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Juan Arellano

I'm peruvian, blogging since 2001 and founder of, the first directory of peruvian bloggers. I also contribute or have contributed to:,,

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Latest posts by Juan Arellano

28 October 2015

Demonstrators in Peru March 180 Miles to Protest Lead Poisoning in Children

The mining wealth of Cerro de Pasco in Peru has poisoned children with lead, and several dozen people decided to stage a 300-kilometer march in protest.

18 October 2015

This is How Ecuador Takes Action on the Cotopaxi Volcano Emergency

Ecuador President Correa has declared a state of emergency after an active volcano erupted south of Quito. This allows the state to use relief funds, but also permits media censorship.

17 October 2015

The South American Countries Most Vulnerable to El Niño Are Preparing to Welcome Its Fallout

The El Niño phenomenon has reached the South-American Pacific coast. Are the countries in the region prepared to minimize the damage this time? We check the status of disaster preparedness.

16 October 2015

Protests Over Las Bambas Mine Project in Peru Claim Four Lives and Leave Many Injured

Protests against the Las Bambas mining project have come to a point of calm after the violence that left four dead and several wounded in Peru.

23 September 2015

Drowned Syrian Boy Awakens Peruvians to Their Own Dying Children

A photo of a drowned Syrian boy has generated international sympathy, while images of children freezing in the Peruvian Andes have provoked a different response.

18 August 2015

A Trailblazing Media Outlet Fact-Checked the Peruvian President's National Address

Were the president's claims about his government's investment in education true? False? Misleading? Ojo-Público had the answer in real-time.

2 June 2015

What You Need to Know About Growing Opposition to Peru's Tia Maria Mining Project (Part II)

Resistance by Peruvian farmers to the planned Tía María mining operation has increased in the last few weeks. Here are some recent facts and analysis about the conflict.

28 May 2015

What You Need to Know to About Growing Opposition to Peru's Tía María Mining Project

Resistance by Peruvian farmers to the planned Tía María mining operation has increased in the last few weeks. Here is some background on the origins of the conflict.

14 May 2015

One Year of #LunesDeBlogsGV (Monday of Blogs on Global Voices)

The Global Voices in Spanish team reflects on the first year of #LunesDeBlogsGV along with some of the participants.

10 May 2015

Are Peruvian Police and Press Conspiring to Criminalise the Tia María Protests?

"A serious state does not have [a police force] working as private security for mines."

28 April 2015

Peru Struggles to Navigate the Needs of Intelligence Collection and Privacy Rights

The political storm caused by revelations about the country's chief intelligence agency has subsided, but the debate about security and privacy is still booming and banging.

13 April 2015

Where Now For Peru and Chile After Spying Allegations Edge Closer to Fact?

Chile has been spying on Peru since well before the outbreak of the Pacific War between the countries in the 19th century. Very old habits die very hard.

31 March 2015

The Government is Unprepared as Peru's Heavy Rains Unleash Lethal Landslides

The rain season is getting stronger and longer every year in Peru. This year at least seven people died in landslides caused by the rain in Chosica, near Lima.

23 March 2015

10 Common Words in Spanish and English That Come From Quechua

If you think that Quechua is only used in the Andes, you're sorely mistaken. Spanish, Catalan and even English use Quechua words.

14 March 2015

Chilean Espionage in Peru Cools Diplomatic Relations

The traditionally complicated Chilean-Peruvian relations have reached a new level of complexity thanks to the latest round of espionage accusations.

27 February 2015

Bolivia Might Have the World's Most Devoted ‘Simpsons’ Fans

Across Bolivia, people took to the streets in protest after a local TV network shuffled the 'The Simpsons' out of its normal time slot for a reality TV show.

21 February 2015

Peru's Achuar and Kichwa Indigenous Communities Defend Their Territory From Oil Pollution

"The communities are not saying put an end to oil exploitation, but they are saying that there are problems to be solved [...]"

27 January 2015

A Website Fine Rekindles a Controversy About the Use of Personal Data in Perú

A Peruvian website that publishes open data was closed down after being fined, rekindling a debate about the use of personal data in the country.

13 January 2015

Eight Years of Global Voices in Spanish

This January, Global Voices in Spanish turns 8, and some members of the community share what it means to them as a learning tool.

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