Fast Track Bill Ignores Lessons of Financial Crisis

Fast Track Bill Ignores Lessons of Financial Crisis

In a move that elicited a collective groan from virtually all of progressive America, the Obama administration and congressional Republicans reached a deal on April 16 on so-called “fast track” trade authority. This is the legislation needed to ram new trade...
Peru Confronts Its Past

Peru Confronts Its Past

Nations trying to come to terms with violence from their recent pasts have a difficult road ahead, and the Andean country of Peru is no exception. The country is grappling with a host of issues stemming from its violent struggle against insurgent movements in the...
Impunity Returns to Peru

Impunity Returns to Peru

The Peruvian Supreme Court has handed down a highly controversial sentence in a case involving the members of the Colina Group death squad. According to human rights defenders and the victims in the relevant cases, the sentence is a major step backward in Peru’s...
Quest for Human Rights Justice in Peru Suffers Serious Setbacks

Quest for Human Rights Justice in Peru Suffers Serious Setbacks

Cross-posted from WOLA. On July 20, the Peruvian Supreme Court emitted a highly controversial sentence in a case involving the members of the Colina Group death squad. According to human rights defenders and the victims in the relevant cases, the sentence is a major...
Humala: Chavez Clone or Washington Partner?

Humala: Chavez Clone or Washington Partner?

As per tradition in Latin American politics, election season means vicious personal attacks against individuals running for office. In Peru, the 2011 campaign season saw Ollanta Humala of the Peruvian Nationalist Party attacked for his friendship with Venezuelan...

[VIDEO] Peru’s Cocaine War: Traffickers vs. Farmers

Peru has now overtaken Colombia as the largest cocaine exporter in the world. Some regions produce huge quantities of coca leaves and coca paste – which is then turned into pure cocaine destined for Europe, Asia and Latin America. Until recently, the government...
Peru’s Leftist Student Revival

Peru’s Leftist Student Revival

In July, students, political activists, human rights workers, and average citizens in Lima, Peru, joined a march entitled “Ni indulto ni impunidad, asesinos a prisión,” or “No pardons or impunity, murderers to prison.” The event occurred...
Peru: What’s Next for Humala?

Peru: What’s Next for Humala?

Left-wing candidate Ollanta Humala emerged the victor in the most highly polarized and contested presidential elections in Peru’s recent history, in which polls showed the candidates in a statistical dead heat going into the June 5 vote. Humala won with 51.5...

New Peruvian President Humala’s First Challenge: a Polarized Peru

Cross-posted from the Tumblr site Peru Elections 2011. With Ollanta Humala the virtual winner of Peru’s presidential elections, it is time to think about the very real challenges he faces as he prepares to take office on July 28, 2011. Before analyzing the real...