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Jun 25, 2011 Peru's president blames deadly clashes on 'dark political interests'

QUOTE: the Peruvian government agreed to put an end to a private mining project in Puno, following the deaths of five protesters in clashes with police on Friday. The decision followed more than 10 hours of talks between government ministers and indigenous Aymara leaders as the two sides tried to put an end to an indefinite strike that has gripped Puno for a month.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 24, 2009 In the Andes, a Toxic Site Also Provides a Livelihood

QUOTE: But Mr. [Ira] Rennert’s privately held industrial empire includes the smelter with a towering smokestack that overlooks Ms. [Claudia] Albino’s home, so the health and economic fate of her and thousands of others here rest on the corporate maneuvers he is carrying out.

New York Times
Oct 07, 2007 The World: Living in Exile Isn’t What It Used to Be

QUOTE: Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Haiti and Venezuela are all discussing ways of bringing former leaders out of exile to face human rights or corruption charges, and legal experts expect these various efforts to be energized by a ruling by Chile’s Supreme Court ordering that Mr. Fujimori be sent to a jail cell in Peru to await trial.

New York Times
May 11, 2007 Bush and Democrats in Accord on Trade Deals

QUOTE: The unusual agreement, which came after weeks of negotiations, would guarantee workers the right to organize, ban child labor and prohibit forced labor in trading-partner countries. It would also require trading partners to enforce environmental laws already on their books and comply with several international environmental agreements.

New York Times
Dec 02, 2006 New President Takes Helm of Divided Mexico: Calderón Sworn In As Opponents Jeer

QUOTE: The nation's top electoral court found no evidence to support allegations of widespread fraud and rejected López Obrador's calls for a vote-by-vote recount, instead certifying Calderón the winner after a recount of about 9 percent of returns. That left a bitter taste among some Mexican voters...

Washington Post
Aug 17, 2006 Guest Workers Sue New Orleans Hotel Chain: Immigrants Say Decatur Group Failed to Deliver on Promised Employment

QUOTE: Latin Americans hired as legal "guest workers" by a major hotel group [Decatur Hotels LLC--Ed.] were recruited...after Hurricane Katrina...with false promises of good earnings and instead have been left with thousands of dollars in debt...

Washington Post
Jan 11, 2006 Peru's Election Board Rejects Candidacy of Jailed Ex-Leader

QUOTE: In rejecting Fujimori's application, [Peru's--Ed.] electoral board cited a congressional order imposed in 2001 that banned him from holding office for at least 10 years. Fujimori, 67, has argued that the ban is unconstitutional.

Washington Post
Jan 04, 2006 Peru Asks Chile to Extradite Fujimori

QUOTE: Peru's government on Tuesday formally asked Chile to extradite former president Alberto Fujimori and handed over 12 boxes of evidence that it said links him to human rights violations and corruption.

Washington Post
Dec 18, 2005 The World: Latin America Looks Leftward Again

QUOTE: ...a new leftward tide now rising in Latin American politics. Tired of poverty and indifferent governments, villagers here are being urged by some of their more radical leaders to forget the promises of capitalism and install instead a community-based socialism in which products would be bartered. Some leaders even talk of forming an independent Indian state.

New York Times
Jul 30, 2005 Unending Graft Is Threatening Latin America

QUOTE: Brazil's scandal is just the latest reminder of the unremitting corruption that has marked Latin American politics since colonial times, when absolute rulers regarded newly conquered realms in the New World as their personal property.

New York Times
Feb 17, 2004 Peru's Mines Dig Deep at Local Discontent

QUOTE: The riches have brought resentment, particularly among those who have not won a coveted place on the [Peruvian--Ed.] mine's relatively small payroll.

Washington Post
Jun 21, 2003 60,000 May Have Died in Peru Violence, Panel Says

QUOTE: Investigators examining human rights abuses in Peru during the 1980s and 1990s have concluded that as many as 60,000 people were killed or disappeared by government forces and Maoist insurgents

Washington Post
Jul 08, 2001 Accountability in Argentina

QUOTE: The indictment last week of Carlos Menem, the former president of Argentina...encouraging advance for legal accountability in a country where the powerful have too often enjoyed impunity from prosecution for their misdeeds.

New York Times
Jul 01, 2001 The Poor Man's Capitalist: Hernando De Soto

QUOTE: Throughout the third world, the formal systems of property rights taken for granted in advanced nations simply don't exist....de Soto's barking dogs capture the heart of a profound social problem -- in this case, the persistence of global poverty.

New York Times
May 20, 2001 Ancient History Imperiled in Peru: Scavengers, Development, Tourism Damage Mysterious Nazca Lines

QUOTE: The damage to the [the enigmatic Nazca] Lines underscores Peru's desperate struggle to preserve its national patrimony. Archaeologists say they are watching helplessly as the quest for scholarship and conservation in a country viewed as the cradle of New World civilization is losing out to commercial interests, bleak poverty and the growing popularity of heritage sites as tourist attractions.

Washington Post