Peruvian-Style Fascism

Gustavo Espinoza M. Last February 3, Vice Admiral Luis Giampietri Rojas offered a virtual conference through which he addressed a topic that he claims to know in depth: “The development of communism in Peru under current conditions”. He claimed to have mastered the subject through his extensive activities in the field. It should not be…

Peruvian Agricultural Workers’ Strike Met with Violent Repression

José Carlos Llerena Police repressed agricultural workers on the Panamerican highway in the Chao district in Virú. Photo: Gian Masko Angulo On December 21, hundreds of agricultural workers from Peru embarked on a fresh agrarian strike, blocking highways along the Peruvian coast, in rejection of the failure of Congress to pass a new agrarian law….

The Demise of Neoliberal Democracy Part Two: Peruvians Demand Constitutional Reform to Halt Legacy of Corruption

Steve Lalla Peru was rocked by protests following the dismissal of President Martin Vizcarra on November 9. Vizcarra was the fifth in a succession of Peruvian presidents accused of complicity in scandals related to Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht. A massive display of discontent faced his successor, Manuel Merino, who swiftly resigned. On November 17 centrist…

Peru: Resistance Flourishes in the Popular Neighborhoods of Lima

Marco Teruggi Economic crisis is hitting Peru, particularly in the popular areas, where there are hundreds of communal kitchens. There they also organize in response to the pandemic as well as to the political crisis that exploded this month. It is a process of resistance often invisible to the mass media. The popular kitchens have…

Peru: Not Just Any Generation

Alonso Mesía Macher From Lima, it didn’t seem like a special moment. It seemed like just a moment. A moment like any other in the history of this country. One more robbery of a coat and tie, another misdeed of political pickpocketing, the usual indignation that usually dies in a closed fist in front of…

Peru in its Darkest Night

Ollantay Itzamná Lima’s Plaza de Armas in the shadow of social protest As I write this report, nearly 32 million Peruvians are spending one of the darkest nights in their bicentennial history: without the President of the Republic, without the Board of Directors of the Legislative Congress. Meanwhile, the families of the two young men…

Is Peru Witnessing a Parliamentary Coup?

Zoe PC Members of the progressive New Peru Party on the streets on November 9 to protest the coup d’etat against Martín Vizcarra. Photo: Nuevo Perú What are the forces behind Peruvian president Martín Vizcarra’s impeachment following a rapid and bizarre session of the Congress? Who stands to benefit? Why have thousands taken to the…

Media Cover for US Clients’ Covid Catastrophes in Peru, Ecuador and Chile

Lucas Koerner Back in March, when coronavirus cases were beginning to surge in the US and in South American allies such as Brazil and Ecuador, Washington was busy raising the alarm about the “expansion of Covid-19 pandemic in the region, if not globally, if Venezuela… fails to address it.” Venezuela was reporting under 150 cases…

Neoliberalism and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America

Ollantay Itzamná Quechuas in Machupiccchu. OI. It is clear that the neoliberal system advanced in Latin America until it found social resistance in the indigenous territories. It seems that “sovereignty” and “dignity” are no longer disputed in the jurisdiction of national states, but in indigenous territories. Neoliberalism, as a stage in the accumulation/speculation of capital…