Is Peru the right-wing beachhead in Latin America

Peru's political establishment was shocked when Pedro Castillo won the presidential election. So when Castillo made a clumsy power-grab late last year, Peru's elite made their own power-grab by not only impeaching him but also imprisoned him without charges, a far more excessively harsh treatment than any previous, elite-friendly right-wing president.

Just winning elections is not enough for the Left in Latin America

Peru shocked the world when socialist Pedro Castillo won the presidential election earlier this year. He came into office promising to fight neoliberalism.
The right wing fought back. A motion to impeach him failed today, but the fight has just begun.

Morning Greens Open Thread - September 8, 2015

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Aerial pictures reveal rampant illegal logging in Peru's Amazon forest

Only from the air is it possible to make out the scale of three illegal logging roads which have been carved into Peru’s eastern Amazon, while local authorities in the jungle Ucayali region seemingly turn a blind eye.

Huddled in a twin-engine Cessna 402, the Guardian saw as many as 20 lorries carrying tree trunks plying their way up and down three dirt roads, each estimated to measure up to 32 miles. Dotted by stockpiles of logs and workers’ camps, the roads led to barges on a dock on the Ucayali river, a major tributary of the Amazon, a few dozen miles from the regional capital Pucallpa.