breakthrough.‘Hugo Chávez and his co-religionaries have called for 21st-century socialism, not a return to Soviet-style economics.’ (Photograph: Handout/Reuters) Chávez’s Economics Lesson for Europe Hugo Chávez’s rejection of the neoliberal policies dragging Europe down sets a hopeful example to Greece and beyond by Richard Gott Some years ago, travelling on the presidential plane of Hugo Chávez [...]
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Chávez’s Economics Lesson for Europe Hugo Chávez’s rejection of the neoliberal policies dragging Europe down sets a hopeful example to Greece and beyond by Richard Gott
Shikshantar: ‘Transforming the Way We Live and Learn‘ by Shilpa Jain At Shikshantar, we are trying to support the shift from a money-dominant globalized culture to a more small-scale, relationship-focused culture. My grandmother never went to school, she never knew how to read or write, and she was such a wise [...]
What Obama Knows By Fidel Castro May 01, 2012 “Information Clearing House” – The most demolishing article I have seen nowadays about Latin America was written by Renán Vega Cantor, full professor at the National Pedagogical University of Bogotá, which was published three days ago by the website ‘Rebelión’ under the title Rebelión’ under the title “Ecos de [...]
US Hegemony in Latin America by Renee Parsons While the ‘misconduct’ of Secret Service agents with prostitutes in Colombia is a significant, if titillating scandal, most media reports have missed the tectonic political shift that surfaced at the recent Summit of the Americas meeting. The Summit, an offshoot of the Organization of American [...]
A Conspiracy of Whores by: John Grant Whore: (verb) To debase oneself by doing something for unworthy motives, typically to make money. -The New Oxford American Dictionary It’s a challenge to make adult sense of the absurdities coming out of Colombia right now. I had first planned to write about the Drug War [...]
The significance of indigenous mobilisations Groups protesting across Latin America have been changing the politics of ‘business as usual’.
Indigenous mobilisation has brought environmental politics to the streets [AFP] Miami, FL - Indigenous politics tend to be understood as local anecdotes, rather than political events of international significance. So it is of little surprise that the funeral of Bernardo Vásquez in San José del Progreso, Oaxaca, Mexico, generated little international attention. Vásquez was the second anti-mining activist [...]
REFLECTIONS OF FIDEL Sugarcoated realities fading away (Taken from Cubadebate) I was surprised today as I listened to the speech delivered by Jose Miguel Insulza in Cartagena. I thought that the person who was speaking on behalf of the OAS would at least demand some respect for the sovereignty of the [...]
Secret Service: Scale of prostitution party in Colombia revealed Secret Service and US Marines brought 21 women to the hotel in Cartagena, Colombia. Sen. Susan Collins (R) of Maine gave new details of the Secret Service scandal.
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee ranking Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine Collins said that at least 20 women were involved in the hotel incident with Secret Service agents, US Marines and prostitutes in Colombia. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)Secret Service scandal sheds light on sex tourism in Latin America Secret Service: Scale [...]
We have to find new solutions to Latin America’s drugs nightmare Narcotics should be legally available – in a highly regulated market
The body of a man killed by drugs hitmen in Acapulco is inspected. Guatemalan president Otto Pérez Molina says ‘the prohibition paradigm that inspires mainstream global drug policy today is based on a false premise’. Photograph: Reuters Otto Pérez Molina guardian.co.uk, Saturday 7 April 2012 21.39 BST Article history Twenty years ago, I became head of [...]
In 2012 alone, Guatemala has confiscated more than 1,000 kilos of cocaine valued at roughly $10,000 per kilo [Reuters] Guatemala proposes legalisation of drugs President says war on drugs has failed and region must look at ways to regulate production, transit and consumption. Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has said the war on drugs in Latin America has [...]
Bolivia Has Transformed Itself by Ignoring the Washington Consensus By breaking with orthodox prescriptions for progress, Evo Morales has helped to forge a new Bolivia centered on ‘living well’ By Luis Hernández Navarro
Bolivia Has Transformed Itself by Ignoring the Washington Consensus By breaking with orthodox prescriptions for progress, Evo Morales has helped to forge a new Bolivia centered on ‘living well’ By Luis Hernández Navarro March 21, 2012 “The Guardian” – – Gabriela Oviedo is a fashion model and TV personality. She is a [...]
Every year more than a million men and women from countries like El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua attempt to cross the river that forms a border between Guatemala and Mexico. Their immediate aim is to enter Mexico illegally, but they have another destination in mind – the US. Once in Mexico, they [...]
Photo Credit: Shutterstock Will Latin American Leaders Wake Up The U.S. And Revolutionize Drug Policy? Latin Americans realize they are bearing the brunt of a war that has been imposed on them, and are increasingly eager to assert their independence. The so-called War on Drugs has been going on for over 40 years, but despite [...]
VP Biden to Reject Calls From Latin America to End War on Drugs by John Glaser, March 03, 2012 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum Vice President Joe Biden will tour Latin America and meet with heads of state amid growing pressure from the region for a different approach to the failed war on drugs. Political leaders [...]
