Territory in western South America, ruled since 1993 by the República del Perú
  • Lima - Capital of Peru, founded 1535

Reference

Peru - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Peru (Spanish: Perú; Quechua: Perú; Aymara: Piruw), officially the Republic of Peru (Spanish: República del Perú), is a country in western South America. It is bordered on the north by Ecuador and Colombia, on the east by Brazil, on the southeast by Bolivia, on the south by Chile, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. ..."

Birthplace of

Hernando de Soto, in Arequipa, on 1941

Home To

Andes Libres, Cusco

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 7.36, Rank: 53, Personal Freedom: 7.38, Economic Freedom: 7.35, Democracy Index: 6.04
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.35, Rank: 52
Peru | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 71, Political Rights: 2, Civil Liberties: 3
"Political instability and corruption scandals characterized President Ollanta Humala's final full year in office. The opposition-dominated Congress forced Prime Minister Ana Jara to resign in March over allegations of spying on prominent private citizens and public officials, heightening perceptions of fractured leadership and intensifying political polarization."

Articles

A Modest Proposal for the Next Drug-War Shootdown, by James Bovard, Future of Freedom, Aug 2001
Some (tongue in cheek) recommendations in the aftermath of the shootdown by the Peruvian air force of a Cessna carrying Baptist missionaries
"But seriously, folks ... Drug warriors like to stress that anti-drug programs target the guilty and it is only an accident —and a rare one, at that— when innocent people are killed. Yet it is apparently routine policy for Peruvian jets to strafe the survivors of a shootdown."
Related Topic: War on Drugs
The Price of Empire, by Sheldon Richman, 26 Apr 2006
Discusses U.S drug warriors' unfruitful efforts to eradicate coca production in some Andean countries and the consequent migration of cultivation elsewhere
"... the likely president of Peru, Ollanta Humala, has promised to end the U.S.-financed program to destroy the coca crop in his country. Coca is used to make cocaine, but also tea and herbal medicines. ... The Washington Post says ... 'In Peru, U.S. government analysts detected a 23 percent increase in the traditional cultivation zones between 2004 and 2005 ...'"
Related Topics: Imperialism, War on Drugs

Books

The Other Path: The Economic Answer to Terrorism
    by Hernando de Soto, 1989