Latin America & Caribbean

War on Drugs

May 7, 2009
In part one, Miguel Tinker Salas explained how the North American Free Trade Agreement helped to create the desperate economic conditions whereby Mexico’s drug cartels could flourish. Here in part two he criticizes the military-first response of the US and Mexican governments, pointing to the abject failure of a similar nine-year-old policy in Colombia. A…

"Avenger against oligarchy" wins in Ecuador

April 27, 2009

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa on Sunday declared victory in the country’s presidential elections

‘If there is no water, the Chipaya have no life’

April 27, 2009

Rory Carroll speaks to members of the Uru Chipaya tribe, whose lifestyle in the Bolivian Andes is being threatened by the effects of global warming

Past is present in Latin America Pt.2

April 24, 2009

Last weekend, the leaders of the Americas met with US President Barack Obama for the first time as a group. While no major agreements were signed, long-time Latin America observer Larry Birns believes that the atmospherics were of a nature never before seen in the hemisphere. Signs of improvement in relations between the White House…

El Salvador Coverage

April 19, 2009
In their first ever meeting, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave US President Barack Obama a copy of Eduardo Galeano’s classic historical essay, Open Veins of Latin America. A best-seller in Latin America, the book is arguably the most complete history of imperialism in the region. And the move by Chavez represents the importance of understanding…

Campaign to close the School of the Americas

March 2, 2009
In recent years, one of the largest civil society movements in the US has been the movement to close the School of the Americas. Why? What is the connection between the school and the violence of today in Latin America? Pablo Ruiz and Vera Leone explain that even if they succeed in closing the school,…

Bolivia's referendum a compromise

February 7, 2009
Starting with the Eisenhower Administration, Sinclair Thomson discusses U.S. – Bolivia relations in the second half of the 20th century. From the revolutionary government of Victor Paz Estenssoro to the military regime of Rene Barrentos, Thomson draws a picture of Bolivian history. He discusses the U.S. – backed military coup of the 1960s, the neo-liberal…