By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2021
With infections and deaths nearing record levels, Peru’s health and foreign ministers have been forced to resign for getting early shots of the coronavirus vaccine.
By Cesar Uco, 19 November 2020
Thousands of youth held vigils Monday evening in Peru’s major cities in memory of the two young students killed by the Peruvian National Police (PNP).
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2020
Mass outrage over the deadly repression of protests triggered by the coup-like impeachment of President Vizcarra has forced the resignation of his successor.
By Rafael Azul, 12 November 2020
In Lima, Peru’s capital, the decision to replace Martín Vizcarra with Manuel Merino brought many people into the streets.
By Cesar Uco, 28 October 2020
The political conflict reflects the crisis of the entire Peruvian ruling class as it confronts the country’s worst recession in decades along with the rising death toll from COVID-19.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 24 August 2020
The tragedy is the direct outcome of the government’s police-state enforcement of coronavirus restrictions, even as it grants a free rein to mining and other business interests.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 18 August 2020
With over 535,000 COVID-19 cases and 26,000 deaths, and amid growing class tensions, President Vizcarra is leaning heavily on the military.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 11 August 2020
With 478,024 coronavirus cases, Peru has the third most infections in Latin America, and with over 21,000 fatalities, it has the highest per capita death toll in the region.
By Cesar Uco, 8 July 2020
“Phase three” aligns the government and all political parties with the interest of big business and against the working class.
By Cesar Uco and Don Knowland, 9 May 2020
As immigrants to the capital make desperate efforts to return to their places of origin, overcrowded prisons have become a hotbed for propagation of the virus.
By Cesar Uco, 7 April 2020
The COVID-19 virus continues to spread aggressively in Peru, endangering the poorest people of Andean or Amazonian origin who have low immune defenses.
By Cesar Uco and Don Knowland, 1 April 2020
A new law shows that Peru’s ruling oligarchy, in anticipation of widespread unrest, is preparing the army to carry out repression with absolute impunity.
By Cesar Uco and Don Knowland, 26 March 2020
The quarantine and curfew imposed by President Vizcarra are aimed at protecting the interests of the wealthy and preparing the repression of a likely social explosion.
By Cesar Uco, 25 February 2020
The deaths of the 14- and 17-year-old brothers of gas poisoning in the mine are part of a nationwide toll from the exploitation of workers in illegal and unsafe mines.
By Cesar Uco, 17 February 2020
Thirty-nine private universities and two graduate schools failed to meet basic educational standards, threatening 166,000 students with being thrown in the street.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 30 January 2020
Traditional parties that have dominated Peruvian politics for decades were left without a single seat, while no party succeeded in capturing more than 10 percent of the ballots.
The Revolution and the Land: Peruvian documentary about agrarian reform in the 1960s and ’70s attracts great interest
By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 23 December 2019
The documentary brings to life the centuries-long exploitation of the indigenous Peruvian peasantry, but fails to provide a coherent political analysis of the rise and fall of Gen. Velasco’s regime.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 25 November 2019
In the midst of its deepest political crisis, Peru’s economic indicators have dropped sharply and the class struggle is heating up.
23 November 2019
By Cesar Uco, 4 November 2019
Peasant farmers have blocked roads and confronted police after Peru’s government approved construction of the mine, which will harm the fragile ecosystem of the Tambo Valley in the southern Andes.
By Armando Cruz, 9 October 2019
One of the main props sustaining Vizcarra’s government has been the refusal of the pseudo-left to confront his right-wing policies.
By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 22 August 2019
Thousands of people joined the strike, confronting military police, blocking the Pan-American highway and the streets of Arequipa’s capital city and shutting down a major port.
By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 27 April 2019
Top Odebrecht officials told Peruvian prosecutors that the company had bribed presidents, ministers and potential presidential candidates for nearly two decades.
By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 20 April 2019
The Peruvian government gave in to demands of 1,200 peasants of Fuerabamba who suspended the road blockade that for 66 days paralyzed export of copper concentrate to China
By Cesar Uco, 3 April 2019
The deaths of eight miners are the result of the ruthless drive for profits by the owners of informal mines in Peru.
