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

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

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

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

Immanuel Wallerstein: The BRICS: A Fable for Our Time

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

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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