By David Hill - August 16, 2012
In a letter...dated 4 June Peru’s state oil and gas company, Petroperu, revealed it had been liaising with other state institutions in order to exploit the so-called ‘Lote Fitzcarrald’, a swathe of the Amazon rainforest in the south-east of the country...Carlos Fermin Fitzcarrald was a brutal man who, in the late 19th century, attacked, enslaved and slaughtered 100s of indigenous people in a vicious pursuit of wild rubber and massive profits.
By Nikolas Kozloff - 13 April 2012
Unhappy with the Obama administration's failed war on drugs, which has led to widespread violence and endemic corruption, some Latin American leaders are bluntly calling for the decriminalization of narcotics...Facing dwindling support for the drug war, Obama recently dispatched Joe Biden to Mexico and Central America. There, the vice-president restated tired US opposition to drug decriminalization and promised that the Obama administration would ask Congress for additional funding toward a Central American Regional Security Initiative.
By Benjamin Dangl - September 24, 2011
Earlier this summer, an anti-mining Indigenous movement in Peru successfully ousted a Canadian mining company from their territory. “In spite of government repression, if the people decide to bring the fight to the bitter end, it is possible to resist the pressure of mining and oil companies...”
Peru's new leader.
By DANTE CASTRO ARRASCO - August 26, 2010
The dangerousness of Lori Berenson...occurs to the ignorant. The MRTA ceased to exist and there is no political situation favorable to the renewal of armed struggle. The ex-prisoners of the MRTA have reincorporated themselves into society and try to function politically by democratic means. None of the former Tupacamarist prisoners have suffered a Calvary like that of Lori Berenson.
Some incidents clearly reflects the attachment or the Fujimori family members to power and crime. During Alberto’s first ruling in the early 90’s, the former First Lady Susana Higushi denounces that the president’s brothers were stealing from donations. Further allegations come to light regarding abuse and torture against her. Now, it’s been confirmed that in 1999, Keiko Fujimori got US$327,325 from the sale of her father’s property and withdrew them in 2001.
By Johann Hari - June 29, 2009
There is something thrilling about the fight in the Amazon, yet also something shaming. These people had nothing, but they stood up to the oil companies. We have everything, yet too many of us sit limp and passive, filling up our tanks with stolen oil without a thought for tomorrow. The people of the Amazon have shown they are up for the fight to save our ecosystem. Are we?
By John Gibler - June 15, 2009
The initial media response to the violence obscured the order and nature of events and thus the responsibility for violence, converting a bloody police raid into generic "clashes." The Peruvian government has in turn attempted to recast state violence as the necessary response to "terrorism" with insidious speculative claims linking the indigenous protesters with an array of demonized outsiders, and the media have largely lent the government a hand in this task by widely and uncritically reporting their insinuations and slander.
By Tom Loudon - Thursday 11 June 2009
The tragic violence currently unleashed in the Peruvian Amazon is directly linked to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the US and Peru. On Sunday, interviewed at one of the many roadblocks set up by the demonstrators, indigenous leader and protester Luis Huansi stated, "We will not give up until they reverse the laws that damage us. They want to take away our lands and forests and make our traditions disappear."
Tuesday, June 09 2009 - Infoshop News
"[President of Peru] Alan Garcia decided to make it personal. After a joint police-military operation aimed at stopping an Indigenous protest had gone awry, leaving many dead on both sides, Garcia declared the Indigenous elements to be standing in the way of progress..."
Up to 100 Amazon natives have been killed after Friday's military crackdown on protesters in Peru and the situation is expected to worsen, says a Canadian Indigenous rights activist...Twenty-two-year-old Ben Powless is working alongside Peru's national organisation of Amazon Indigenous people, AIDESEP, and fears more lives will be lost, with the government now labelling protesters as "terrorists".
Lori informed us in mid September that she is pregnant. She was so elated and we, of course, were thrilled over news we never anticipated hearing. Lori has always loved children and, at age 39, this is her first pregnancy. For the past three months she has been busy reading about pregnancy, childbirth and childcare. We are now excitedly busy knitting Mark a blanket, Rhoda a matching sweater, cap and booties.
By Angel Perez - November 24, 2008
LIMA -- A demonstration in the Peruvian capital by left-wing political movements against U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to the country turned into a protest Friday by hundreds of laid-off workers and trade unions in conflict with local and foreign companies...Percy Orec, head of the trade union representing workers at Topy Top, Peru's second-largest textile exporter, said he was laid off for organising the company's employees..."Tony Top is one of the country's leading garment exporters, and has amply benefited from the free trade agreement with the United States"...
By Yves Engler - November 05, 2008
Canadian resource companies are under fire in Peru. On October 21, Cesar Zuniga, the president of the Achuar indigenous group FENAP, told a local radio: "We, as indigenous people, reject the Canadian company Talisman. We do not want them working in our territory. We want the Peruvian state to respect us, and the armed forces to stop helping the company"...The Achuar say they will physically remove Talisman if the company does not stop working on their lands by November 15. "If they do not want to leave we will force them out."