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Extractivist Malice in Peru: Activist Máxima Acuña de Chaupe Harassed by Yanacocha Mining Company

February 12, 2016 Eduardo Gudynas 0

The enormous mining corporation tried every which way they could to evict Máxima Acuña de Chaupe and her family of subsistence farmers. They used the police, guards, journalists, judgements, and many other weapons. But this is a steadfast family, with a woman deeply rooted in her land in Peru’s northern Andes, who resisted with all her strength and would not give up.

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Peruvian Paradoxes: The Presidential Elections and Power

January 30, 2016 George Ygarza 0

Keiko Fujimori will likely win the 2016 Peruvian presidential elections scheduled for this April. She is the daughter of deposed president Alberto Fujimori, who became one of the first heads of state to be convicted of human rights violations in Latin America. Keiko Fujimori is polling at over thirty percent in an early crowded field of around 12 candidates. The election of a far-right candidate who has pledged to pardon her imprisoned father when she assumes the presidency seems incomprehensible. […]

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Peru’s Tia Maria Mining Conflict: Another Mega Imposition

June 11, 2015 Lynda Sullivan 0

The Tia Maria project, an open-pit mine proposed by Southern Copper Corporation, threatens to poison land farmed by rural communities in the interior of Peru. Currently, the government has lent Southern the force of the national army, the bureaucracy of the courts, and the loudspeaker of corporate media to fight the opposition of local farmers and elected officials. To date, the conflict has claimed eight lives.

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Peruvian Youth Celebrates Victory Over Government and Big Business’ Ley Pulpín

February 10, 2015 Lynda Sullivan 0

The youth of Peru have started 2015 by showing the country that a break from neoliberalism is possible. They managed, in the space of just over a month, to mobilize tens of thousands in five separate marches and to force the government to revoke the Youth Labor Regime Law, or, more popularly known as the ‘Pulpín Law,’ a controversial piece of legislation that would have slashed their labor rights.

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In Peru, Scientist Documents the Impacts of Continent’s Largest Gold Mine

February 3, 2015 Diego Cupolo 0

The Yanacocha gold mine did not exist when Reinhard Seifert first moved to Cajamarca, Peru in the 1970s. Everything changed in 1993, when Denver-based Newmont Mining Corp. opened Yanacocha and spurred a modern gold rush of sorts. In 2011, the company proposed expanding its operations with a megaproject known as the Conga mine, a project instantly met with relentless, sometimes violent, anti-mining demonstrations. Four years later, the Conga mine expansion remains on hold under environmental review. Throughout this period, Seifert played a pivotal role in the anti-mining movement as former president of the Environmental Defense Front of Cajamarca.

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Peru Plans to Abolish Iconic Amazon Indigenous Reserve, NGO Claims

September 19, 2014 David Hill 0

Plans are afoot to abolish a reserve for vulnerable indigenous peoples in Peru’s Amazon in order to exploit massive gas deposits and facilitate Christian evangelization, according to a report by Lima-based NGO Perú Equidad – Center for Public Policies and Human Rights. Established in 1990, what is now called the Kugapakori-Nahua-Nanti and Others’ Reserve (KNNOR), is officially intended to protect the lives and territories of indigenous peoples living in what Peruvian law calls “isolation” and “initial contact.”

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