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Past articles by Simeon:

Peru’s Castillo Is No Friend of the Poor

For many, Peruvian President Pedro Castillo was the living antithesis to the largely white political elites in Lima that had overseen the country’s economic boom without addressing corruption, inequality and injustice. But now, Castillo appears to be anything but a friend to the most vulnerable Peruvians. → Read More

He Gave Away Oxygen to Thousands of COVID Sufferers. Criminals Burned Down His Home

Profiteers are taking advantage of the fact that a second wave of COVID-19 is ravaging Peru, and there isn't enough oxygen to go around. → Read More

Ahead of Elections in Ecuador, Coronavirus Fallout Has Deepened an Economic Crisis

Things were already rough in Ecuador before the coronavirus struck. Now, the country is in a state of deep uncertainty heading into the first-round presidential vote on Feb. 7. Whoever wins will have a daunting task ahead of him to right Ecuador’s listing economy and heavily indebted public finances. → Read More

In Bolivia, Politics and Partisanship Imperil Its Response to COVID-19

It was probably just a matter of time before Bolivia’s response to the coronavirus became viscerally polarized, given its political divisions. Bolivia is now mired in a partisan fight over who is responsible for the deaths of COVID-19 patients due to dire shortages of oxygen in hospitals. → Read More

Lack of Scientists Thwarts COVID Response in One of the Worst-Hit Countries

By some counts, Peru’s COVID-19 per capita death tally is the highest in the world. → Read More

Will Vizcarra’s Strong Response Be Enough for Peru to Weather COVID-19?

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra has seen his popularity soar as a result of his response to the pandemic. He has enforced one of Latin Amerca’s strictest lockdowns and enacted a huge stimulus package. But even these swift and drastic measures have not prevented the virus from spreading widely. → Read More

In Ecuador, Protests Left a Lasting Mark on Moreno—and the Country’s Future

When it comes to repairing the harm done by populist authoritarian leaders, restoring democratic institutions is just the start. The next challenge can be to steer polarized societies through the belt-tightening that is required after an autocrat’s spending spree. That seems to be the message from Ecuador. → Read More

After Peru Elections, Can Martin Vizcarra Push His Reforms Through Congress?

Peru’s right-wing opposition party, Popular Force, was decimated in special legislative elections on Jan. 26, falling from 73 seats in Congress to a projected 15. But the splintered nature of the new Congress means President Martin Vizcarra may still face challenges in passing his anti-corruption reforms. → Read More

Five Things to Know About Peru’s Jan. 26 Election

The coming vote offers a big opportunity for Peru’s anti-corruption fight, and could set the stage for presidential elections next year. → Read More

AQ Top 5 Anti-Corruption Figures: José Domingo Pérez

By investigating three former presidents, this public prosecutor has made a name for himself in Peru. → Read More

Fujimorismo’s Sudden Collapse Shakes Peru's Politics

The consequences of the Fujimori family’s rapid decline have yet to be fully felt. → Read More

Will Bolsonaro's victory in Brazil usher right-wing ripple effects in Latin America?

From the fate of the Amazon rain forest to LGBT and women's rights, right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro's victory in Brazil could have profound repercussions across Latin America. → Read More

In Peru, a department store's online ad stirs outrage, is pulled over 'racist' message

In Peru, a leading department store, Saga Falabella set off a national outcry over an online ad for Drimer mattresses that was widely seen as racist and was pulled after it was published. → Read More

In Peru, an Accidental President Moves Against Corruption

President Martín Vizcarra’s decisive push for an anti-corruption referendum has taken many by surprise. → Read More

While the U.S. has #MeToo, Latin America's "Ni Una Menos" spotlights femicides, violence against women

While the U.S. grapples with #MeToo, a recent case in Perú has triggered outrage and a call to action against Latin America's high rates of femicide and misogynistic violence. → Read More

Controversial pardon of former Peru president upsets relatives of massacre victims

In Peru, relatives of victims killed in alleged death squads oppose the controversial pardon of former president Alberto Fujimori. → Read More

Climate Change Is Speeding Up Ice Melt in Peru, With Devastating Consequences

MAPARAJU, Peru – Standing on a rocky outcrop some 16,000 feet above sea level, mountain ecologist John All stares intensely at the glacier that leads up to the summit of Mount Maparaju, another 1,500 feet above us. It should form a gentle convex arc from where we stand all the way up to the peak, perhaps half a mile away. For an experienced mountaineer like him, heading to the summit ought to be… → Read More

A Former President's Detention Raised Few Eyebrows in Peru. What’s Going On?

LIMA – In most countries, the arrest of a former head of state on corruption allegations would trigger uproar. In Peru, the pre-trial detention of former President Ollanta Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia has met with something of a collective shrug. → Read More

Homeless Peru flood victims pose a growing problem

Rescuers in Peru, including the police and military are working around the clock to remove stranded people from their roofs and get food, water and medicines to isolated communities. The flooding has destroyed nearly 200,000 homes so far this year. → Read More


Several cities in Peru are underwater, and the 'coastal El Niño' isn't done yet

The highly unusual torrential rains have been caused by a localized version of the hemispherewide condition. → Read More