The Santa María II belongs to Lota Protein, owned by the Koppernaes Group in Norway, which has waged a 21-month legal war with eight powerful groups that own rights to 87 percent of jack mackerel in Chilean waters. Juan Pablo Figueroa Lasch/ICIJ With government backing, a handful of powerful Chilean families have [...]
After years of intensive fishing, jack mackerel stocks in the southern Pacific have declined dramatically. Some experts say the only way to save the fishery is to impose a total ban for five years. Periódico El Ciudadano Jack mackerel, down 90 percent in 20 years in once-rich southern seas, foretells wider global calamity; world’s [...]
Asian, European and Latin American fleets havedevastated fish stocks in the southern Pacific, once among the world’s richest waters, a new investigation by the Center’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has found. Governments with the power to stop the plunder have stalled for years, and no binding rules are in place. The result: stocks of [...]
“Every five seconds, a child under 10 dies of hunger. – Thirty-five million people die each year from hunger or its immediate aftermath. – One billion people are permanently and severely malnourished and the situation is becoming increasingly catastrophic.” (Jean Ziegler) Hunger Is A ‘Weapon of Mass Destruction’, [...]
Good times down Latin America’s way The outlook for Latin America remains positive in 2012 – despite reduced Chinese and Indian demand for raw materials.
The health of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will remain a key issue in Latin America in 2012 [EPA] Perhaps it is becoming obvious that survival in what you could call the modern world involves at least a degree of independence from the global greed of the US growth for itself economy. We have witnessed [...]
Why Latin America calls on philosophers Recently concluded Forum of Philosophy reflects social progress of Latin America, writes the author.
Progressive intellectuals such as Naomi Klein have endorsed Hugo Chavez for his social programmes [EPA] Barcelona, Spain - I just returned from the sixth International Forum of Philosophy in Maracaibo, Venezuela, where philosophers from four continents were invited to discuss “State, Revolution and the Construction of Hegemony”. The event was inaugurated by the vice-presidents of [...]
Suspect breast implants rebranded before sale to 1,000 Dutch women Netherlands health authority says a Dutch firm bought implants made by PIP, the French company at centre of health scare
A silicone gel breast implant manufactured by the French company PIP. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters Around 1,000 Dutch women have breast implants of the suspect kind made by a French company but sold under a different name, aNetherlands health official has said, broadening a scandal that could affect 300,000 or more women worldwide. Health [...]
Pepe Escobar Latin America’s message to the Arab world Latin Americans should share their experiences with democratisation with other countries in the global South.
Now the Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff was tortured in 1970 by the country’s military junta [Ricardo Amaral] Take a good look at this 1970 photo. The 22-year-old woman in the photo is about to be examined by a bunch of subtropical inquisitors. She has just been tortured, electrocuted and waterboarded – what Dick Cheney dismisses [...]
Browse New Titles Forthcoming Titles Libros en Español Full Catalog Latest News Father Miguel D’Escoto launches his new book in Managua 2009-07-23 | In the midst of playing an active role in trying to resolve the political crisis in Honduras following the coup against President Zelaya, the current president of the UN [...]
Chavez lauds new Latin American alliance Venezuelan president, battling cancer, appears energetic at founding of 33-member bloc meant to counter United States.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega called CELAC a “death sentence” for the Monroe Doctrine [EPA] Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has exuberantly hosted Latin American leaders in a bid to create a new regional body that is intended to counter the United States. The Friday inauguration of the 33-member Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), [...]
Take mercury out of children’s hands Mercury, the silvery liquid metal, known to many from old thermometers, is one of the most toxic substances on earth. by Juliane Kippenberg Published in: Global Post NOVEMBER 17, 2011 A group of boys working at Tabakoto mine, in Kéniéba cercle. Young boys frequently dig holes or pull up [...]
Bogotá mayor Gustavo Petro, a former leftist rebel, acknowledges supporters as he celebrates his win. Photograph: Fernando Vergara/Associated Press Colombians install anti-corruption crusader Gustavo Petro as mayor of Bogotá after peaceful end to volatile elections reddit this Associated Press and agencies guardian.co.uk, Monday 31 October 2011 13.20 GMT Article history A former leftist rebel [...]
Guatemala apologises to Arbenz family for 1954 coup Jacobo Arbenz had been in office for three years when he was ousted Continue reading the main story Related Stories Worst place to be a paramedic Guatemala urged to protect women Guatemala gets new UN crime chief Guatemala’s government has apologised to the family of former President [...]
Bolivians vote to ‘decolonise courts’ Fifty-two judges will be elected in national vote on Sunday, the first of its kind in Latin America.
Some 5.2 million Bolivians are eligible to elect judges, as critics complain of problems in the justice system [EPA] La Paz – Bolivians go to the polls on Sunday but not to elect law makers; instead to elect judges. It will be the first time judges in a Latin American country will be selected by popular [...]
Do Israeli policies constitute apartheid? A citizens’ tribunal will examine whether or not Israel is violating international law’s prohibition on apartheid.
