lima on January 28.

Thousands march in Peru against US-backed mining project

By Armando Cruz, 22 February 2012

On Friday, February 10, thousands of Peruvians participated in the “Gran Marcha Nacional por el Agua,” or “Grand March for Water,” in downtown Lima.

Peruvian crisis shifts Humala government to the right

By Luis Arce, 15 December 2011

A week after its declaration of a state of emergency in Cajamarca, the replacement of Peru’s prime minister by a retired army officer signals a sharp turn to the right by President Humala’s government.

Humala packs Peruvian cabinet with pro-business figures

By Luis Arce and Armando Cruz, 16 August 2011

Ollanta Humala, who won the Peruvian election on the basis of appeals to nationalism and resentment over social inequality, has filled key posts in his cabinet with representatives of the ruling elite.

Latin stock markets hit hardest by US credit downgrade

By Luis Arce, 12 August 2011

Latin America’s financial markets suffered the most severe losses of any in the world in the “Black Monday” global sell-off that followed the downgrading of US debt.

Peru’s president-elect Humala bows to bankers

By Luis Arce, 11 June 2011

Following his victory at the polls last Sunday, Peru’s president-elect has made it his first priority to reassure capitalist investors, foreign and national, that they have nothing to fear.

Humala beats Fujimori in Peru’s presidential vote

By Luis Arce, 7 June 2011

With nearly 90 percent of the vote counted in the presidential election held in Peru Sunday, the ex-army officer Ollanta Humala emerged as the clear winner.

Aymara protesters seize Peruvian city of Puno

By Luis Arce, 4 June 2011

A week before Peruvians go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new president, nearly 20,000 members of the Aymara native ethnic group occupied the city of Puno.

Peru elections pit Humala against Fujimori in second round

By Luis Arce, 13 April 2011

The nationalist candidate of Gana Peru (Peru Wins), former army officer Ollanta Humala, won the first round of the presidential election in Peru.

Nationalist candidate Humala rises in Peru election polls

By Luis Arce, 2 April 2011

The meteoric rise of Ollanta Humala to first place in the polls two weeks before Peruvians elect a new president has taken the media and the country’s ruling elite by surprise.

WikiLeaks cables expose Peruvian politicians’ subservience to Washington

By Luis Arce, 2 March 2011

Two weeks ago, El Comercio, Peru’s most influential newspaper, began publishing secret cables from the US embassy in Lima released by of WikiLeaks. What has been released so far reveals the degree of submission and dependency on US imperialism by all the major political parties of the Peruvian bourgeoisie.

Traditional parties take beating in Peru elections

By Cesar Uco, 11 October 2010

The Peruvian elections have dealt a humiliating defeat to the traditional parties, with a “resurgence of the left” being proclaimed in Lima, and the victory of regional groupings elsewhere in the country.

Peruvian President Garcia swears in new cabinet to “restore order”

By Luis Arce, 15 July 2009

Peru’s President Garcia is moving towards a confrontation with the working class in the wake of nationwide protests over the recent massacre in the Amazon basin.

Thousands of Peruvian workers join protests against Garcia’s policies

By our correspondent in Lima, 15 July 2009

Thousands of workers marched in Lima, Peru on July 8 in opposition to the free-market economic policies of President Alan Garcia.

Peruvian government forced to repeal Amazon free trade decrees

By Luis Arce, 23 June 2009

In the face of mass protests over the recent massacre in the Amazon basin and continuing blockades by indigenous groups, the Peruvian government has been forced to repeal two decrees opening up the region to exploitation.

Peru: Massive protests against García government over Amazon massacre

By Luis Arce, 13 June 2009

A wave of mass demonstrations and marches swept across the whole of Peru Thursday in popular repudiation of the government’s massacre of Amazon Indians last week.

Peruvian massacre aimed at opening Amazon to transnationals

By Luis Arce, 8 June 2009

A massacre carried out by heavily armed Peruvian security against protesting Amazon Indians left dozens dead as the Garcia government attempts to open up the region to exploitation by the transnational corporations.

Peru: Ex-President Fujimori sentenced to 25 years for “dirty war” killings

By Luis Arce, 10 April 2009

A three-judge panel of Peru’s Supreme Court unanimously sentenced former President Alberto Fujimori to 25 years in prison Tuesday for his role in two massacres carried out by the military death squad known as Grupo Colina, as well as kidnappings.

Peru: President promises to protect foreign capital from social unrest

By Luis Arce, 9 April 2009

Responding to fears that growing social unrest will scare off foreign capital, Peruvian President Alan Garcia vowed to employ extra-constitutional power to guarantee the security of foreign investments in Peru.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

11 November 2008

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