Peru Lurching Toward Anarchy

Can the country cope with terrorism -- and 10,000% inflation?

On an average day in Peru, six people die by political violence. One day it is a government agent organizing peasant cooperatives. One day it is a ruling- party mayor. One day it is a government-aligned journalist. Most days it is peasants who get in the way.

There was the day in early February when the killing came to SAIS Cahuide, a private co-op in Peru's central Junin department. It was a thriving agricultural concern then, boasting up to 130,000 head of livestock, 800 workers who sold 10,000 liters of milk a day, and 170 administrative and technical advisers. A column...

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