By Cesar Uco, 28 February 2019
The catastrophic effects of these storms are bound up with the government’s failure to repair the damage caused two years ago.
By Armando Cruz, 31 January 2019
Seeking to exploit the disaster that affected nearly 2,000 people, “free-market” proponents rushed in to demand the privatization of the public water company, Sedapal.
By Cesar Uco, 13 December 2018
President Vizcarra is seeking to use the referendum to refurbish the image of a bourgeois state that had lost all credibility in the eyes of the working class and the poor
By Cesar Uco, 5 December 2018
The most important issue discussed at the CADE 2018 conference was a coordinated government-business attack on labor costs.
By Cesar Uco, 27 November 2018
Behind Peru’s mushrooming corruption scandals lies the breakdown of the free market economic model introduced in the 1990s.
By Armando Cruz, 13 November 2018
The leader of Fuerza Popular (FP), Keiko Fujimori, was sentenced to 36 months of “preventive detention” while being investigated in the Odebrecht scandal.
By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 18 October 2018
For more than 12 years, Odebrecht won contracts and projects in Peru by paying off top officials and businessmen.
By our reporters, 24 September 2018
It is estimated that since 2014 nearly 2.5 million Venezuelans have fled their country to escape a collapsing economy.
By Cesar Uco, 19 September 2018
The new terror trial came in the midst of a wave of corruption scandals enveloping the entire Peruvian state apparatus.
By Armando Cruz, 17 September 2018
The pseudo-left has adapted itself to President Vizcarra’s proposals, praising his preparedness to "listen" to the people.
By Cesar Uco, 29 August 2018
The strike in Miraflores highlights the glaring social inequality that pervades Peru.
By Armando Cruz, 21 August 2018
The new scandal is yet another blow to a political and state establishment already massively discredited after the revelations of the Lava Jato scandal.
By Cesar Uco, 16 August 2018
This tragedy in a peasant town in the Andes serves as a reminder of the grinding poverty confronted by millions of Peruvians.
By Cesar Uco, 14 August 2018
In his speech to the nation, Vizcarra admitted that “the judicial system has collapsed” and the country faces “serious corruption of public administrative institutions.”
By Armando Cruz, 25 June 2018
The Vizcarra-Villanueva government intends to impose the new cuts to government spending and new taxes on the working population being demanded by international finance.
By Cesar Uco, 22 June 2018
The teachers’ strike has been joined by walkouts of railroad, public transit and other workers as economic conditions continue to deteriorate in Peru.
By Armando Cruz, 23 March 2018
There was a consensus among the ruling elite that the 79-year-old former Wall Street operator had become a destabilizing factor for capitalism in Peru.
By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 14 March 2018
The revelations have led many to question the political future of all the figures involved, the most visible faces of the Peruvian political class for over a generation.
By Cesar Uco, 1 March 2018
The desperate populist appeal comes as the chances of Kuczynski finishing his term are dwindling, while his approval rating has fallen to 19 percent.
By Mike Head, 25 January 2018
The “TPP 11” announcement points to the increasing isolation of the US, and the escalating tensions between the rival capitalist powers.
By Cesar Uco, 16 January 2018
The deal reached to spare President Kuczynski impeachment in return for the pardoning of Fujimori has only deepened the crisis of bourgeois rule in Peru.
By Armando Cruz, 30 December 2017
Fujimori’s pardon has unleashed a wave of protests, mostly by young people, in the capital and other main cities.
By Juan Gonzáles, 18 December 2017
Even as bribery and corruption charges threaten to bring down the president, an attempt is being made to strengthen the Peruvian state.
By Cesar Uco, 14 December 2017
The Odebrecht scandal has played an increasing role in deepening Peru’s economic and political crises.
By Cesar Uco, 29 November 2017
A mushrooming scandal involving hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes from Brazilian construction contractors is implicating high-level politicians.
By Armando Cruz, 29 September 2017
The decision to remove and replace some ministries came in the aftermath of a powerful 71-day teachers’ strike.
