Category: South America

Jose Pedro-Caranana: When ‘Good Living’ goes wrong

Ecuador blazed a trail in sustainability by giving constitutional recognition to the rights of nature in 2008, but the revolutionary concept of Sumak Kawsay, or Good Living, proved more fragile than hoped when left in the hands of national government

Michelle B. Switzer: Ciudad Futura: Reimagining the Left in Argentina

How a rising grassroots movement in Argentina’s third most populous city could reshape the country’s political landscape

Brian Mier: Brazil’s Military Takeover Sparks Authoritarian Fears

Deeply unpopular Brazilian President Michel Temer issued a decree to put the military in charge of security in Rio de Janeiro instead of police

Ramona Wadi: A Repressive Status Quo

As Chile’s president-elect Sebastian Piñera promises to perfect its anti-terror laws, repression against the Mapuche people seems likely to increase during his second presidential term

Ariel Dorfman: A Lesson on Immigration From Pablo Neruda

Where are the presidents who welcome destitute refugees with open arms despite the most virulent slander against them?

Mark Weisbrot: Lula’s Prosecution a Travesty of Justice

Brazil’s political elite is going after Lula and the Workers Party to stop them from running in this year’s presidential election

Mark Weisbrot: Brazil’s Democracy Pushed Into the Abyss

Brazil will have reconstituted itself as a much more limited form of electoral democracy, in which a politicized judiciary can exclude a popular political leader from running for office

Leandro Demori: Lula’s Corruption Conviction Upheld

Now What?

Sabrina Fernandes: Lula, Brazil Elections and the Left

Interview on former President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva’s Jan. 24 corruption trial and forthcoming elections in the South American country

Jennifer Zelmer: Abort the System

Access to a safe, legal abortion remains one of the most consequential barriers women face in Latin America and the Caribbean today

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