Category: Peru

Nationwide Protests Rock Peru, Bush Seeks Allies In Latin America

Nationwide Protests Rock Peru, Bush Seeks Allies In Latin America

By Ben Dangl Originally published on July 19, 2007 in TowardFreedom.com National protests rock Peru as President Alan Garcia navigates through an increasingly tumultuous labor and teacher uprising. Rejections of a free trade agreement with the US and neoliberal economic policies are at the heart of the national uprising which has left three people dead and several…

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Capitalism’s Bullets in Latin America: Invisible Empires, State Power and 21st Century Colonialism

Capitalism’s Bullets in Latin America: Invisible Empires, State Power and 21st Century Colonialism

By Ben Dangl Originally published on June 17. 2014 at TowardFreedom.com “Soccer, metaphor for war, at times turns into real war,” wrote Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano. For many people in Brazil, a war has indeed broken out surrounding the current World Cup. Poor communities have been displaced by stadiums and related infrastructure for the event, the…

The Politics of Pachamama: Natural Resource Extraction vs. Indigenous Rights and the Environment in Latin America

The Politics of Pachamama: Natural Resource Extraction vs. Indigenous Rights and the Environment in Latin America

Originally published on April 2, 2014 at TowardFreedom.com En Español: La política de Pachamama: Extracción de recursos naturales contra derechos de los indígenas y el medioambiente en América Latina When I sat down to an early morning interview with Evo Morales over a decade ago in Cochabamba, Bolivia, the then-coca farmer leader and dissident congressman…

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Hope in the Andes: What Ollanta Humala’s Victory Means for Peru

Hope in the Andes: What Ollanta Humala’s Victory Means for Peru

By Ben Dangl Originally published on June 7, 2011 in TowardFreedom.com Fried pork rinds, fish, potatoes and eggs were sold by street vendors outside polling stations on election day in Lima, Peru. By nightfall, thousands of people gathered in a central plaza waving the white flags of Ollanta Humala’s political party. Ollanta is an Incan…

Showdown in Peru: Indigenous communities kick out Canadian mining company

Showdown in Peru: Indigenous communities kick out Canadian mining company

By Ben Dangl Originally published on SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 in The Dominion Earlier this spring, 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…

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Peru’s Presidential Election: A Battle Over Memory and Justice

Peru’s Presidential Election: A Battle Over Memory and Justice

By Benjamin Dangl and Jesse Strauss Originally published on June 2, 2011 in UpsideDownWorld.org When Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori arrived at a plaza in the city of Cajamarca for a recent campaign speech, she was met by a barrage of eggs thrown by activists who opposed her candidacy and called her a “murderer and thief.”…

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