Category: South America

Steve Ellner: Venezuela’s National Dialogue: Disaggregating Key Issues

At first glance, intense political polarization in Venezuela appears to leave little room for compromise or a peaceful resolution to the current political crisis facing the nation. What many believe to be at stake is nothing other than the continuation or termination of the rule of Nicolás Maduro. Statements by top leaders of both the Read more…

Patrick Bond: Will Washington’s new pro-Moscow, anti-Beijing gang drive a wedge through the BRICS in 2017?

Many societies’ resistance politics reflects a much broader, deeper capacity to link up than ever before: within the BRICS, the US and internationally

Mark Weisbrot: Doubling Down on Disaster: the Degradation of Brazil

When Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was impeached in May and removed from office in August, many called it a coup. The president was not charged with anything that could legitimately be called a crime, and the leaders of the impeachment appeared, in taped conversations, to be getting rid of her in order to cut off a corruption investigation Read more…

Dom Phillips: Brazil Senate Approves Austerity Package to Freeze Social Spending for 20 Years

Lawmakers expected to reject requests to exempt education and health spending from measure UN official calls the most socially regressive in the world

Danica Jorden: A Letter from Lucía’s Brother

Let her close her eyes and rest in peace. Two men brought the limp body of a 16 year old girl to the doors of an addiction clinic in Mar del Plata, Argentina. They said she had overdosed on drugs. But doctors found that she had been sexually tortured, with the final act of impaling Read more…

Glenn Greenwald: In Brazil, Major New Corruption Scandals Engulf the Faction that Impeached Dilma

A primary argument made by opponents of impeaching Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was that removing her would immediately empower the truly corrupt politicians in Brasília – the ones who were the driving force behind her impeachment – and they would then use that power to kill ongoing corruption investigations and shield themselves from consequences for their Read more…

Rafael R. Ioris: Occupying High School in Brazil

Facing extreme budget cuts by the illegitimate government of President Michel Temer, student activists are occupying schools in the name of public education

Boaventura de Sousa Santos: In solidarity with the Florestan Fernandes National School and MST

In light of these repeated attacks on the foundations of the democratic rule of law, we just cannot remain silent

Elisabeth Jay Friedman: #NiUnaMenos: Not One Woman Less, Not One More Death

Recent protests against femicide in Argentina reveal the deep roots and spreading branches of feminist activism in Latin America

Steve Payne: How Brazilian Bank Workers Learn to Dream Bigger

The bank workers union has developed a weekend training on how members’ workplace fights connect to a bigger picture

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