By Cesar Uco, 14 September 2017
The Odebrecht scandal is threatening to put two other former presidents behind bars and to drag down the current head of state, Pedro Pablo Kucsynski.
By Armando Cruz, 23 August 2017
Reportedly, more than 200,000 teachers in 18 regions of the country are participating in the strike, making it one of the largest in the last decade.
By Andrea Lobo, 22 August 2017
Pence compared Trump’s “vision” to that of Theodore Roosevelt, making clear that Washington intends to reassert US hegemony in the region.
By Armando Cruz, 7 June 2017
The divisions over the launching of “Nuevo Peru” center on the best political means for diverting the rising militancy of the working class.
By Cesar Uco, 1 April 2017
The ravages of El Niño have exposed the stark social inequality that pervades Peruvian society and the indifference of the country’s ruling elite to the conditions of the masses.
By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 27 March 2017
The Cerro Verde miners strike has now entered its third week, despite a government decree declaring the action illegal.
By Cesar Uco, 20 March 2017
The disaster has exposed the inability of the Peruvian government to either prepare for or properly respond to increasingly frequent climatic catastrophes.
By Cesar Uco, 2 March 2017
The Odebrecht corruption scandal has implicated leading politicians not only in Peru, but throughout Latin America.
Twenty-three dead, thousands homeless due to lack of infrastructure as floods and mudslides strike Lima, Peru
By Cesar Uco, 10 February 2017
Those who drowned in the floods and who were buried alive in the mud are victims of the capitalist system.
By Armando Cruz, 8 February 2017
Among the major figures that may be targeted by prosecutors is the current Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
By Cesar Uco, 24 January 2017
There are thousands of informal mines in Peru, with miners risking their lives working for third parties under extremely dangerous conditions.
By Cesar Uco, 17 January 2017
The eruption of violent clashes in Lima over the imposition of tolls follows a similar pattern seen in Mexico with the protests over the hike in gasoline prices.
By Cesar Uco, 4 January 2017
After six months in office, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski confronts mounting corruption scandals along with growing social unrest.
By a reporter, 10 November 2016
The armed clashes in a small town in eastern Peru were emblematic of the political crisis and corruption dominating the country following President Kuczynski’s assumption of power.
By Cesar Uco, 7 October 2016
The Peruvian security forces have been rocked by revelations of extra-legal killings and rampant corruption.
By Armando Cruz, 10 August 2016
Like the president himself, the incoming cabinet is drawn from the higher echelons of Peruvian and international big business.
By Armando Cruz, 16 June 2016
Decisive in the narrow victory of the former IMF official was the unconditional support granted by the Broad Front of the Left (Frente Amplio).
By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 21 April 2016
National and international investors welcomed the results, as both contenders back policies facilitating the exploitation of the Peruvian working class.
By Armando Cruz, 22 March 2016
The elections are dominated by the thoroughgoing alienation of the Peruvian population from the political establishment as a whole.
By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 31 December 2015
The state of emergency is intended as a demonstration for the domestic and foreign business elites that the government can—and will—suspend democratic rights as it sees fit.
By Armando Cruz, 18 November 2015
The most revealing thing about Peru’s “left” primary is that the vote count was entrusted to a branch of the US National Endowment for Democracy.
By Cesar Uco, 17 October 2015
After the settlement of a strike in which police shot and killed four workers, some 200 similar social struggles are continuing across the country.
By Cesar Uco, 26 August 2015
The bid by the government of President Ollanta Humala and the Peruvian bourgeoisie to market Peru as a haven for foreign capital is rapidly failing under the impact of deepening crisis.
By Cesar Uco, 1 August 2015
Two out of three Peruvians report being unable to live off of their salaries, while just 113 families monopolize 46 percent of the country’s wealth.
By Alexander Fangmann, 30 May 2015
The trip yielded a variety of trade and investment deals, along with infrastructure initiatives—all aimed at counteracting slowing domestic growth while expanding influence in the region.
By Armando Cruz, 30 January 2015
Marches against the bill were met with state violence, along with a campaign of intimidation by the government and alleged infiltration by agents provocateurs.
