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Peru’s Congress suspends land laws, but is it enough to calm Amazon conflict?

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Peru’s Congress hopes to calm protests over President Alan Garcia’s plans to open up the country’s Amazon region to oil and logging by multinational companies but the conflict is far from being resolved. 

Peruvian lawmakers temporarily suspended two decrees that triggered deadly protests by indigenous groups opposed to the move. 

 At least 60 people died last week in clashes between security forces and Indian protesters and the government hopes the suspension will ease tensions.

A wide divide remains. Indian groups say they want the government to repeal those decrees and roll back on other laws giving energy and mining firms access to jungle areas. 

Novelist Vargas Llosa stirs up left and right in Latin America

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The Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, who in his youth was a champion of the Latin American left and later evolved into an outspoken conservative, has been caught up in a struggle between two presidents camped out on opposite ends of the political spectrum — Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Peru’s Alan Garcia.

The two presidents frequently trade barbs as Chavez positions himself as the leader of the left in Latin America who favors nationalizing companies, while Garcia presents himself as the polar opposite who has won the support of conservatives by vigorously defending free enterprise, signing free trade deals, and strengthening ties to the United States.

In Peru, the first man might be an American

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The American husband of Peruvian lawmaker Keiko Fujimori has become a citizen of Peru, an aide to the legislator said on Monday as she plans a run for the presidency in 2011.

Her father, Alberto Fujimori, 70, was sentenced to 25 years in prison this month for human rights abuses, but Keiko is the already leading the race.

Ghosts of dead leftists could haunt Peru’s Garcia

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Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was sentenced on Tuesday to 25 years in prison for ordering two massacres in the 1990s when Peru was at war with leftist guerrillas, and the ruling could haunt the current president, Alan Garcia.

In his first term in the 1980s, Garcia, frustrated that the brutal Shining Path insurgency had taken over El Fronton prison, told the navy to attack it. The prison, which sits on an island just off the coast of Lima, was bombed by airplanes before soldiers went in on the ground to retake control. Many unarmed prisoners were summarily executed. More than 200 were killed at El Fronton and two other prisons where rebellions were repressed in 1986.

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