Category: South America

Francisco Dominguez: Right Wing Majority in Venezuela’s National Assembly: The Constitutional and Political Stakes

A powerful coalition of domestic forces in cahoots with Washington has unleashed an economic war against Venezuela’s progressive government since 2012

Ruth Needleman: Canoas: A Government of, for and by the People

Oakland, New York, Minneapolis, among others, are exploring the possibility of “participatory budgeting,” an initiative to shift decision-making on development projects from the government to the community

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Dave Zirin: Brazil in Peril: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Zika Virus

The legacy of the 2016 Brazil Olympics could be the spreading of the Zika virus across the hemisphere’s most vulnerable populations

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Patrick Bond: BRICS Faces External Capitalist Crisis, Growing Internal Strife

Brazil, Russia, India and China quietly step on African heads to get more IMF voting power, as one instance of the anti-Western rhetorical charade

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Ryan Mallett-Outtrim: How Bad is Venezuela’s Economic Situation?

Venezuela’s central bank just did something totally unexpected: it released updated economic figures showing the country has sunk into its worst economic crisis in decade

Shobhan Saxen: The Two Trials of Adlène Hicheur, Scientist, Muslim, Forever Suspect

A scientist from CERN, accused of association with a terrorist group in 2009 and jailed in France before being freed, tells his story

Joris Leverink: Renewed protest against fare hikes kick off in Brazil

Brazilians have taken to the streets in Sao Paolo to protest against bus fare hikes, almost two and a half years after similar protests first kicked off

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Immanuel Wallerstein: The BRICS: A Fable for Our Time

The economic strength of the BRICS took a turn for the worse in the 2010s

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Joe Emersberger: The Worst South America Coverage of 2015

Five articles that should make any decent journalist cringe

Lori Berenson: “My Objectives Were to Achieve a More Just Society”

The once-imprisoned U.S. activist Lori Berenson has returned home after nearly two decade

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