Peru's seemingly boring 77-year-old President is actually a pretty interesting dude
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has family ties to European cultural royalty, Hollywood celebrity, and US politics. He has also spent multiple spells in Peruvian cabinets that have tended to end rather badly.
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.
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.
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.
An Alleged Killer, a Plagiarist, and a Jailed Ex-Leader's Kid: Meet Peru's Presidential Field
Voting is compulsory and alcohol sales are banned during the weekend of the election so Peruvians will have to swallow these candidates without a stiff drink.
Justice Might Just Be Possible in the Case of Mass Forced Sterilizations in Peru
Nobody has ever faced charges for a forced sterlization campaign launched by the far-right Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori in the 90s which rights groups say involved more than 270,000 people. Now prosecutors are investigating some of the cases.
The Prosecutor Investigating Peru's Powerful First Lady Has Been Fired
Julia Príncipe wanted Nadine Heredia to undergo handwriting tests to see if she penned lists of sums contained in mysterious notebooks amounting to $3 million.
How Bolivia Got Smart and Convinced Poor Farmers to Grow Less Coca
Cultivation of the plant used to manufacture cocaine has declined in Bolivia for the fourth straight year, a success achieved without relying on heavy-handed eradication programs.
Peru and Chile's Maritime Rivalry Triggers Diplomatic Crisis Over Alleged Espionage
The government of Peru lodged an official complaint after it emerged that Peru's military courts had detained two Peruvian naval officers accused of selling information to Chile.
The New King of Coke (Excerpt)
In this excerpt, VICE News correspondent Kaj Larsen heads to the VRAE with Peruvian special forces, as they set out to destroy clandestine airstrips used by smugglers.
The New King of Coke (Extra Scene)
In this extra, VICE News embedded with Peruvian special forces on a maritime interdiction operation and nighttime checkpoint in the VRAE, the global epicenter for cocaine production.
The New King of Coke (Full Length)
Peru is now the world's leading producer of cocaine. VICE News traveled there to find out how this new title is forcing the military to ramp up, and the government to crack down, as it affects nearly every aspect of Peruvian society.