In 1966, British philosopher Bertrand Russell founded a tribunal examining US intervention in Vietnam [GALLO/GETTY] The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) is a citizens’ initiative that is sustained by contributions from individuals, associations, organisations and solidarity movements. Its independence relies on the great variety of volunteers and on the material and financial help it receives [...]
From Argentina to Wall Street Social movements from Argentina and other Latin American countries have been emulated in protests all over the world.
After an economic collapse in 2001, Argentinians turned to barter systems and factory occupations [GALLO/GETTY] Massive buildings tower over Wall Street, making the sidewalks feel like valleys in an urban mountain range. The incense, drum beats and chants of Occupy Wall Street echo down New York City’s financial district from Liberty Plaza, where thousands of [...]
US must stop promoting biofuels to tackle world hunger, says thinktank Global Hunger Index says US government support for corn ethanol was a factor in this year’s food price spikes reddit this Comments (38) Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 11 October 2011 18.22 BST Article history Global Hunger Index 2011′s mapAmerica must stop [...]
Chile has been engulfed by student protests – and their young leader has huge public support in her fight against the elite
Camila Vallejo – Latin America‘s 23-year-old new revolutionary folk hero Chile has been engulfed by student protests – and their young leader has huge public support in her fight against the elite Camila Vallejo on a march in Santiago held on the anniversary of the Pinochet coup that toppled President Salvador Allende in 1973. Photograph: [...]
What Is Hugo Chávez Up To? by Joshua Kucera Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez has set alarms ringing with his efforts to create a global anti-American coalition. When Muammar al-Qaddafi faced worldwide condemnation this past winter as he brutally struck back against a popular uprising, the Libyan dictator may have taken comfort from knowing he had [...]
Inhuman Bondage: On Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights Eric Foner August 10, 2011 | This article appeared in the August 29-September 5, 2011 edition of The Nation. This past spring, television viewers in Britain were treated to a six-part series called Civilization about the rise (and possible fall, if China has its way) of the West, hosted by [...]
Bolivia‘s first crop insurance scheme promises to empower farmers Farmers finally have a much-needed alternative to loans as they seek to safeguard against the ruinous effects of natural disaster Bolivian women pick up potatoes in El Alto. A new crop insurance scheme offers farmers protection against natural disaster. Photograph: Ali Burafi/AFP/Getty Images Natural disasters can [...]
A woman carries a portrait of Fidel Castro during a ceremony for the Cuban hero’s 85th birthday [AFP] Cuba’s Fidel Castro has turned 85 years old amid celebrations for the revolutionary legend who led his country for nearly 50 years before ill health led him from power in 2006. Castro’s birthday officially fell on Saturday, but the communist nation [...]
Venezuela‘s government, led by president Hugo Chavez, may control 85 per cent of Latin America‘s crude reserves[GALLO/GETTY] Fossil fuels are an energy source condemned by environmentalists, but do not appear to be on the way out in Latin America and the Caribbean, given the rise in the region’s proven oil reserves in recent years. Known [...]
Hugo Chávez rides a horse during his weekly broadcast to his country. He has gone on television to call for judge María Lourdes Afiuni to be jailed. Photograph: Ho New/Reuters Hugo Chávez has long considered Noam Chomsky one of his best friends in the west. He has basked in the renowned scholar’s praise forVenezuela‘s socialist revolution [...]
Another US war fails. This time it’s the war on drugs. In Australia we still think that it is a winning prospect when the opposite is true.
U.S. can’t justify its drug war spending, reports say Government reports say the Obama administration is unable to show that billions of dollars spent in the anti-drug efforts in Latin America have made a significant difference. “We are wasting tax dollars and throwing money at a problem without even knowing what we are getting in [...]
US using drugs as an excuse to build more bases in Latin America. They have over 700 worldwide how many more do they think they have to have?
Pentagon Using Drug Wars as Excuse to Build Bases in Latin America Sunday 5 June 2011 by: John Lindsay-Poland, New America Media Under the auspices of the drug war, the United States is returning to its historical pattern of using Central America and the Caribbean for its own military and strategic purposes. Even as a growing [...]
Colombia to compensate victims of armed conflict Historic law to financially redress up to four million victims of decades-long internal conflict including those of the state Share19 Sibylla Brodzinsky in Bogota guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 31 May 2011 14.45 BST Article history Colombia’s compensation law will apply to victims of the internal conflict. Relatives carry urns [...]
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Protests after Chile backs giant dams in Patagonia’s valleys Activists fear ecological haven will be destroyed but government says project is vital for economic growth Share31 Rory Carroll, Latin America correspondent guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 10 May 2011 20.38 BST Article history A hydroelectric dam in Chile. The government has approved a project to build five [...]
Solidarity and Struggle: 50 Years with Che Sun, 04/17/2011 – 20:20 — Anonymous by: Ron Ridenour (This article is the first of seven pieces dedicated to the Cuban revolution and its defeat of the US imperialist invasion 50 years ago, April 17-19, 1961, and embraces my half-century struggle.) I. Sharing Che’s Activism Che’s [...]