By Armando Cruz, 21 January 2015
The sudden layoffs have caused mass outrage and provoked speculation that a vast reorganization of the municipality may be under way.
By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 30 December 2014
Under the pretext of promoting youth employment, the law is an attack against the working class, aimed at redistributing wealth to big business.
By Armando Cruz, 21 October 2014
The right-wing candidate Luis Castañeda, a former two-term mayor of Lima, was swept back into office in the Peruvian capital.
By Cesar Uco, 13 October 2014
The rise of Peru’s GDP in recent years can be quickly erased, returning millions of Peruvians to conditions of extreme poverty.
By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 19 July 2014
Moody’s upgrading of Peru’s debt comes in the wake of new pro-corporate economic measures.
Losing the Human Form: A seismic image of the 1980s in Latin America
By Armando Cruz, 10 April 2014
The exhibition, presented in Madrid in 2012 and recently in Lima, Peru, is a fascinating compilation of works from the 1980s that voiced opposition to the militarized regimes in Latin America.
By César Uco, 25 February 2014
Doctors working for the Ministry of Health earn US$1,000 a month, making them among the lowest paid in Latin America.
By César Uco and Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2014
Last week’s ruling by the International Court of Justice settling a dispute over maritime boundaries between Chile and Peru has failed to quell nationalist tensions between the two countries.
By César Uco, 15 January 2014
Petrobrás, the government-run oil company, is selling off international assets to finance its investments in offshore oil.
By Armando Cruz, 20 December 2013
The exposure of extraordinary police protection for a convicted criminal of the Fujimori dictatorship has thrown Peru’s government into crisis.
By César Uco, 17 August 2013
The collapse of President Humala’s pretense of “social inclusion” has led to growing popular struggles.
By Armando Cruz and Luis Arce, 23 July 2013
The Civil Service Law passed by the Peruvian Congress is the latest attack on the working class by the “left” nationalist government of President Ollanta Humala.
By Armando Cruz, 6 June 2013
Measures carried out by Humala, who won the presidency in 2011 promising to battle “neo-liberalism,” have placed him to the right of his predecessors.
By Armando Cruz, 7 November 2012
Four dead and more than 100 wounded was the outcome of the repression of a riot in La Parada, an old wholesale market in the working class district of La Victoria in downtown Lima.
By Armando Cruz, 27 September 2012
A pair of wildcat strikes by teachers and doctors has become the latest episode of class struggle to undermine the government of Peru’s nationalist president, Ollanta Humala.
By Armando Cruz, 10 July 2012
Ollanta Humala declared another “state of emergency” in the northern highlands region of Cajamarca to suppress a powerful movement opposing the multi-billion-dollar Conga mining project.
By Armando Cruz, 6 June 2012
Peruvian president Ollanta Humala has imposed a state of emergency in the province of Espinar in Cusco to quell violent protests over a mining company’s environmental destruction.
By Armando Cruz and Luis Arce, 29 March 2012
On March 15, three workers were shot dead in protests against Peruvian government decrees penalizing those involved in “informal mining.”
By Luis Arce, 25 February 2012
Twenty-nine people died as the result of a fire that ripped through the “Christ is Love” rehabilitation center located in one of the poorest districts of Lima on January 28.
By Armando Cruz, 22 February 2012
On Friday, February 10, thousands of Peruvians participated in the “Gran Marcha Nacional por el Agua,” or “Grand March for Water,” in downtown Lima.
By Luis Arce, 15 December 2011
A week after its declaration of a state of emergency in Cajamarca, the replacement of Peru’s prime minister by a retired army officer signals a sharp turn to the right by President Humala’s government.
By Luis Arce and Armando Cruz, 16 August 2011
Ollanta Humala, who won the Peruvian election on the basis of appeals to nationalism and resentment over social inequality, has filled key posts in his cabinet with representatives of the ruling elite.
By Luis Arce, 12 August 2011
Latin America’s financial markets suffered the most severe losses of any in the world in the “Black Monday” global sell-off that followed the downgrading of US debt.