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Stories about Peru

24 May 2016

A Peruvian Amazon Community Is Putting Up a Fight Against the Expansion of Oil Palm

The legal case of Santa Clara Uchunya against the Pucallpa Plantations is emblematic because its outcome will have far-reaching consequences for the future of the region and its indigenous peoples.

23 May 2016

The Arkana Alliance: An Organization that Builds Bridges with the Shipibo Communities of Ucayali in Peru

Rising Voices

Meet the Arkana Alliance, an organization that is working in the Peruvian Amazon to empower the Shipibo people and help them preserve their environment.

20 April 2016

Right-Wing Politics Win Big in Peru's First Round of Presidential Elections

Neither corruption nor human rights are core issues for the average voter, who's more interested in the economy and not returning to the era of hyperinflation.

13 April 2016

Talking About Social Media in Pucallpa, an Amazonian City in Peru

Who are the movers and shakers of online life in Pucallpa, a medium-sized city with a little over 200,000 inhabitants in the Peruvian Amazon? We talk to some of them.

9 April 2016

Your Guide to This Sunday's Presidential Election in Peru

This year's presidential election in Peru has been a doozy. Global Voices presents a guide to the candidates and the race's national significance.

1 April 2016

Two-Day Workshop Strengthens Ties Between Indigenous Language Digital Activists in Peru

Rising Voices

Peruvian digital activists working to promote their native languages online found common ground at a workshop held in the historical city of Cusco, Peru.

31 March 2016

Suspected of Buying Votes, Peru’s Presidential Frontrunner Gets to Stay in the Race

The Special Electorate Jury of Lima has dismissed a request to exclude from Peru's presidential race the most controversial candidate, Keiko Fujimori, leading to a national legitimacy crisis.

24 March 2016

Look Out, Daughter of Peru’s Former Dictator. Protesters Don’t Want You Running for President.

Throughout all the campaign, Keiko Fujimori's leading position was unquestionable, but things started to change as the authoritarian governing style of her father returned to Peruvians' memory.

21 March 2016

When in Need, Some Peruvians Pray to Unofficial Saints

Although the Roman Catholic Church has not officially recognized them, folk saints like Sarita Colonia and Chacalón have large followings in Peru.

18 March 2016

The Amazonian City of Pucallpa Has Been Protesting For Days, but Peru's Media Isn't Taking Notice

"Sixth day of regional strike in Pucallpa and there isn't one news story in the Sunday programmes."

16 March 2016

Let’s Tour the Lima and Mexico City of Yesteryear

Some images make us travel to periods and places considered other people's memories; but thanks to images shared online, you can travel in time and space to Lima and Mexico.

26 February 2016

Want to Arouse a Peruvian's Passions? Just Talk about Terrorism—or Food

The Bridge

"The only other matter that reliably inflames the passions of Peruvians are the attempts by our southern neighbors to claim the Pisco Sour or the Suspiro Limeño as their own."

23 February 2016

Residents of the Peruvian Amazon Denounce Oil Spills Contaminating Local Rivers

"Incredible! Petroperú contaminates rivers in the Amazon and the 59 million sol fine will be paid by all of us Peruvians"

20 February 2016

How Lima Lost the Booksellers of Quilca Street

The many booksellers that occupied the busy Quilca street have been evicted and uncertainty looms over the future of not only the traders but also the greater area.

18 February 2016

Welcome to Manchay, the Neighbourhood in Lima Resisting the Arrival of Public Transport

What is it about life in Manchay that makes the residents protest so energetically against a fare rise that would to others seem negligible?

5 February 2016

Global Deforestation Is Decreasing. Or Is It?

A new look at the complex picture of changes in land use suggests that, when it comes to forests, we’re far from being out of the woods.

Kuelap, the Ancient Fortress That Aims to Become the Second Biggest Tourist Destination in Peru

"The old occupants of Kuelap abandoned their city before the Spaniards arrived, for reasons that remain unknown."

27 January 2016

Think Twice Before You Insult Peruvian Food

Peruvians can be protective of their national cuisine. Radio Ambulante's Daniel Alarcón spoke with two people who dared to speak their mind about the food, with very different results.

13 January 2016

Matt Damon Was Right. NASA Is Studying Peruvian Potatoes for Possible Farming on Mars

There are 4,500 varieties of potato in Peru, whose International Potato Center has been tasked with helping NASA find the best one for potential farming on Mars.

2 January 2016

Traditional Pre-Hispanic Peruvian Dance Declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO

Wititi is the most characteristic cultural expression of the people that live in the River Colca valley, in Arequipa, Peru.

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