Simeon Tegel

crime & drugs

Bolivia ended its drug war by kicking out the DEA and legalizing coca

Though the US said this month that Bolivia has "demonstrably failed" to fulfill its counter-narcotics commitments, there is less violence, less cocaine, and even less coca in Bolivia than there was before.
Simeon Tegel
9.21.16
peru

Peru is investigating whether police raids were run by death squads in disguise

The probe, which has been embraced by Peru's new government headed by Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, reportedly focuses on 96 officers linked to raids in which police allegedly executed 27 presumed gangsters.
Simeon Tegel
8.3.16
crime & drugs

We visited the front lines of Paraguay's slash-and-burn war on weed

Paraguay is the largest marijuana producing nation in South America, and it's government is fighting an old school war to stop the cultivation.
Simeon Tegel
7.12.16
americas

Kuczynski Still Has a Razor-Thin Lead Over Fujimori in Peru's Presidential Election

With nearly 97 percent of votes counted on Tuesday, and the authorities saying the full count may not be finished until the end of the week, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has 0.3 points more than Keiko Fujimori, daughter of jailed autocrat Alberto Fujimori.
Simeon Tegel
6.6.16
americas

Conservative Kuczynski Takes Slim Lead Over Fujimori in Peru's Presidential Poll

With half the votes counted, ex-World Bank economist Pedro Pablo Kucynski holds a one point lead over the daughter of the imprisoned 1990s strongman Alberto Fujimori, after a tense campaign viewed as a battle for the soul of Peru's fragile democracy.
Simeon Tegel
6.6.16
peru

Why Some Peruvians Worry Keiko Fujimori Will Turn the Country into a Narco Paradise

Keiko, the daughter of imprisoned 1990s strongman Alberto Fujimori, is the favourite to win Sunday’s presidential poll despite accumulating allegations of money laundering and other sketchy dealings involving her closest confidants.
Simeon Tegel
6.2.16
americas

Peru Declares State of Emergency in Its Jungles Due to Rampant Mercury Poisoning

The environment ministry declared the emergency in 11 jungle districts near Peru's border with Brazil, after hair samples from local people revealed levels of mercury up to 16 times what is considered safe.
Simeon Tegel
5.24.16
peru

The DEA Is Reportedly Investigating an Aide to Peru's Keiko Fujimori Over Dirty Money

The report, which comes three weeks before Peru decides whether to make Keiko its president, claims the DEA is probing a close confidante for allegedly cleaning money for her 2011 unsuccessful presidential bid.
Simeon Tegel
5.17.16
americas

Peruvian Man Details Sexual Abuse He Faced at 'Boot Camp' for Troubled Catholic Kids

Dozens of adolescents are alleged to have been sexually abused at Sodalicio de Vida Cristiana in Peru until it was discovered in the 90s and promptly covered-up.
Simeon Tegel
5.13.16
americas

Peruvian Activists Predict a Right-Wing President Will Bring More Conflicts Over Mines

Activists are warning that Peru's sharp lurch to the right in the country's general elections earlier this month could bring an escalation of the often violent conflicts between local communities and mining companies.
Simeon Tegel
4.18.16
americas

Keiko Fujimori Wins Peru’s First Round Presidential Poll, but the Runoff Looks Tough

Early results from Sunday’s vote show the daughter of disgraced former strongman Alberto Fujimori coasting to victory. She will now face veteran pro-business politician Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on June 5.
Simeon Tegel
4.11.16
americas

Peru Goes to the Polls Under the Shadow of Favorite Keiko Fujimori's Disgraced Dad

The daughter of imprisoned former hardline president Alberto Fujimori, Keiko is almost sure to win the vote but unlikely to obtain the 50 percent she would need to avoid facing the second-placed candidate in a runoff vote on June 5.
Simeon Tegel
4.10.16
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