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Juan Arellano Twitter: @cyberjuanJuan

Juan Arellano Valdivia, 51 years old, former System programmer. I worked 12 years as analyst/developer at Minero Perú SA, then another 5 years as Operations Manager at IPSS/ESSALUD. After a time devoted to personal business returned to the public admin as head of collections at Municipalidad de Maynas, Iquitos. I´ve also worked in ONPE, the National Office of Electoral Processes, as supervisor at the Regional Coordination. In 2004, with some friends we developed "BlogsPerú" the first blogs directory in Peru. Since 2007 I work as Global Voices en español Editor. I´ve also collaborated in the "Información Cívica" project from OSI, and collaborate with "Periodismo Ciudadano" and "Distintas Latitudes" websites, among others.
  • Latin America: Economic Growth and Inequality

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    This post was produced for the Global Economic Symposium 2013 to accompany a session on “Social Norms and Moral Principles to Reduce Poverty and Improve Equity.” Read more at A recent study from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) revealed that ten out of the fifteen countries with the most inequality […]

  • Is revocation a real manifestation of popular sentiment?

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    Although the history of democracy in Latin America began in the first decades of the nineteenth century, two hundred years later we still keep talking about “young” and even “precarious” democracies when referring to the different countries of the region. And democracy in Latin America certainly has been a series […]

  • Cartel de una campaña a favor de un proceso de revocatoria

    ¿Es la revocatoria una auténtica manifestación popular?

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    Las democracias en Latinoamérica han sido un ir y venir que, más que mostrarlas frágiles, han demostrado que el continente busca sus propios caminos en lo que respecta a política.
    Los recientes procesos (o intentos) de revocatoria en países como Perú, Colombia, Argentina y Bolivia, ponen en evidencia un clima político particular para la región, que resulta inédito en otros ámbitos geográficos, para cuyo análisis habría que remontarse a una historia, un poco más lejana, en la que no todos teníamos derecho al voto. A través del presente artículo, y a partir de la voz de algunos teóricos, se busca poner en evidencia que cuando se trata de hablar de revocatorias el asunto va más allá de que se unan los ciudadanos o se reúnan firmas. ¿Podría ser la revocatoria  un proceso antidemocrático?